Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
A little while back, some protesters followed “moderate” senator, Kyrsten Sinema, into the ladies’ room and harassed her through a stall door. Outrage ensued.
“Have you no sense of decency?” the critics yowled.
The same refrain could be heard when some protesters went to Brett Kavanaugh’s house and gave him some grief about the Supreme Court’s recent history of issuing enormously biased decisions. And protesting kayakers surrounded Joe Manchin’s yacht moored on the Potomac. Some dining conservatives have actually been confronted between the primi and secondi piatti at your finer Washington restaurants.
What have we come to in this country?
I’ll tell you what we’ve come to. We have come to the place any reasonable person should have expected us to come when our leaders fail to listen to the people and are instead beholden only to their donors, usually large corporations and billionaires. We are unable to influence them with our individual donations of $25 and $50, or with letters and faxes and phone calls jamming the Capitol switchboards. The elected officials simply don’t listen or, worse, they pay lip service with boilerplate replies to our angry emails. “The senator is working hard to bring good jobs back to West Virginia.”
Sinema is an especially frustrating example because she represents a giant roadblock to the agenda that a majority of Americans voted for in 2020, but she won’t put her cards on the table. She seems to be treating the whole process as a cute game, and in doing so she’s attracted the ire of the effectively unrepresented. They—we—are tired of it.
Unresponsiveness causes a change in tactics. In the ‘70s, extreme leftists resorted to bombs and other kinds of violence, and I certainly don’t want to see that in the 21st century. For one thing, it failed, and innocent people got hurt. I would much rather see the responsible parties get a little bit humiliated in public—a tiny price to pay for professional intransigence and craven self-interest.
In other words, Kyrsten, Joe, Mitch, Josh, Ted, Brett, Susan, and [add many names here]: If you’re going to dish out bullshit in response to the genuine needs and values of the people, you can expect some pushback. Maybe you’ll be dining in from now on. Maybe you’ll keep your snarky comments to yourself.
But maybe, instead, you ought to start operating on the level, listening to your constituents and telling them the truth. Put your career on the line for a change and work for the people who put you in that seat.
Then you might be able to enjoy a little peace and quiet on the seat behind the stall door.