One of the oddly frustrating things about Congress is how good some of our own congressmen and senators are.
It's hard to change Washington when your elected representatives are already trying!
In particular, we'd like to single out Georgia Rep. Paul Broun, R-10th District, and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
Both have recently renewed a push for a balanced budget amendment.
Why every member of Congress doesn't jump on board the idea is beyond us. Even a drug addict would probably choose to be addiction free; why wouldn't our members of Congress like to be liberated from their addiction to our money?
Well, never mind. We just answered our own question. But doesn't that kind of spell out the need for an amendment?
Still, we appreciate Broun's and DeMint's cries in the wilderness. We wanted them to know those cries have not gone unnoticed here at home.
But to give you an idea of how vast the wilderness is, we recently asked Broun to comment on the heroes of the fiscal sanity movement -- and the only name that came to mind was DeMint's, who he said stands alone as the Senate's stalwart defender of the people's purse.
Broun said DeMint likes to refer to "constitutionalists," rather than the more elastic and abused "conservative." We'll buy that.
DeMint recently gave a powerful speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee gathering in Washington, in which he talked about the original "Contract with America": the U.S. Constitution.
"Every congressman, senator, president and Supreme Court justice takes an oath to protect and defend that Constitution," he said. "And I think it's time they started honoring that oath!"
We couldn't agree more.
That means respecting freedom, DeMint said, adding that "freedom includes the right to succeed, to build a large business and to make lots of money. It also includes the freedom for mismanaged and insolvent institutions to fail."
The fight to reclaim the Republican Party for its storied conservatism -- oops, for constitutionalists -- is, he said, "a fight between those who take their constitutional oath seriously and those who don't."
We just wish there were more of the former in Washington.