The humorist Will Rogers once compared Congress to the greatest comedic gathering in history. It’s not difficult to imagine what he would think of that august body now as the national angst grows by leaps and bounds, thanks to a dysfunctional legislature.
The clowns who occupy Capitol Hill today not only are a collective joke, they seem determined to put us through a period of chaos with one purpose: To satisfy some vague ideological belief that we all would be better off back in the 1950s. At least some of those who obviously would like to undo the election of Barack Obama seem to feel that way.
Ostensibly, the fight is over health care reform, including the approximately 40 million Americans who don’t have any insurance at the moment. But the intensity of their anger makes it is easy to believe there is something far more sinister at foot here that has overtones most of us don’t like to think about in this modern age — a palpable dislike for the current president based on his uniqueness in history. It began almost immediately after his 2008 election to a first term.