Finally got around to a project several associates had insisted I take up: which is, to watch the House of Cards show on Netflix. Did so Saturday, power watching the first 8 episodes. And the first four episodes? WOW. Nail on the head. The next four were not quite as excellent – but this is not about a critical review.
This is about Washington, and the idea that as long as our Congress lives most of the time in that wealthy cesspool, we will never get good governance. With even the most pedestrian of today’s technology – our Congress does not need to be in Washington, or in the same location, to do their business. In fact, as long as they are all together, along with their out of touch staffers, agenda driven lobbyists, the media mavens, etc – they will never really do the business they are supposed to do. It isn’t happening, and it won’t happen – because with human nature being what it is, it cannot happen. That is, until they are forced to serve in their districts – at least for the majority of the time – and deal with real people face to face and lobbyists, media types, and other parasites long distance.
This would change everything. Gone would be the clubbiness, the aphrodesiacal nature of concetrated power, etc. That’s the idea behind a virtual Congress, which we call iCongress.
Without having this as a major goal – or even a goal at all – House of Cards has made it clear that what does on inside Washington has nothing to do with what’s good for the country. It has to do with what’s good for those players in Washington, and their pet niche constituencies (like unions). Constituents are not a factor at all in the first 8 episodes. Neither is the House Chamber, which has not made a single appearance in the first 8 chapters.
What an eye opener: I’ve taken a lot of notes watching this (I know, it’s a curse) – and I’ll be breaking this down more soon.