Re­turn gov­ern­ment to the peo­ple

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - C.D. STUBBS St. Au­gus­tine, Florida

We the Amer­i­can vot­ers must work to­gether if we are to see some of our more se­ri­ous prob­lems re­solved. Those we have sent to Wash­ing­ton will not work to­gether in our in­ter­est, so we must work to­gether in our own in­ter­est. With an ever-grow­ing debt of $20 tril­lion, we know spend­ing is out of con­trol. Yet our rep­re­sen­ta­tives just want to raise the debt limit. Be­fore an­other bud­get is passed, we need a bal­anced bud­get law.

While our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives are paid for a full year, they are ac­tu­ally in Wash­ing­ton only about a third of the time. The re­main­der of the year is of­ten spent cam­paign­ing for re-elec­tion — on our dime. I was once op­posed to term lim­its. I feared we would lose valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence, but that was 40 years ago. Now I be­lieve that term lim­its may be our best (and per­haps only) chance to gain some con­trol of our gov­ern­ment.

Since the for­ma­tion of the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, we have been sys­tem­at­i­cally dumb­ing down our chil­dren. We grad­u­ate chil­dren who can’t read. We no longer teach them how to write. They do not know or un­der­stand how our gov­ern­ment is struc­tured. If they are even aware of the Con­sti­tu­tion, they have no idea what’s in it. We need to re­turn ed­u­ca­tion to lo­cal school boards and state laws.

Our mil­i­tary is no place for so­cial ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. I have no prob­lem with gays serv­ing, but those who are un­cer­tain who or what they are don’t be­long in mil­i­tary ser­vice, where they can be pro­vided years of “cor­rec­tive” surgery and ther­apy at tax­payer ex­pense while con­tribut­ing noth­ing in a fox­hole.

I have writ­ten and emailed my mem­bers of Congress, ask­ing them to make th­ese few cor­rec­tions in our fed­eral gov­ern­ment: a bal­anced bud­get law, term lim­its on elected fed­eral of­fices, the re­turn of our chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion to the states and the re­turn of con­trol of our mil­i­tary to our mil­i­tary lead­ers. They ig­nore me, of course, but just maybe they would find it harder to ig­nore sev­eral mil­lion vot­ers of all po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions. If you vote, if you care as I do about our coun­try, please phone, write or email ev­ery­one in Wash­ing­ton you are able to reach.

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