It’s sad really, but we’ve brought it on ourselves.
Two stories this week, seemingly unrelated to the casual news reviewer, caught my attention. Together they mirror why this once great country has become such a financial and social mess.
First, over the Memorial Day weekend, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, was hanging out in Seattle, not because he likes a coffee, airplanes, software or a morbidly wet start to summer, but because he was investigating what would be his base of support and chances of winning a possibly open House seat should he move here. His district in Ohio has been redrawn such that his chances of winning have drastically decreased. And here in the Seattle area, one of our illustrious representatives, and general all-around loonies, Jay Inslee, is probably going to run for governor. Because Inslee has won re-election six times, Kucinich believes he has a chance of winning the seat should he move here.
The second story said that the Obama administration has increased the federal fleet of limousines more than any other administration. The Bush administration had 238 limos; the Obama administration is up to 412. I can understand a few limos for the president and vice-president, but when so many government employees and agencies have that many it shows just how far out of touch this administration is with the rest of the country.
And both of these stories indicate something far more telling than the desperateness of Kucinich or the arrogance of liberals. Our Founders did not intend on creating a monstrous federal government full of lifelong bureaucrats sucking at the public teat. They fully expected people in the community to go to Washington to serve, then return back to their private jobs after their stint in office. For them, it was an honor to serve, not some sort of entitlement to power, as Kucinich seems to believe. But early on they even betrayed this ideal when they asked George Washington to stay on after his term ended – as king. He is perhaps our best example of a citizen statesman. He refused and returned home to farm only coming out of his self-imposed exile when his country needed him when President Adams requested his services in the military during troubles with the French in 1798.
Unfortunately, explicit term limits was not part of the original Founders’ plan. Even so, we the people have always had the ability to limit the terms of the people we elect. But rather than allow anyone to become too comfortable in office, all over this great land, we’ve put the same tired old men (and women) with tired ideas, back into places of power and authority and wonder why we are in the shape that we’re in. Every two, four or six years, depending on whether the incumbent is a representative, a president or a senator, these same clowns make the same promises to fix the very problems that they created to begin with. If someone is in power long enough to come up with ideas on how things should be done, they’ve been in power too long. We need people who will go in, babysit the government, and then get out. People who keep lights on and the bills paid. People who are so busy learning the ropes, that they don’t have time to use the ropes. We don’t need people who go in and try to raise government up to be whatever great thing they envision, because undoubtedly whatever that is, will cost tremendous amounts of OUR money. The top five representatives, in terms of service, are John Dingell (55 years), John Conyers (46 years), Charles Rangel (40 years), Bill Young (40 years) and Pete Stark (38 years). Together, they have served, or rather ruled, in the House for a combined 219 years. Of those five, only one, Young, is a Republican. The top five Senators, Daniel Inouye (48 years), Patrick Leahy (36 years), Richard Lugar (34 years), Orrin Hatch (34 years) and Carl Levin (32 years) have been in the Senate for a combined 184 years. These guys aren’t public servants, they’re career politicians and bureaucrats.
Ask yourself during the coming campaign season if your interests and wallet are best served by someone who doesn’t know their way around Washington but will reign in spending, or someone that’s going to use their experience to get things done that we don’t want and don’t need - like Obamcare, the PATRIOT act, or any number of career politician pieces of legislation.