I’ve come to a realization recently that the problem in Washington has nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with power.
During the first six years of the Bush administration, we observed the actions of a Republican President and Congress that worked diligently to hold and gain more power. The juggernaut wasn’t curtailed until the Republicans lost their majorities in both houses of Congress in 2006.
Now we have the Obama administration in power with a Democratically controlled Congress and what do we get? More of the same. Now to be completely fair the new President hasn’t been in office for more than a couple of weeks, so who knows what will come down the line, but if these first few weeks are any indication then nothing has really changed.
The behavior that we are observing has absolutely nothing to do with ideology. These elected officials are all behaving in the same exact way, the only difference is the group or interest that they are promoting (or more likely owing allegiance to).
The corruption in our government is rampant in both parties and on both sides of the isle. What we need are some real liberals and real conservatives who actually care more about the interests of the country than of their party or contributors. Sadly I doubt that is going to happen. The best that we can hope for is that the Democrats lose control of at least one of the houses of Congress in 2010, thus bringing some balance back to the corruption fest (unless of course Obama can live up to his words and Inaugural Address, but even if he can personally do his best to do it, I doubt he can control the rest of those in power). I don’t enjoy saying any of this. I voted for Obama and believed his message, but even the good work of one man can’t always change systematic corruption.