Mark Twain famously said: “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” There are “Republican” members of the House and Senate that I look at often. I look at their records, their speeches, and their general attitude, and I am appalled that they are still in Washington. Over the course of many years in office, one inevitably becomes entrenched in the grime of the political machine. Slowly but surely they sink, until you can no longer see them.
There is a reason we have Presidential term limits: so that a person elected to power cannot become intoxicated by it; and in the course of his intoxication, lead us to destruction. There are exceptions to the rules, of course; but generally speaking, time spent at length in the political grime will eat away the soul.
Speaking of the need for term limits, John McCain–notably displeased with the young Senators who lead the recent 13 hour filibuster–had this to say in reference to Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and several others: “They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else…But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone.”
John McCain was displeased with the “ludicrous” drone discussion, then turned right around and told FOX News that he does, in fact, want more oversight. According to the Washington Post:
“He subsequently told Fox News that he does think there should be ‘more congressional oversight’ of the drone program, which should be brought under the Department of Defense — but argued that Paul’s filibuster was merely a distraction.”
John McCain wants oversight for what, exactly? If he doesn’t believe there is any validity to the questions that “wacko birds” Rand Paul and Ted Cruz were asking, why is he concerned about more oversight? In addition to that, McCain has become reliably less Conservative as the years have gone by.
But above all else, John McCain called Senators–from his own party, mind you–“Wacko birds.” He laid down judgement on Paul, Cruz, and the others for putting up a fight; for having the hutzpah to actually do something about the drone situation. He is openly mocking them for doing what a Senator is supposed to do: fight for what they believe is right for the American people. That is extraordinarily disrespectful, and deeply disturbing.
John McCain is a lost cause, yet because we don’t have Senatorial term limits, we’re stuck with him. He is the definition of an establishment Republican; doing nothing to push Conservative principles, trying so hard to be liked by everyone, and maintaining the status quo.
We desperately need more Senators like Paul and Cruz; and McCain needs to go.