There are 100 Senators on the United States payroll. Every state has exactly two; therefore, a representational imbalance exists in the system. For that reason, the job of Senator must focus on the business of the United States to a far greater degree than on State representation.
The business of this Country is vast and complex, to be sure. These one hundred individuals would need every waking moment of every day the Senate is in session to make a reasonable dent. One reason that Senators hold six-year terms is so they can focus on the business of the United States rather than on the business of elections. Unfortunately, a sizeable percentage of them are so preoccupied with politics, that they cannot possibly be doing the job for which they were hired.
When Senators purposefully obstruct and hold up appointments, clearly for the purpose of political statement, Americans should recognize a serious problem. Yes, they have a responsibility to confirm or deny the President’s appointments, but that is what they should do. Either confirm or deny and then they should rush back to doing the rest of the business for which they were hired.
It makes absolutely no sense, and it borders on criminal incompetence to see what has happened to the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice. There is absolutely no reason why that process needed to be dragged out for a week. Her qualifications have been on display for four years, if you ignore her incredible resume prior to serving as Security Advisor to President Bush. If these Senators were not in favor of confirming her, then they should have simply cast their votes and moved on.
Then there is Judge Al Gonzales, a former Texas Supreme Court Justice. Once again, a highly qualified individual that is fully capable of administering the office of Attorney General has been dragged through hours and days of grandstanding. It appears that these derelict Senators are again planning to waste hours of Senate time before casting the inevitable vote.
Whatever our individual politics may be, the time has come to call the members of the United States Senate into the office for a frank discussion. If a typical worker in America performed with such disregard for his or her assigned duties, probation or immediate termination would result. We should all, at the very least, be thankful and amazed that qualified minorities have reached high office in this Country. That tells us that the business of America, with some adjusting over the years, has proven to be quite successful. Perhaps we each need to remind our own Senators of their job descriptions. In fact, perhaps with a united voice, we should tell them to get to work or just get out.
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