Senator Bayh of Indiana’s announcement that he would not seek re-election produced additional evidence of a dysfunctional and even intractable national government. I know there is a lot of speculation about hidden motives in the decision etc. But, it is hard to argue with his stated reasons for quitting.
Bayh and many others feel the ethics are not right to do the people’s business in Congress. More and more lawmakers are saying the same thing in different ways.
Consider the now shelved health bills and the cynicism of what went on with the senators from Louisiana and Nebraska. It is this type behavior that places distrust in government and the current parties.
Bayh’s decision supplies further evidence of a party break down. There must be new options available for a restless America.
Our history has beckoned new party options in periods of transition. Such times demand distinct voices. Voices that will articulate in shrill tones the yearnings of fearful and now suffering citizens from a significant portion of the population. The so-called major parties can no longer serve the needs and causes of these petitioners. Major parties are too bogged down in petty power wars, corruption, selfishness, indifference, and lack of leadership. Republican and Democrats are non-functional. That is what Bayh and others with a front row seat have said in so many words.
New parties must arrive and arise!
This week the former Alaskan governor, Mrs. Palin advised the Tea Party movement to join up with one of the major parties. Choose sides, she said! The inference being that these parties were the only route to participate in government. Sorry, Mrs Palin, but the future may well belong to the Tea Party’s and their kind. Upstarts of many persuasions will provide the illumination and hope for America.