Wanted: A politician who votes for country – not party! I don’t believe such a person can exist in our present political system. BUT – we (meaning us the voters) can change that in a grass roots effort. Here are some of my suggestions for change:
1) One (only) 6 year term for the Presidency. No wasting money or time on re-election. Really – this should go for all Senate and Congressional seats – but the Presidency is the best place to start. No life-time pensions for Senators & Congressmen either.
2) Money for campaigns is given ONLY by the Federal government in equal amounts to all parties. That eliminates people owing favors.
3) All laws passed must have an expiration date. They must be evaluated for effectiveness before being renewed.
So, those are movements that would take time to gain momentum and the whole country would have to get on-board. However, there is something each of us can do this year. Vote for an OUTcumbent. I know that isn’t a real word (I heard a newsman say it the other day) but it means “Don’t vote for Incumbents.” In other words – don’t vote for anyone who has already served. Even if they have been there only one term – they are a part of this last Congress with the worst record EVER! They voted straight down party lines – not for what was best for the country. Send them home – regardless of party. Send a message. We need people to serve who do it for their country – not for kickbacks or power or future lobby jobs.