Tuesday, May 24, 2022

“Why are you here?”

Senator Chris Murphy (D, CT) on the Senate floor not long ago:

“What are we doing? Why are you here, if not to solve a problem as existential as this? This isn’t inevitable. These kids weren’t unlucky. This only happens in this country, and nowhere else. Nowhere else do little kids go to school thinking they might be shot that day.”
[Fourteen Eighteen Nineteen children, a teacher, and another adult and two teachers were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas today.]

comments: 2

Chris said...

In spite of platitudes about the grand traditions of the Senate, it's hard to feel that its current function has anything to do with promoting the public welfare (if indeed, it ever did). And unfortunately the same applies to the Supreme Court, many state and local courts, and a majority of state legislatures. These institutions don't exist in order to reflect the will of the people; they exist in order to frustrate it.

Michael Leddy said...

“They exist in order to frustrate it”: I agree.