Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have at least one thing in common. Each has recognized that the American people are sick and tired of elected officials not doing their jobs in a good and satisfactory manner. These two candidates recognized that most of the disgust is aimed directly at Washington. Without any doubt, Congress has to share much of the blame. It’s quite evident that members of the House and Senate have refused to work together to at least try and solve the many problems that face America. Unity is non-existent in our nation’s capital and that’s not good. The division and discord in Congress is seen as typical of the way the federal government operates.

Folks back home expect unity and cooperation and don’t like the total discord and division that currently exists in Congress. They are rebelling against what the media describes as “the establishment.” The Republican primary battles have further divided the country and that’s most unfortunate. It seems that President Obama is being blamed by the Republicans for every single problem that exists. While he has to share some of the blame, the real problem lies with Congress. The lobbyists virtually control what happens on fails to happen in Congress and that must change. Until we have campaign finance reform that works that simply won’t happen.

I really don’t believe the American people distinguish between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to the performance of the members of Congress. Hopefully, there will be a change in attitude in Washington once the November elections are over. We have international problems that – combined with the numerous domestic problems that exist – demand unity and cooperation by Congress and the White House.

Jere L. Beasley, Beasley Allen Founder
Jere Beasley

Jere Beasley, the founding member of Beasley Allen Law Firm, has practiced law as an advocate for victims of wrongdoing since 1962. He was the lead Beasley Allen attorney in the record $11.9 billion award against ExxonMobil Corp. on behalf of the state of Alabama.

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