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A bunch of new faces joined Congress Thursday and leaders swore in the crop of freshly elected freshmen in the House.
However, history and the odds suggest that the new faces will disappear into the sea of mediocrity that has defined the legislative wing of government for far too long now.
Here at Capitol Hill Blue, we’ve watched a lot of new faces come to the hill. What we have never seen is no real change in Congress itself.
The new crop comes to town under an umbrella to change the way things work in Washington. In a short time, they will find that the way things work in Washington will change the way they approach life, government and politics.
They will quickly learn that the process controls government and the process nowadays is guided by partisanship, rancor and an utter disregard for the needs of the nation.
On the Republican side, the fake grassroots movement called the tea party controls much of the actions of the party of the elephant. The party agenda is controlled not by the grassroots but by the narrow-focus controlling agenda of the Koch brothers and the minions who get rich by charging large fees to the energy billionaires.
Democrats, scared of the ultra-right wing agendas of the rabid Republicans, counter with extreme liberalism, wrongly-thinking that the only way to fight conservative extremism is with equally-extreme liberalism.
So consensus building by looking for answers in the middle gets lost in the fray, buried under the rhetoric of extremism from both sides.
And, as a result, the new crop of elected officials will, within the fist year in office, make one of two decisions.
They will quickly learn to embrace the partisan — and gridlock — extremism of their party.
Or they will leave office disheartened and disillusioned by a system of government they promised to change but discovered is too far gone to fix.