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You want beauty? Go to a Museum.

Charles Krauthammer knocks it out of the park with his latest commentary on the political scene.  He starts off with:

Of all the endlessly repeated conventional wisdom in today’s Washington, the most lazy, stupid and ubiquitous is that our politics is broken.

On the contrary. Our political system is working well (I make no such claims for our economy), indeed, precisely as designed — profound changes in popular will translated into law that alters the nation’s political direction.

The process has been messy, loud, disputatious and often rancorous. So what? In the end, the system works. Exhibit A is Wisconsin. Exhibit B is Washington itself.

He concludes with:

Democratic politics was never meant to be an exercise in aesthetics. Not just ugly, moan the critics, but oh so slow. True, again. It took months. And will take more. The supercommittee doesn’t report until Thanksgiving. The next election is more than a year away.

But the American system was designed to make a full turn of the carrier difficult and deliberate. Moreover, without this long ugly process, the debt issue wouldn’t even be on the table. We’d still be whistling our way to Greece.

Instead, a nation staring at insolvency is finally stirring itself to action, and not without spirited opposition. Great issues are being decided as constitutionally designed.

The process is working. Notice how the loudest complaints about "broken politics" come from those who lost the debate. It’s understandable for sore losers to rage against the machine. But there’s no need for the rest of us to parrot their petulance.

In between, he supports his assertions with a withering analysis and common sense observations.  Read the whole thing.

  1. 13 Aug 2011 at 6:32 PM

    I have a question for these politicians up there in DC. I keep wondering where in the Constitution this Super Majority group exists. I wrote my Senator and asked him if he were using a different Constitution book than what I was using.

    Well, I always like Charles K and his endless wit. He tells it just the way it’s supposed to be. If you go back in history you find much more raucous debates and incendiary language being used while the politicians debated the issues of the day.

    The only thing broken in DC is the people in it. They all need to be taken to the Potomac River and dumped into it. It’s time to start over and clean the whole corrupt mess of criminals out of there.

  2. 15 Aug 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Now, now, Pepper…tell us how you really feel!

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