Wanted: 300 American Statesmen, Brave & True
May 24, 2008
As I gaze at the current political landscape, I keep yearning for stalwart representation that is truly representative of America’s interests and significantly less concerned with global concerns. I wasn’t around in the days of "taxation without representation," but I feel a kinship with the early colonists who had no one to represent their interests, but who were still expected to fill the royal coffers with their hard-earned money.
Unlike them, I have representation, but it is accompanied by out-of-control taxation! This is why I am searching for 300 brave statesmen with an affinity for the truth, and the mental fortitude to "ask what they can do for their country."
I would also like my 300 Statesmen to do
what is right for their country, even if what is right is not
politically expedient, and their efforts result in losing a poll-driven
election or two.
The number 300 popped into my mind as I harkened back to ancient times, when the Last Stand of the 300 unfolded in 480 B.C., in a war between the Persians and the Greeks. I am not looking for 300 warriors on the field of battle, military tacticians who can hold off 300,000 warriors of a Persian fighting force, as the 300 warriors of King Leonidas did at the pass of Thermopylae. I am not even seeking "cold-blooded killers." We already have "cold-blooded killers" in our military, according to MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. His statement was roundly condemned – at least by people like me – who love our military!
Hello, you looking down from Mount Olympus, and sneering at our protectors, America is in a war for its survival! I want ice running through the veins of our fighting men and women and I want their vision crystal-clear when they encounter any of the low life-forms whom they battle against on our behalf. After they complete "their cold-blooded" mission, these heroes and patriots can revert to the warm, caring husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters they are by nature.
What The 300 Should Do
My 300 Statesmen will be expected to wield legislative power. Let's see, there are 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 U.S. Senators. Grand total: 535 people who represent the needs and wishes of over 300-million U.S. citizens. Since they’ve been doing such a poor – make that horrible – job, I would assign my 300 the following tasks. Should they chose not to accept my assignments, my "tape" will not destruct in 10 seconds, 10 minutes, 10 hours, 10 days or even 10 months. I will keep replaying it!
Get Rid of Earmarks
In the sixteenth century, owners of pigs, sheep and cattle marked the ears of their animals to claim ownership. Today’s piggy legislators try to hide ownership of their "pork" by diverting millions of dollars to their own pet projects, slipping their earmarks, into appropriation and authorization bills. With this sleight of hand by "Senator Porker," If the president needs money urgently for the War on Terror, he is forced to accept earmark appropriations for Legislator's "You're so vain" monument to self? In other words: Build my bridge to nowhere or there will be no Meal-Ready-To-Eat (MRE) for the troops? That is how this situation looks from my perspective down in the valley, looking up at the Hill.
Get Rid Of United Nations’ Influence In Our Domestic Affairs
In an article entitled "United Nations biosphere reserve land grabs" by Nathan Tabor, I was astonished to read that the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Monticello, the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone Park, and the Grand Canyon are controlled by the United Nations, and that 47 other national iconic sites in the U.S. are designated as United Nations’ Biosphere Reserves. Say what? Why in the world should the anti-American, anti-Semitic U.N. have unfettered access to, and apparent ownership of our country’s most treasured assets in the name of "world heritage"?
Get Rid Of Our Current Energy Policy
While our government is still in charge of Alaska, and before that state becomes a "world heritage site," or a "biosphere reserve," how about my 300 getting to work on a real energy program? This does not mean asking for yet another "study,” this time to inflict on our populace, the mandate to insert those "green" energy light bulbs. Instead, drill in ANWR in Alaska and in the rich sources of oil in the U.S. Build nuclear facilities to provide energy. I hate to be the one to crash the ethanol party with bad news, but it is now clear that ethanol is causing devastating and fatal starvation throughout the world. Preserve a tree or a caribou, but starve a family, is no longer an acceptable "policy."
I have many other assignments for my 300, assignments that will address illegal immigration, correction of the harmful effects of the absurdity of political correctness, and the divisiveness of multiculturalism, which threatens to displace the unity of E pluribus Unum (out of many, one), et al.
But, I will defer those assignments until my 300 develop their legislative "muscles." Any takers?