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What’s you plan? (05/20/2020)

I’ll be steppin’ up on my soapbox this week, following in the footsteps of many who have hit the campaign trail. But I am not running for any office per se, as of yet. Just going to stump in general this week.

There have been major changes to the landscaping at the ranch over the last few weeks. My mind plays games with me with scenarios of clearfelling and scored earth. Although they are mostly perfecting the standing around, supervising role the Girls are continuing to add their labor to the project. All that remains of the walnut orchard are two stumps.

The political term stumping comes from the early American custom of candidates on the campaign trail jumping on the remains of sawed-off trees to deliver their speeches, then on down the road to the next town. They were literally on the stump shouting it out to the masses. Don’t get them confused with bails and wickets.

Are there any good politicians outside of local government? The best form of government will always be the one by the people and focusing on where they live. My neighbors and I know what is best for our neighborhood. It is just common sense. How can a representative that spends little time in my neck of the woods possibly have my best interest in mind? Decisions need to stay local (along with all taxes levied against us). This top-down approach is backward.

Salaries for our representatives need to be abolished along with the monies given for office operation. Unless it is spent in local markets. No one should be making a living being a politician. If we returned to the old fashion way: honest, hardworking citizens losing their livelihood to enact laws to benefit the whole, the bureaucracy would be efficient because it would not be of the few for the many. Government business would be accomplished quickly; people would find it necessary to return to the real world and work to get their bills paid. How in touch with the will of the people would all things be.

We need to put an end to career politicians. They have no idea of the reality of the rest of us (we won’t go into entertainers). How is it that most Americans live paycheck to paycheck and our representatives are millionaires? Two terms of office should be the legal limit for all elected officials. The 17th Amendment to the Constitution should be repealed.

There should be no perks above that that we the masses are entitled to. They vote it and bind us; they are then legally bound to it also. It is a conflict of interest for representatives to vote to raise their pay, this would become a none issue because representation would be a civic duty without the salary. Also, pensions should be done away with. Retirement would be secured from working outside government.

As you might tell, I’m not much of a fan of our government as it stands today. It is difficult for me to think that bureaucrats are doing anything but satisfying their own agendas and selfish interests? Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Let’s set a goal to better serve our neighbor. Be sure to get outside and breathe in some clean air and soak in some rays. I foresee me being on my soapbox again next week.

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