The problem lies not in the City itself, but in its history. When we send a man to Washington, he becomes inevitably and intimately involved in the current results of the last hundred years of political corruption. And he is sworn to secrecy by his own integrity and by his interest in the preservation of the government.
He dare not point out to The People, for example, that the Social Security system actually has a surplus of 2.2 trillion dollars, but that it is all in non-negotiable, non-interest bearing government bonds He dare not mention the fact that administrations of both parties have, since Lyndon Johnson, been stealing the annual "Social Security Tax" surplus and replacing it with what are essentially worthless IOUs.
Such information, while not a secret to the few republican voters who pay attention to such things, would, if widely publicized, be inflammatory to the public and damaging to the government itself. Some things are best kept hidden from the People– for their own good, of course.
Similarly, pork barrel earmarking of bills and rampant incompetence in the federal bureaucracy are subjects best left un-discussed. And truthful comments about the Federal Reserve are taboo even at Washington cocktail parties. Our man in Washington soon learns that there is a huge, secret vault of federal corruption past and present hidden beneath the publicly visible veneer of Washington DC. And he learns that the real job of politics is – like a woman's bathing suit – to cover up just enough so that no one gets too excited.
As our man in Washington sinks slowly into the quagmire of deception and duplicity necessary to the functioning of our nation's capital, he becomes inevitably inured to the pesky distractions of honesty, morality, and responsibility. After eight or ten years of this constant assault on his integrity, he has become a lying, grasping, introverted Washington politician – incapable of functioning productively in honest society.
John McCain has been in Washington for 28 years. Mitch McConnell has been in the Senate since 1984 – for 30 years. The results speak for themselves.
The only plausible (and legal) solution to this problem is the application of term limits to Congress. Of course, waiting for Congress to impose term limits on itself would be as futile as waiting for the media to report unbiased news. If we want to solve this problem we will, as has always been the case, have to do it ourselves.
But we don't need a reckless Article V convention to accomplish term limits. We already have the power under our present Constitution to impose term limits – the vote. All we have to do is vote out of office any Representative or Senator who has been corrupted by Washington for four or two terms respectively.
Oh, and we've also got to convince all our friends and relatives to do the same. So it's up to us, gang. Let's get to it.