There was a time when satire carried the disclaimer, “For Entertainment Purposes Only” just in case people weren’t smart enough to recognize it as satire.
This practice has waned as the separation between news and satire diminishes.
Recently, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff began one of the Impeachment hearings with a king-sized lie about the content of a phone call between President Trump and the leader of Ukraine.
After being called on this lie by even left leaning news sources, Schiff claimed his characterization of the call was satire.
Never mind that if it was satire it was not well done, or that a fact-finding hearing is no place for satire; Schiff has verified for us what some of us have known for a long time. Congress is now officially for entertainment purposes only.
Since C-SPAN first started broadcasting Congressional proceedings, it has been all downhill.
Rather than conducting government business, Congress is now full time campaigning for the next election.
Grandstanding for the camera is the order of the day, while legislating takes a back seat, when it has a place at all.
There is no fact that points this out better than the lack of a budget.
Our federal government has not had a budget since 2008 and is on track to fail in having one this year. It doesn’t seem to matter which party is in power, we can’t get our fiscal house in order.
When Democrats had both houses and the Presidency, we had no budget.
When the Republicans had both houses and the Presidency, we had no budget.
Every other difficult issue suffers the same fate, because legislators aren’t willing to take a stand and would rather hide behind meaningless sound bites than do the job they were elected to do.
It’s about time we send this pack of corrupt cowards back to the private sector and elect people who are willing to stand up for what they believe and take action even when that action may not be popular.