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  • Disconnected from the process. That’s the phrase that describes how I feel about our political/civic situation. It’s so disheartening to see the same old hoopla from the party’s conventions. Oh, I grant you that the arrival on the scene of the tea party extremists makes it anything but ordinary, but it’s only made the hoopla seem further away to the ordinary guy who only wants to live his life in peace. It’s like being a stranger in a strange land.

    At first I thought the tea party was going to really advance the ideas of change. But then every type of malcontent on the planet joined up and hijacked their wishy-washy platform. Big money saw an opportunity and brought in their people to ramrod it into taking over the Republican party. If I was a Republican, I would be embarrassed to have The Donald as a major spokesperson for my candidate. Who’s next? Leona Helmsley?

    But, if anybody is still listening to reason, I would like to pose a couple of suggestions. Now these are not entirely thought out, but let me try them on for size.

    Do away with the electorial college.
    It is only a way of rewarding and recognizing the party faithful and the voting could be streamlined on today’s information highway.

    Do away with paying congress.
    They all have more money than they need and make enough on the side taking payoffs. AND No benefits. Nada. Nothing. They were only supposed to be serving their country, not having it as the main course.

    That’s it. Simple. Of course the cottage industry that is Washington D.C. would dry up and blow away creating more loss of jobs, but look at the savings in government salaries! We might even be able to balance the budget.

    Do those couple of things and I might believe in our system of government again.
    Don’t tell me “it’s not perfect but the best system around”.
    That’s patriotic rhetoric. Make it better so I will feel I can make a difference or expect a ground swell from the disconnected.

    Just one man’s opinion.
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