It seems to me that throughout most of my seven decades of life the federal government was perceived as the organization that would provide laws, rules and regulations to provide for the overarching security and well being of the country's population. Sure, state governments provide the "ground level" day to day management we all are to follow, but the "feds" were the group of elected folks who would tie us all together to be the "United" part of United States.
The last 20-plus years have proven the lie to that idea. What I have seen evolving is a disjointed federal government dedicated not to uniting the country but rather dedicated to party power acquisition and disunity. Both parties routinely "shade" the truth in their statements to the media, individual members joining together as a party to ram their platforms into law (without any middle ground compromises), and plan for their own continued employment. Truth to the people has become a joke. Serving the people has become a joke when one party's prime goal is to have the leader of our country fail in order to be able to replace him. Whatever happened to country pride?
The U.S. representative for Virginia's 6th Congressional District, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, is a prime example of the misrepresentation that has become so prevalent in Congress. Mr. Goodlatte has been in Washington for 20 years (10 terms) and has voted strict Republican party lines for 94 to 98 percent of the time (depending on which report one reads). He is not working to fix the problem, he is part of the problem.
I favor a change in our elected representatives. Andy Schmookler will provide that breath of fresh air and will tell the truth.