Mike Huckabee This past week has seen Washington, DC at its most disgraceful, disgusting and dysfunctional worst. The President continues to attempt to sell his wrecked used car called Obamacare and thinks Americans are dumb enough to be more likely to buy it if he throws in an AM radio on this clunker whose engine won’t start and which has no tires. And Senate Democrats brazenly invoked a power grab that they railed against as un-American when Republicans were in charge of the Senate. They truly have no shame….or at least no memory or concern that their hypocrisy and duplicity have violated over 200 years of Senate tradition and rules. Like most Americans, I’m fed up with the total disconnect the political class in Washington has with the working class of the rest of America. DC makes the Toronto Mayor look perfectly normal. Contrast that with what I saw while serving as one of the emcees Friday night in Nashville at the Tribute to George Jones, where rabid fans of the Possum filled every seat in Bridgestone Arena to pay tribute to the country music legend for his ultimate “No-Show” concert. He may not have shown up, but his loyal followers did, as did the royalty of the music world. The greatest artists on the planet took to the stage—over 100 of them---in 4 unbroken hours playing the songs of a man whose voice was the musical equivalent of the echo of the ups and downs of the American population. People might think country music means rural music, but the popularity of country music even in urban areas reveals that it is simply the music of our country. It is the authentic story telling of our lives—the good, the bad, and the broken. But country is the music of real people who face the tough moments of life, fight with all they have, and survive. Backstage was like a family reunion of country stars, songwriters, producers, and musicians. And as I listened to the music, saw the camaraderie of those who made the music, and observed the approval of those who had made sacrifices to pay for the tickets to be in the seats, it occurred to me that fixing Washington probably won’t happen. They don’t want it fixed. They live apart from us, exempting themselves from the rules that crush the rest of us. Their economy never stutters or sputters because they print more money for themselves and choke it out of us. So I’ve decided the solution isn’t to reform Washington; it’s to abandon it. Tell the entire government they are fired and move the new government of the people, by the people, and for the people to where the people gather to act like responsible adults act—make Nashville the Capitol. It’s in the center of the country and easier to get to; it’s an amazingly hospitable place and a place that has never depended on government to save them. When a devastating flood in 2010 all but baptized the entire city, the people of Nashville helped each other and didn’t wait on the government to save them. Like neighbors helping neighbors rebuild the barn, the people of Nashville acted like Americans---responsible, resourceful, and resilient. America needs a recovery and it’s increasingly obvious the only recovery in Washington is re-covering lies and deception. So to heck with Washington. Let’s start over. We can do better. And we’ll make Nashville the new Capitol City. We started with a George—George Washington. Let’s start over with the spirit of another George—George Jones. I’m pretty sure we will govern better and I know the music will be incredible.