Opinion: We are all one race, the human race

April 13, 2019

“We hold these truths to be self-evident…” are the words beginning the second section of the arguably most important document ever drafted — the Declaration of Independence. Our forefathers signed that document almost 243 years ago.

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

 

It would appear it must be time to implement the rest of the stanza, which reads:

 

“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

 

Our system needs to be examined and altered, so the people who are elected to government service have an expiration date so elected government service does not become a life-long career. Our president has an eight-year (two-term) limit. That sounds right for the men and women serving in the Senate and the House.

 

Moreover, representatives who enter congressional service with a moderate net worth should not separate a few years later as wealthy fat-cat millionaires.

 

I am so tired of the bickering and the minuscule amount of work we get from what is supposed to be the trusted adult supervision in Washington, D.C.

 

The spirit of cooperation is very thin on the ground in our nation’s capital. The only time it feels like the people work together is when they decide to crucify a member of the opposition party. The only time they work together is when they want to punish the president.

 

Mr. Trump should use all his resources and cancel all the foreign aid to gain the funds to carefully vet all the Congress members and their staff. Nepotism and cronyism should be exposed and pressure brought to bear to curtail such appointments forever more.

 

The salary, benefits and retirement funds should be scaled back. All former representatives should draw on what they actually earned and not some sweetheart deal for life.

 

They are serving in Congress and that should be honor enough without the graft they accrue.

 

President Trump has and will continue to make mistakes and blunders. He has flaws but he really does want what is best for the country. Overburdening an already stretched system of education, health care and public assistance.

 

Patriotism is not racist! Had Mrs. Clinton been elected president the trajectory of our country would be much different. Even her husband spoke out against illegal aliens. I have no doubt she would have been like another eight years of Obama.

 

Taking a brush of politeness to terms some find offensive interferes with freedom of expression. Not all Caucasians are white trash or wealthy elitist. There are law-abiding and criminal members of all nationalities. Using inflammatory words on a person’s heritage is a tactic to inflame one’s opposition. All the people living in this country should work together and play nice. There is just one race the human race.

 

Need I quote the anti-bully talisman from my childhood?

 

“Sticks and stone might break my bones but words can never hurt me!”

 

This last week Sen. Cory Baker a Democrat from New Jersey introduced a bill to arrange reparations for the descendants of slaves. How many generations must pass before the blame and guilt for the actions of one’s ancestors against another group of predecessors will cease to be a valid issue?

 

Did I mention Baker is running for the Democratic Presidential nomination? Should a person running for higher office even be allowed to introduce self-serving policy matters? Although my roots are in the south I really came from white trash. My dad and his siblings were sent to an orphanage that doubled as their only chance at an education. They worked to grow their own food and crews were rented out to perform menial jobs, the money going to support themselves and the school. Check-out TIS (Tennessee Industrial School) the alumni have pages on the web.

 

Long days and pleasant nights, have a great weekend.

 

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Readers may contact Tami Jo Nix by emailing tamijonix@gmail.com or following @TamiJoNix on Twitter.

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