Despite numerous polls supporting new off-shore drilling and expanding other domestic energy resources, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared there will be no vote on the matter and adjourned the House for a five-week vacation. It doesn't seem to matter that decades-long obstructionism and a lack of sound energy policy has pushed us to the brink of a full-blown energy crisis and economic collapse.
Though our Constitution was drafted and enacted with the best of intentions -- exacerbated by the failed two-party system -- the core of it has been compromised by granting legislatures and elected officials the power to make their own rules. Election time is all the time, and the only thing that matters to presidential candidates and Congress/congressional candidates is the fight for personal and party power.
It doesn't matter whether McCain or Obama is elected president, or who is elected to Congress. It's a self-corrupting system wherein most, if not all, are in it for themselves, not us. Indeed, the tail has been wagging the dog long enough. It's time for us to turn it around.