Bob McGill is “New NY 23rd’s” most avid reader and frequent critic
NPR’s Car Talk recently addressed the question: do two clueless persons know more or less than either one alone. I believe the answer is that generally two or more together do know more than any one of them. This is the basis of our democracy–Lincoln’s idea that you may fool some all the time and all some of the time but never all the people all of the time.
The current Congress may seem to disprove my belief, but I think not. When members of Congress dutifully follow a party line, they aren’t giving us the benefit of their best judgement by acting independently and responsibly. The probability that every Democrat holds one view and every Republican the opposite is very small, yet Congress votes this way again and again. When Amo Houghton was (as I remember) the only Republican to vote against war, right or wrong, he honestly gave us the benefit of his best judgement. If our representatives were honest and free of political pressure, I am confident that they would more often act responsibly. If not, we should fix that. !!!!!!!!
© William Hungerford – June 2014