The political season is a fertile pile. It is a time when those with potential and those with nary a chance in Heaven or Hell, run for president.
Politicians, politicians, everywhere,
An apology to Samuel Taylor Coleridge for mutilating his “Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink” line from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” We reworked it to fit the occasion.
The various presidential wannabees and their respective campaigns waste oxygen carping about the state the country is in, promising to fix everything. This constant assault on our tender ears with such oral pollution will last for about two years.
If you factor in the pre-campaign preparation, the time estimate may be even longer. Particularly if we include the year or more of backroom arm-twisting, flattery, and more subtle persuasion different groups inflict upon their candidates of choice.
Even before campaigning begins, a festering problem receives the glaring spotlight. There are folks in office who are currently keeping a seat warm in the United States Senate or the House of Representative or a governorship but ignore their existing responsibilities.
Never in the annals of our country’s history did the people elect representatives to the U. S. Congress to do a half-assed job. They want those bodies in their seats and working on behalf of the people. Not just when they feel like it, but every day Congress is in session. Is that too much to ask?
Even the newly minted representatives spend their time fund-raising in preparation for their reelection bid. If the people choose to wait for the next election cycle to toss the do-nothings out of office, the seat warmers will be reelected because people are cursed with short term memories and forget the misdeeds or laziness of politicians. If a process for the instantaneous ejection of the offending politicians were in place, it would teach the remaining folk to do the work of the people or be gone.
Perhaps both the House and the Senate need redecorating. Such redecoration would specifically focus on the seats. If the seats remain cold with infrequent use, the next time the offending posterior plants itself on the new chair, an ejection button is pushed á lá James Bond’s car and tosses the parasite out. A duly authorized group of citizens from each state will deal with the unproductive dudes or dudettes without clemency or second chances.
Unless you are part of the burgeoning numbers of citizens with your palms-out-sitting-on-your-posteriors, you may have a real job. Whatever the job may be — a floor-sweeping engineer or an electrical engineer, you have certain daily duties you are expected to perform. You cannot do your job if you are out taking ten smoke breaks a day or a mental health day (translation: you did not feel like working and went shopping instead).
In the real world, if your performance on the job is unacceptable, you will join the ranks of the unemployed. So, why are we allowing our Washington, D. C. employees to goof off by skipping work to run for president?
Another glaring violation by the elected officials occurs during the presidential campaign cycle. Are they going to perform the job they were elected to do or do they run for president? Those seat warmers should make an ethical choice. But the word and the concept behind it is foreign to them.
Without a second thought, they embark on the campaign trail and abandon their posts. Consequently, more so than usual, nothing gets done in Washington, D.C. (which may be a good thing). If they truly believe they can capture the brass ring of American politics, why do they hedge their bets? They should resign.
In past elections, even when there were anointed ones and running mates for each party, none of them had the good grace to resign positions they neglected while on the campaign trail. Why?
They do not believe in themselves. Hanging onto one job while chasing another is the ultimate admission of self-doubt.
Are they worthy to lead our great nation?
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