During President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Jan. 20, there was one thing that gnawed at me to the point where I couldn't appreciate what the president was saying.
House Speaker John Boehner, a miserable-looking, arrogant, tanned Republican sitting directly behind Obama. And like most of the Republicans in the room, he refused to stand when Obama made a point, a good point, a point that no one could argue with, a point which would make Americans proud to be Americans.
Not John Boehner. He just sat there looking bored, pre-occupied and wretched.
And it wasn't because he systematically disagreed with Obama and the Democrats. It's a simple
American politics is nothing more than a PISSING CONTEST.
Like that saying goes, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
And its clear in today's American government. Obama has no control as president because the Republicans control both the House and the Senate. But what have they done, but block any policy that Obama presents.
Here's an idea. Each party has control for four years, they choose their own president, and representatives are elected in the usual way across the land. However, any policy introduced is based on one vote per elected representative.
After four years, the other party is in power, choosing a president and electing representatives. While the party in power may have the upper hand, it's only for four years and they will want to be as productive as possible, without going overboard. If the policies are too far out there, the next party in power will cancel it.
I know what you are going to say. Why would the Democrats, for example, keep any Republican policies in place?
If the policies are working, the incoming party would look pretty stupid disassembling them.
I know I'm being very simplistic in my suggestion, but something has to change. Obama was supposed to be the new saviour providing a new philosophy.
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek," said Obama during his election campaign.
Change didn't happen as profoundly as we hoped, but it can't fade away after Obama leaves office in 2016.
We are the change that we seek.