Fair Game: How to survive an irrelevant Congress

By Paul Andersen
The Aspen Times

As Democrats and Republicans jeopardize national security by jockeying toward the next election cycle, Congress has made itself irrelevant to the needs of the American people.

A “corrupt duopoly” is how New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman labeled our paralyzed two-party system at the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Our nation,” said Friedman, “is facing the biggest decline in national values since the rise of the Greatest Generation.” Despite enormous geopolitical challenges, national policymakers spurn collective action. “We are in a slow, gradual decline,” concluded Friedman. “And the worst thing? People are getting used to it.”

Congress seems to think that America is “too big to fail,” but our national system is broken. “Our policymakers don’t go off to work each morning with the ambition of bettering the lives of the American people,” Harvard President Emeritus Derek Bok said at Ideas Fest. “They go off to better the lives of their contributors.”

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8 responses to “Fair Game: How to survive an irrelevant Congress

  1. At best, Congress is irrelevant.

    But their actions indicate they are the enemy of the people … this is class war.

    Our survival depends on developing local food and barter systems outside the corrupted federal reserve notes that pass as money.

    • You are correct Rady. Government is the enemy of the people.
      You know how they tell us that latin is a dead language? Get this, i have been studying latin and greek, which is primarily the source for the english language, here is what i found out….

      The latin word for government stems from the latin words gubernol and mente…

      Gubernol means to steer, navigate or guide and mente means mind… put them together and you get MIND CONTROL… pretty much right in your face.

      I remember when you used to think we could appeal to our “elected” representatives to get them to do the right thing, it is good to see you have come around to the truth of the matter… it makes me hopeful. But, you are also well informed and an activated and compassionate human who seeks answers, unlike the majority of our populace. We have a long row to hoe to break the spell of the brain washing.

      God bless and godspeed… thank you for your good works.

      • hi Wanda ~ yeah I saw that viral definition go around. Unfortunately, it’s not true.

        It is true that govern derives from the Greek word guber, meaning to steer or guide or control…

        but the suffix -ment derives from French. It is added to “verb stems sometimes to represent the result or product of the action.”

        I thought it was pretty funny when I first saw it, but I’ve been reading word etymologies since I was a kid. Every time I looked up a word in the dictionary, I always checked its origin. That’s probably why I did so well in linguistics and the natural sciences — I already knew quite a bit Latin and Greek by the time I got to college.

        that made it easy to remember the scientific names of everything we had to learn — if you know that “alba” is white, well then Quercus alba is clearly white oak. Salix alba is white willow, etc. I just had to learn the genus for most things.


  2. OOOPs… source would be nice…. lost that one from moving too fast, but here’s another one….
    ment- mind Latin mens, mentis demented, mentality

    from: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Greek_and_Latin_roots_in_English

  3. Yep… egg white is termed alba. Fascinating road to go down, etymology. My son got his background of etymology from the naming of plants and also he loves mythology. He actually got into a debate with a teacher, of all things, who insisted that democracy was an american indian word and denied, denied, denied it stemmed from the greek… go figure.

    He always says “all words are lies”, and now i’m hooked on word origins. I believe that the english language was created to deceive and spells are cast in language… spelling is witchcraft, essentially.

    I found out that there were only 24 letters in the english language up until the 14th century when the letters “J” and “Z” were added. One can speculate as to why. I will not add source because i encourage people to go off and discover that for themselves, there are numerous sources to choose from, including Wikipedia.

  4. yeah, etymology is fascinating.

    btw, English is a Germanic language, altho we do use Latin and Greek for science – a convention started in the Romance language states. here’s a large size map (tree) showing the various languages

  5. Strange to quote Friedman who was part of what has happened as a neoliberal or Derek Bok from Harvard.

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