Mrs. Hyser Goes to Washington

Excuse me while I put our country’s two biggest babies in a time-out, shepherd the pipsqueaky pundits out of the room and close the door … It’s nearly impossible to think straight these days, am I right? I’m not a big fan of today’s Reality TV. Too much yelling and name-calling. I really can’t see the humor in it … Unless, of course, I’m the one making fun of them (ha ha). Political Party - Time Out

No, seriously, what I really want to do — beginning with this post — is exercise my right to educate myself about the leading candidates for the  Presidential Election. I realize it’s more than two years away. And maybe, I should start by thinking about my own state’s general election in November? Also, I must admit that I’ve been guilty of complaining about presidential campaigns that begin too soon. What about finishing that basement project? No, it’s too nice outside … I should be weeding my gardens.

But, enough with the overthinking and procrastination! Sheesh … There’s the immigration issue, the economy/jobs issue, the healthcare issue, the foreign policy issue, etc., etc.. Notice I didn’t cite “the education issue”? Sadly, it’s way down the list on a Gallup poll about biggest problems facing the country. (Dissatisfaction with our politicians/our government system won the top spot, by the way.) Education, however, did beat out immigration and “focus overseas.” Still, one of my most interesting “finds” while I was Googling the Internet is our country’s lack of a basic right to education. According to The Atlantic, the U.S. is 17th out of 40 countries; every country that outperforms the U.S. in educational standards has a constitutional or statutory commitment to this right. Basically, the argument for a constitutional amendment asserts: The constitutional guarantee develops a national culture of education, a baseline for rights, and allows—if necessary—for legal protection of that standard. This is an issue I could support; I’ve always felt it’s unfair/undemocratic — and ultimately damaging to the entire country — when poorer areas are saddled with inferior school systems.

Yet again, I digress from my mission … Except, it does relate to my responsibility to educate myself about the top contenders for President and what’s important to them. Why? What difference does it make? Considering all the talk about the influence of big money on the political scene and how it can cancel out the wants and needs of the common man/woman, it does seem rather Pollyannaish/Jimmy Stewartish of me to believe that my vote might make a difference. Whatever. Maybe it does have something to do with not wanting to clean out my basement or gardens. Although, there’s more immediate gratification where those two are concerned. The bottom line? I seriously can’t stand to hear myself complain about “the problems” anymore.

I’m exercising my right to be part of the solution. Join me?

OK, I’ll go first in stating my bias … I prefer to call myself an Independent vs. a Democrat or Republican. There have been times when I have not voted for either candidate because … That’s my right too; I see it falling into the “free speech” category. To basically say, “Really, America? We can’t do any better than these two?” I hope to see a viable 3rd party before I die. Not exactly sure what it will be called:  Independent? Centrist? Moderate? Door #3? All I know is that it’s strange — ironic, actually — that in America, after 238 years of “growth,” we can choose from among 200 models of cars, are offered a cornucopia of healthy and unhealthy foods and at least 10 different cell phones (not to mention their various plans), but we can only pick between two people for the most important job in the country! Even our best friend, England, has three major parties, and in the whole of the United Kingdom there are many more parties — including “minor” and “really minor.” (Seriously, click here.)

I was raised in a Democratic family, but I have sometimes voted Republican; I try to base my choice on the issues rather than the strict party line. But, I confess that I haven’t engaged in thorough research before elections. In the coming weeks/months, I’m going to do just that with the Democratic, Republican and Independent prospects, based on the following links that I found today — Thursday, July 24, 2014:

PLEASE COMMENT: Who do you hope our next President will be, and why? But, let’s resolve to do what the President, Congress and some pundits seem to have difficulty doing — Let’s agree to disagree and “work together” anyway. Thank you 😉

 

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11 thoughts on “Mrs. Hyser Goes to Washington

  1. I think our age is forcing us to be more “mature” and with that more informed about our decisions. We are not so swayed by media popularity. Thank you for helping to inform me. Another great piece of your mind!

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    1. I think you’re right, RL … More and more, I realize what my parents must’ve been feeling like when becoming more “mature,” more thoughtful about “the present” and what a difference it can make for the future.
      Re: the media … the more sites I go to (incl more international sites), the more I realize that we are not being told the whole story about anything.
      Thank you so much for your support! I’m glad you’re on this “ride” w/me 😉

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  2. Nicki, I always find it amusing when people don’t realize they answered their own question. “Why is there no constitutional amendment guaranteeing a right to an excellent education?” They don’t want people educated, they can’t afford for people to be educated. They don’t want you to be engaged, or informed, or willing to research. Otherwise they couldn’t fool you. The simple fact is because they need to appeal to so many divergent groups, promising to support ‘their agenda’, they cannot tell the truth.

    I think one thing that might help is that every ballot has a box marked “None of the Above.” And if None of the Above receives the most votes, no one wins, or the issue does not pass. A new election must be held, with the proviso that none of the candidates on the voided ticket may not run in any subsequent votes.

    Actually, an Englishman tried to tell us 40 years ago what was required to throw the scoundrels out, with a slight edit. ‘WE decide and the shotgun sings its song.’

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss.

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  3. Donnie, I really hope you are continuing to write your book/your story … Yours is a very interesting, intelligent perspective on a variety of subjects.
    I don’t want to believe it’s true, but there’s a part of me that does agree w/your statement re: why the U.S. doesn’t have a constitutional amendment guaranteeing (at the least) a good education. Then again, I think it goes back to how we Americans like to see ourselves — as individuals, responsible for our own actions … responsible for making our own way in life. The book I quoted in the post (“American Nations” by Colin Woodward) before this one speaks to the diverse — oftentimes, opposing — cultures in America. This is why coming to an agreement about many issues is difficult.

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