In All Fairness America Deserves Better
In the spirit of Christmas I prepared this article to present a more accurate and factual picture of the public servants we as voters have elected to represent us in Washington. What is clear is that we the American people have spoken, but we deserve better as the 115th Congress ends its term and the new 116th Congress prepares to begin in 2019.
I took a look at the official biographies of some of those who lead our government and it is clear that their idea of public service differs from mine. What I see are classic examples of “absolute power corrupts absolutely” and “those with money and people equal power”.
On both sides of the isle there are members of Congress with more than 20 years in “public service” and I use that term loosely. For some they were born into politics, their grandparent, parent, brother, sister or all of the above have been in politics and that’s all they know. They themselves may have gone straight into politics after college so their political gig is the only job they’ve ever known.
Others go into politics after a lifetime of working in the private sector, earning a living, building a business and politics is their way of giving back. Public service means serving the public, the American people who voted them into office and for them remaining in office means trying to see the job through to completion or getting it done right.
I’m sorry to have to break it down this way but there is a difference in thinking between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
The Democrat position has historically been giving free stuff to those with needs and even to those who can’t afford it.
- We see this from providing free school lunches to some, while expecting others to pay for theirs.
- We have free Medicaid for those who can’t afford it, but expect others to pay the bill for all.
- We have free housing assistance for those with real needs, but again it is paid for by taxpayer dollars.
- We have welfare assistance for those who are unable to work, paid by taxpayers.
- We have free food stamps (money cards) for those who need it, but often it is abused and again paid for by taxpayer dollars.
- We even have free phones for those who can’t afford them, paid for by taxpayer dollars.
- We have free education for those who can’t afford it, again paid for by taxpayer dollars.
You can feed someone their entire life and they become enslaved or indebted to you and have no incentive to get out from under your control. In fact they are motivated just to get more free stuff and FREE isn’t free at all.
The Republican position has historically been to promote hands on learning (Vocational Schools) and on-the-job training (getting your hands dirty). If you train someone to work with their hands, mind and body they will find a way through the difficulties of life without resorting to things without personal cost or sacrifice. They will feel good about themselves and look for ways to help others.
Politics is the platform for compromise, sometimes it can be for good, but often it is only good for those looking for personal enrichment. How many Members of Congress have accumulated their massive wealth on a congressional salary; Writing books; Speaking engagements?
Democrats look to the people who fall under their control through entitlements and aim to keep them dependent on government handouts. Look at the methodology of the Democrat Party stir up the masses with fear, open hostility against those who refuse to submit to their way of thinking. How do you get “flash mobs” across the nation on hot button topics and who finances and orchestrates them? Who are the participants? The unemployed who don’t look for work? Students who are in classes and given credit for demonstrating? What about the homeless? Do they jump in and join the demonstrators, or are they just collateral damage?
Historically Republicans call for accountability in government, but those who fall into the same trap as Democrats are no angels either. How many will stand on their own principles, or fall on their sword or take the path of least resistance? How many “pork barrel” projects gain their approval? The Republican Party does not promote mass demonstrations, but call out those who do.
I firmly believe that there is a time and place for everything. Those who go into politics must look at their reasons for doing so. Are they looking to make things better for everyone, or just a name for themselves? Politicians should be the very best and brightest America has to offer. They should have a plan before they go into politics, otherwise they are going to be swayed with the tide until they are no longer focused and become disillusioned or tainted.
I encourage you to go online to the official biographies of YOUR U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator and see for yourself who they are and what their values are. American’s have a right to know (without using Wikipedia).
The Constitution of the United States provides for checks and balances by dividing the government into three separate branches.
With the Legislative Branch as the First Branch of Government (Article I)
Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives (435):
- The Speaker of the House is Paul Ryan (R-WI)
- Retiring after 20 Years in Congress
- The House Republican Majority Leader is Kevin McCarthy (R-NY)
- 11 Years in Congress
- The House Democratic Minority Leader is Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (Speaker of the House-Designate)
- 30 Years in Congress
Leadership in the U.S. Senate (100):
- The Vice President of the United States is Michael R. Pence (R)
- The President Pro Tempore is Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)
- 40 Years in Congress
- The Republican Majority Leader Speaker of the Senate is Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
- 35 Years in Congress
- The Democratic Minority Leader of the Senate is Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
- 19 Years in Congress
The members of Congress become the delegates of the Electoral College during Presidential Elections to choose the President and Vice President of the United States (minimum of 270 delegates required).
The Executive Branch as the Second Branch of Government (Article II)
- The President of the United States is Donald J. Trump (R)
- 23 months in office
The Judicial Branch (The Supreme Court) as the Third Branch of Government (Article III)
- The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is John G. Roberts, Jr.
- Since 2005
- There are a total of nine Justices on the Supreme Court
There are many facets to American politics that we do not know, but we must not forget that the Constitution of the United States was written to protect the rights of U.S. citizens and to restrict the government and elected officials from abusive and overreaching into our private lives.
It is virtually impossible to go into politics and maintain your core values. Just looking at the Congressional Leaders of both parties one can clearly see justification for Congressional term limits. American deserve better. – I am the Real Truckmaster!