It would seem as if most Americans, other than the fringe-winged zealots, would agree that perhaps our Congressman have forgotten they work for us, instead of the other way around. Somewhere back in the ‘90’s our Congress began overlooking “us” while concentrating instead mostly on “them.” After-all, there were fundraisers of which to make an appearance, war chests for re-election to build, golf matches with buddies, breakfasts with lobbyists, occasional votes to attend, as well as free ball games and celebrity galas to attend at night...all on our dime. That much extracurricular activity didn’t leave much consideration for the great un-washed among us.
So, while most of the country was taking a holiday Monday the 2nd, or at least trying to get over their holiday hangover, the 115th Congressional Republicans were actually back, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, a day before they were even due. Seems incredible that our Congressmen would meet a day early when they were due to introduce the new members on Tuesday, a day of grandeur and posturing…a party normally reserved for each other.
Evidently, a Republican Congressman, or perhaps a group, decided Monday would be a good day to sneak one under the wire from us. Business as usual with the media asleep at the switch or others still trying vainly to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. Makes me wonder if all this Wiki-leaks and email scandals have someone nervous that the shoe is about to drop on the GOP side real soon. Anyway, they met on Monday to castrate the Office of Congressional Ethics, effective immediately.
According to Wikipedia, the Office of Congressional Ethics was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2008 as a nonpartisan, independent entity charged with reviewing allegations of misconduct against members of the House of Representatives and their staff and, when appropriate, referring matters to the U.S. House Committee on Ethics.
So, Donald Trump was elected with a mandate to “drain the swamp.” But he doesn’t take office until January 20th. Surely, I am not the only one that finds it devious that the GOP would want to rid themselves of that onerous committee the day before they were to reconvene, and 18 days before Mr. Trump took the Oval Office. And how were we alerted to this? Twitter! And by whose account were we notified? Why none other than the Republican President-Elect of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
Now we can sit back and wait to see what GOP Rep has some dirty laundry to be aired shortly. And you will have Mr. Trump to thank for the knowledge. And as a bonus to the liberals, it might even take some heat off of Hillary!
There is a new sheriff in town folks, and it appears he is looking out for all of us sordid souls outside of the Washington beltway. We’ve never seen that in our lifetimes. We need to let this play out.