The election is over but don’t expect to see any great changes. We are still dealing with politicians. All politicians of both parties live in the same beltway bubble. They come among us in the heartland to solicit votes and contributions and go back to Washington until the next election. This country is sitting on high center. The government is as sterile as a screwworm fly in Texas. Nothing good is happening. Both parties are blaming the other party for the chaos. There are solutions but nobody is talking about them. Either they don’t care or they have no idea where to start. The people we have elected in either party will never do what must be done. Only the people can make it happen.

First of all, we need to impose one six-year term on all politicians. One six-year term would eliminate many problems and at the same time create opportunities to make government better. The way it is now the first thing on a newly-elected politician’s mind is to be re-elected for another term. He starts running again the day after he is elected. Some politicians will sell their soul for a chance to be re-elected. With a six-year term limit a politician could spend the time they spend now soliciting voters and contributions serving the people that elected them. A six-year term would eliminate people looking to go to Washington to build a comfortable nest for a long career. It would encourage people who genuinely want to serve the people and who are willing to go home after six years. If a representative has some good ideas then he can implement them in six years. If he has no ideas he should not be there in the first place. In order to get votes some politicians will say they are in favor of term limits. Knowing all the time their colleagues will not let it happen. There is one way the people can make this change. If the people refuse to vote for someone who will not pledge to serve one six-year term and vote to change the law if elected, it can happen. This can happen only if we the people have the balls to follow through on this.

There is another huge problem that needs to be fixed. The way things are now, some politicians are buying the office they are running for. We hear that so and so is going to win in certain places because he has more money to spend. What that means to me is that he has more money to pay for a better PR firm to convince the voters how great he is. What would fix this is a cap on the amount any individual could spend. I don’t know what that amount should be, but it should not be unlimited like it is now. The best situation would be if people running for office had to use the allotted money to go among the folks whose votes they want and find how the people think and what they expect from their representatives. If they can’t do this without hiring somebody to do their job then give them absolutely no consideration.

Politicians don’t make great countries, great people make great countries. If our people don’t have the will to step up the plate to turn this country around, we will continue to move in the direction of a third world country. If enough of our people are satisfied when they have enough beer for the weekends and an occasional new tattoo …we don’t have a chance.

These changes would benefit neither the Republicans nor the Democrats but would benefit all Americans except the career politicians. The Washington crowd will oppose term limits with every bone in their bodies. Whether it can be made to happen depends who is the most determined, the people or the “do nothings”. If you agree or disagree with me on this, I would like to see some comments. If I’m the only person on the planet that thinks these are good ideas then I need to shut up and spend more time selling hats.

Dick Atwood


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