“submitted for your approval….”
/end Rod Serling voice over
greetings once again, gentle Readers…
today we take a trip into another facet of the space/time continuum and see what upcoming political speeches could be like this season from olde school Goldwater GOP types in primaries who are fed up with tax-cut-and-spend, K street project, nation-building neocon policies…
or any democrat, even third party candidates who feel the same and plan to run in November…
let’s have a look, shall we?
..::: a public hall, potential voters gather to hear what is said, fidgeting in their seats, the house lights dim a bit and a person walks up to the podium :::..
“Good [insert morning/afternoon/evening here] my fellow Americans.
A marvelous day here in beautiful [insert place name here]. I come before you today to discuss vital matters, the state of our Republic, and to talk with you about my own vision for what I’m going to do about it, if and when you deem fit to elect me as your new [insert office name here].
Now, I’d like to ask all you kind folks out there to join me in a moment of Silence while I read the names of the Honored Dead who came from our [insert city/district/state name here]… ”
..::: behind the lectern, a screen lights up behind the speaker, with a list of the names of the dead in Iraq, underneath the much larger list of the wounded :::..
[read first list, pause]
“And for those wounded in our names, the recipients of the Purple Heart are…”
[read second list, pause]
“Thank you for sharing that Moment, I feel it is vitally important that we keep our brave Veterans in our minds and our hearts while they serve our Nation. One of my most important goals is to ensure that those people and their families are cared for as our Society has promised, and this Administration has neglected.
Now, I’m sure you are all wondering what my campaign stands for, what our goals are, and of course….what are we going to do for YOU.
It’s all written up in a single paragraph that was penned by much wiser people than I am, but whose example I promise I will strive to live up to…”
..::: another projection behind the lectern, as it comes up, the Candidate looks at the audience and recites it by heart :::..
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
“That’s the mission statement, ladies and gentlemen. That deceptively simple, yet deeply profound bit of wordsmithing says everything that anyone seeking your vote for elected office SHOULD be following as their guiding light and most precious objectives.
‘We the People’…that’s the important thing here. We are NOT here to serve the government, rather it is supposed to be the other way around! This preamble to our Constitution sets up the duties and obligations of our Government TO the People. Far too often as of late, those who represent us have forgotten that.
If elected, I swear I will serve ONLY “We the People”, NOT the special Interests who want more than the rest, NOT the Corporations that think they have a right to our markets, but no obligation to our People as they use the loopholes placed into the system by corrupt officials to outsource and offshore our jobs for the graven image of their bottom lines.
“We the People”… NOT foreign governments and Interests that bribe their way into special deals that benefit them, but are paid for by the sweat and taxes of our citizens.
“We the People”… NOT the lobbyists or the K street moneymen who sow greed and corruption in order to line their own pockets.
“We the People”… NOT the greedy and corrupt seekers of Office whose only goal is to serve those special Interests from office, and reap larger ill gotten rewards when they finally leave and work directly for those Interests as lobbyists themselves.
I know, I know… I can hear you saying to yourselves right now, ‘That’s a tall order, and we’ve heard it all before. What’s going to make you different?’
I’m glad you asked, shows you care about what’s going on, it shows you want to make a difference, and do your civic duty as an informed part of the Electorate…as a willing participant of “We the People”.
So, if you are willing to listen, I’m here to talk about what I see are some of the major problems to be overcome, and what I intend to do about it, all the while paying careful attention to the principles outlined in that glorious Preamble up on the screen behind me.
[sip of water to pause]
Settle in, be comfortable, this is going to take a bit. I’m not one who is going to promise to [make quote marks with fingers] “save the world” with some ten-second sound byte. We have real problems and challenges to face, and solving them takes more than simple platitudes and slogans, no matter what the dog and pony show of current politics and the main stream media want you to believe. You folks know better, and I’m betting you’re tired of being treated like that, and tired of business as usual from our Government.
Let’s take this point by point, and according to our mission statement of the Preamble behind me on the screen.
[half-turn and gesture up to the projection]
‘in Order to form a more perfect Union’…
[turn fully towards audience, and grip the podium in both hands]
My goal here is to do just that, aid in forming that more perfect Union talked about here. I intend to pursue that ideal by doing my best to get rid of the very notion of a hyphenated American. That’s right, I will not recognize those artificial divisions set in our way by those special Interests who gain by splitting us apart into false factions, wanting us to pay attention to some small detail that would benefit a sub-group rather than helping all those in ‘We the People…’. I don’t care about partisan stances, I will deal with each Issue on a case by case basis, not the self serving whims of the professional politicians who run the Party…but by what is going to do the most for ‘We the People’ as a whole, and you…my hopeful future Constituents, as the guiding light. One of the ways that I, personally, will be following that dictum is to only accept contributions from you, the actual Constituency that can vote for me. NOT from any special Interests, NOT from any lobbyists, NOT from anyone outside of those who can actually vote for me in this pursuit. The only ones I will be responsible to are, ‘We the People’.
