This is going to make me sound like a dick, but bear with me.
You mention a lot of the problems involving Congress, legislation, and so on. You then mention that we need more government to fix it.
Why do you believe that when the government we have now is crap, and things only seem to get worse the more we add, more government will be somehow better?
What do we need to fix it?
Responsible voters. People willing to think for themselves, realize that not everything coming out of CNN/MSNBC/Fox is the truth..that we've been played for the last 15 to 20 years REALLY bad by the leadership of the GoP (not our elected officals.. but the party leaders) and to a slightly LESSER (and only SLIGHTLY) degree by the Democrats.
We've been lazy, stupid and apathetic as a nation since watergate. We have let special interests hijack the republic. Accept that in a growing world like ours.. RULES and REGULATIONS have to come from somoene. Would you rather it be someone remotely answerable to US the voting public.. because in the end.. if we pull the thumb out of our butt and start even MARGINALLY voting informed poltiticians will start listening to us..rather than the NRA, Big Oil, Wall Street, Rupert Murdock and the rest.
Second.. start calling your officials, email them. push for reform. We can motivate ourselves.. that was the best thing I saw in 08. People voting.. pro or con.. they voted..
I seriously want to slap everyone who says 'my vote don't count.'. Listen to your candidates.. consider what they are saying. 'I'm for education' doesn't mean much when you gut the DoE, push through abominations like 'No Child Left Behind' and send your kids to private schools.
The men and women running for office today aren't our best.. you know why?
Because the best won't run. They don't want to put their spouses and children up against the paparizzi. We get weasels and partisan hacks when we should be voting for LEADERS. A lot of my frustration right now? NOT ONE SINGLE member of either party running in my district would be my first choice. The GoP place holder drank the kool aid long ago..and the Democrat trying to run seems to live by the opinion polls. My senators are lying SOBs who have gotten into office by playing the factions of the state against themselves, lying better than their rivals.
You know what.. I looked over some of the people who dropped out of the game a while..and some of them have very valid opinions and ideas.. but they can't do anything because the older crowd won't step down.. the factions in control of the party assures that.
My brother ran for governor in 08.. didn't make it past the primaries.. because his 'friend' from college stabbed him in the back. The man stole damn near literally word for word, one of my brother's speeches. I met the other candidates that were running for the primary nomination.. 3 of them were like my brother.. younger, more conservative than me.. but not rabidly moral conservative but not the 'Party men' that the leaders wanted.
So they let my brother's 'friend' come in on the last moment on a party of stolen speeches, claims of 'reform' and 'small government' and attack adds. And once again the GoP went down in flames. Because rather than accept that some moderates would rather elect a moderate democrat than a rabid moral conservative who would listen not to the voters.. but the party cheifs and special interests.
Sooner or later.. there will be a successful movement.. I just hope that it doesn't require bodies in the streets like it did elsewhere. We're still able to reclaim our parties and government. It just requires accepting that this is something that will take time, hard choices and effort.
Taxes will go up. Period. Anyone that thinks simply cutting things willy nilly will fix it is a fool. Big government isn't the enemy. We wouldn't have our power grid, interstate highways and a lot of things we take for granted without it. Peeling the leeches of special interests off the brainstems of our officals is what is needed.
Otherwise.. I'm betting that within 10 years.. the next 'occupy movement' will wind up with blood in the streets and more fear-mongering. I made a similar prediction about terrorism in 1995 to a class full of people who thought I was foolish. I made similar statements when I saw the draft of the Patriot act and our liberties...
I'd rather seen a candidate who LEADS get into office than one who so clearly going to fuck everyone but his corporate cronies. Problem is.. good men don't see it as being safe to run for office.
That requires an aware and informed electorate. That requires accepting that unless we want to be China's bitch in the next 2 decades we have to change a ton of things. And accept that whatever budget we put through.. Taxes will go up.. for Everyone. It's going to hurt.. but then it always does. and that 'trickle down' and 'self regulating industry' are lies that don't work and never have.
And most importantly, we need leaders to cross the aisle, shake the hand of their rival party members and work together.
I'm done.. I got four fingers of Maker's Mark waiting for me.. I'm sorry I'm preaching.. I'm just tired of five damn calls a day by both parties, not hearing an election ad without fear in it.. and wishing the Government I served for the better part of 2 decades measured up to the one I was taught about.
I'm putting myself on a 1 or 2 day STFU.