Elected officials love to communicate and justify their position on issues by addressing the masses as the "American People."
When members of Congress stand before a microphone and tell me they are closing down the federal government because the American People demand it, I get confused. I am one of those American people. I support actions to cut the deficit. Our nation's future depends on it. What I don't agree with is this patronizing notion that certain members of Congress believe they have been anointed to push for an extreme, uncompromising agenda in the name of the American People.
At least stand up there and tell us who you are actually representing when you attempt to justify your position on paralyzing the federal government and impacting the financial stability of this nation.
Republicans and Democrats alike are guilty of this patronizing term. The self-serving nature and extreme ideology is going to bring this country to its knees.
When compromise fails, nobody wins. With 90 minutes to spare, they all come to an agreement regarding short-term spending plan that will give them time to finalize legislation funding the government through Sept. 30, the end of the 2011 fiscal year.
This, after a full day of pontificating and posturing before the cameras. I suppose we should be grateful for small mercies. But I must ask, why were we "American People" forced to watch the antic of highly egotistical, self important people who think they are doing the people's work in an admirable fashion.
Why? Because they all have to play to their base. Shame on Congress.