Why do they call these “Debates?”

I spend a lot of my time lately watching the House of Representatives on C-Span and the Senate on C-Span 2. In the last few weeks as the subject of the deficit and the National Debt dominate the programming when the two houses are in session (rarely on Mondays or Fridays while they are “traveling”).

So, on the three days a week that they are working, what do our “representatives” do?

Take away the committee hearings, many of which are not available to us, although C-Span works very hard to show as many as possible, and we are left with something they call “debates.” I don’t know about you, but I was in the Debating Club as a teenager and I have a pretty good idea of how a debate is structured. These alternating speeches by members of either house are really a series of statements conveying the points of view and policies that their parties have frozen into unchangeable position.

This is upsetting, because if one member comes up with a new idea, or an explanation of how history shows one action working and another failing… the great benefit of actual experience… the conclusion of the speech does not bring forth a discussion on those points from the opposition. Instead, we hear another speech ignoring the opposition’s points which, at its conclusion, faces the same ignorance by the other side.

So these alternating presentations do nothing to allow one side to convince the other of the value of a position. THEY ARE NOT LISTENING TO EACH OTHER! I have no idea why they go on with this farce… much less why they do it in front of us. the frustrated public that actually does listen, contacts their representatives’ offices, but rarely gets changes that they are looking for… often in large majorities of responders.

To top it off, the Congressmen and Senators of each side take their points of view, often very different, and constantly say “this is what the majority of Americans want.”

I’ll bet the majority of Americans would really like them to listen to each other and to the public and come up with real solutions to real problems.

I rest my case.

About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at www.897wshc.org) and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on July 12, 2011, in Congress, Economics, Education, ethics, event, Finance, government, Health Care, history, Legal, Opinion, Politics, quote, Taxes, Television, Warning, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. They call them debates because, if they called them what they really are: “Talking points for the whole purpose of playing to our base and getting re-elected”, well…that’s just to damn long.

    Now that redistricting is complete, each party is practically gauranteed to be re-elected in that district, the only real contest now is to be as extreme right or left as possible. So basically it’s just a contest to see who can be the biggest jerk instead of doing the right thing for the majority. Thus, we get the Bachmann syndrome. Stupid and bigoted will get her re-elected because that’s what the people in her district want to hear.

  2. It’s so bizarre to be on the outside looking in, because if you were thrust into the role of a House Rep, would any normal person not work tirelessly to do the absolute best job that they could and make sure they don’t send their country to hell in a hand basket? And then you look at the bankrupt farce that is current politics and it’s…unsatisfactory. They are going through the motions. It’s my opinion though, that they don’t actually want to solve all the nation’s problems. If they did, what need would there be for them and all their “donators?”

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