Op-ed declaring that Congress may be the bigger issue for voters.
The Republican Party’s mantra during the 2016 election campaign was “Make America Great Again.” Although clever, I never felt it was appropriate because I believe America is, and has always been, great. A better, more pertinent mantra for today would be “Make Congress Great Again.”
I have watched the recent Democratic Party debates and been underwhelmed by the participants, especially those currently in Congress and formerly in the White House. The main focus has been on healthcare, along with bashing former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. Healthcare is important, but there has been little discussion of our growing national debt, the financial stability of Medicare and Social Security, gun violence, the U.S. Southern border, worldwide trade, educating our youth to function in a changing economy, a higher minimum wage, DACA, upgrading our crumbling infrastructure, etc. Aren’t these equally pressing issues that our citizens want to hear solutions for now?
This approach mirrors Congress’ actions. Both political parties avoid the important issues and focus on demeaning the other; promoting their special interest groups, conducting numerous investigations that never seem to end, accumulating personal power, getting re-elected and of course, spending. They are completely reactionary, addressing important issues only when forced to do so; and then, generally supporting only partisan solutions. No wonder Gallup polls report Congress’ July job approval rating at a lowly 17%.
The American people deserve much better. The current structure that produces this type of behavior must change. Leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, Minority leader Charles Schumer and others have spent decades accumulating power and executing their personal agendas. Although all citizens are affected by their actions, most have no say and the votes of a relative few enable these lawmakers to lead Congress election-after-election. This is not right.
Enacting term limits would prevent years of control by a few individuals. Polls indicate 75% or more of Americans support such an amendment. We can petition a convention of the states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution by supporting such organizations as the non-partisan U.S. Term Limits as they work toward this change. If you agree, now is the time to take action.
MICHAEL J. MYERS, PALM BEACH GARDENS