CONGRESS NEEDS TO ESCHEW THEATRICS AND WORK TO BRING OUT-OF-CONTROL DOJ TO HEEL
Part of the purview of the numerous Senate and House committees that form part of each new Congress is to carry out hearings in the interest of the American public. Some of these hearings involve assessing the effectiveness of American government policies via its various agencies and institutions. Often these includes having public debates and holding hearings on various issues that merit congressional oversight. Sadly, with America’s two party system, these often turn into team matches with each side clinging on to its said narrative. Hardly do we ever have agreement in the direction of the hearings unless per party lines. Lines are drawn before the actual hearings and often successfully defended until the end without much give and take by either side. The problem with this is that issues are painted in a certain ideological light. Especially with subcommittees which tend to be laser focused on specific issues. The general public for the most part is none the wiser as corporate mainstream media acts as a biased referee quarterbacking for one side over the other. Assisting their preferred side to score touchdowns in the court of public opinion. In reality, we are all losers and the game being played is at our expense.
Clickbait titles read like comic book panels from the early 30s. This is DC after all. From the method acting of hyperventilating congresswomen to the Adam West-like quips of older congressmen. These dog and pony shows have it all.
While corporate media has taken upon itself to rig the outcome of the game, independent partisan media has relegated to itself the role of cheerleading. Clickbait titles read like comic book panels from the early 30s. This is DC after all. From the method acting of hyperventilating congresswomen to the Adam West-like quips of older congressmen. These dog and pony shows have it all. However, much like the occasional brawl at an English Soccer match, common sense prevails every now and again as in rare moments the entertainment is set aside and government affairs elucidated to the general public. Sadly however, much of this is lost in the cacophony that often hedges in constructive dialogue between congress and its witnesses. Witness are soon turned bowling pins as political juggernauts of either party plow through them like wrecking balls. Just enough performative outrage for the necessary media snippet to be clipped and redistributed amongst fans of either ideological side. Months, even years later said witness are still as free as birds. Free from scrutiny and prosecution. Last year, during a Senate hearing, Senator Tom Cotton(R-Ak) “ripped” James Comey’s spirit animal, Attorney General(AG) Merrick Garland, over issuing of a memo directing the FBI to investigate and crack down on parents who were airing out their grievances at school boards. The face of a gobsmacked Garland was plastered all over American conservative outlets. A seeming victory over an alleged corrupt government official who had used the power of the FBI to harass parents by sending in what were effectively FBI terror squads after them. This temporary high from the injection of endorphins into many a conservative mind didn’t last. Garland is still the AG even after being asked to resign in disgrace. The weaponisation of the Department of Justice(DoJ) against American citizens seems to be worse than ever. However, the performance served its purpose. The conservative base was placated for a little while. DoJ corruption however still remains unchecked.
Evil seems to have taken residence at the nation’s capital. The darkened hallways of a congress under siege simply another museum littered by bureaucratic clutter meant to impede any efforts at transparency.
Much has been promised with the incoming Republican House majority. Essentially, an inflection point where the hunters will become the hunted. In reality, not much has changed in the past with these committees. The last effective committee was the Church Committee of 1975 which went after America’s corrupt intelligence agencies and exposed government overreach into civilian affairs. What many Americans are hoping for isn’t a poorly made sequel with the newly formed Church Committee 2.0. They are demanding a remake that will not only exceed expectations but one that will finally bring America’s Deep State to heel. Evil seems to have taken residence at the nation’s capital. The darkened hallways of a congress under siege simply another museum littered by bureaucratic clutter meant to impede any efforts at transparency. Career politicians undead monstrosities who carefully trace their paths away from incoming rays. More confusion, much bluster yet little substantive change. While committees usually have members from both parties to ensure a fair and a balanced accounting of events and reports, more often than not the party in opposition serves to impede any meaningful progress.
The Frank Church Committee took a full year to carry out its investigations and hearings into government overreach in particular with regard to America’s intelligence agencies. When the committee was shut down it issued recommendations which were later adopted. There was much introspection with regards to the role intelligence agencies played in curtailing guaranteed constitutional rights of American citizens. Nearly forty years later we find ourselves at a similar juncture. An out of control intelligence apparatus has been weaponised against the American people. The difference this time around is that this is actively cheered on by significant swathes of the American populace and the one half of congressional members. The New Church Committee is expected to release its final report on January 25th, 2025. Two years from now. While time may not be a healer of all wounds it often dulls the senses to painful memories and experiences. Will America’s general populace still be baying for justice and accountability then or will that hunger subside? How many committees have been set up in the past, investigations carried out, reports issued, recommendations made yet no meaningful change made. In fact, in some cases it does seem that the reports were largely ignored as America’s corrupt media ran interference for crooked intelligence agency agents. How many of the recommendations of the Horowitz report were adhered to when the FBI carried out a cheap political stunt by raiding Mar-A-Lago? Investigations are needed as are the reports that arise from them. However, much more is needed this time around. These should serve to provide a firm legal and ethical foundation for swift action. The many heads of America’s Deep State need to be severed lest they devour us all. It may not be mortally wounded, but it can be forced to retreat deep into the shadows from whence it came. Offering the land some reprieve from the repressive and suffocating atmosphere of corruption and hubris it has fomented over the past few years.