We Still Have A Ways To Go

Congress has justly earned a single, or at best, low double digit approval rating.  Americans scratch their heads and wring their hands.  How can an elected body vote against “universal background checks when over 80% of Americans support the new legislation”?  Hmmm.

There many explanations.  Some say it is their firm belief in the Constitution (Second Amendment) and want to protect it.  Others say it is the pressure of a primary challenge threatened by right wing conservatives.  The NRA is often fingered as main culprit since they have a track record of spending lots of money against candidates who do not toe their line.

And the more cynical observers, point to a more fundamental explanation.

Our elected representatives see their elected jobs as simply an extension of a wealth accumulation process.  Our elected officials make the leap from serving those who elected them, to just another path to create wealth (as they see their constituents doing).

In other words, Congress’ low approval rating stems from a dysfunctional legislative process, which in turn stems from legislators voting first for what’s in their personal best interest and second for what may be in their constituent’s.

Hmmm. Pretty low?

The good news is it is not as low as it can go.  Take a look at Pakistan as a model of dysfunction along side apparent democracy.  Yesterday a leading prosecutor was gunned down in broad daylight.  Surprise, surprise the Prosecutor was investigating  former President Pervez Musharraf over possible links to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

The point here is not whether there is a connection between Musharraf and Bhutto but the coincident that both Musharraf and Bhutto had gained moderate to extreme wealth through politics.

Pakistan differs from the US in many respects but the relative large number of poor/low income citizens and the few “super rich” drives the government officials behavior.  Like most all third world countries, being a government official is a route to personal wealth accumulation.  Pakistan is no different.  When someone else tries to increase their wealth, it might come at the expense of someone else in power, and those are fighting words.


I guess as sad as our current Congressional performance, it still has a ways to go to catch up with Pakistan, and, and, and.



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8 Comments on “We Still Have A Ways To Go”

  1. lwk2431 Says:

    “How can an elected body vote against “universal background checks when over 80% of Americans support the new legislation”? Hmmm.”

    Probably because a lot of them know that “80%” (or 90%) stat that is being propagated by thousands of repeaters of “talking points” is largely illusion.

    You can bet you last dollar that if the 80/90% stat was true, or even remotely close to being true, then Congress would be passing a comprehensive background check that included an anal cavity search just for good measure.

    The fact that they didn’t, and remember these guys mostly live to get re-elected, tells you the stat is a bullshit talking point with nothing but hot air behind it.


    • Lwk2431, you raise an important point and that is how was the 80% number determined.

      The number is logical since the current background check laws allow about 40% of all guns sold to avoid any background check. Being in favor of full background checks is just logical.

      I suspect, also, the 80% number is skewed in favor of those living in populated areas where gun violence is a big problem. These polls are conducted by independent organizations but that does not make them immune to some polling error.

      Lastly, where is your evidence that a majority of Americans favor either the current background check rules or favor no background check?

  2. FLPatriot Says:

    There is a simpler answer to the question of why they “vote against “universal background checks when over 80% of Americans support the new legislation”? ” Because that statement is misleading at best.

    Most people I know support background checks, the ones we already have. The bill that was voted down was nothing more than a waste of time and a political tool to use in an upcoming election season.

    So it was Democrat politicians that took a stat that says that 80% of people support current background checks and twisted to say those people also supported their bill. This was a really good example of way congress is getting such a low approval rating.

    • FL, just for comparison… I think the airport security is overkill, especially since the cockpit doors have been strengthened… my recommendation would be that the TSA agents screen 60% of those planning to fly, and let the other 40% go through unchecked… as a supporter of the current level of background checks, you would support my proposal I would think…

      • FLPatriot Says:

        If you want to compare apples to Doorknobs I don’t think I can comment.

        TSA is a whole different topic to discuss and I didn’t think you wanted to change the subject. Do you have anything to comment on the topic you started?

  3. FL, many apologies… I thought you knew that under the current “background check” laws, 60% of all gun sales require a background check (licensed dealers), but sales at gun shows etc which account for 40% of all sales, do not require a background check…

    If I need to explain more then I assume you are really against background checks…

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