Part if not most of that question will be answered before Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. The new Congress will be sworn on January the 3rd at noon. This will be the Congress that the new president has to contend with. The Senate will be the one confirming nominations to cabinet level posts, or not. The Congress as a whole will be sending legislation forth to become law, or not.
So let’s begin this post with the events of January the Third. The new Congress will be sworn in at Noon. Soon thereafter the new Congress members will attend parties, banquets, pose for photo opportunities and begin shaking hands. They will shake the hands of many, including the group known as the “D.C. Powerbrokers”. The MSM will be on the scene interviewing the new members of Congress. They will certainly enjoy the “attention” that will be bestowed on them.
Now let’s talk about January the Fourth. Aside from beginning the process of moving into their new offices and picking staff to “help” them along in performing their new jobs there will be much happening. Telephone calls and other forms of communications will begin pouring in. They will be contacted by donors, lobbyists and party hacks. Donors will be reminding them of the fact that they have only “arrived” because of their generous “donations”. They lobbyists will be calling to arrange “deals”, tit for tat. Party hacks will be reminding them of the party “agenda”. All while this is going on they will recall the “feeling” they experienced the previous day. The “high” they experienced on January the Third will be one they want repeated for eternity.
And so it begins. January the Fourth begins the new “political campaign season” for the Congress. They will put on their suits and take to the field once more, the democrats in blue and the republicans in red. Though they were just sworn one day prior, they will begin their re-election campaign. They will start calling potential donors as well as those who had supported them in the past. Their days from January the Fourth and onward will be filled with thoughts and actions of and towards a successful re-election bid.
Quick question. Why is it that a Congress critter needs such a large staff? The answer is that they spend so little time doing the job they were sent there to do they have others do it in their stead. Sort of like “farming-out” or “out-sourcing” the job they said they would do. You were sent to govern not out-source your job. If you did not want to do the job you never should have asked for it.
So the real questions are these. Will Congress do what is right for this Republic? Or will Congress keep doing what is right for themselves, their donors, the special interest groups or the lobbyists? Is getting re-elected more important than the continued success of the Republic and Her citizens?
Donald J. Trump will be the President Donald J. Trump because of his vision. A vision of “Making America Great Again”. He did not run on a campaign to make the political establishment great again. He stood the political establishment and all its baggage on its head.
Will the Senate place America first at the confirmation hearings? Or will they place party politics first? I think we will see a lot of votes along party lines. But that is nothing new, now is it?
To answer the opening question and the title. Much of what gets accomplished or does not get accomplished will revolve around what Congress does or does not do. And most importantly what or who Congress represents.