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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Our better angels

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 22nd, 2013

omorrow the 109th World Series will begin. The winners of the National and American League pennants will be on the diamonds, playing the game with rules for the game as it is played today.

The fans and managers can yell and holler all they wish, but the umpire is the one who impartially calls a foul, a strike, an out, or a run, like a judge in the judicial system. Umpires get the jobs because they are good at what they are required to do, not because they are popular.

In Washington, the political game in Congress is no longer played with reasonable rules for the game. For years, Congress has manipulated its rules until the game is unworkable. What can you expect from gangs of irresponsible brats with rules that allow a filibuster to stop its own work for 21 hours or a shutdown to stop the government for 16 days?

When the bad behavior gets as bad as we have seen it in recent weeks, voters have no recourse except to throw the bums out the next time they come up for election. But how many voters will even remember who did what by then? Maybe voting will interfere with hunting season or bridge day or the ballot got lost.

Looking at different forms of government down through the centuries, most of us agree that a democracy is the best form of government, even with its flaws. It certainly beats anarchy like Congressís.

For the complete article see the 10-22-2013 issue.

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