CONGRESS: Lawmakers and Sausages

The Iron Chancellor Otto von Bismark once said, “The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions by iron and blood.”

This was his famous speech that earned him the name in history the Iron Chancellor. Bismark was the architect of the unification of Germany under the Prussian Kings and the author of several political alliances and agreements that held the piece until World War I. There are historians who believed that because of Bismark’s policies WWI was made possible. Along with Italy’s Cavour he became the symbol of art of realpolitik – one of the most pragmatic view of politics. In the end though he was dismissed by the German Kaiser and retired and upon his death was given a hero’s funeral save for a speech from his Kaiser – a wish explicitly spelled out by Bismark, knowingly well what his Kaiser, Willhem Ii was capable of.

Bismark was a sly parliamentarian and once said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”

A sound advise from the Iron Chancellor.

Today is perhaps the most critical day of the impeachment of the Chief Justice Renato Corona: Today he is going to testify. What fate awaits Citizen Corona? Well hopefully within a few days we will know. And judging by the performance of this Congress this seems to be the only thing it has accomplished. Even bills signified urgent like the RH Bill and the Freedom of Information Bill are now part of a long long long queue of bills before Congress.

At least you can eat and enjoy eating sausages. Laws delayed and laws compromised are a different matter.

It is what it is.

What to do ? What to do? What to do?

OPTION A: Bismark was able to steer the Reichstag and Bundestag with realpolitics and German nationalism.

OPTION B: England’s Lord Protector having lost patience with Parliament, dissolved it, saying, ” Take away that fool’s bauble, the mace.”.

OPTION C: Then again there is Vatican solution use a conclave – lock Congress and not let them out till the necessary laws are passed. Of course all bills subject to approval by referendum.

What to do ? What to do? What to do?

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