But even Grassley, like Gore and any other longtime politician, can lose touch. They are surrounded by other Washington insiders so much that their way of thinking changes, and things that make absolutely no sense to you or me become simple or brilliant in their eyes.
This loss of touch can leave some politicians with the idea that they are superior, that they are intended to be rulers with the right to tell us how to live and that it's okay for them to exempt themselves from the nonsense they shove off on the rest of us. Thus, we have Gore and far too many of today's politicians.
They don't see what we see, which is a country that may crumble under the weight of its own debt and spending habits, acceptance and tolerance of too many bad policies and the lack of accountability between we the people and Washington. Either that, or they see it, and they're trying to enrich or otherwise insulate themselves from any collapse before it happens. They can't all be this stupid. That's why we need to send new people, true statesmen, to Washington.
I don't know what al-Jazeera America will be like. My initial instinct says that it will not be good, but then again, CBS, NBC and other lousy national “news” outlets have not been helpful, either. I just hope that people are smart enough to not allow the influence from any media – including myself – from making their own choices and decisions.
Take care of yourself and thank you for reading.