When history is written about these current times in America, there will undoubtedly be heated arguments about how bad/good a President George W. Bush has been. I, personally, don't think he's done a very good job, but that's my opinion and I have my reasons.
What I hope isn't confined to the dustbin of history, when that particular debate takes place, is that good or ill, George W. Bush has been President while we have had some of the most awful Congresses in this nation's history. With a few notable exceptions, this group of folks, Democrat & Republican, have not done us proud.
This is especially true for Louisiana, specifically New Orleans. Third Battle of New Orleans puts two of their Congressional personailites on blast. One Republican and one Democrat. 20 points if you can name them before reading more.
On CNN he told the world that on the issue of gay marriage: "I don't believe that there's an issue more important than this one. I think this debate is very healthy, and it's winning a lot of hearts and minds. I think we're going to show real progress." Wow, Mr. Vitter is obviously a fool. Maybe he needs to take a slow drive through Lakeview, Gentilly, MidCity, the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish again and rethink his priorities for his constituents.That's the Republican (if you couldn't tell). Have you guessed who? Senator David Vitter.
The next one is real easy:
Although he has not yet been charged with any crime, Mr. Jefferson's actions give him the appearance of someone who is quite guilty. He is in the middle of a corruption scheme that has found him with $90,000 of cash in his freezer of his Washington home, FBI raids of both his houses in New Orleans and Washington, the use of National Guard troops to help him get belongings from his New Orleans' home immediately after Katrina, and has been a part of an FBI probe, including recorded conversations of bribes. Most recently the Justice Department raided his congressional office creating more publicity as other congressmen question the separation of congressional and executive powers. None of this is good for New Orleans. As a poweful congressmen on the House Ways and Means Committee, Jefferson has a tremendous amount of influence in providing assistance to the rebuidling of New Orleans. Unfortunately, another corrupt Louisiana politician is exactly what everyone outside of Louisiana expects from us. Furthermore, the Federal government must be asking how they can trust Louisiana politicians with recovery money. Will it all end up in Mr. Jefferson's freezer?Can you name this man? Rep. William Jefferson, Democrat.
Maybe, just maybe, the stink from Washington is so bad that normal, everyday conservatives and liberals will start getting involved, participating in local and state parties and maybe even running for office. Even if it is the local School Board, this kind of behavior from our government - regardless of Party - can only be stopped in one way: us not letting it get that far.
UPDATE: 06/15/06 2:08pm: Apples and oranges maybe, but Right On Peachtree is definitely hanging out in the same orchard. Oh yeah, speaking of ROP, be sure to read this, too.