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Congressional Government

            Recently my class read Woodrow Wilsons “Congressional Government” in class. I was astounded how Wilson confesses that everyday people have no clue about the actual inner workings of the government. These facts are still relevant today with the recent creation of a “super committee” that the government created in an attempt to set a balanced budget before congress. Even more astounding, my teacher probed if we could name three committees and their chairs, and nobody could even name one.

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            Why today with so many sources for news and C-SPAN showing almost all of the inner workings of congress, how do so few know how bills truly are formulated. It seems as if Congress wants a veil of secrecy surrounding their true workings, it’s almost like a conspiracy theory of some sort. It must be demoralizing for some of the new congressmen and congresswomen to make it all the way to Capitol Hill only to be told that if they want a bill to be passed they have to shake the right hands, make the right friends, and join the right committees. In my opinion, America is supposed to be the true democracy of the world, yet this form of Government seems like whoever can spend the right amount of time and money in the right places can do whatever they want in their careers. This is not what America was founded to be, instead of CNN showing the newest flood in Taiwan or the terrorist attack in Afghanistan why don’t they show the true destruction of democracy in America?

            Woodrow Wilson was one of the greatest visionary presidents the United States has ever had. He created the first model for a United Nations committee directly after WWI and was told that his idea was bogus and un-American. Wilson realized that the average American had almost no common knowledge of how business was (and still is) conducted in Washington. If Americans today have all of these outlets of social media such as twitter, Facebook, or Google +, there is no reason for politicians to not be trying to teach the masses how our government actually functions. Today we need a president just like Woodrow Wilson; we need someone who is not afraid to say that although America is a great nation, we are fundamentally corrupt as a whole. Until this happens, America will continue to spin downward until we eventually self-destruct as a country.

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     In all fairness, I cannot tear down a current system of government only to be replaced by a worse system, or by no system at all. The process of bills reaching the floor of the House should involve the people deciding the most important issues of the year at the yearly elections. Once these issues are decided we can spend a proportional amount of time with each issue on the floor to the percentage of the votes that it received by the American public. All in all, the current congressional system that America has and is using is not only obsolete, but completely un-democratic. Instead of our government listening to the people’s ideas and offering compromised solutions, they create committees to decide what will get them either the most money or the most fame.

  1. blaker13
    May 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I am a little confused with the question. Im also confused with who was in the super committee, but overall it was ok.

  2. govchrism
    May 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Very well written and find your picture amusing, but find the same problem as above. What was the question? And was it ever answered?

  3. jeffqb2
    May 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    You said you thought CNN should actually run their programs not about the war in Iraq but on how corrupt America is, why would any news station do that? thats your personal opinion. Dosen’t mean that everyone shares your opinion. also we didn’t read the whole book on “Congressional Government” so i don’t think you can have an accurate opinion on how our Government works as a whole. Obviously it’s good enough to last this long and get us to this point. And on a side note i think your picture of Wonka is a little childish to have in there.

  4. May 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I think it was Winston Churchill who wrote that democracy is the worst form of government ever invented… except for every other form of government known to man.

    For all of its flaws the committee system – and members’ specialization in policy issue areas – helps to streamline the legislative process… so that the thousands of bills each session can reasonably be winnowed down to those that are best for the country.

    Perhaps social media – used effectively – can lift the veil of secrecy from Congress Maybe social media “sunshine” (ie, public access) “is the best disinfectant” for a flawed democratic process?

    • govellisc
      May 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

      I aggree with your statement, people need to start using social media as a more meaningful tool than just checking up on friends lives. If we could get people to uncover the veil of secrecy around congress they would have no choice but to change their current process.

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