So, by now you know that in the dead of night (and on a Federal holiday to boot), the Republican Congressfolks tried to eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). (This all happened on 2 January 2017.) The Representatives wanted you to believe that they were not removing the need for or the ability to effect ethics oversight, that they would accomplish the same goals with different means. But, we all know that’s a load of manure.
There’s a big problem in America. One that scares the crap out of me.
For years, we Americans pointed to the FSU (former Soviet Union), Turkey, Venezuela, China as states that made up news to keep their citizens in line. We never emulated them- we made fun of them. We derided the fact that their propaganda that purported to be news could be believed.
A few years ago, my district was represented by a fellow that truly ticked me off. Over the course of a few years, there was (more than) a hint that he might have borrowed money from folks’ stock accounts, that he beat his wife, that he had a physical argument with a young (10ish) child. Oh, and after he promised he would never vote for a change in the bankruptcy bill, he did- and this one really favored the banks. Amazingly, he acquired a new mortgage for his home shortly after the vote- for about 100-105% of its value, which secured his divorce.