Twenty-Six Political Theses
1). If you pay no federal income tax, you have no right to demand that the top 1% of earners pay more in federal taxes.
2). If you are not registered to vote, you forfeit all right to complain or pontificate about anything which goes on in the political arena.
3). If you choose not to vote in any given election, then you must remain silent about politics until the next election rolls around (and you do vote).
4). Every registered voter should take at least one course, or read at least one book on the US Constitution–its history, and/or the debates about its ratification. Listening to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, or NPR doesn’t count.
5). Do not vote for any political candidate until you have actually read their political (or professional) resume, carefully reviewed their legislative/administrative accomplishments, and considered any scandals and controversies they have generated, or of which they have been a part.
6). If you choose a candidate merely because they are telegenic, witty, or capable of a good sound bite, you are part of the problem.
7). Our current presidential “debates” have more in common with the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show than they do with real “debate.”
8). The less cable news you watch, the better equipped you’ll be to make a sane choice when voting.
9). If any politician wants to reach deeper into my wallet, they better have a darn good reason and an established reputation for finding government waste and cutting government spending.
10). Every household in America knows what to do in economic hard-times–cut household spending across the board and then earn additional monies to pay down debt (i.e, add a temporary part-time job). This solution is completely unthinkable to politicians, who, apparently, have never tried it and do not know that such practices actually exist.
11). Our government solves its economic woes by turning on the printing press and adding to the money supply, and then (figuratively speaking) opens 10 new credit card accounts to pay existing credit card debt. John Maynard Keynes is turning over in his grave.
12). The massive and rapidly growing debt is the greatest threat to our national and economic security, as well as to the American way of life. Any candidate for political office unwilling to address this crisis head-on will not get my vote.
13). If any political candidate thinks he or she can manage my life and my family better than I can, they will never get my vote.
14). Cutting the rate of a proposed increase in spending is not a budget cut!
15). Do not robo-call me.
16). Professing Christians are often far-too partisan, and embarrassingly ill-informed about history of the political ideologies they espouse.
17). Furthermore, professing Christians rarely evaluate those political ideologies to see if they are compatible with their Christian profession.
18). Instead of serving as the “world’s greatest deliberative body” the US Senate has become the epitome of partisan politics. If these people spent half of their time back in the legislatures of their home states (as the founding fathers intended), they would do far less damage to the country because of their partisan factionalism. Repeal the seventeenth amendment!
19). The better presidents in our history have had the rare ability to do what was best for the nation without any sacrifice of their personal governing principles. At the same time, the better presidents were usually willing, when necessary, to depart from their political party’s “sacred” platform.
20). As defined constitutionally, the office of the President of the United States is that of commander in chief, and therefore is the “President” to all Americans–not just those of his own political party.
21). The intangible but essential skills of leadership are a requirement for a President as the chief executive–not so much for a senator or a congressperson (who are legislators). This is why governors (i.e., those with executive experience) are much better candidates for President than Senators.
22). I don’t want to hear (although I know I will) another clueless celebrity blame mass shootings and acts of terrorism solely upon the 2nd Amendment, especially when these same people frequently utilize hired (and armed) security to protect them from their adoring and/or crazy fans.
23). There is something terribly wrong with a society which humanizes pets and dehumanizes the unborn human fetus.
24). You may claim your pet has rights and is a “member” of your family, but if Fido bites me, I’m suing you, not Fido, and I’ll win.
25). Because far too many of our contemporaries think that sexual gratification is the most important activity in life, our culture is increasingly unwilling to address the havoc brought about by pornography, prostitution, and other deviant sexual behaviors (incest and sexual abuse of children).
26). Bruce Jenner may change his name to “Caitlyn,” alter his appearance with long hair, make-up, and woman’s clothes, he even may alter his physique with hormones and surgery. But every cell in his body has a “y” chromosome. He is and always will be a man in a dress. Technically, he’s a transvestite, not a “transsexual.”
Twenty-Six Political Theses