Paris Hilton for President

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“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”

Mark Twain

Would you really, seriously, consider paying a coyote to watch over your chickens?

Very few people keep chickens today, so let’s look at it differently. Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that you’re one of those lucky people with enough money to afford to have someone to come in and clean your house for you. You pay him/her a salary to perform certain tasks, but as time goes on, he/she demands more money. Well, that’s not unreasonable; cost of living, inflation, yadayadayada.

But then one day, as your servant leaves the house, he/she picks up a silver ewer you inherited from your grandmother, right in front of you, no effort to hide it, and calmly walks out without comment. By the time you gather your wits, he/she is gone. So the next time he/she comes back, you ask where the hell your ewer is and when the hell you’re going to get it back.

“Oh, no. I’m keeping that,” your servant says. “I decided to grant myself certain perks, little extras just for me that you can’t have, so every time I leave this house, I’m going to take something. And by the way, I’m not doing windows anymore.”

The men and women who make up the legislative branch of our government, the body of Congress divided into the House of Representatives and the Senate, are called public servants. That means they are private citizens who work for you, and your taxes pay their salaries. Under the Constitution, no individual or group of individuals has more rights than you do. Even the President and the Vice President are private citizens with no more rights than you.

Unfortunately, Congress seems to have forgotten that. They have the right to use inside information, information that is not available to you, to buy stocks and bonds. That means they have rights you do not have. In fact, if you did that, you would go to jail. If a stockbroker or banker or company CEO did that, he would go to jail. But it is not illegal for the individuals in Congress.

On yesterday’s “Face the Nation,” Bob Schieffer briefly mentioned some of these issues, and then went on to point out that ten years ago Congress had an approval rating of 65%. Today, its approval rating is 9%. To put that into perspective, the IRS has an approval rating of 36%. BP, at the height of their oil spill disaster, had an approval rating of 16%. Paris Hilton has an approval rating of 15%.

What do you think? Do you think the men and women of Congress are better and more worthy than you? Do you think they should be allowed rights you may not possess? Do you think they deserve a 9% approval rating?

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