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Simply Speaking: 'What now!?'

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One of the most profound responses to idiocy, such as we’re witnessing almost daily these days, comes from General Halftrack, upon viewing Beetle Bailey and his cohorts practicing their everyday brand of insanity. 

The general’s two-word “What now!?” comment, while looking dejectedly at his troop’s latest antics from afar, just about says it all and could start our own every-day, as we view lunacy from afar in Washington and, sadly, in most other closer-in governmental bodies as well. 

Oh, there may be a double-handful of representatives in DC who have a clue as to what’s really going on and what their role is, but ten divided into three hundred million gets them thirty million citizens apiece to represent. They could probably do a better job than what we presently receive, but the political game would prevent the ten from doing a thing, especially with them actually knowing their job and the remainder remaining clueless.

It remains a mystery to me as to how those desiring and running for political office usually never get to the point of knowing how to actually represent their constituents. They learn how…or already know how to play the game, however.

The main game politicos know best how to play is the re-election game. They also learn how to make out like they’re listening (maybe it comes naturally). Listening, to them, may mean making eye contact but, trust me, they do not hear a word. After all, what could a constituent know, THEY were the one who got elected.

And they do know how to wear out their welcome. Our Washington congressman (Joe Barton), for instance, is completing 28 years of going to Washington, in what should be a two or three term job. It’s our fault for not term-limiting Joe after his first four or six years, for a big part of the getting re-elected cycle is building a giant war-chest to bowl-over lowly challengers at election time. Joe has done a good job on that point.

Maybe Barton has lost his making-good-sense compass for, with our fiscal house crumbling down around us this year, Joe seemed more into national collegiate football playoffs and other “sporting” agendas in his legislative thrust. 

We should begin to learn how to find good challengers in the early terms for career-politician types…before their re-election war chests build to the point of enabling them to become almost unbeatable.

Our state representative (Jim Pitts) is in nearly the same category as is Congressman Barton, having been in Austin for 20 years at the end of the current term. Jim is well liked and has been active locally in the past, but seemingly turned a deaf ear to voters this year on the issue of his support for liberal Speaker Straus in the just-past legislative session.

Jim was also graded “D” for his voting record this year by Empower Texans* on the Fiscal Responsibility Index. Contrast that with Senator Birdwell’s “A+” to see it’s probably time for Jim to come home to Waxahachie…or possibly Highland Park???

    As knowing, responsible citizens and voters, we should not confuse our fondness, for a long-time politician, with recognizing and understanding when it’s time for them to step down. The founders and designers of our system of government had citizen-legislators  in mind, who would step out of their line of work and serve in public office for a (short) time, then return to their normal field of expertise to test out what they had wrought while in office.

So, “What now!?”  

Let us return to that original system and see if it really works. May God (Yahweh or Yah) bless through Jesus (Yeshua), the Messiah. 

*Empower Texans, P.O. Box 200248, Austin 78720, Ph. 512-236-0201


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