If you want to get a pretty good idea of why nothing gets done in Washington, watch the State Of The Union address on Tuesday. Watch Congress’s behavior at its most juvenile. It shouldn’t be any wonder that serious problems do not get solved given these are the immature people we send to solve them. Oh how I wished:
- Congresspersons did not feel compelled to “vote” on every single thing the President says by vote of standing applause or lack thereof. I mean, since voting on things is a pretty large part of their normal job, looks like they could give it up for just one night. It may come as a shock, but not everything the President will say Tuesday will be worthy of wild admiration nor hateful scorn. In fact, it’s likely he won’t say anything that’s really worthy of either. Given the number of standing ovation interruptions, I have to assume these folks actually have to stretch before and after the speech given the workout they will have. I wished we could have a polite applause at the beginning, then strap them into their chairs like an amusement park ride so they would be forced to respectfully listen.
- Also I wish we could ban making faces like you smelled a turd.
- Should this be televised? On the one hand, televising the speech promotes transparency, which is great. On the other hand, television also promotes grandstanding and turns this thing into just another political speech. This is suppose to be a report given to Congress regarding to pass along the current state of things and to recommend certain actions to Congress. It’s not really for the public per se (though the public can certainly exert pressure on Congress to take action). The thing is, as a political speech, there is no way you are going to get anything other than an overly rosy picture of the state of the union. It might be nice for Congress to be presented with an honest assessment of the shape we are in. Of course, nothing prevents this from happening at some other time, besides the lack of desire of the two sides to talk to each other at all these days.
I find this event that should be worthwhile comes off as very silly. But that pretty much IS politics these days.