You should write about what you know. Even then you should only write about what interests you.
I’m doing neither. I am writing abut our elected officials, particularly the US Senate. Lately, there’s been much discussion about the nuclear option, the gang of 14, the back door deals and the compromises. It pisses me off.
I vote. If there is one civic duty I adhere to, it is voting. It is my right, and more so, my duty. Duty is not a word to be taken lightly. Ingrained in me since the cub scouts, (…promise to do my best, to do my duty, to god and my country, to help other people and obey the laws of the pack.)
Senators (the house of lords) are supposed to represent their constituents. The majority in the senate is republican, and as such, the idea is that the majority party generally represents the general views of the American voting public. The senators are supposed to have the backbone to override the weaker, less representative party, because they represent more of us than minority senators do. As citizens, and voters, we are supposed to have the backbone to tell our politicians what we want them to do. Do this or lose my vote next time is a good tool, but I actually prefer “Do this or we’ll recall your sorry ass and fire you. This is not what we are paying you for.” People seem to forget that these guys work for us. We hold the power. We can demand that they do what we want, or we can demand that they go home.
14 senators come to an agreement, behind closed doors, that effectively stymies the other 86. Their respective parties should officially chastise, or otherwise censure them, for not playing ball. They are really just trying to make names for themselves as the “Great Facilitators” or whatever it is that they want to be called. The biggest name among the bunch is John McCain. I don’t know a lot about him, other than that he was a POW in Vietnam, that he can’t straighten his arms because they were broken so many times by his captors, and that he is an outspoken person who acts on what he believes is the right thing. I respect that. I respect his position. I believe that he was pure in thought and goals before he got to
Maybe Senator McCain brokered the deal. Maybe he has ulterior motives. Maybe not. All I know is that we, the people, elected George Bush as our leader. We, the people, elected a majority senate. They, the senate, are supposed to do our bidding. They, the senate, are pissing and moaning over selections for our supreme courts, UN representatives, and everything else. We, the people, voted for change. The people we elected are not showing enough spine to make that change. During elections people talk a lot about principles and values. If I tell you I will do something, I will do it to the best of my ability. I will not use nuances or quibbling to get around doing it.
I want a senator who will say “Fuck you Peons. You don’t represent
I suppose it isn’t that easy. I suppose that if you want to get anything done, you have to forge alliances, make deals, cater to groups and special interests, and try to please most of the people most of the time. It’ll get you re-elected for one thing. For another, it shows us that even in the senate, one vote doesn’t matter. That really bothers me. Sure, there are independents. Sure, there are those mavericks who generally don’t cast their ballots because the “party” says to vote this way or that. But the majority is supposed to rule. The good of the many has to outweigh the good of the one. You can’t have it both ways. It really sucks if you are the one, but that’s the sacrifice I think
I would have a blast as a senator. Even more so as a President (dare to dream… I haven’t the $$$ to run for either office, and my current job kinda makes it illegal to run.) This would be my platform: (Note to all elected officials: this fits on a single page.)
Article 1. The supreme court determines whether or not laws are in accordance with the constitution. If a supreme court justice or nominee cannot recite from memory the entire document, including changes, then they are fired/not hired.
Article 2. The constitution shall only be changed by a mandate from the masses. The People will vote on changes in a general election. A purely popular vote. And then, the change will only become permanent after a period of eight years, after a second popular vote.
Article 3. The rights guaranteed in the Original Document are not up for interpretation and may not be infringed upon. (You can add to, but not take away)
Article 4. All law-abiding citizens can do as they please, as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others.
Article 5. Any seditionist or terrorist who is a
Article 6. All laws (including the tax code) shall be written, in full, on no more than two sheets of paper, typed, single space, 10 pitch, Arial font, in plain
language English so that everyone can read them. (English shall be the official language of the
Article 1. Any country that declares war on the
Article 2. The UN and EU does not work. The
Article 3. We may disagree with other countries, but when called on, you are either with us, or against us. Our foreign policy (and foreign aid and trade) will be driven by this.
Article 4. All diplomatic immunity is repealed. Our envoys and ambassadors shall obey their host nation laws while on foreign soil, and you will obey ours, or go to our jails. You must honor and accept (if you want to do business with us) that we do not recognize any religion based laws.
What about the Issues?
What about abortion, taxes, welfare, social security, gun rights, drug policy, stem cell research, foreign debt, AIDS, Crime, etc?
Okay, since you asked: Abortion. Your body, your choice. You live with it. The gummint will not pay for it, nor for counseling after you do it.
Taxes: Everyone pays the same amount. Not based on a percentage of income (too much along the lines of each according to his needs…) The same dollar value is applied to all Americans over the age of 18.) $5000 per head sounds about right. That’s 1.25 trillion dollars. No exemptions. If we can’t run state and local governments for less than this, we should re-think what we spend the money on.
Welfare: You get it for six months, must submit to drug screening weekly, and must repay it when you get a job (however, it will not be taxable income. It is a loan from the taxpayer.) You will also complete no less than 20 hours (weekly) of community service while receiving benefits.
Social Security: Ends immediately for all persons under the age of 50. That gives you 15 years to start saving. For people between 50 and 65, the new retirement age is 70.
Gun rights. Citizens without criminal records may purchase as many guns as often as like. All guns are available for purchase. This does not apply to cannons and howitzers. Citizens with criminal felony convictions may own guns, but shall be limited to one rifle, one pistol, and one shotgun, which they may only have on their personal property (home defense). They must also submit to drug screening, random searches of their homes, register their weapons with their IDs/Fingerprints/DNA/and pictures. They may posses not more than 50 rounds for each weapon they own (150 rounds total). Felons convicted of violent crime shall never be allowed to own firearms. Ever. All law abiding citizens shall be allowed to carry, open or concealed, any weapon that they deem appropriate, without permit or permission from any local or state government.
Drug policy: What you do in the privacy of your own home is your business. What you do outside your home should have no reasonable guarantee of privacy. If you get stoned and leave your house, you will go to prison for a period of not less than 5 years. If you get stoned and commit a crime, particularly a violent crime, you will be killed by those whom you committed a crime against unless they grant you leniency.
Stem cell research: The argument for or against stem cell research is a morality based argument, and the government shall make no laws regulating or moral or immoral acts. As such, the government shall not fund any research on science of questionable morality.
Foreign Debt: They’re never going to pay us back anyway, so all foreign debts are officially forgiven, and the
AIDS: The only people who shall receive funding for AIDS treatment are those that contract the disease through other-than-sexual transmission. AIDS research shall continue to be funded, with the overlying goals to be vaccines followed by cures.
Crime: Persons convicted of crimes against other persons shall be punished as juries shall deem appropriate. Judges must be elected by popular vote. All judgments shall be allowed one appeal, unless new or compelling evidence is presented after the first appeal. Capital Crimes will be allowed two appeals, and if the second appeal fails, punishment will occur immediately. Families of victims are encouraged to participate. Crimes against children (beating, sexual, kidnapping, or murder) are capital crimes and punishment will be death by the most horrific and painful manner imaginable, and will be slow and televised.
Any infringement on the rights of others not covered in this platform shall be adjudicated in the lowest common court.
Sure, people may or may not agree with my platform. They have a right not to vote for me or even not to vote. You can call it heavy handed, facist, communist, so right wing it’s almost left, whatever you want. Dear old dad had an amazing gift: He saw everything in terms of black and white, right and wrong. Punishment was swift, but fair.
I should stop taking pain meds before I write this stuff.