It’s time we face the harsh reality that our entire system of government is flawed. While it might have worked well in the late-1700’s when we had 13 states and less than 100 members of Congress, nowadays it’s comically inefficient. We have 535 members of Congress – that’s absurd. Who in their right mind believes that getting 535 politicians together is the best way to form a streamlined and effective government? And while both houses have their issues, the House of Representatives clearly takes the prize for being the most juvenile of any part of our government.
Sadly, that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Many districts in this country are soundly in the hands of one party or another, so the representatives from those areas can basically get away with whatever they want just as long as it’s what they think the voters in their district will want to hear.
Ron Paul is a prime example of this. For 16 years he served as a representative from Texas’s 14th District. In those 16 years as a member of our House of Representatives he sponsored a total of 620 bills with only four actually making it to a vote and a grand total of one being signed into law. That’s embarrassing.
Well, last night Jon Stewart decided to have a little fun and showcased a rather childish (though absolutely hilarious) spat between two members of the House of Representatives, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX).
The confrontation happened during a debate on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“I don’t know about your state, which I think is a crazy state to begin with,” Hastings told Burgess. “And I mean that just as I said it.”
“That’s a very inflammatory statement about my state, and I will not stand here and listen to it,” Burgess angrily replied.
This immature (though humorous) exchange between the two men prompted Stewart to declare, “We are run by children.”
But they weren’t done.
“Well fine, then you don’t have to listen, ” Hastings said. “You can leave if you choose. I told you what I think about Texas – I wouldn’t live there for all the tea in China.”
Though Stewart made sure to point out the irony of someone from Florida calling the state of Texas crazy.
“There is no reason at all to impugn the people, the governor of a state of this country,” Burgess said to the committee. “And I will await the gentleman’s apology.”
“You will wait until hell freezes over,” Hastings shot back.
Stewart gave his best acting job for being utterly shocked (complete with arms flailing in every direction), then stated that Hastings “truly does not give a single f*ck.”
While Hastings was clearly the instigator of this fairly immature (albeit funny) exchange, I think his attitude sums up the frustration many Democrats have when it comes to these pointless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the child-like manner in which many Republicans have behaved toward the health care law itself.
And while the exchange was entertaining, this sort of childish behavior (which includes the dozens upon dozens of pointless votes to repeal Obamacare) should really be beneath our members of Congress.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: