Why the anger? Is it justified and more importantly, is anger a winning strategy?
Our anger should be directed less at politicians (although many are deservedly targets) and more at ourselves for expecting more from government than it can deliver. When the Founders pursued liberty, their intention was not only liberation from an oppressive English monarchy, but liberty for themselves and their posterity. With liberty comes responsibility.
We have not made good use of it, but we are blaming the wrong people. The politicians care mostly about their careers. They will increasingly provide "benefits" in exchange for votes. Republicans, who promised to end the gravy train, or at a minimum slow it down, have done little to reduce the spending spree. And so voters are angry at Republicans.
Democrats have not reduced poverty or elevated the middle class, despite record amounts of spending on "anti-poverty" programs and empty promises to support those who languish between wealth and poverty. And so
Where is the politician who will say "enough"? Where is the politician who will tell voters, "We can't do more for you than you can do for yourself"? Character doesn't come from
In sports, boundaries determine the limits of a playing field and rules define how the game is played. The Constitution was written to put boundaries on government and provide the maximum amount of liberty under the law to its citizens.
Government has become dysfunctional because it has exceeded its constitutional boundaries. That's why liberals and conservatives are discontented, though for different reasons. The left wants more of what's not working, and the right wants less, but because of its timidity hasn't made its case.
Perhaps that's why a proposal for an "Article 5" constitutional convention to put government back within its constitutional boundaries appears to be gaining momentum. According to the
So, if you are discontented with government, look in the mirror and discover the person most responsible for expecting too much from government and too little from yourself.