It seems to me that, whether you are left leaning or right leaning, there is probably one thing that most intelligent Americans can agree on. That is that our political system is infected with the virus of corruption. Some of us believed that Dr Obama had the cure. Apparently not. So now those who voted for him say that, because the previous Administration was also rife with this virus, it is ok for the current Administration to be infected. This is known (on the right) as the "But, but, but, BOOOOOOOSH" defense. Is it not time that we demanded that our physicians in Washington heal themselves before they start healing us? If they want to be given the honor of working for "we, the People", should we not demand that they - left or right - do so with honor? Personally, I think we - as a People - should say to our politicians - all of them - that enough is enough. If you cannot behave like Americans, then get out and let others take your place that are willing to do so. In short, I think that they should cure the culture of corruption before they pass another bill, make another speech, take another kick back or spend one more fucking dime of taxpayers money. We should, in essence, seal off Washington - nothing in (no more money) and nothing out (no new bills and no more spending), until they have found a cure and inoculated themselves against corruption. The only way to do this is for each and every one of them to confess their crimes against 'we, the People' and promise that, in return for forgiveness, that they will no longer put self interest above the interest of those who seat them. It is time we returned to 'government of the People, for the People, by the People'. This is our Republic, not theirs. We surround them. The only special interest group that is acceptable in Washington is us - the American People. We are THE Special Interest - not big business, not the unions, not the poor, the middle class, the rich or the super rich. No one group is more important than another. We should not look down on people who are poor and treat them as 'special', we should not resent those who are wealthy and expect them to support us. There are no black Americans, African Americans, Latino Americans, Irish American or any other label. They are our equals, not beneath us or above us. We are all Americans and we deserve to be governed by people who know that. 56 brave, honorable men founded this incredible experiment called the United States of America. Just 56. Just think what a nation we could be if we could find such men (and women!!) again. Rant ends.