Memorial Day – back when I was born it was always May 30th not the last Monday in May. May 30th is also my birthday which is now known as “Traditional” Memorial Day, since the government made the changes to ensure a three-day weekend to start the summer.
I’ve always wondered if one of the reasons for my strong patriotism along with the love of our country and respect for the military sacrifices so many have made has to do with me being born on this day. Regardless of the reason I feel all Americans need to remember the reason for this holiday. It is so much more than just the “Start of Summer”.
According to History.com Memorial Day originated in the years following The Civil War. Memorial Day is a day in which many visit cemeteries to remember our fallen. Others go to parades to honor the fallen and those that fought along side of them.
It has been said in The Bible, John Chapter 15, Verse 13 “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Now comprehend how many have made that ultimate sacrifice for you, your family, your friends, and your fellow countrymen. The number is staggering.
The number of Americans that have paid the ultimate price is over 1.3 million per militaryfactory.com. And this does not include the millions more that have suffered both physical and mental disabilities. Unfortunately these numbers are only through 2012 and don’t include the many others that were killed in action since then. That’s an astounding sacrifice that has been made by people you didn’t even know.
As a birthday present to me I ask that while you are enjoying a long weekend with family and friends – that you take a moment of silence to pray for the fallen and reflect that without their sacrifice you would not be where you are today.
How do we keep from others having to pay the ultimate price? I leave you with this –
It has been said that if the children of the world’s politicians were the first into battle war would not exist.
Term Limits – it seems they are brought up every election cycle. And yes I have heard it over and over from the opposition. That we have term limits built-in through elections. Let’s be real, that is a complete fallacy due to the built-in advantages of the incumbent candidate. These advantages include:
- All the direct mail that an incumbent can send throughout the year to their constituents for free.
- Almost instant access to the media via press conferences and interviews on radio and television.
- Name recognition from the aforementioned above bullet-points.
These built-in advantages are just too much to overcome for all except a very-well financed or wealthy candidate. The research proves this point. According to Politfact.com even though Congress has only a 11% approval rating, 94.6% of them are re-elected. That’s proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that incumbents have a grossly un-fair advantage over the challenger.
Though the above is a problem. The much larger problem and even great reason for term limits is the inefficiency of running for office every two years for Congress and Senate along with every four years for the presidency. Due to this inefficiency we only get a 50% productivity out of our elected official due to their spending half of their time running for re-election. Could you imagine if companies were run in this manner – we’d be in a depression. Though I think it is obvious we are in a “Political Depression” due to our current system of electing our national politicians.
Thus, I have come up with an easy and brilliant solution to get our government working efficiently again without members of congress living off the people for a lifetime. This idea will put the power where it belongs back in the hands of the people. Being elected was never about a lifetime appointment.
Here is my simple solution:
- House of Representatives terms are for four years not two. One person cannot be elected for more than three terms.
- The Senate would remain at six year terms with a maximum of two terms and they would again be appointed by the state governors and not elected.
- The Office of President and Vice President would be for one six-year term.
That insures that no one in Congress can “run for life”. It means that they won’t have to worry about elections every two years. And finally the President can act in the best interest of the country without ever worrying about re-election.
Like most of the best things in life – Short & Simple.
Cary Michael Cox