C-SPAN is an acronym for Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network created 38 years ago by emerging cable companies in what they said was an effort to bring the work of congress into the living rooms of viewers.
Looking back, it may have been more an attempt to fill channel slots on subscribers television sets in the days before dozens of special interest sports and movie offerings reached the levels of today.
I am far from a TV critic since the video portion of programming you enjoy is lost to me, but I have grown convinced that C-SPAN may be doing a great deal to slow the already snails pace of work of the people we elect to represent us in Washington DC.
Tune in almost any day and you’re likely to see and hear little more than members of congress making unending political statements on both sides of the isle.
The occasionally interesting debate on some issue of importance is over shadowed by an endless stream of speeches in support of some commemorative resolution saluting someone for doing something or talking down opponents on any given issue.
It’s obvious to me that speakers are often doing little more than playing to the C-SPAN cameras or maybe they’re trying to bore the opposition to death. I have been surprised at how old many of our elected congressional representatives sound, and how poorly many of them speak.
If you’re looking for a day time nap, and you can’t find a silent movie, my channel of choice is C-SPAN.
That’s the way I see it.