A long, long time ago—immediately after becoming a politician meant increasing one’s personal wealth—Washington, D. C. pols were amazed at the sums garnisheed from taxpayers. Being such civic-minded stalwarts, these popularly elected legislators, they all wanted to utilize (spend) this money making and keeping “The People’ happy, happy, happy.
The first problem which developed from their largesse was that their projects always cost more than proposed. A second, and worse, problem resulted in projects so inefficient and misguided that they almost (scratch the ‘almost) did more harm than good. The third corruption occurred when government personnel, agencies, and especially Congress, quietly realized that they had to spend all of the money, in order to avoid reductions in future revenues.
My post, however is about the fourth corruption—the theater, the sport, the game.
Ka·bu·ki (kə-bo͞o′kē) A type of popular Japanese drama, evolved from the older Noh theater, in which elaborately costumed performers, nowadays men only, use stylized movements, dances, and songs in order to enact tragedies and comedies.
They’ve evolved in D,C, It’s no longer men only. (Nancy Pelosi!) (Hillary was there, a necessary stepping stone for her ordained…well, never mind) Perhaps soon it won’t even be “men” and “women” only. Regardless, the actors have not really evolved, but rather developed even greater skills at portraying characters in drama and comedy. Eloquent folks (many attorneys), they pour their hearts and souls into performances. The best actors retain their roles for many years (Chuck Schumer and John McCain, et al).
But, for some reason, nothing ever changes in the country—at least not for the good of The People. It’s not the fault of the Republican Party, the GOP leaders and followers say—and, vice versa from the Dems. “We’re fighting hard for you, though,” they both say.
John McCain knows he will have to retire at the end of this Senate term, his sixth. Repeal and replacement of Obamacare was a centerpiece of his 2016 reelection campaign. He got reelected. John McCain isn’t a Conservative “maverick.” He is a Liberal maverick. And now that he’s a lame duck, his need to follow the script of the Play is over. He can’t be fired.
Democrats, such as Chuck Schumer, Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and so many others, have an even better contract/employment situation. It doesn’t matter what they do, say, or don’t. Their constituents will keep reelecting them until they are charged with a crime. (Scratch charged, replace with imprisoned, or, at least convicted.)
It’s all kabuki theater. It has less authenticity than the WWF. I had the pleasure of working with a former WWF star, Warlock, and later as Jay Kraken, (now an LEO-Ops sergeant). “Jay” revealed to me some amazing facts about the WWF. For one thing, his fitness tests, required to even get his foot in the door, would send NFL-combine contestants to a hospital. Yes, there were many scripts. And roles depend upon a wrestler’s ratings and fan base. But all of those guys, and gals, work hard—for their audience. They do actually fight!
I suppose Washington, D. C. people and pols work occasionally. They certainly care about their fan base, at least during reelection campaigns. Do they always try to win? I don’t think so. Do they care? I don’t think so. Are they good actors? You betcha! Will they come together and give a ton of (taxpayer) money to Houston, Puerto Rico, and California, as Jeff Flake stated, in a quick and decisive manner? Yep. Will they do anything else in a “quick and decisive manner”? Nope. The show must go on.
Is it kabuki theater? Is it rehearsed wrestling? The actors and pseudo-fighters have a captive audience. It’s time to start throwing tomatoes.