By John Hubbuch
I must admit to a bit of admiring admiration for the ever-shrinking number of citizens that are engaged in government. These good people run for office, participate in election campaigns, vote in every election and spend hours watching news and talk shows so that they might be informed on the latest. But my admiration for them is similiar to that I have for Don Quixote or the explorers who came to the New World searching for cities of gold--- persistent people who are completely delusional.
Really what is the point? At the national level more than 1.3 million people have died from firearms since 1960. Polls report that 85 percent of Americans and 81 percent of gun owners favor universal background checks. Yet a watered-down compromise bill to do background checks for purchase of weapons at gun shows failed to pass.
This failure was explained by the fact that the evil Republicans control the House and engage in sneaky delay in the Senate. If only the Democrats controlled both houses utopia would be right around the corner.
And yet the Democrats in Illinois control both the House and Senate with big majorities, and Governor Quinnby is a Democrat. This Democratic hegemony could not pass a bill to reform a pension system that is universally agreed to be unsustainable and threatens the financial stability of state government. Appropriate metaphors include fiddling while Springfield burns, surfing a tidal wave and the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.
The best part? The situation described has been existent for years. Like the movie "Ground Hog Day" the failure of government is on a repeating loop. Now the goo-goo's will respond that if the citizens are not involved then things would be much worse.
I doubt it.