So said Lyndon Baines Johnson, and he should know. But despite the House of Representatives assuming the imperial trappings of their betters by ordering new fleets of Gulfstream jets for themselves and expanding their staffs ten-fold since LBJ’s day, they still act like the chicken shit they are. Here, for instance, is a wonderful video of a congressman in action.
Rep. Baron Hill (D., Ind.) putting a young constituent in her place:
Constituent: First of all, for journalism students, why can’t we film this? We have school projects, and I have just been taken aside and told that I can’t film this. I’m not disrupting, I’m keeping my opinions to myself, but now that I’m not getting to do this for a project, I was going to ask a question. I just–why can’t I film this? Isn’t this my right?
Hill: Well, this is my town-hall meeting, and I set the rules, and I’ve had these rules– [audience jeers]
Let me repeat that one more time! This is my town hall meeting for you [more jeering]. And you’re not going to tell me how to run my congressional office. Now, the reason for why I don’t allow filming is because usually the films that are done end up on YouTube in a compromising position.