Michael J. Kerrigan

Thomas Jefferson John Adams

Looking back over my thirty plus years as a Washington Lobbyists rarely have I witnessed the decline and dysfunction of the Congress, as maybe the case today? No doubt this decline is associated with the lack of approval and trust in Members of Congress.

However, several factors in addition to the decline in leadership, have also contributed to the ineffectiveness of our political leaders, namely:

            The coarsening of our public discourse

The degree to which ideological purity intrudes on political pragmatism

The growing importance of money in politics

The refusal of individuals to collaborate for the common good

Voltaire’s aphorism, “the perfect is the enemy of the good,” was once a sentiment in the Congress that encouraged going along with imperfect legislation in order to accomplish the public interest. Today the center cannot hold and that sentiment has given… Continue reading

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