Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 5/15/12

Too often in this country, we call into question a political system that has been functional for over 200 years. Most of the time, it's a simple misunderstanding of the process by the general public that portrays the political system as ineffective. Sometimes, however, there is some level of credence to those perceptions.

The Louisiana state legislature has just given us another shining example of incompetence. On Monday, the state senate passed a resolution asking the NFL to reconsider the suspensions handed down to Saints players and coaches by a vote of 28 to 1.

According to the Associated Press, the lawmakers say there is a "widespread public opinion throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond that the penalties imposed upon the Saints are too harsh and should be reconsidered."

In case you're spotty on what a resolution made by lawmakers actually means, let me fill you in. A resolution has no binding power. It's simply a public statement of the legislature's opinion on a given matter. For example, they could have passed a resolution to bring in brownies on Fridays to the office, but it doesn't actually mean the legislators would have to bring in brownies. In means they intend to bring in brownies. In short, resolutions really don't mean anything.

This is not a political statement on my part. I don't know the Democrat to Republican split in Louisiana, and I really don't care. This is all about me pointing out an incident of great incompetence. I know it's a relevant issue to Saints fans, but don't you think lawmakers should be doing something more meaningful with their time?

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This article first appeared on This Given Sunday and was syndicated with permission.

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