Get ready to shatter all your idealistic illusions about how government works.
A forthcoming book called The Confessions of Congressman X, purportedly written by a sitting (and rumored to be Democratic) congressman, promises to be an anonymous revelation of everything terrible you've always suspected about America's representatives in Washington. Choice quotes about Congress include:
- "Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that's lavished upon them."
- "My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything."
- "Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don't know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it'll cost."
But voters aren't spared his poison pen, either:
- "The average man on the street actually thinks he influences how I vote. Unless it's a hot-button issue, his thoughts are generally meaningless. I'll politely listen, but I follow the money."
- "Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works."
- "It's far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification."
The Confessions of Congressman X is published by Mill City Press, a vanity imprint in Minnesota, and will be available on May 24.