Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A good old fashioned American idea

I watched the movie: Lincoln the other day.  It got me to thinking about politics and the crap going on in D.C. for too many years now.  When Abraham Lincoln wanted his Emancipation Proclamation passed, he found a way around the political engine in his day, that wanted to squelch it. 

What was so special about that Thirteenth Amendment?  

Well not only did it make owning slaves illegal, many Senators and Congressmen knew if they voted 'yea'  for it, it could place their lives in danger. 

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

During the Great Depression of 2012 and 2013...........oops, sorry, got carried away there.  The First Great Depression of 1929, President Roosevelt certainly knew how to get around the obstacles of his day when people were out of work and America needed jobs, not empty promises and empty speeches. 

Watching some of the inauguration posted on the Internet (I refused to watch it all) and seeing the partying, it just reminded me of Nero fiddling while Rome was burning.  While many Americans are homeless, out of work, cannot afford food, shelter and clothing, much less hob nob with the rich and disgusting in D.C., we get this huge celebration rubbed in our faces.  What in Hell is there to celebrate in America right now?

Well, here's an idea.  Why don't the American people pick and endorse and assist an average citizen, a person who was not born into favor and advantage, but is like you and like me?  Someone who is not into playing politics, listening to lobbying fools pitching every damned idea that is anything but for helping the real people who do real voting. 

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Hasn't the insanity going on in D.C. been so not working?  When something isn't working, well, it needs to be scrapped and another plan should be put in place.

Call me crazy, tell me it cannot be done, but ya know, America was founded on ideas that others said: Couldn't be done.  Here we are.  You will say it takes huge amounts of monies to run a campaign.  Yet I read many stories last year and the year before, how Senators and Congressmen and women, still got voted in with less money than their competitors had.  Many Americans start businesses all the time, successful businesses, people who knew nothing about running a business.  It is America and it is the American way, people!

Hell, if Sarah Palin could have a Super PAC, stealing the donations, taking her family on a long vacation, and bought an RV, and ran for absolutely nothing, then anyone could do it.  Hell, I've met Political Science students who would work for a small salary, or even volunteer for the experience and college credit, who could run a campaign better than those fools who are paid big bucks for it.

We need a President who will use the government, like Roosevelt, to put Americans to work.  Lord knows America's infrastructure is falling apart,  in need of labor to fix roads, build and fix bridges and our electrical grids are vastly outdated and we need a fast train to compete with those airlines who rip passengers off left and right.  Can't be done?  Surely it can be done.

We need a President who would like a bipartisan group in D.C. but when they find out it isn't happening, then side step them.  Screw them anyway.

What's the worst that can happen?  We get a President, male or female, who gives a damn about their voters, who is one of us, who understands and does not turn a deaf ear or blind eye to the American people's wants and needs.  The worst anyone could say about such a President is: "That one cares too much."  Well there are much worse legacies a President could leave behind.

Think about it, find a leader with charisma, get a petition going, hire political science students to set up tables in every mall, every public place they can get in to and start a Super PAC for someone who will make a difference.

Someone who could say: "Lobbying is now outlawed."  We can control guns, we can control lobbying.  All lobbyists do is cheat, lie and bribe politicians.  We need someone to say: "No, Wall Street, you do not get the American tax money while paying big bonuses to people undeserving while Americans go hungry and homeless because of no jobs."    Someone to say: "No American car companies, you do not get American tax money because if you cannot make a decent product someone wants to buy, at a reasonable price, then step aside and allow American companies who can do that."  

A President who understands that if the majority of Americans are allowed to starve, then America is being destroyed from within.  A President who tells Congress and the Senate that: "If you can't do your job, you need a pay cut, not a pay raise." 

A President who can, and will, fire those businessmen in D.C. who only care about their rich friends.  You know, the ones Ronald Reagan put in there in the 80's when America really started to fail.

Remember, America is heading towards a two class system.  A two class system gave rise to the French Revolution and the killing of aristocrats.  

A two class system gave rise to Nazi Germany and Hitler.  A man that just 10 years prior to the German people starving, they considered his notions crazy.  When people starve, they have nothing to lose and they become the most dangerous people on the face of the earth.

Come on America!   Yes, it can and should be, done!