America Needs To Change
By: Ken Hughes
I am constantly asked if I am so discontent with the current president and congress why instead of complying I donâ€™t offer some suggestions. I have to admit thatâ€™s a very fair question and it deserves being addressed with a fair answer. It is one thing to criticize and quite another to offer suggestions that would improve the system. Iâ€™m not sure I have all the answers I do know my suggestions would bring America a lot closer to a constitutionally managed government than we have now.
Here are some of my suggestions!
I would start with term limits for both houses of congress, a maximum of twelve years service in either or both houses. The elected career politician would be a thing of the past. This would allow the country to keep in step with the times and not with the country keeping in step with congress. Yesterdays ambitions donâ€™t necessarily serve tomorrows aspirations, and are not in the best interests of the voters.
Every elected or appointed official would have to sign a pledge upon leaving federal service they would honor a five year moratorium on lobbying for any special interest group. An elected or appointed official would have to agree his or her spouse would be prevented from serving as a lobbyist to congress. Every elected official would be required to maintain his or her official residence in the state or district they represent. Each elected official would be required to spend one week a month in the state or district they represent and make themselves available to their constituents in person. For those who say they donâ€™t have the time, there are twenty four hours in a day and three hundred sixty five days in a year, that levels the playing field for everyone.
The peopleâ€™s government begins with the preamble to the constitution. The constitutions seven articles limit the powers of the federal government. The twenty seven amendments grant the people their rights. Congress has circumvented the spirit of the constitution by misrepresenting sixteen words in article one section eight paragraph three commonly referred to as the commerce clause. Congress should have been paying attention to the tenth amendment the one that grants power to the states and the people and limits the powers of the federal government.
The government is represented to the people in thirty second sound bites and five minute interviews seen of television. The questions along with the answers are contrived to satisfy under exposing the individual politicianâ€™s short comings. All this does is confuse the public and prove how the system can be manipulated to the individualâ€™s advantage. If politicians were required to return to their districts for Q and A sessions with their constituents the media manipulation would become mute.
Congress passes laws even when theyâ€™re contradictory to previous laws. They create departments and programs that often overlap circumventing the proposed purpose of said programs. Itâ€™s obvious the purpose of congress is not filling a need but rather spending tax payerâ€™s money. The only new department I would suggest for the government is an independent body who reviews all new legislation passed by both houses of congress to check for duplications and cost analyses before it goes to the president for his / her signature. The recent heath care bill proved congress doesnâ€™t read what they approve and sign.
All of the government czars and many of the departments could be abolished and their responsibilities returned to the states where they belong according to the tenth amendment to the constitution. Being a Washington bureaucrat isnâ€™t a guarantee of intellectual superiority by a long shot. Most of those morons in Washington were bred and borne out there in moron country where the rest of the owners of this great country live.
As far as nations are concerned America is still in its infancy as far as true democratic governments itâ€˜s the oldest in the world. However under the umbrella of president Obama and the 111th congress America has deteriorated to a point itâ€™s becoming irrelevant in the eyes of many world governments. Its true America has assumed a posture of superiority over the years and as they see it deservedly so. For the past century America has been the 800 pound Gorilla whoâ€™s stood up to the barbarians breaking down the gates protecting freedom seeking people around the world. This happened in spit of government influences not because of them. Americas free market society has been the inspiration for change in many countries and within many societies. Now we have an administration and congress who wish to take America back to pre 1776 and pseudo foreign subrogation.
If I were King for a day I would start Americaâ€™s conversion by making any racial comments from any group of any color or ethnic affiliation subject to deportation to one of those Muslim Countries where no one is allowed to voice An opinion or has any rights. That would end the race bating the Obamanistas are practicing. It would end La Rasaâ€™s protests and the New Black Panthers threats of killing white cracker children. It would essentially end the career of one Erich Holder.
The word on the street is Republicans will take back the house and possibly the senate if not in the coming midterm elections in the presidential elections of 2012. There’s some question if Obama will even be nominated by his party to say nothing of reelected in 2012. The only way for Republicans to win future elections is to bring in new ideas, new candidates and restructure the party in terms of twenty first century thinking. We need to thank the incumbents and send them to Florida to play with the great grand kids and play shuffle board. Only when we rid the house and senate dining rooms of all the soft food and go back to serving red meat can this country survive. It’s time the Fuzzy Wuzzy people were sent packing, political correctness and progressive policies were relegated to the trash burners. The tenth amendment is the backbone of the constitution itâ€™s time to pay attention to it again.
It isnâ€™t possible for one person to suggest all the corrections this country should make to get back anywhere close to where the founding fathers intended it to be, that doesnâ€™t mean as a group we canâ€™t work to achieve something near that goal.