Friday, April 22, 2011

Government? What Are They Governing?

I came across the following on yahoo earlier in an article about Obama being "heckled" by a table of (clearly) non-professional singers (which, if this were 1966, I believe they would be called "hippies"):

The 26th amendment(granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. Thatwas in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less tobecome the law of the land...all because of public pressure.
Copy and forward this to a minimum of twenty people inyour address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
Congressional Reform Act of 20111. Term Limits.12 years only, one of the possible options below..A. Two Six-year Senate termsB. Six Two-year House termsC. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms
2. No Tenure / No Pension.A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay whenthey are out of office.
3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Securitysystem immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,and Congress participates with the American people.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay willrise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the samehealth care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress isan honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators,so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

And it reminded me of my grandmother.

This weekend marks the first Easter I'll have spent without my grandmother (last Easter, but a couple weeks earlier, we were in Paris where she had fallen ill). I think I take for granted a lot of things, but I don't take my freedoms for granted. I know all too-well how difficult it is to argue you're doing absolutely nothing to harm anyone except going against 2 lines of print on a piece of paper in a book at a DMV and having an officer try to insist to you that those 2 lines of print overrule any and all logic and print about driving. But I digress...

The reason I'm reminded of my grandmother when I see this is because she was the first person I'd actually heard in a conversation (obviously this has been about for many years) insisting these changes were the right changes. My grandmother was a brilliant person, her knowledge was incredible and her insight was valuable. If anyone in the family ever questioned my grandmother's immense knowledge and wisdom, it was because they had the honor of knowing a genius in it's truest form in my grandfather.

I thought I'd share this with you in the hopes you can either challenge it respectfully, show you're true idiocy and challenge it completely and blindly, or take it and run with it as well. I stand in agreement that serving in the government of the United States of America should be a privilege, not a career. For all the years that Senator Ted Kennedy served... an insane number of possible replacements were held out... and truth be told, we've not improved because of Senator Ted Kennedy.

It's time for the United States to be what our forefathers sought to create... a land of freedom, opportunity, and independence. I'll rant about Easter in my next blog post, but let us make the changes necessary to turn our country back in the right direction and establish order in this wonderful land!

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