[sip of water to pause]
‘establish Justice’… For me, this is about Justice for ALL, according to the tenets of the Constitution and the Rule of Law. I will work towards making certain that ANY who violate our Laws are prosecuted. From the bank robber, to the embezzling CEO, and the corrupt in our Government. As part of the process, I will put forward the Idea to spend at least one session per week in finding Laws that fail to serve the cause of Justice for ‘We the People’ and have them legally stricken from the books. We’ve all heard the story about the town that still has a Law that requires a red lantern be waved in front of a car as it travels a city street. Hundreds, if not thousands of such silly laws still clog our system, and do not provide Justice. Many other Laws were practically written by special Interests and enacted by the corrupt to favor and reward at the expense of ‘We the People’
I say, NO MORE![pound lectern once]
Far worse time spent than a day per week of seeking out such travesties, and striking them from our system. Removing the waste, and accomplishing part of what Legislators are supposed to do, take care and make certain the system is working FOR people, and not against them.
[sip water for pause]
‘insure domestic Tranquility’ … We do that by removing the artificial divisions that the special Interests use to make us fight each other over petty squabbles so they may distract us while they pick our pockets to feed their greed. I intend to fight for America First policies as much as is possible.
An example would be our Government’s purchasing practices. I will fight to enact provisions that would require ALL Government purchases to be filled domestically. Not just purchased from American-owned corporations, but the products themselves must be made, assembled and employ American resources.
It just makes sense, if we taxpayers are going to spend money on something, it should go to a quality bidder and benefit ‘We the People’ in it’s purchase. It infuriates me that things like major sub-systems for American, state of the art fighter planes, are being manufactured in foreign countries at the cost of American jobs as well as our National security!
[knowingly shake head, and sip of water to pause]
Which leads us to… ‘provide for the common defense’… I consider it a tragic crime that I need to even address this Issue at this point in our Nation’s history. That we still have not secured our borders, ports and terminals. this is a PRIMARY reason for even having a Government, and perhaps THE most important task that ‘We the People’ have for it. This simple priority should be the ONLY task undertaken by our Government until the problem is resolved. ‘We the People’ require that our Government do all that is possible within the confines outlined by the Rule of Law to defend us from all clear and present dangers that threaten us.
[sip of water to pause]
‘promote the general Welfare’… Now that is an important part of the whole thing, ladies and gentlemen. This is the cornerstone of my entire America First view of policy. Those who we elect to represent us need to actually do that…represent ‘We the People’ rather than their own self serving interests, or the special Interests that fill their coffers.
As you’ve all probably figured out by now, I have some ideas on this subject.
Let’s start with those elected representatives themselves. How many of you have ever looked at a Congressional district map? Probably not too many outside of the political junkies in the audience. Look it up sometime, as well as the figures for incumbents being re-elected.
The results will scare you.
The map bears no resemblance to objective reality, the census from which it is supposed to be drawn, or the actual physical and geographical boundaries that fit the idea of common sense. Why is it this way? Simple, ladies and gentlemen, political expediency for those who don’t care about anything except being re-elected. It’s called gerrymandering, both sides have done it, and it’s against the Spirit, if not the actual letter, of our Laws.
How do I want to fix this problem? So glad you asked.
[smile knowingly here]
How about we follow what the Constitution says?
That document requires the Districts be redrawn each mandated Census. In the Information Age, it is ridiculous to not use American ingenuity to build a program that takes into account the date from the Census and draws the district boundaries that fit street, city, county and state borders ona strict non-partisan basis. You bet that will shake up the Congress, and might not make me too popular among the professional politicians that currently rule the back room system.
This is not about what THEY want, it’s about what is best for ‘We the People’!
Make our entire process as transparent and free from undue influence as is possible. Make sure we are an example to the world in how it CAN be done, and prove that it is the way it IS done.
[sip of water to pause]
‘and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity’… So much is held in this seemingly simple line. If elected, I pledge my Life, my Fortune and my Sacred Honor to defend and uphold the Liberty of ‘We the People’!
I am all too aware of how so many of our Nation’s problems come from the effects of sheer short sightedness on the part of those we Elect to represent us.
NO erosion of our Rights is to be tolerated. Violators will be prosecuted under full penalty accorded by our Rule of Law. NO ONE sits above the Law. No excuses, no extenuating circumstances.
[sip of water to pause]
Another very important aspect of this is pure fiscal responsibility. There is absolutely NO excuse for our Government to do other than what “We the People’ have to do….balance our checkbooks. Every family, every adult, has to make choices and decisions about what is in budget and what is not. Only our Government seems ot be completely content to finance today on the back of our children, our grandchildren…and their grandchildren!
Each and every decision made, and every dime spent by our Government should be aimed at not only the results for today, but the results and consequences ‘to ourselves and our Posterity’. Pay as you go, with considerations for emergencies taken into account. Our government shouldn’t be using Enron’s accountants to balance our books. Simple red ink/black ink fiscal responsibility, with full transparency should be the ONLY goal.
[sip of water to pause]
I want to thank you , ladies and gentlemen, for taking some time out of your busy lives to spend here, letting me bend your ears a bit on some things I think are important. And I hope you do too.
Now….I bet some of you have some questions….”
[raise house lights]
[note to staffers: make certain that each speech is custom tailored for the local audience a bit. research and insert at least one local anecdote about a factory closing due to outsourcing, hardship for families due to extended military deployment, or pertinent scandal. it is IMPERATIVE that the Candidate NOT mention any specific names of people. make reference to the incidents, the people will know what is being spoken about. any questions or substantive changes even being contemplated, CALL FIRST!]
and so closes our little Drama, that pinhole into the realm of “what might be…”