I’ve never shared a political post before for good reason. I have an equal amount of friends, clients and family members who are forced into aligning themselves with one of our two political parties. Their “forced” affiliation has nothing to do with their intelligence… or their heart.
I can clearly see the pros and cons on both sides. There’s enough “bad stuff” on both sides of our system to go around for everyone. This probably explains why I lean Libertarian most of the time.
So, when I was hired to write a News article for Danny Drew, a school administrator in Utah for a political piece, a small twinge of fingernails on the chalkboard crossed my mind when he told me his email address was “liberalDrew@…”. However, my judgmental self was soon put to rest when he told me about his main platform.
As I worked on the article, the more it became crystal clear that this single issue is perhaps the foundational element for most of what plagues our country. Corruption, Crony-capitalism, bloated government spending, etc. The list is endless.
“Our country has never been so close to success and failure in the same moment”
There are a few, very brave men and women in the legislature, who see the issue for what it is and have taken action to correct it.
The odds are not in their favor.
This is a true, bipartisan issue, too. Nancy Pelosi is considering running again. That would make her 93 when her next term ends. Orin Hatch, currently in his 40th year, is the longest-serving Republican Senator in US History.
When politicians run for re-election, perhaps it is to finish specific objectives. Why can’t they accomplish what they set out to do in a single 4 or 6 year term? You can certainly get your goals done in that amount of time.
The old adage, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” is not just a saying, it’s wisdom based on truth. When politicians… even well meaning ones, continue to be re-elected, the insidious web of money and influence pulls them into a system without an escape hatch.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) is one such man. He has taken an unusual oath. He promised to treat his time in Congress like a deployment…not a career. You can read the full article here.
Also published on Medium.