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September 25th, 2011
By Richard D. Bailey
They famously said, “If it feels good, do it.” Well…here goes.
We need three simple rules to return common sense to the common good.
Here they are:
Never vote for anyone in government who was old enough to drive themselves to Woodstock but too young to fight in Korea. Never vote for anyone who has never had a job in the private sector. Never elect anyone to anything if it means that by winning elective office they get a raise in pay.
Follow these simple rules and we can begin to fix what the Woodstock generation has torn asunder.
That felt good. Now let me explain one by one.
If you meet each of these “qualifications” you should be immediately ineligible for elective office.
Look no further than the Massachusetts delegation to the House of Representatives. Eight out of ten remind me of the ossified old men standing on top of Lenin’s Tomb watching a parade of subjects that they will never meet, raising banners to goals they will never achieve and praising the same old men who care only about preserving the privileges their positions of power have afforded them. Those guys never worked in the private sector either and their whole country went broke.
Now, Moscow is home to more billionaires than any other city in the world. Connect the dots.
Bring back the $1 guys and now gals who will donate their salaries to charity and make rational decisions based not on self-interest but on the public good. It used to be that people made their fortunes and then turned to public service as a means of giving back, as a demonstration of thanks. Now, people go into public service to stamp their names on the levers of power and burn a few witches to show that they are tough. Then they sell themselves to the highest bidder to make their fortune. Does that seem right to you?
Throw the bums out. It’ll feel good.
Just do it.
Richard D. Bailey lives outside of Boston, MA. He holds an M.A. in Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College. In his spare time he writes the blog The Accidental Humanist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
(This article was also posted at The Accidental Humanist.)
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