There are multiple reasons why our government is dysfunctional. The primary reason is that Republicans are unfit to participate in the system established by our founding fathers. They refuse to deliberate the issues with Democrats, and compromise is out of the question. The truth is that all of the problems with Washington could be solved by a single solution; term limits.
We have far too many old, white men in the House and the Senate. When has a member of congress become too old to serve? The answer is easy; when he or she has served ten years in Washington. Congress must receive the same limitations which are applicable to the president; after ten years they have outlived their usefulness and are members of the wealthiest class of Americans whose concern for the majority of Americans is non-existent. This was not our founding fathers’ intention.
The poster child for term limits is Mitch McConnell. He has failed the American people for 33 years. He was first elected in 1984, and has nothing to show for over three decades of his protected life. The opposite is the truth. McConnell has voted against every issue important to the majority of the American people throughout his despicable career. He is the one man who stood before the television cameras in January of 2009 and promised that the Republican Party would do nothing while a black president remained in office.
His record regarding women’s rights is unforgivable. In 2014 when he ran in Kentucky for reelection, his wife, Elaine Chow, touted his record on women’s rights; it was nothing but a blatant falsehood. Chow, who is now Trump’s Secretary of Transportation, mislead voters.
She claimed that he co-sponsored the Violence Against Women Act in 1991. This part was true, but the measure never came to a vote. When the bill did arrive before the entire body of the Senate in 1993, he voted against it, and again in 2012 and 2013 rejected the rights of safety for all women.
Trumpcare would remove 40 percent of the funding for Planned Parenthood for a year. It would also result in huge cuts for Medicaid; the cuts will affect women who account for more than 65 percent of of its use. Not a single woman was included in McConnell’s secretive group of 13 men who decided the fate of millions of American women. McConnell locked this group behind closed doors and refused to reveal the bill’s contents until a minimal amount of time remained before it will receive the votes of the entire senate.
On Thursday McConnell had the capitol police arrest 43 disabled and infirmed Americans who were protesting Trumpcare’s reduction in Medicaid outside of his office. He said that they were ‘better off dead.’ The truth is that America would be better off if he was dead.
This very old, racist and bigoted man should not be in the senate. He is not only out of touch with the majority of the American people, he is prejudiced and refuses to serve the American people. His decrepit party is his only concern.
McConnell must be removed from his life of luxury and privilege.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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