One of the greatest gifts that President Donald Trump had was his ability to shine a light on cockroaches, swamp critters and crooks. Transparency is hugely effective in shifting the Overton Window, so that ordinary people can see behind the curtain and view just how corrupt the rot in Washington, DC really is. Sometimes Trump could do this just by asking a simple question, like “Why don’t we produce our own energy?” or “What the hell is NATO even for anyway?” Ka-ching! Lightbulbs would go on for millions of Americans who otherwise don’t pay that much attention to politics, whenever Trump would do this. Fortunately, we have a few Members of Congress who are willing to try to use that same tactic.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is one of them. He just introduced the Bodycams for Congress Act. It proposes a pilot program in which the House Ethics Committee will fit the leadership of the Democrat and Republican Parties with body cameras, just like police bodycams. The footage of the bodycams would be recorded and available to the public to view online. Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy would be required to wear the bodycams and keep them on at all times when they are on duty and carrying out the business of the people. You can read the bill HERE.
Gosar argues that if it’s okay for cops to wear bodycams, why not politicians?
This bill will never pass, unfortunately. So, why did Gosar propose it? Because he’s shining a light on the corruption at the top of both of our major political parties.
None of the people chairing committees in Congress or leading the two parties is there because of merit. Well, not the sort of merit that you would expect. They “buy” their leadership seats and committee assignments based on donations to the RNC and the DNC.
Look at Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). Sorry… I didn’t mean look right at him. Apologies if I spoiled your lunch. I should have said consider Jerrold Nadler.
Rep. Nadler is the Chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee for this session in Congress. How did he achieve that? Is he some budding legal scholar who had us all fooled? Of course not.
Jerrold Nadler’s only true expertise is limited to pie and suckin’ all the Cheez Whiz out of the can without pausing to take a breath. Nadler isn’t some judicial expert. He’s a joke as an attorney. He wrote in the first Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump that he was guilty because – and I’m not making this up – even though there was no evidence of a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian president, Democrats could read Donald Trump’s mind and determine that he had evil intentions on that phone call.
How did Jerrold Nadler become the Chair of the Judiciary Committee? He bought the seat. He lives in New York City, so he has access to high-dollar donors that other Representatives don’t have access to, like New York’s powerful labor unions, mob money, Wall Street and Mike Bloomberg. Nancy Pelosi represents San Francisco, where she has access to tech billionaires to fund her. Kevin McCarthy lives in a wealthy southern California district. And so on.
They all buy their positions of power in Congress by being able to donate the most money to their respective parties. It’s a system that’s so corrupt that I can already tell you who the next leaders of the Republicans and Democrats in Congress would be if the current leaders all stepped down tomorrow.
If Mitch McConnell resigned, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) would become the new Republican leader in the Senate. Not because any Republican voters are clamoring for “Senate Majority Leader Lindsey Graham,” but because Graham rakes in gobs of cash from defense contractors and he can buy the position for himself if he wants it. He’s the #2 GOP fundraiser in the Senate behind McConnell.
If Kevin McCarthy stepped down, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) would be his replacement – because Scalise has turned the assassination attempt against him a few years ago into a major cash cow.
And here’s a scary one: If Nancy Pelosi retired tomorrow, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) would become the Speaker of the House. She’s nipping on Nancy’s heels when it comes to fundraising. Again – it’s not that AOC has any merit for the job; it’s just that no other House Democrat can compete with the amount of money that AOC can throw at the House Speakership to buy it for herself.
So, if the party leaders were made to wear bodycams for transparency, the American people would finally get to see them sucking up to donors all day long, which is the only thing they actually do when they’re not posing for TV interviews. They’re not working for you or me. Kudos to Paul Gosar for proposing the Bodycams for Congress Act. Too bad it will never pass. There’s no way Nancy Pelosi or Kevin McCarthy would ever allow it to come to a vote.