Even if editorial staff at Time magazine dubbed “the Protestor” as this year’s “Person-of-the-Year” doesn’t necessarily mean people at the Time, or it’s backstage managers, has garnered much appreciation or respect for “personhood” of the average outspoken dissenter. Likely they surveyed the landscape and realized the inevitable conclusion—2011 has had a lot of ubiquitous protestation around the world. So then an inevitable conclusion became refreshingly obvious—popular dissent is here all over as many status quos are being challenged.
Congress has not been doing their job for a long time and that has never been in question. With the exception of things like actions taken after 9/11 and the budgetary surplus handed down in 2001 we have as a nation not always looked at the profession of being a politician favorably. The reasons for this have most often emanated from Washington. It's only gotten worse over time and truthfully we have kept our hopes up high, but have been increasingly disappointed. Our current system has just not lived up to its promise with regards to two big parties being able to handle the needs and wants of a diverse society.