Well mercifully, the political conventions have ended and we can get back to more important things
like football, needlepoint and Game of Thrones. Say what you will about those imaginary days of old they knew how to handle political unrest. Any political diatribe you might be spouting would be abruptly cut short and you would find your head on a pike. In any case, the past three weeks have been rife with both parties spending the greater part of a week lying to us, all the while telling the lies in a convincing tone so that we might believe them when they can’t even convince me that they believe them. And lest you think this ramble is going to lean one way or another, be assured I will be far more bipartisan than Congress since I can honestly say, I don’t like any of them. We’ve got an empty suit on one side telling me they have a 2nd amendment right to shoot bunnies with an Uzi, yet they want to tell women what they can’t do. But we’ve got another empty suit on the other side who thinks some owl in Oregon is more important than keeping people employed. Here’s my breakdown of the conventions in a nutshell…both sides throw a worthless party where they propose and solve nothing not already known and they do this during hurricane season…in hurricane country. Not exactly a thought process that’s going to get you a Mensa invitation, although points are scored for the local economies as for 4 days they keep all the bartenders and prostitutes employed. Oh, and balloons…both sides love balloons. But before they free the balloons, both parties spend the 4 days blaming my problems on the other guy without telling me what they would do. The real absurdity? Apparently we’ve elected people and said they can do all this with our money. And what have we learned as the delegates stagger bleary-eyed back to their home states? One guy wants to take all our money and give it to his rich friends and the other guy wants to take all our money and give it to his poor friends. That’s it. What did we want to learn? We wanted the one guy with the funny name to explain how he paid 14% in taxes on a $20 million income while we’re paying 28-35% on significantly less. And we wanted the other guy with the funny name to explain why we’re paying $4 for gas while everyone around us appears to be getting a government check for some reason or another. What I’ve discovered is that the parties have seemingly turned into their own mascots. Republicans are seen as narrow-minded elephants, resistant to change and crushing the middle class in their wake. The Democrat donkey, not generally considered to be the “Einstein” of the animal kingdom, is seen as stubbornly dwelling on health care. Well, without regard for whomever you want to lead the parade, Congress appears to be the problem as they have lost the concept somewhere in the last 236 years. Our forefathers, yes forefathers because remember, our foremothers were not real people yet, never intended politics to be a career. Smart, well-thinking men were to spend a few years in public service doing the right thing because it was the right thing to do, then get the hell out and go back to their real jobs. Now our elected representatives spend all their time trying to stay elected so they don’t have to get a real job. The problem is there are too many lawyers involved and if there is an occupation more out of touch with the real world, I would welcome your comments. Just because you have a JD from Harvard, USC or Bubba’s Po’boys, Live Bait & Lawyer Kollege, stop thinking you know how to spend my money. Here are some novel ideas and while they’re not mine, I concur in theory. Whatever law you pass has to apply to you as well. You always want our vote on something stupid…how about we vote on your pay raises? Stop killing the few good bills because you pork them up with riders so you can get another military base or 7/11 in your state. Contribute to your own 401K like you expect me to and vote to get rid of that government pension plan. Oh, and buy your own damned stamps. I guarantee we’d save a lot of trees if politicians had to pay for postage.
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