There’s one question ... I’d like to ask of practically every member of Congress. Why are you so dispossessed?
You take all the trouble to run for public office and, against all odds, you actually get in a position to wield influence. But then you accede to a thousand small decisions that you and your predecessors have made, and you give it all away.There are 535 Americans elected to Congress, but the way things are arranged now only three have real power — Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer. Only a handful of others — in leadership — have a whiff of power. The rest of you have rendered yourselves less powerful, in a way never envisioned by the founders.
You Senate Republicans are in a double bind because what power you didn’t give to the majority leader you gave to Trump.
I tend to think that one reason we do not assert our democratic control over our government more than we do is because we would prefer not to be implicated in any admission that we are in charge of what the government is actually doing.
My son recently discovered one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs, "Changing Of The Guards." My favorite line from that song goes like this:
Eden is burning, either brace yourself for elimination
Or else your hearts must have the courage for the changing of the guards
David Brooks' column and Bob Dylan's insights: same message!