Congress has stopped working. I don’t see it starting up again. I imagine politically aware people in the Roman republic were also witnesses to their government’s decline.
This Vox article by an anonymous member of Congress spells out why it doesn’t work and is unlikely to be fixed:
I am a member of Congress. I’m not going to tell you from where, or from which party. But I serve, and I am honored to serve. I serve with good people (and some less good ones), and we try to do our best.
It’s a frustrating, even disillusioning job. The public pretty much hates us. Congress polls lower than Richard Nixon during Watergate, traffic jams, or the Canadian alt-rock band Nickelback. So the public knows something is wrong. But they often don’t know exactly what is wrong. And sometimes, the things they think will fix Congress — like making us…
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