Ever Notice

how the members of the Republican party seem to use a lot of the same language when talking about anything?  That’s because they do.  They call them “talking points”.  The advantage of “talking points” is that they preclude discussion, cooperation, or eventual compromise which might lead to positive action demanded by the American people.  That is how we can have vast majorities of the American people in favor of things like gun safety, gay marriage, addressing global warming, pollution, etc. and have Congress do nothing.  And, yes, Democrats are guilty of doing the same thing.

It is obvious there are modern politicians who have no interest in doing what is good for the country.  Their only interest is in what will fill their own pockets or get them re-elected.  They truly exhibit the opposite of JFK’s book “Profiles in Courage”.  The vast majority of our Congress truly edihibits profiles in cowardice.

I would like to offer a solution, but alas, with gerrymandering, the Supreme Court, and the states trying to destroy the federal government; I am at a loss.

Until the American people exercise their right to vote (whoops, that’s right, Republican legislatures across the nation are taking away the right to vote); we won’t see change.

I am reminded of another time in our nation’s history when the founding fathers found themselves in a similar situation and wrote these words.

“,,, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

Are we at that point?

Can our Congress rededicate itself to the purposes outlined in the preamble to the Constitution?

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Will they ever admit that there is more to the purpose of our government than providing for the common defense?

Will the about to be released budget reflect all the goals set by the founding fathers?  Or, will the budget focus on providing for the military, whether for common defense or the military industrial complex?

We must judge Congress by their actioins, not by their sound bites.

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