Opinion: Put Career Politicians on the Endangered Species List

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 11:46 AM

Sen. Dick Lugar lost a reelection campaign against a Tea Party challenger. (flickr)

The seismic shockwaves are still reverberating around Washington D.C. and in every Congressional District across the country. As well they should be. Just last week, voters in Indiana tossed out Richard Lugar, the onetime foreign policy and centrist powerhouse in the Senate who had previously represented the Hoosier State for 36 years.

That Lugar, who ran unopposed six years ago and collected 87 percent of the vote in 2006 was tossed out by a Tea Party candidate last week should send shockwaves to every incumbent politician on the ballot this November. Why?

Simply put, voters across the country aren’t buying what the political elite in Washington D.C. are selling them anymore.  The economy remains sluggish, unemployment remains high and free spending folks in our nation’s Capital have added nearly $6 trillion to the national debt in less than four years.

Lugar’s loss, described by his friend and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) as a “tragedy for the Senate,” should be viewed instead as a win for the American people.  Just as many were surprised that Scott Brown captured “the Kennedy seat” in Massachusetts a few years back, Lugar’s defeat should serve as a reminder that the citizens, rather than any one politician, own the 535 seats in our House of Representatives and Senate in Washington, D.C.

People hire their fellow citizens to represent them in Congress, but they can just as easily be fired should their performance on the job be less than stellar. In Lugar’s case, a suit brought questioning his voting eligibility in Indiana didn’t help matters; he has maintained an address in the wealthy suburb of McLean, VA since 1977.  It led to the impression that Lugar had somehow “gone native” in Washington rather than keep his roots at home with those who gave him the privilege to serve in elective office.

Every elected official on the ballot this November should take heed of Mr. Lugar’s stunning defeat: No matter who you are or which political party you are aligned with, failure to remain connected and committed to the issues of concern to your constituents will land you right back at home and looking for a new job. 

The career politician should now be listed on the endangered species list.


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Mitch Hoover

“Our Insane Congress” by In Constant Search of the TRUTH

Albert Einstein, perhaps the most intelligent and brilliant man who has ever lived, has a famous quote on the subject of insanity.

Einstein says that the definition of insanity is: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”.

Today, The House of Representatives voted for the 33rd time to repeal Obamacare knowing full well that it would never clear the Senate or President Obama’s veto power.

According to the smartest guy that has ever lived on planet Earth, The House of Representatives is INSANE. No surprise there, most Americans already know that from the actions of Congress (or lack thereof) over the last decade.

It is time for the American people to call the guys in the white coats, with the straight- jackets, and put these lunatics where they belong, in the loony bin. We should not discriminate, they all need to go and have electro-shock therapy and if that does not work, then I think it may be time for lobotomy procedures.

At the very core of America’s problem is the complete and utter failure of our elected officials to get almost anything done to help the Country. We put them there, so we are ultimately responsible. It is up to us fix the problem because they have demonstrated repeatedly that they are not up to the challenge.

It is time to clean house America. I’m not talking about a little dusting, or vacuuming, or even a deep Spring cleaning. I am talking about a riding vacuum sweeper from Dyson and a high powered pressure washer with disinfectant added to the spray.

The biggest, single problem we face are these self-seeking career politicians that care only about getting re-elected and not much else. They simply have to be thrown out of Washington by their constituents in the next election. When Congressmen are in power for several decades, they build kingdoms of power that are not in the best interest of citizens in a democracy. “Absolute power, corrupts absolutely”, and that is a problem for all Americans now, and in the future.

This problem we face today with career politicians is a rather new phenomenon since WWII.The Romans and many democracies before us understood that you must have a rotation of power for things to work as designed.

Much of the bi-partisanship that exists today is born in these very powerful career politicians that have invaded Washington like a cancer. The bi-partisanship attitudes that these very powerful career politicians continue to promote is why so little gets done today. They are a malignant cancer that must be removed, and we voters are the only ones that can perform the surgery.

Once we have removed the cancer, then we can set about to force strict term limits and campaign finance reform on Congress and return to the democracy the Founding Fathers intended for all Americans , not just the rich and powerful.

Jul. 12 2012 08:37 PM

It's an interesting thesis......but fatally flawed in my opinion. First of all you are talking about politicians getting bounced in the primaries where the electorate is smaller and much less representative. Those who do tend to vote in primaries are usually more extreme. Regardless, show me a 30 year incumbent who lost a general election. Wouldn't you say that general election results are more representative of the people as a whole?

Second, you talk as if what happened in Indiana is indicative of results around the nation. How many other incumbents seeking reelection have lost in a primary this election cycle? I don't have the numbers in front of me but i would bet it's less than 3%. Hardly an earth-shattering, seismic shift that should put other politicians on notice.

May. 25 2012 08:48 PM

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