Clear Fog Blog

Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

There’s Hope for Congress Yet

Posted by Warren Peterson on August 4, 2011

If we went with the “throw the bums out” crowd and replaced all 535 members of Congress (435 in the House, 100 in the Senate) with a new randomly selected bunch, it wouldn’t take much time before similar discord erupted. Our constitutional system virtually guarantees it. So before you give up completely on the House and Senate, listen to the remarks of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. He spoke to the Senate after the recent intense debate on the debt ceiling. He frames the key issue facing America as a choice between two competing visions of government, one espoused by those on the Left and one by those on the Right. He does not impune their motives nor does he resort to name calling but rather credits both sides with having sincerely held beliefs which they strongly support. It means there is little middle ground. America will have to sort through the 2012 campaign rhetoric, study the issues, listen to the debate and ultimately choose the path ahead. It will be a clear choice, Republican/Conservative or Democrat/Liberal. It will be one of the most critical choices in our history.

Click On: Senator Rubio’s Senate Speech (about nine minutes)

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