Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse took to the Senate floor to make his maiden speech, in which he told colleagues that the American people “despise” them.
“I'm home basically every weekend, and what I hear -- and what I'm sure most of you hear -- is some version of this: 'A pox on both parties and all your houses. We don't believe politicians are even trying to fix this mess,’” he said during his 30 minute speech according to The Huffington Post.
“Socrates said it was dishonorable to make the lesser argument appear the greater -- or to take someone else's argument and distort it so that you don't have to engage their strongest points. Yet here, on this floor, we regularly devolve into bizarre partisan-politician speech. We hear robotic recitations of talking points.”
Sasse added that each Senator “has an obligation to be able to answer our constituents' question: Why doesn't the Congress work? And what is your plan for fixing the Senate in particular? And if your only answer is that the other party is fully to blame, then we don't get it, and the American people understandably think that we are part of the problem, not the solution."
Sasse said that the institution could be saved if senators realign with their duties and end partisan fighting.
“Everything cannot be simply Republicans versus Democrats,” he said, according to Yahoo Politics.
“We need Democrats to speak up when a Democratic president exceeds his or her powers. And I promise you that I plan to speak up when the next president of my party exceeds his or her proper powers.”