Memo to Congress: Cut the Crap About Capitalism (And Stop Pretending You Represent us)
Sunday 6 January 2013
The “American people” you pretend to represent do not exist. It’s all of us out here in the “real America” â€“ you know, the one outside the beltway â€“ who do exist. We work for a living, nurture our kids, support our schools, obey the laws you make, and, yes, pay our taxes. Meanwhile, the great majority of your kind (with a few notable and indispensable exceptions), enjoying benefits, incomes, and privileges our kind will never know, steadfastly refuse to speak for us.
You may have noticed that we are a very diverse society. This diversity is a great strength, except when it’s not, like when it divides us so deeply and irreconcilably that we are paralyzed by it. What divides us as a people more than anything else now is ideology. Not religion, not race, not political affiliation, but ideology.
Watching Congress fumble, stumble, and sink into ever-deeper disrepute one could easily get the impression that the problem is partisanship: “Conservatives” and Republicans versus “Liberals” and Democrats. In fact, however, that’s not the case since you’ve so mangled these words that they no longer have any real meaning.