There are many things that need to be address about the way our country has been run over the last century. I would like to concentrate on the last few decades as this is the time that our current government officials are most responsible for.
Eminent domain. Come on guys, seriously. Where was the outcry from our government to protect the rights of the people when this Supreme Court decision was made? Both Republicans and Democrats have been trying to make changes and push for amendments for various issues but you guys can't take the time to stop government confiscation of private property to be given to other private entities? I hear of people wanting to change or abolish the second amendment to restrict the right to bear arms. I hear of people wanting to make an amendment to restrict same sex marriage but the most I heard from our legislative branch about eminent domain was a few congressmen voicing that they didn't agree with the court ruling. The subject seems to have died after that. No real action was taken to remedy this issue. If you want to make Constitutional amendments that actually protect our rights, make one to prevent the government from invoking eminent domain in order to take from one private entity to give to another. Eminent domain should be for the right of the public in order to improve public infrastructure, not private corporatism. I am all for capitalism and the free market but this is clearly an issue of corporatism which, in my view, is just as bad as socialism.
Illusion of security. There is so much that falls under this, it's ridiculous. Sure, we might have stronger security at air ports, though very invasive and at times a little over-board, but our borders are weak and we continue to waste tax dollars on failed or failing initiatives. A border fence without teeth? What is that about? I can see a fence put in place to mark territory letting people know that, yes, this is where our nations separate. Without some form of visible reinforcement, the fence is useless and a waste of money. We have military bases all over the world, most of which we really don't need to have in the areas that they are located. The whole point of our military is to protect the
The "war" an terror and
Education. Fund education. We are ok with that. Funding is a good thing for education. Stop trying to legislate education! Education is the fundamental foundation of what has made this country great. Education helps to grow ourselves economically, scientifically and respectably. Leave education development to the trained and experienced professionals, the people that are in the schools/classrooms. Restructure the
Referendum on tax dollar usage. The government gives money away like crazy. The tax payers get little or no say in where we provide aid around the world. It's our money and I feel strongly that we should have a say in where that money goes in regard to foreign aid. Tossing money at African nations doesn't seem to be doing much good. The money ends up in the hands of corrupt warlords and dictators rather than in places where it would do the most good for the people. There should be true help initiatives proposed to the people and let us decide where our money goes, especially when it is proposed to leave our country. Funding water purification facilities would be a good direction for our tax dollars to help grow African nations. Books for education and funding for schools and hospitals would be another. Just sending cash to those nations will do nothing but fund local warlords and greedy dictators. That does no one any good. It is a waste of time and money, not to mention human life. This is only one more example of how wasteful the government is and how much the government's lack of foresight causes bad decisions and does little or nothing to resolve the real issues.
I, along with many other Americans, am getting tired of the illusions of our government in trying to look like they are doing anything worth while. I'm getting tired of seeing elected officials only doing things to look like they are getting something done. People are looking at you guys way more closely than we have in the past. Overtly bad decisions from both main parties are starting to wake people up. Do something real or don't go for re-election. Stop wasting our tax dollars and try to be more productive. This whole deal with partisan politics is stupid. When all you do is "toe-the-party-line" you don't actually get anything done. These artificial compromises just to look like you are doing something aren't very helpful, either. Our government was designed for the freedom and growth of our people, please start acting like that idea still means something. I could go on and on about the obvious BS that goes on in our government but because I see it as obvious, I shouldn't have to address every individual issue. You are elected by the people and swear an oath to uphold the Constitution of the