Have you stopped to consider that when we send our brave men and women of the military into battle we don’t expect them to stay in the war zone forever? We rotate them back home and send new troops in their place so those on the front line are fresh and able to perform their duties.
Our founding fathers were wise men and understood this concept. When they drew up the plan for governing our Republic they expected that those who would “serve” us in Washington would do so on a rotational basis. They expected that new servants would come in regularly to ensure that those who were representing us would be fresh and able to perform their duties. Now days, we hear phrases such as “Senator xyz is retiring from politics”. How did we get to the point that our representatives became “career politicians” and have retirement parties? Maybe these career politicians have been in the battle so long that they have lost site of the concept of being a “servant” of the people and now believe that they are smarter and superior to the people they were elected to represent. Maybe they have been on the front line so long they don’t feel that they possess a skill that would allow them to return home and earn and honest living so they keep doing what they have been doing. Just maybe this is why we now have a group of individuals called lobbyist, whose job is to bribe our representatives to vote in their interest rather than the interest of the constituent.
I believe we have done these brave men and women of Washington a grave injustice by leaving them in the war indefinitely and keeping them away from their loved ones and communities. The signs of battle fatigue are obvious. I hold myself and the other voters of this nation responsible for mistreating our representatives. It is high time that we brought those who have been fighting year after year in Washington home to their community. Let’s allow new recruits to step up and carry the battle.
Beginning with the 2010 election, and for every election thereafter, let us all agree to vote for the individual who is offering to take the reins from the incumbent. Bring our faithful servants home to their family and community. After all, this is the only fair and reasonable thing to do. We should not expect someone to spend their entire life serving our interests (or their interest) in Washington.
Join us in Bringing Our Politicians Home!!!
Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read ‘Vote Obama, I need the money.’ I chuckled. Once in the restaurant my server was wearing an ‘Obama 08’ button, again I chuckled — just imagine the coincidence.
When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone whom I deemed more in need — the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $5 and told him to thank the server inside as I’ve decided he (the homeless guy) needed the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.
At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn, even though the actual recipient needed the money more. I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.
The Silly Season Is Upon Us!
I don’t normally blog about politics but, c’mon, am I the only one who’s bone tired of it already? I swear, we should haul anyone who shows a willingness to be a politician out into the street and terminate them with extreme prejudice as an object lesson.
To encourage the others, y’know?
In my opinion, only individuals with a violent aversion to politics should be elected – they’ll avoid the job like the plague and will bail at the first opportunity. A self-limiting process, as it were…
Failing that, we should implement something I read about in some obscure SF novel back in my misspent youth; politicians, upon election, should be fitted with tamper-proof explosive collars with radio receivers. Voters will have a website or phone number where they can register a “Approve” or “Disapprove” vote. Get enough “Disapprove” votes and we’re having new elections. Obviously, the system will need tweaking but I see no reason for lab testing, let’s go straight to a field beta to validate the hardware and software and then full production rollout upon the first successful detonation.
No, it wasn’t over a new head press.
The Brunette and the kids got me a ride on a B-17, the Thunder Bird, for my 50th birthday. I was in the radio operator’s compartment for the takeoff but I got to sit up in the nose for the landing. Here’s the video of it…
And here’s the link if you want to watch it fullscreen: