Saturday, September 6, 2014
'Tis Better to Light One Candle...
...than to curse the darkness.
I was thinking the other day about how I don't rant and rave much here. There are times when I think about it but I let it pass. I don't want to write anything which I might regret later. But don't get me wrong, there are things in the world which rile me up a great deal.
First of all, don't get me started on Russia and the PRC. (The bad old days redux!)
The situation in the Middle East is a disaster.
The situation on our southern border is a disaster.
The situation in Washington DC is a disaster.
Neither political party represents "we the people" any more. They represent whoever contributes the most money to their reelection. Want to help put a stop to that? Well, just send your money to...
Yeah. "F" that. The only way to effect change is to stand on your hind legs and bark back at those in power. Contributing money is a scam, some "administrator" pockets a big chunk and the rest goes in some politician's pocket. To, you know, bring about change.
Best way to fix things? Vote the sumbitches out. Every election. New blood each and every time. Term limits, term limits, term limits. No reelection, ever. You get one shot. Period. There's your campaign finance reform.
Your term is over? Go get a real job like the rest of us. No pensions for politicos, it's a duty, not a birthright!
Political donations? Make them illegal. You get caught giving money to a politician, you go to prison. Period. Give everyone running for office a chunk of money, air time or ads on the freakin' internet. On the taxpayer. Keep corporations and labor unions out of government.
Something has to change.
But here at the Chant du Départ I aim to keep the fare light and humorous. Give you a place to get a chuckle. After all, the original mission of the blog was to be a legacy to my grandchildren. So they could look back and see what a goofy guy I was. A guy who loved life and the opportunity to live it.
A cold beer now and again is also nice. Just sayin'.
So don't let the bastards get you down. Enjoy yourselves, do your jobs and come November let's put some new folks in office. Folks not beholden to someone with a fat purse if we can.
If that's even possible anymore.
Democrat, Republican, I don't care. Like I said, both parties suck right now. Vote your conscience, do what's best for the country. Do not vote for free stuff. There's no such thing. Eventually the bill will come due. It will be onerous.
At any rate, rather than curse the darkness, be a light unto others.
You can light a candle, or you can be a candle.
But hey, lighten up America.