If Mr. Blunt and Cranky had a dollar for every time a politician said something like “never mind the individual opinions of our caucus members, for the good of the party we must come together and be 100% united”; well, he could afford to give out his songs for free instead of hawking them on iTunes and other such sites. But alas, we don’t get dollars from our dysfunctional elected “representatives”, and so on we go with our jobs, while they fail at theirs. Over. And over. Again.

And the reason they fail is their devotion to their parties, and their corresponding lack of devotion to us. Even though we pay their salaries, they spend their on-the-job time working for their parties. We see and hear them apologizing for voting with their party, say it isn’t their view, but they have to hew the line, and so on. Hey, Chuckles, we are paying you. Either work for us, or quit and work for your friggin’ party.

Look at the past few years for a classic example: the “Republican” Party and their openly avowed Number One Priority of getting a “Republican” in the White House in 2012. By their own admission, they put their constitutionally-mandated work aside to focus on partisan politics, to the detriment of the nation.

This is far from the only example of such party-centric focus: it has been a staple of partisan operations for many a year, in many a place. It is only unusual in that it was so baldly stated, without the slightest hint of shame. And without much in the way of consequences from the voters, who have gotten very little for the billions spent on and by the Legislative branch of late.

Two relevant comments from very prominent politicians:

Number A; President Washington, in his Farewell Address, warned us that political parties would someday steal the reins of power from the voters and their legally constituted organizations. His prediction has come true, even if we choose not to recognize it.

Letter 2; Haley Barbour recently announced that his “Republican” party was in need of “a proctology exam”.  True, if vulgar.

If we squashed political parties like the cockroaches they are, we could take the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on them, apply it to the deficit, and maybe have our “representatives” start to represent us for a friggin’ change.  Until we do, we will continue to be ruled by organizations that have no right to govern us.

Mr.  B & C