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Oh Sigh, Don't Cry, So Long, Senator Bayh!
by Leah Sellers
2010-03-02 10:50:33
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Senator Bayh (and other politicians like you) - who got to you, Sir? Who bought you out? Who promised not to tell your deepest, darkest secrets - to launder them - sanitize them in the fuming and toxic Acid of Public Opinion and Scrutiny? Who told you they’d set you and your Family up financially for Life? Who persuaded you to 'get out while the gettin’ is good'?
Was it the Mega Insurance company Profiteers who don’t want Just, Humane and Affordable Health Care Passed (because anything Just and Humane is not lucrative) through Congress?
Don’t mess with the Status Quo! Don’t you know that It will raise Its ugly head and bite you - devour you? Yes, Sir! In one Greedy, Voracious Gulp!
Senator Bayh, did no one ever Teach you that when the “goin’ gets tough, the tough get goin’”? And in your case, Sir (and others like you) so do the yella’ bellied cowards (unfortunately, in the opposite direction).
Sir, you say that you are tired of the squabbling partisanship. Well, Sir, surely you read whatever manual exists concerning the hazards and expectations of the job you so readily accepted (due to all of its perks, access to valuable connections and greater sources of Income - as well as Outcome). Certainly, such a manual exists. All Corporate entities have them these days. It normally follows the corporation’s mission statement. By the way, Sir, what was your Mission Statement the day you took office on behalf of your constituents?
Sir, you, (and other politicians like you) were hired by the voting Citizens of America to do your job on behalf of all Americans (not just Mega Corporations and the elitist Few) to the best of your abilities. Did you think otherwise? Also, Sir, everyone knows that politicians squabble and gobble. They even squabble as they gobble - Taxpayers hard earned monies on their (the politicians) over inflated legislatively voted in perks and raises.
In fact, at times politicians often prove themselves to be highly overrated and overestimated entities. For example, while politicians squawk and squabble over things that will line their pockets, buy them their second or third home, buy them their next yacht or dude ranch in some out of the way hide-a-way, buy their children privileges into the best schools and corporate positions, afford their Families to live off of the Fat of the Land and the Taxpayers backs and back pockets - the Taxpayers themselves grovel about in their small worlds (becoming increasingly smaller by the day) while paying homage and respect to the very Entitled Beings doin’ them in. Doesn’t make sense does it? And yet every moment of every day We choose to perpetuate this laughable (and tragic) craziness.
When will the American Taxpayers wake up and demand Term Limits? No more professional politicians. Two to six years and you’re out. Out with the old political team - and in with the New. No one voted in would have time to see themselves as gods and goddesses. But rather would perform as ordinary, intelligent Citizens basing all of their decisions on what they honestly thought was best for the American people as a whole. They would not be focused on what they were getting out of their job personally, other than doing their job with Integrity, and to the best of their abilities. It would be similar to serving in the Peace Corp. They would do the job for the value it gave them Intrinsically, and the positive results they can achieve for the Country (and their fellow Americans) Extrinsically.
With Term Limits, there would be no time to get tired of the job and quit, because you’re paid to quit (or is the more proper word bribed) by outside influences who have an opposing agenda. But, of course, Senator Bayh, we all know that you would never do that, Sir. Your timing and the possible sabotaging Energy that your unexpected abandonment might have had on the passage of Decent, Just and Affordable Health Care for all Americans, was probably pure coincidence. Just an unlucky and untimely coincidence. Life is filled with ‘em. And many other opportunistic folks just like yourself, Sir.
Yes, Sir, Term Limits and cutting the politicians hefty pay cheques in half. That’s right, there’s no excuse for the politicians over indulgences on the Taxpayers dimes (although with our present rate of inflation better make that quarters)
Senator Bayh, discovering that your (and other politicians like you) favorite color is yellow, and that that choice was probably brought about by the color green (as in cash $$) is deflatingly (not inflatingly) disappointing, Sir.
As for Secrets, Sir, most Secrets are never really that deep or that dark. They just feel that way when they're Our Secrets. Anyway, why is it that We Voters expect more of our Leaders than we do of Ourselves? How many of us would gladly bear our deepest, darkest Secrets to the glaring and blaring Eyes and Mouths of the Press and Public Gossip?
We are all Flawed creatures. Life compresses and pressurizes the Best in Us as much as it does what is worst within Us. However, sometimes Our flaws can be Our greatest Teachers and Sources of strength and endurance. Because when Our flaws are tested - we have the fulcrum and chisel of Choice to move and shape them with.
When we confront our flaws, if We find Courage, and Our own brand of Integrity - if We come to know Our Genuine Selves - We become Enlightened - Magnified. If We vacillate before our flaws - if We misstep toward cowardice and Infidelity to Ourselves - to those around Us - We become Shadow - Smoke and Mirrors - diminished.
When you speak to the radio airwaves and boob tube talk hosts and newscasters now, Sir, do you feel Enlightened? Do you feel Magnified? Or do you feel cowardice, infidelity and diminishment in the pit of your gut?
Sir, some of Us are sorry that the onward struggle for Change lost you - was too much for you. That you lost yourself within the struggles of Change. Change is, after all, a very difficult task master. Change has a way of really turning up the heat. But heat is Transformational and Transmutational. Change always creates friction. Discomfort is inherent to the very nature of Change.
But there is always Tomorrow and the opportunities for different Choices - different Pathways our Tomorrows may bring.
All great religions Teach Us that there is always Redemption in the Now of Today. If not Today - perhaps Tomorrow.
Perhaps, Tomorrow, Mr. Bayh. But for many of Us, Sir, Today is the Dawning of much needed Change, and the Hope that Change will bring to the Many (not just the Few).

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Nelson Lee Walker2010-03-03 22:50:17

A Congress of career politicians will NEVER allow us to constitutionally term limit them by an amendment. But, we can IMPOSE term limits on them in Congressional elections (‘2010, 2012, 2014......):

1. Never reelect your Congressman or Senator.
2. Always vote, but only for the strongest challenger , regardless of party .

If Congress has not passed a term limits bill by 2014, repeat this in 2016, 2018....

Our only intelligent choice is to NEVER REELECT anyone in Congress!

The only infallible, unstoppable, guaranteed way to get a truly new Congress, AND a new politics, is NEVER REELECT ANY INCUMBENT! DO IT EVERY ELECTION until term limits is ratified. In other words, don't let anyone serve more than one term until Congress passes a term limits bill!


Nelson Lee Walker of tenurecorrupts.com

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