Are you bored yet? It's not even Labor Day, and we're well into what our British cousins call "the silly season", the national political campaigns. While the British have the good taste to restrict political campaigns to the six months prior to elections, in the US President Obama was elected in November, 2008 and I don't believe a single politician on any side of the aisle has stopped campaigning since.
Every function of government is viewed in terms of gaining or losing political points, not the carrying on of the people's business. The budget, the war, monetary policy, entitlements, national security, healthcare, employment -- is there any issue that hasn't been turned into a petty campaign football?
It's all about jobs, by the way. Politicians winning or keeping their jobs, that is. I want to wave my arms and shout "Hey guys! Remember us? We're The People -- the ones you're supposed to be serving. Remember us? Your employers!
This is an important election in terms of the philosophical path our country is going to take. If you haven't read The Constitution in a while, I want to remind you it contains the job descriptions of your public servants. Are they doing the job you hired them to do when you elected them? Are they running the government according to the rules -- written down, amended, agreed upon and adopted by these United States? If not, why not?
If you violate company policy you get fired. If you violate an organization's by-laws you're removed from office. If you violate your oath -- that's right, your oath, with your hand raised and everything -- to "preserve protect and defend The Constitution...so help me, God", shouldn't there be a penalty for violating your sacred oath? Like, maybe, not getting your contract renewed?
I don't want to hear about right or wrong. Both sides are equally to blame and for more years than any of us have been alive. So what? Does the prior breaking of a law without penalty render the law unenforceable? Try defending yourself against your next speeding ticket with that argument. I dare you.
This November, drag yourself off the couch for an hour or so and go vote. I don't care who you vote for -- or against. Just take the time to evaluate the job performance of your current employees based upon their job descriptions in The Constitution. Decide which contracts deserve renewing, and which of The People's servants should try earning a living in the current job market.
You don't need to pass a law to enforce term limits. You just have to vote.
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