To say that Washington is broken has become so cliché that it seems barley worth mentioning. In many ways, average Americans have thrown up their hands in disgust and frustration at what takes place in the hallowed halls of Congress. We’ve become so used to government shutdowns, Senate filibusters, and over regulation that we just accept these as a fact of life. But we shouldn’t. Government is not supposed to be a self-sustaining ever-growing burden. It is supposed to be for the people. Government should exist to keep us safe from foreign enemies and make our lives easier through cooperation and collaboration.
Washington is a product of man. It can be – and has – been broken, but don’t lose hope, because it can be fixed! The journey to what government should be starts not with a particular policy item or piece of legislation; it starts with a new attitude, a new approach. We must fundamentally shift the manner in which our country is led, not from election-to-election, but long term. This means sending good men and women to our nation’s capital to represent their constituents rather than act as “single-minded seekers of reelection.”
How we do we “drain the swamp?” We stop believing that a broken government is a fact of life, and start sending people to Washington who recognize that a government that doesn’t control its citizen but empowers is both attainable and necessary.