It is difficult to find a place to land these days. Not long ago, Garry stopped watching the news. Okay, not entirely stopped, but he has about a five-minute window before he begins to get crazy. At which point I suggest changing the channel would be a better choice than throwing things at the television. We can’t afford another TV and right now, we need one.

We’ve been watching (repeatedly) “The West Wing.” First, because Aaron Sorkin wrote (writes) brilliant dialogue, but mostly because on so many levels, it reminds me of what is wrong with MY party, ye old Democrats. How hard, as a political party, we try to make everyone happy. As a result, we end up making no one happy including ourselves.

When in power, how many toothless bills do we pass that never solve the problem they were supposed to solve because we might offend a Republican, a donor, or some Democrat who’s not on the same page? How hard do we try to be good guys, despite which our “middle of the road” path inevitably ends up with us being crushed by a truck or running down pedestrians.

Right now, our world is a hot mess. We didn’t get to this chaotic position in 2016, though for many of us November 2016 was our wakeup month. We had been heading this way for more than 200-year since the day our founders agreed that slavery — for a while — was okay. Even though they knew it was not okay, they also knew it would lead to war. They were grateful they wouldn’t be alive when the nation erupted.

Rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, our Constitution is not a perfect document.

There were and are so many things that need doing, but they never get done. In many cases, some bizarre interpretation of the Constitution is the cause.  Instead of getting money OUT of politics, the Supreme Court managed — by making corporations “people” — to infuse more money into politics.

It’s time to recognize that despite its elegant wording, our constitution needs significant updating. We need to dump the electoral college and become a real democracy.

We need to clarify the meaning of the second amendment which does not mean that anyone can carry a big gun anywhere and if they just happen to get pissed off and start killing people, their having a gun made a big difference in the body count. Guns don’t shoot themselves and people can’t shoot without guns. It’s the combination that’s so lethal. We need to reword the first amendment so we aren’t in a continuous guessing game about what it means. It’s possible we need to rewrite the whole thing in modern English.

We need to punish public bigots. We can’t control what people think but we can control what they spew from their mouths.

Someone should have mentioned that petitions to the government, while not illegal, are ignored completely and accomplish nothing.

We should have a parliamentary government. Even when it is functioning, our government is clumsy and slow. Maybe it’s time to recognize we made a mistake. These days, I feel as if we don’t have a government. Whatever this mess is, it’s not working.

Categories: Government, History, Marilyn Armstrong

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8 replies

  1. I agree with your ideas and I am waiting for the men of integrity, if they do exist, in the government to step up and out, to rein in Trump’s illegal and dangerous actions, and serve the people, not one man. The people also have a certain power, as evidenced by the mothers’ protest during the Vietnam War. Trump is a dangerous leader, ill informed, stupid, and mentally unstable. What are the Kennedys, the Clintons, the Gates, the Bushes, and all of heir ilk? Why are they not using their power to stop him?


  2. Modern governments have not kept pace with the times. No doubt about that. It’s vital that they figure out how to speed things up. They are pretty dangerously archaic. Billions of dollars and lives can be lost before they get their crap together on many issues.


  3. My concern about even talking about revising or rewriting the constitution is that it will take 2/3 of the states to ratify it, and with most states being controlled by conservative Republican legislators, I’d be afraid to think about what a new constitution would look like.


  4. I think that our Labor Party is a lot like the Democrats. It used to be regarded as the working man’s party but over the years has moved further to right. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be moderate but they seem to be in that position of trying to please everyone and in the end not really pleasing anyone. The Greens at least mostly stick to their principles but can’t get elected.


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