Moments ago on MSNBC, Terry McAuliffe stated that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have both been on the campaign trail, “day in and day out,” for 13 months.
That’s 13 months of distraction from their jobs as senators– 13 months of distraction from the people who were kind (and foolish) enough to elect them to the senate.
Now is a good time to remind you of one of my several proposed constitutional amendments that are essential to preserving and restoring the greatness of America. The wording is not quite right, but the sentiment is there:
No person holding any position of employment in the federal government may seek office while said employment is ongoing.
Basically, if we’re paying you to do a job, you must do that job as the sole focus of your professional activities. Restated, no person holding federal office may seek federal office.
This has several advantages. It prevents career politicians without setting term limits. You can serve as many terms in the senate/house/whatever as you want, so long as you do not serve two consecutive terms. Likewise, it forces elected officials to live in the private sector directly under the laws they just passed. How’s that for eating your own dogfood? In terms of bureaucrats, it forces them to risk their cushy job if they choose to leave the red tape applications industry for the red tape manufacturing sector instead. Further, it prevents people from paying a salary to an elected official or bureaucrat without receiving their full and committed attention to the job for which they are being paid.
Because there would be a huge, regular turnover in our highest elected bodies, the walls of tradition would come crashing down. The house of the people may again become the house of the people. The importance of restoring senatorial appointment rights to the state, instead of popular election by the people, would never be greater.
It’s a good idea, I know. Just wait until I tell you about my proposal to increase the size of the House of Representatives to 2,175 (or likely greater).