Thank you for your comments. While I understand your perspective, I have to admit I was offended by the fact you donít trust me. Iíll let that one roll off though. However, it appears that from your perspective, all politicians are liars. This is not true. I believe there are men and women in Congress who genuinely care more for the citizens than they do the special interest groups that fund their campaigns. Itís a rarity to be sureÖ but Iím sure theyíre out there.<quoted text>I just skimmed the link and I hope this will help. I've said in other posts I am not a die hard party faithful robot. I detest the way the press, pundits, and talk radio have polarized our country. That I have seen Independent groups form in nearly every election since 1976 when I first voted. Yet none seemed to last past the election.
Like most Americans today (IMO) I am sick of career politicians, the way they live off the American people as leeches, and no matter what they are classified as (Lib, Con, Left, Right) their main objective is to be re-elected. Maintaining the staus quo.
I am also aware you are running for office or trying to. So I distrust you as well.
However, I would really like to see Civics restored to our educational system beginning at the age when most children start asking where babies come from. And for George Washington's Farewell Address to be part of the test given to graduate High School.
Look at this thread. The use of an autopen. The number of times a person we trusted to look out for the best interests of the NATION resorts to taking an issue like this to distract us from the fact THEY AIN'T DOING THE JOB WE ELECTED THEM TO DO.
I'd like to see the Electoral College abolished, but that would take a Constitutional Amendment. It IS possible, but it won't be Congress that gets the ball rolling. We need to educate the public on the Amendment process first.
Secondly, because you donít know me you may be a bit hasty to place me in the same category as politicians for several reasonsÖ first, because Iím not a politician. Iím a person that has gotten tired of complaining about the status quo. Iím one that has complained over and over about the rape of the American taxpayer. Iíve talked about the fact that the political establishment has permitted the national debt to balloon to nearly a point of no recovery. Iíve gotten tired of complaining so I decided to put my money where my mouth is.
I decided that there is no sense in me climbing on my soapbox if Iím not going to try to contribute toward an answer. I donít want to be a part of the problem. I want to be a part of the solution. In a recent post on topix the other day, someone read one of my complaints about the system, and followed it up with an excellent question. So, I took the time to write a three page response detailing what I felt was an alternative approach to the problem.
I am of the opinion that our government was designed to represent the people. Thatís what I intend to bring to Congress as the representative of the 5th District. That being said, Iím not perfect. I canít claim to be a Boy Scout, but I can claim to be a person that is committed to the uphill battle of wrestling the reigns of our government out of the hands of those that have occupied Congress.
I wonít go to stay and itís never been about the money. One of the things I am proposing is term limits. I believe that the most effective government is one that maintains fresh perspectivesÖ brings in fresh ideas. If you bake a cake a certain way and it keeps falling, that suggests that something about the process of baking that cake needs to be changed. Iím ready to change the process.
One final note, I also favor abolishing the Electoral College as it does not accurately reflect the will of the people. If a particular candidate receives the majority of the popular vote, that person should be President. PERIOD!