Political Career Limits?
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We should at least have a warning on the ballot like the warning label on a bottle of wine.
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President Nixon walks with Saudi King Faisal in Saudi Arabia in June 1974. Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974 when he became the only U.S. president to resign the office. Nixon had previously served as a U.S. Representative and Senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961 (Link) ©2017 Dirck Halstead
In carpentry, you have to deal with straight lines.
This vague statement is never qualified or quantified, but perhaps roughly translated means, “I don’t like the way things are going in this country, and so I’m going to take my ball and go home.”
We used to say that when we were children remember and some of us still say and think it as adults.
You never hear anyone say, “I’m an ignorant stupid (F word), whatever the system is I created it, but like a goddamned coward I now want to disclaim responsibility. It’s everybody else’s fault.”
In that way perhaps the system is broken, if the American people are more stupid, cowardly and selfish than they used to be.
In any event let’s say for arguments’ sake the system is broken. You’ll recall in the past on occasion term limits have been used, the idea being that the system is suffering because professional politicians stay too long reelected over and over and they clog the system like fat pigeons in a coop who never do or try anything worthwhile----just maintaining the status quo and feathering their nests enjoying the sweet life of power, influence, money and benefits.
While we suffer from their inaction.
The problem with term limits is the Catch 22 that along with the lazy bums a few good people are forced to retire, those few who actually possess honesty and integrity and attempt to enact for the good of the people. They used to say this was “Throwing the baby out with the bath water.”
Many political elected representatives are former attorneys.
Could this be one root of the problem much like one root of a decaying tooth?
Attorneys present a certain kind of occupational hazard. There is little truth to an attorney. The truth can be appealed. Let’s say you’re an attorney and you’ve been assigned to defend an accused murderer. You know the guy did it (committed murder) and he knows it. You try to get him off if not with a finding of not guilty, then at least a lesser sentence (he was crazy when he did the murder).
The truth is something that has to be denied.
You can’t go before the jury and say, “This no good sonofabitch did it and so can you hang him and we end this and can I get my paycheck?” No, you instead have to say “My client is a good man, a victim of circumstance.”
Let’s be honest. Can you see a potential problem with a person who is trained to stretch the truth, who learns that they can bend the truth, cover up this, deny that, ignore the obvious, convince people the truth is whatever they say it is------can you see how this might be a problem with an elected official?
Many famous disastrous political leaders got their start as crooked attorneys, Richard Nixon for one, leading to the old joke, a man comes up to a grave and the headstone reads, “Here Lies an Attorney and an Honest Man.”
“There must be two people in that grave,” you say.
What if we had career limits on how many attorneys can hold office at any one time, for example, 50 percent of Congress?
The remainder of positions would have to be filled with people from other occupations.
For example, a carpenter. In carpentry, you have to deal with straight lines, when you build a house or a cabinet. You take a straight edge tool (bubble level) to make sure a two-by-four is straight. Wouldn’t a carpenter value dealing straight more than an attorney because the carpenter can’t make a crooked house like an attorney can make a crooked plea bargain?
Make a rule 20 percent of Congress have to be carpenters and not attorneys.
What about a domestic, a maid?
They spend all their time washing sheets and making beds. Giving you pleasure when you reach your comfortable hotel room. Maids make the world a more comfy place. They always smile when you see them in the hotel hallway.
Have you ever seen an attorney smile?
Why can’t maids do it for all of us as elected representatives, make the world a comfy place?
Okay, 20 percent of Congress are maids.
What about farmers? They grow the food we eat.
Another 20 percent.
What about bartenders? They listen to our problems when we go to the bar to get drunk to try and forget our problems. Think of it. If 20 percent of elected representatives were former bartenders, 20 percent of Congress would listen to our problems----Unheard of.
Most of the Founding Fathers were not attorneys, George Washington was a land surveyor and Ben Frankin a kite maker. If we can’t do career limits on politicians we should at least have a warning on the ballot like the warning label on a bottle of wine.
“This person is a former attorney and attorneys are known to have contempt for the truth which has been shown to be a known carcinogen to society.”
John Sammon, : John Sammon is a writer whose experience includes newspaper reporting, magazine writing, personality profiles, interviews, celebrity interviews (Clint Eastwood), historical pieces, investigative and crime. He was selected “Most Valuable Reporter” for California’s oldest continually operating newspaper, and covered the weekend crime beat for a daily newspaper in Nevada. If you beat your wife on Friday, he wrote about it and got you in deep trouble on Saturday. He covered business,... (more...)