Monday, March 1, 2010

Time for a Change That We Can Live With

This thought has been haunting me since Friday, during a discussion with the "Lunch Bunch", a group of women who just happen to have the same lunchtime and decide to share their thoughts or eat in silence, whatever works for them that day.

We got into a little discussion about the state of Illinois and the state of the nation.  For the most part, we decided that Illinois was high on the list of corrupt states, probably in the top three.  And one comment that was tossed out was, "Well, there's nothing you can do about it."  (Many of you know just how quickly I would jump on that statement). 

No, I said, that's not true.  As long as you have a vote, there's plenty you can do.  You can vote them out.  And vote IN only someone who supports term limits.  It really doesn't matter which party you support.  This nation and all its states need to instill term limits on their house and senate members.  Because by limiting their terms to two, with the senators and representative knowing that they actually need to go out and get a job like the rest of us, they are much more likely to do something that would benefit all of us.  Doesn't that make sense??

Again, I'm not talking about any particular political party here, folks.  This should be a non-partisan effort.  But EFFORT is the key word here.  Too many times people will say, "I'm just one vote" but just remember that shampoo commercial where you tell two friends, and they tell two friends and so on and so on.  We can ALL make a difference.  We just need to be UNITED. 

Here's one more thing to think about.   You know how when they pass bills they have a whole bunch of other stuff tacked onto it?  Also known as "pork".  Why not insist that each and every bill stand on its own?  No pork allowed.  Just some food for thought!

I know it's easy to choose sides in this.  But the bottom line is, we are all Americans.  And when we put someone in office, they should be there to do what would benefit ALL Americans.  Term limits and single purpose bills would be a step in the right direction.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!

1 comment:

Bill said...

We all know how important action is. It's the only way we can exercise our rights to impact the process.
I support legislating term limits. But we have the ability to implement term limits every election day. Complacency is the enemy of any democracy. It occurs to me that rights go hand-in-hand with obligations. We need to acknowledge both to be responsible citizens in this great country.