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POLITICAL PARTIES
COULD DONALD TRUMP BE DOING JUST AS WELL AS A DEMOCRAT?
Have political parties outlived their usefulness?
Time has come to bid adieu to political parties. At one time they provided necessary checks and balances for different ideologies but that time has come and gone. Today’s political parties are nothing more than money spending ideologically and financially controlled groups determined to simply keep the other party from succeeding at whatever they propose to do. The recent “Iran deal” is a clear example of what happens when partisan political ideology trumps commons sense. It is no secret that many Democratic votes where based on simply following the Democratic President blindly down the road because it was the politically correct thing to do. I would suggest that none of these Congress people really had their heart in their votes. The American people for whom they supposedly work were the big losers and perhaps more than anyone even wants to realize.
I won’t dwell on this “deal” in particular because it is simply a symptom of the huge problem presented by the system of political parties as we know it today. My question is what is the real need for these parties? How do the citizens of the United States benefit.
Why not one primary election consisting of anyone eligible to run from which we could select two or three candidates and then a general election selecting the best person as determined by everyone, to govern our country. The same would apply to our Congress. Why do we need two parties opposing one another on every subject that comes up? It’s no wonder we get nothing accomplished. This is a system whose time has passed. Just as the internet has changed the way we get information so should the way we elect our government officials in this new information age.
In the process of making changes we should also enact term limits. The current system of jobs for life is of no value to the citizens of this country. The system was not originally designed this way. Two terms is enough for anyone at which time they should move on back to their previous jobs. (not to a lobbying career) We certainly can’t continue with the system we have because in my opinion we are on the road to self-destruction.
If you look at how the public is supporting non-political types in the current election you will see that the American public has had enough of politics.
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WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY AMERICA
Recently I wrote about how America with its many talented people could easily solve the flood and drought problems plaguing our country. How our intelligent engineers and scientists could work together and create a system to channel water to and from the affected areas. It appeared all we lacked was the desire. The realization that I was wrong hit me hard yesterday when I realized that in addition to the skills and desires we needed a government that wasn’t willfully attempting to destroy the America in which we live. This is not hyperbole but an easily recognizable fact if you are paying any attention whatsoever.
I was sitting in a presentation at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville yesterday afternoon watching a film on our preparation for the moon landing. Repeatedly flashed across the screen was the image of John F. Kennedy touting the greatness of the American people and his determination that we would indeed take on the challenge and eventually succeed in our quest to travel to and walk on the moon. The American people were being rallied and cheered on by a President who truly believed in the greatness of the American people. As I gazed at the other people in the auditorium I could see the look of pride on their faces and the infectious love of country reflected in their eyes. I felt my eyes moisten as I realized this was not the sentiment one feels when thinking about the America of today. We eventually accomplished our lunar mission, a feat which no other nation has since been able to accomplish. This was a different time with different people in power. I was never a Kennedy fan and disapproved of many of his policies however he was indeed a true leader and undoubtedly a true believer in “America the Great”
Our current Administration, does not believe in “America the Great”, but instead harbors disdain for even the mention of our greatness and has done everything in its power for the past six and a half years to diminish it. Instead of a country energized by our past success we are constantly reminded of our failure as a nation to live up to the socialist agenda currently espoused. Rather than attempt to bring the world up to our standards we are asked to lower our standards in order to be equal to the rest of the world. We have been thrown back sixty years in race relations, had our healthcare system destroyed, our immigration laws have been gutted our social values have been questioned and revised all for the sake of intentionally lowering our standard of living thus reducing our footprint on the world stage. We should have seen the handwriting on the wall following the “Apology Tour” in 2009 but somehow we were so enthralled by our smooth talking first black elected leader that we missed the true intent of his being.
We have a chance in the coming election to turn this around but we must be active in our denunciation of the politics as usual of today or we surely are doomed as a nation. American cannot bend any further away from our values or we will break. We can’t stand another negative Administration and must elect people who value our greatness and wish to move us forward once again to our position as leader of the free world, fearful of none and determined to help, along with our friends, to once again put the world on the road to peace and prosperity. We must acknowledge that those who don’t share our values must be left behind and not allowed to drag us down to their level.
If you have ever cared for our country please vote intelligently not only for the Presidency but for the members of Congress who have neglected their responsibility to the people they represent. My personal agenda is to push for term limits which in my opinion would greatly alleviate some of our problems. Perhaps not trying to stay in good graces with the current President in order to keep their jobs, our elected officials would recognize that they work for their constituents.
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WHAT WATER PROBLEM?
In early 300 BC the most powerful empire of the period faced a water shortage of monumental proportion. Providing drinking water for over a million people as well as the water needed for the irrigation of crops, quickly became a top priority. In addition to feeding the population, Roman crop production was the engine of their economy. Inadequate sanitary procedures contaminated all local sources of water requiring the import of water from a new and distant source. The situation currently faced by the United States pales in comparison considering the limited resources and technology available during that period of time. Keeping in mind the rudimentary equipment possessed by the builders, a series of aqueducts covering over five hundred miles was built manually to provide the Romans with all the fresh water needed to perpetuate their lifestyle. They did not concern themselves with the fish, and other wildlife they disrupted in the process as their goal was to fix a problem.
In the early 20th century a route was needed to shorten the circuitous route utilized by ships in delivering goods from one portion of the world to the other. A great country called the United States of America decided that it could succeed in completing an in-progress but failed canal, across the Isthmus of Panama. This proud country took on the job started by France and completed one of the wonders of the world. Back then our attitude was reflected in a poem by Edgar Albert Guest titled “It Couldn’t Be Done”. So he “started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done and he did it”. They could have complained about working conditions, disease and insects…….But instead they tackled the job that couldn’t be done and they did it. Who could have imagined that today’s super cargo ships will soon be able to cross this isthmus saving time and money that would otherwise have been spent navigating around the southern coast of South America.
Fly to the moon? Are you crazy? Can you imagine the technology we would not have today had anyone listened to the naysayers at the time the United States started on its mission to the moon. The point is we were always a country that would tackle any problem or opportunity we had with gusto and a can-do attitude. What happened to that mindset?
We are currently faced with the facts that our climate is evolving as it has for millions of years. We can complain about it, attempt to control a non-alterable situation or use the technology and resources available to us to fix the problem. If the Romans could build five hundred miles of aqueducts with the technology available to them at the time why can’t we connect every portion of America through a series of pipelines to move water from one area to another as needed. Not only would it alleviate some problems but the construction would provide much needed work in a time where it is sorely needed. The water problems were to be expected. We built the most populous state in the country in the desert. What did we expect would happen? We built the city of New Orleans five feet below sea level and spend hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars trying to keep the ocean out. Does this makes sense? We can fix this America. All we need is the will to try. We have a wonderful country with all the natural resources anyone could want. We have enough natural gas and oil to last for centuries all we need is the will to take advantage of what we have and to maximize it to our advantage.
Richard Charron
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