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  • dannyboystories 5:38 PM on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Beware the “Professional Politician” Class! 

    I’ve been a student of politics for many years, primarily sitting on the sidelines like most Americans, voting when I should, but generally ignoring the muddy trenches of Washington, DC.

    Therein lies the problem.

    Our forefathers designed this nation to be a citizen-run Representative Republic. No where have I been able to find any reference in our 230-some odd years that encourages representation by professionals the likes of which we see today. In fact, the constitution expects plain citizens elected by plain citizens to govern the United States. Indeed, the writers of the Constitution so abhorred royalty it is specifically prohibited by the Constitution:

    Article I, Sec. 9, SS 8- No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

    As a matter of respect and courtesy, most folks refer to any sitting elected official by the title, i.e. Senator, Congressman, and so on. Unfortunately, that recognition now continues beyond the term of office after the individual has long been out of office. I contend this simple courtesy has given our elected officials an enhanced sense of importance, and that has led to individuals who become full-time “professional politicians”.

    Every college or university worth its salt now offers a degree in “political science”, a recognition of politics as a full-time vocation, not something intended by the framers of our nation those many years ago. The result has been the growth of a class of people dedicated to politics.

    Now, I suppose having professional politicians might be just dandy, providing they always worked in the interest of the people who voted them into office. In modern time, however, that has become increasingly not the case. The differences between governing principles of the two primary parties has become blurred over time in practice. Politicians, now needing vast sums of money to run for elected federal office, are increasingly beholden to those who give the money, and the lobbyists who serve those interests.

    That’s a problem.

    I am more disenchanted with the “Political Class” now than ever before. In fact, I don’t support ANY current politician seeking the highest office in the land. There are three asking the Republican nomination for President, any one of whom I would vote for just because these folks are not members of the “Political Class”, and all those others, including on the Democrat side, are career politicians.

    I’d like an honest individual with proven administrative/managment skills. How about you. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee

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  • dannyboystories 6:56 PM on July 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Sitting on your seat is not an option. 

    The news is not good today.

    Four U.S. Marines killed in a terrorist attack in Tennessee today, more than a dozen people want to be the GOP nominee for President, few have confidence in the Iran agreement concerning the atom bomb and similar munitions they want, the federal bureaucracy continues to take hold of virtually every corner of our lives, and our do-nothing elected officials continue to do just that.

    I read a lot, but that does not mean I know much. I review summaries of current legislation to try to understand what has been done to us citizens lately. I’m always concerned with the Federal Register, that’s the publication stuffed with all the new regulations “needed” to undertake the operational effectiveness of virtually every law passed in Washington, DC. Did you know every one of those new rules is decided upon by non-elected departmental employees?

    This will get me in trouble with some of my friends: Barack Obama’s administration has done more to destroy individual freedoms and liberties in America than anyone else since the inception of the United States. Just read all the Executive Orders. Furthermore, it appears to me the Democrats and Republicans elected to the Congress are doing little to prevent what are questionable acts, perhaps even unconstitutional. Hey, you are representatives of the PEOPLE who elected you, not your political party!

    So what to do?

    Actually, Billy Graham had the answer years ago: “Just get up out of your seat…” Catherine MacKenzie wrote a book by that name about Rev. Graham. But this is not about him, it is about you, and the need for every citizen to get off their butt and begin to participate. “Just get up out of your seat” and away from the television, learn what is really happening. Review everything without the shellacking given by partisan politics. You make the call, not your neighbor or BFF.

    In my view, the federal government is much too large and spends far too much. Restrictions on business discourage jobs and that impacts you, regardless your profession or station in life. The dominoes continue to tumble.

    Yep, Billy Graham had the right idea all along. “Just get up out of your seat.” Maybe you could also say a prayer to the Almighty too. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee.

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