Today has been an interesting day. I picked up my new glasses this morning and have been trying all day to be the good patient and actually wear them. I have struggled with everyday tasks today like walking and working on my computer. I was concentrating so hard on where to focus with the new glasses that I walked right into my brother-in-law at work. I still haven’t figured out how to make the bi-focal portion of the glasses work for me when I am working on my computer. I came home from work an hour early to give my eyes and headache a break.
I decided to cut the grass for a change of pace from work and because it was overgrown from almost two weeks of endless rain. While I was mowing the grass my mind wandered to politics. I was thinking about the problems there are in politics and how it seems like nothing of any substance gets accomplished. There seems to be no statesmanship anymore. It used to be that our elected officials were able to agree with someone from the other party if there was a good idea worth considering. Now everyone is so tuned into their political party and how they will change things when they are in power. They won’t consider voting for an idea from someone in the other party.
My solution is to change to a jury selection process for our elected officials instead of all the endless campaign promises and commercials. Each district would pull names from its eligible voters for their representatives just like they do for jury selection for court cases. They would serve one term and then the next term a new set of representative would be draw to serve the next term and so on and so on… We would have a definite cross-section of voters. The elected officials would not be in term long enough for the lobbyists to get into their good graces and the political parties wouldn’t be such a big deal anymore. Campaign finance laws wouldn’t be necessary because no one would need money to run for political office. Just maybe someone might act on something that has merit and because it would be good for the country.