Friday, November 10, 2006
The Political Lady_James Tissot
I think that the results of the election are much different than what the spinmeisters are telling you. There is only a slim majority in either of the Houses of Congress and that could change in heartbeat in the Senate. The American people that did show up to vote made it clear that they were not satisfied with the performance of a Congress that had become fat, lazy and had forgotten the real reason they were sent there in the first place. There were many conservatives that we sent there to clean up the mess that Democrats had made of our Congress. The first few years were great. Newt Gingrich and his Conservative revolution did a fantastic job of cleaning up the corrupt and power hungry Democrat lead Congress. Many much needed reforms were instituted.
A few years later in the Republican lead Congress, Newt had to step down though when he was accused of and later found by the Republican lead Ethics Committee that he was misusing his PAC(political action committee) to raise money. IRS Determination It was a technical detail but he broke the rules so he paid a fine and stepped aside as he should have. That was a shame too because I was taking the course that Newt was teaching and he is a brilliant man.
When Newt Gingrich stepped aside and the new Speaker was elected the real problems began for the Republicans. A weak Speaker was Elected by the Republican caucus and he became nothing more than what we refer to at my job as “Okie dokie”, meaning whatever you do is fine with me. I don’t think Dennis Hastert is a bad guy, just a weak one and had no business being the Speaker. As is always the case though, when you have someone that is not driving the agenda and is not concerned with any of the important details then disaster is sure to happen. Time went by and things became worse and then the Republican Congress was looking much like the former corrupt and morally devoid Democrat lead Congress.
I don’t know about any of you folks out there that read my musings but I do believe it is time to start instituting term limits on our Congress just as we do for our Presidents and Governors. This was tried at first during the first few years after Newtie and the boys got elected to power in 1994 and swept out the Democrats but the old time powers prevailed by a slim majority. It was a bruising battle and I thought for sure we had it but the old timers just wouldn’t let go. It is time now to start another battle though. The current leadership of Congress will oppose it because they have too many of the old timers that were against term limits back then now going to be in Committee chair and leadership positions. Ms Pelosi will soon find herself loosing control of her majority caucus because these old fat cats are going to want some pay back and payola that they have been missing out on since the Republicans pushed them to the cellar offices back in 1994.
It’s time folks; it really is time to start the battle again for. Term Limits this has to be brought to the forefront now if we plan on keeping this democracy for our children. The Republicans and the democrats or even if another party were to join the fray can’t be left with reins of power for too long because “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely” an observation that a person’s sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases. The statement was made by Lord Acton, a British historian of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Believe it or not I learned this from the course that Newt Gingrich was teaching. Reniewing American Civilization
The last chance for a stable and somewhat reliable government is at hand folks. If left to their devices, a few years from now the Democrats will be back to their old tricks of feathering their own nests and making the rules so only Democrats get elected if it hasn’t already started. The combined Democrat and Republican conservative majority have a prime opportunity here to really make a difference and if they don’t take advantage of it then shame on them too. Term Limits, the time has come!
"It Might Have Been"
WE will be what we could be. Do not say,
"It might have been, had not this, or that, or this."
No fate can keep us from the chosen way;
He only might who is.
We will do what we could do. Do not dream
Chance leaves a hero, all uncrowned to grieve.
I hold, all men are greatly what they seem;
He does, who could achieve.
We will climb where we could climb. Tell me not
Of adverse storms that kept thee from the height.
What eagle ever missed the peak he sought?
He always climbs who might.
I do not like the phrase "It might have been!"
It lacks force, and life's best truths perverts:
For I believe we have, and reach, and win,
Whatever our deserts.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Posted by Jennifer Gallagher at 10:42 AM