In his work of political intrigue, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare wrote:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
We can piss and moan all we want about the federal government and Congress but the ugly truth is we put those men and women there. We get the government we deserve.
Several congressional incumbents have already lost their seats in primaries and a lot more of them will be tossed out of office in the November midterm elections. The reason is very simple. Most Americans believe that D.C. in general, and Congress in particular, are a cesspool of corruption, incompetence, and waste.
We blame the special interests and the media but we need to take a hard look at ourselves. Democrats in particular. If the Party of Tea, also known as the GOP, takes control of one or both houses of Congress, liberals will point to the Tea Party, the Fox News Channel, and Rush Limbaugh as the reasons for our distress.
But we are the real culprits. A recent Gallup Poll indicated that Democratic congressional candidates were in a flat-footed tie with Republicans in a generic Congressional head-to-head question. This is misleading because Gallup indicated that Republicans are twice as likely to vote in the midterm elections as Democrats are. So we have only ourselves to blame.
Vice President Biden said this week that voters shouldn’t compare Democrats to the almighty; they should compare our party to the alternative.
I hope that does the trick.