A hypothetical


Let me propose a hypothetical situation to you.

Suppose you’re a law-abiding citizen of some country, other than America. Let’s call this country Jacksonvillica. Jacksonvillica is a representative democracy, identical in organization to America.

Just like America, Jacksonvillica is undergoing a well-contested presidential election. Whichever candidate wins the election will do so only with a marginal lead, because the population of Jacksonvillica is almost evenly divided on several issues.

Unfortunately, the Congress of Jacksonvillica is just as uncooperative as ours has been the last four years. Several members have even said that they will stop at nothing to keep one of the candidates from regaining office. They’ve even gone so far as to block legislature that would be beneficial to just about everyone who lives in Jacksonvillica, simply because they hate the incumbent candidate.

Let’s suppose that a member of Jacksonvillica’s Congress visited you, here at Jacksonville State University. He tells you of the grave obstacles your country is facing on the road to its economic recovery (I forgot to mention—Jacksonvillica also experienced an economic meltdown in 2008).

He goes on to imply that, faced with four more years of working with the incumbent candidate, he and his fellow members of Congress will be unable to reach compromise and rectify the terrible economic problems of your representative democracy.
This is a man that you have hired to do his civic duty with your vote, telling you that he just can’t do that duty.

What do you do? I’ll tell you what I would do.

If he’s refusing to be the man at the forefront of the group, attempting to patch up what remains of Jacksonvillica’s tattered economic situation—if he’s refusing to cooperate with a political party that doesn’t share his ideology—if he’s refusing to do his job... I would fire him before he could bat an eyelid.

This situation isn’t just hypothetical—it’s real life, and it’s happening right now in our country.Rep. Mike Rogers, who visited JSU on Monday, clearly outlined the challenges he and other members of Congress are facing in the next two months—how they meet those challenges will decide whether our country continues to improve economically or if it stagnates.

He feels that the only way to meet those challenges successfully is with a “new president.” Well Mr. Rogers, after watching your “new president” make a fool of himself over the past six months I’ve decided that I’m quite happy with the old one, thanks.

Rogers holds a seat in the House of Representatives, where he does his level best to represent Alabama’s third congressional district. Jacksonville State University, Auburn University and the University of Alabama are all a part of that district.

The students at those universities—us—we will inherit the poor economic situation at hand if Rep. Rogers and his colleagues don’t devote every ounce of their will to improving it.

By the time I graduate and go out into the world, I want our nation’s unemployment to be lower than 6%. I want to pay lower taxes than CEOs making unfathomable amounts of money every year—I’m going to be a starving journalist, and what little income I have I don’t want to give away.

I don’t want to see our government’s social safety nets, like food stamps that feed impoverished women and children, get slashed because our defense budget wasn’t thick enough. I want to see our deficit go down, not because we took money away from beneficial programs, but because we trimmed the fat.

If Rep. Rogers and other members of Congress can’t deliver on that... kindly get out of the way and make room for someone who can.

10/31/2012


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