This property should be condemned

If we really want to save the Republic, let’s forget all this talk about shutting down the government.

Shut down Congress instead.

Send the House and Senate home. Close the Capitol. Turn out the lights. Congress is just a collection dim bulbs anyway.

Congress is an archaic institution, populated by scam artists, con men (and women) and political ideologues who have no idea how to serve the best interests of the nation. Most of them couldn’t run a lemonade stand in the front yards of their home, much less a government.

For all practical purposes, government ceased to function years ago, led by the gridlock posturing in the House and Senate. Neither party has leaders worthy of their titles. Neither party has the high road. Both sides are bottom feeders.

The nation would be better off if they just locked the doors and hung a “this property condemned” sign on the entrance to the Capitol.

Yeah, yeah, I know.

We can’t do that.

I know.

But we can dream.

Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.


  1. Running a lemonade stand in front of your house requires a permit these days, regular FDA inspections, proper registration of the premises, reams of tax forms, and various other forms of bureaucratic interference. God forbid the lemons should be imported.

    They would need to hire armies of accountants, lawyers and other aides to navigate the sea of American business. Surely they would be in debt up to their eyeballs in no time, with not a taxpayer or Federal Reserve in sight to quantitatively ease them back into the black.

    Maybe if they survive the first six months they could become “too big to fail.”

    Such is the difference between the public and private sector.

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