Today is the observation of a holiday called “President’s Day.” As with too much of contemporary government, it is unsatisfying and ill-tasting. Perhaps this is why watching high schule students denouncing the lies and corruption of our elected officials seem so satisfying and gladdening.
Perhaps it is time for a change? Time to rid ourselves of politicians who care more for self and party than country and citizenry?
Perhaps it is time to call for all elected officials to submit letters of resignation that will be accepted once a new system is developed that assures no single interest or organization shall ever stand higher than the good of the nation as a whole.
A sampling seems a good idea, so evilly has the current electoral instrumentality been rotted. Within each district and state and the country, a random selection among qualified (and automatically registered) voters to hold office, perhaps for only a single term in one’s lifetime. We have way more than enough population that no repetition would stifle the sample population and much of the corruption and theft that mars the current governance would be eliminated.
We should assure that terms of office be short, no more than two years for the chief executive and the chief legislators, to minimize corruption and graft. And that lobbyists and such shadow government is forbidden under pain of life internment.
We must assure that the nation and its citizenry are always the prime concern of government.