The Humans of Congress
In light of the recent government shutdown, many Americans have come to question the utility and efficiency of their legislative branch. Specifically, a discourse emerged surrounding the inevitable deadlocks that arise in a bipartisan system. Reactions to the impact of repetitive political feuds between democrats and republicans are varied. The common consensus remains that there is an urgent need to open the government and prevent further shutdowns. For some, this ongoing feature has inspired hope in the Freshmen of Congress. The inspirational stories of Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and others have been the catalyst to a growing hope that the current dysfunctional nature of Congress will become a thing of the past. As a true skeptic, I think it is necessary to consider the following questions:
How likely are the Freshmen of Congress in achieving this goal?
How will bipartisanship efforts change?
To what extent will the Freshmen be restricted by their respective parties?
Only time can provide us with an accurate answer to these questions. Nevertheless, it is prudent to take into account the opinions of resigning congressmen and women. Regardless of what your opinion is the HBO special "Goodbye, Congress" by Vice News offers a great depiction of the challenges faced by congressmen and women. The problems of the men and women of Congress are often hidden behind party veils and the framed-narratives of the Media. Documentarian, Alexandra Pelosi, sparks an intuitive debate with 15 departing members of Congress in the last few months of 2018. Pelosi conducts 15 brilliant interviews that reflect the realities that can bar members of Congress from adequately representing their constituents.
I encourage everyone to take a look and to reflect. Perhaps based on these comments we can consider solutions to an ongoing problem.