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Missing in Action

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been mocked for her harrowing account of the Capitol riot while she was in her office safely away from the rioting. We know this because a Republican Congresswoman, who was just two doors down, told us so.

The real question isn’t why she would make such an overly dramatic statement; that’s what politicians do and especially this one.

The real question is why both women were not in the Capitol building? When the riot started, both houses of Congress were debating the validity of state electors.

We’re told this was a question of dire Constitutional consequence, yet these two and hundreds of others were not on the House floor for the debate.

AOC inadvertently pointed a big spotlight on one of the biggest problems in our federal government. There is no debate anymore. Those grand speeches you see on CSPAN are not debates, they are campaign speeches. You can’t have a debate when you’re speaking to an empty room. These speeches are made for public consumption, in the hopes that a soundbite from them might make the evening news.

There is no debate because Congress isn’t about doing the people’s business. It’s about getting reelected and making money. Our so-called representatives don’t need to know what’s in a bill before they vote, they just need to know what their big money donors want and how best to spin it for their ill-informed voters.

Our republic is now an oligarchy, in my opinion. People with money buy power and influence. Elections mean nothing because unless you are a billionaire, Congress doesn’t care what you think.

The only way to fix this is to strip the federal government of all the unconstitutional power it has usurped over the last 100 to 150 years. If government did not have the power to create laws and regulations which benefit the rich, all that money would go away, and they would have to earn votes rather than buying them.

PAUL RINKER

Montoursville

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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