I just watched last nights Colbert Report and was quite taken by the segment called The Word, which is where he takes a word, real, made up, or multiple and ties it to a political issue. As you can see from the title, last nights word was Secrets and Laws. The entire segment centered around our currently ineffective congress, the tea party, and governmental gridlock.
The situation in our legislative branch is so bad that to get senators to give their ideas about restructuring the tax code, senate leadership had to promise them the information would be held in highest security without public oversight (secret) until 2064. In other words, citizens represented by these senators would have no way of knowing what their elected official added to the tax code and who it benefited. Most of this secretive activity in the senate and congress has been brought about by the tea party’s zealous opposition of liberals and democrats in general. Republican politicians so fear the repercussions of going against this base that they have chosen to break the very essence of our democratic system and the main reason for our founding fathers to war with England.
I am talking about “Taxation without Representation”. Oh, wait, isn’t that one of the big rallying cries of the tea party? So in their zealous attempts to get their way (mostly opposing anything a democrat has to say) they are creating an atmosphere that will actually lead to dictatorship, monarchy, and the very thing our forefathers shed blood to free us from. What do they follow-up this one with, tear the declaration of Independence up and give America back to England. In the end, it is amazing to me how unpatriotic some patriotic people can be.