Faced with a Parliament "The Long Parliament" which was notorious for corruption, long winded speeches achieving nothing, and a self perpetuating hierarchy of elitists, Oliver Cromwell, to save and safeguard the Republic, took extraordinary measures.
Backed by a file of soldiers he marched into parliament and angrily shouted
You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God , go".
Now of course no one is advocating dismissing congress by a coup-we have a wonderful constitution which sets out limits on how long folks can sit and make laws and, fortunately for us all, we are fast approaching just such a termination date.
However there are remarkable similarities between what Cromwell faced in 1653 and what the voters are facing in November 2010.
An economy in shambles, a congress with a number of long serving members under investigation for possible corruption. Members who have been around for possibly well past their used by date-certainly who are out of touch with the changed political and economic environment-witness the number who have been shown the exit already in the primary balloting.
And the country seems to agree that they, the elite, have most certainly sat in the arms of lobbyists, pages, and mistresses for any good they have been doing.
The message of Cromwell, said anew from the voters of today to the Democrat's will also be, but stated in the modern vernacular, "Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God , go" which will surely resonate from coast to coast this November.
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