Mitch McConnell: a Barnacle on the Hull of the Republic

So Mitch McConnell has been a U.S. Senator for what, like 29 years now?

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That’s not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

There is no better example of how our system, a system that was supposed to be steered by virtuous statesmen who served with the public interest as their only prerogative, is woefully broken and corrupt.

The professional politician didn’t exist until the professional political party existed. In America, the Democratic Party under Andrew Jackson in the 1820s and 1830s gave rise to politics as a career… and that’s where the trouble began.

Later, add in big industry like railroads and canal-building… along with manufacturing of all sorts, along with a political and intellectual class that in government saw not a necessary evil but an opportunity and a positive good, well, there’s the final nail in the coffin, a nail that has been driven deeper and deeper even since.

The quaint little American federal republic didn’t really stand much of a chance.

Back to Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr.  He’s won five U.S. Senate elections. George Washington went home voluntarily after two terms as president. Where is such commitment to the idea that politics should treated with great suspicion? Plato understood it. The American founders understood it. It’s as if nobody understands that any longer, except libertarians, tea partiers, and probably some occupy movement types, at least those not naive enough to think that government is a force for good.

Republicans can say all they want about it, but they keep voting people like McConnell into office.

Their alleged principles are now a punchline.

George Washington probably would have conceded that if he were alive in this political climate, he would have been Mitch McConnell. But then again, he was known for his honesty.