Makes One Think… (via Scriptor Obscura)

I’ve been thinking about politics lately, and how my tendency seems to be to try to avoid much of the debate. Mostly because I *hate* the mudslinging and the overall tone of political rhetoric, how it has become such a fixture in our culture.

I know I’m not alone in this.

However, I also know that it’s my responsibility to be tuned in and educated about what’s going on. Not to the point that I’m inundated by the 24/7 fanaticism of our news media, but I need to stop hiding under my self-constructed “rock”. I want to stop being fed up with what I’m hearing, and I want to seek out the truth of what’s really going on.

So I’m starting today. I want to know what’s going on in our country. MY country. I want to know the truth–att least, as much of it as I can find. And I want to know that as it pertains to things that matter, I’m standing up and making a difference. Making my voice heard.

I read the following blog post yesterday (actually, my dad posted a similar entry in November of last year) and I decided that I really wanted to repost it here. So with permission from the original author, here it is:

This is good. It has been making the rounds lately


The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it.  That was in 1971…before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below..

A. Two Six Year Senate terms

B. Three Four year House terms

C. One Six-year Senate term and Two Three Year House terms


2.  No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately.  All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.  Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.  Maybe it is time.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS – be vocal and act!!!!!

via Scriptor Obscura