Now Congress Is Fighting Over Sports Teams

In one of those “it’s gotten so bad that…” stories, McClatchy’s James Rosen reported today that Congress is so rife with partisan warfare that they can no longer even agree to sign onto each other’s harmless resolutions that celebrate sports teams for one success or another.

“The once-routine resolutions honoring hometown squads or stars sailed through Congress for years with nary a discordant note or vote — but no more,” Rosen gravely wrote.

Rosen went on to reveal that our elected officials are finding resistance to their once easily passed resolutions meant to honor local, hometown sports teams in both the House and the Senate.

So what is going on?

A small but growing number of lawmakers say that successful athletes get plenty of accolades outside Washington – and that bills celebrating them waste precious time in Congress.

“We need to raise the bar and start doing serious work around here,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a freshman Utah Republican, said last week during a contentious House of Representatives floor debate on two commemorative sports measures.

“I don’t care if it’s a Democrat, I don’t care if it’s a Republican (who sponsors such legislation), if it’s in the world of sports, they get enough recognition,” Chaffetz said. “We’ve got important business. We have troops that are in harm’s way. We have not brought up a budget resolution to discuss the outrageous debt and deficit that we’re suffering through.”

Is this evidence of the end of civility in the halls of Congress?

Maybe. But it could also be evidence of just what Rep. Chaffetz said: a desire to get serious in Washington. I am sympathetic to the idea that these annoying and pointless non-binding resolutions are a complete waste of time. While our elected officials waste time with such nonsense, real business is being delayed.

On the other hand, while our elected officials are wasting their time on these pointless and idiotic resolutions… real business is being delayed!

There’s a lot to be said for the idea that the less Congress does, the better it is for all of us.

After all, as Will Rogers once said of our politicians, “Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, they don’t hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous.” Who can’t be wryly sympathetic to this sentiment?

So perhaps it is a bad thing that Congress is making these idiotic resolutions harder to pass and perhaps this difficulty might tend to limit them from being so easily offered for consideration leaving more time for real business. Perhaps that might be true. And it’s probably a good thing to have less such foolishness in those hallowed halls.

This whole sports nonsense really is a waste of time, so in the end we must logically assume the stance that finding a Congress more interested in the real business of legislating is the right one.

But there’s just that nagging feeling that we might just rather they waste time instead, nonetheless.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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