Saturday, December 18, 2010

Don't Ask End Notes?

As the Senate voted to end the "Don't Ask,Don't Tell" policy I was surprised to learn that Democrat Reid quoted conservative Republican Barry Goldwater, of all people: "You don't have to be straight to shoot straight". On the other hand, I shouldn't really be surprised that a politician takes a simplistic viewpoint regarding an issue involving basic human rights. When will they ever learn....?

BTW-Activists are suggesting that military personnel not declare themselves until at least after the bill goes into effect. I can't say that I disagree. A little paranoia is sometimes both justified and healthy.

Some day the Equal Rights Amendment of the 1960's will apply even to those who place their lives on the line to defend the Constitution.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Political Competitiveness Hurts Constituents

I firmly believe that the American democracy as originally conceived CAN work. Lately, however, I have strong concerns that politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, have lost touch with what they were elected for and the needs of the people who elected them in good faith. I would propose two basic premises:

1. Government exists to protect the rights and well-being of its citizens.
2. Politicians are elected to represent their constituents to make government work.

If you buy into those premises, can you honestly say that our present politicians are working towards those goals?

As I read various new sources, I have come away feeling that American politicians are not acting in a manner that permits government to work the way that it should. Many Republicans are working towards making Democratic initiative fail so the American people will vote Republican in the elections two years from now. Many Democrats are hoping that Republican passage of bills like the keeping of the tax cuts for the wealthy will make Republicans look bad and people will vote Democratic in the elections two years from now.

While all of the partisan bickering and one-upmanship goes on, it is the American people who suffer. (The politicians are employed and have outstanding health care benefits.) Millions of Americans are still unemployed, without health care, or both. Lobbyists are thriving. Insurance companies are thriving. Companies that receive tax breaks while they out-source former American jobs overseas are thriving. CEOs, even those whose companies need to lay off loyal workers, are thriving. The Dow Jones has recovered and is thriving.

It's obvious that we have been and still can be a great country. We can not really claim to be that if our people are trying to exist when they are jobless and unable to receive the medical care that they need. My strong suggestion is that ALL politicians stop playing their games and concentrate on trying to accomplish what they were elected to do. I further suggest that if they do not try to do that, politicians lose their jobs in the next election and face the reality of unemployment and the need to have self-funded health care.