I read the other day that more Americans than ever find Congress to be doing a poor job in its execution of "the people's business." (See "Trust in Federal Government At All Time Low.") It's also well established that the two sides in the political debate are as divided as they've ever been. And that gridlock has Washington completely - or nearly completely - immobilized. And Obama frustrated beyond words.
Welcome to the internet.
The collective participation of We the People in the process that we call governance - a colonoscopy-level participation that began only some fifteen years ago - has completely changed the way business is conducted. And, I think, for the better.
But until politicians learn how to deal with us (in the old days, they went off to D.C., fashioned legislation, participated in their graft, corruption, and original sins, and were covered by a sycophantic press).
Now We the People are the press. And nothing they do gets by us without note.
And this development has the politicians all discombobulated.
Case in point, a minor one involving a Democratic governor - not a congressperson - making stupid pronouncements that will never be picked up - in a straightforward manner anyway - by the press, but is being reported around the world on the internet:
Perdue 'Suspend Elections to Congress For Two Years' Audio Surfaces -- Via Reporter Who Called It a 'Joke'
While traditional reporters aren't all that interested in keeping certain politicians' feet to the fire, a host of internet journalists are. On both sides. And that keeps things honest and exposes idiots, malcontents, and dangerous egomaniacs among us.
This is a good thing.
Even if it has also exposed the sausage-making we call governance.
It won't take long for politicians to figure this internet thing out. And all will be well.
But the days in which everyone got along to get along is over. There's a new sheriff in town.
They'd better get used to us. We're here to stay.