I get so many letters from frustrated readers like Barbara that I thought it might be good to pass hers along, as food for thought. (Some editing has been done for clarity and length.) Barbara seems to have taken a stab at writing the Republican Party platform for 2020 --- although good luck getting money out of politics! And we’d need hard-won constitutional amendments to implement term limits and upper age limits. In many ways, though, she does reflect what’s important to all of us who care about the law, the Constitution, and basic morality and ethics.
Barbara votes for “the person” and voted for Obama; I’m sure now she can see that he wasn’t about to put through any of the reforms she lists here, and, in fact, worked actively against some of them. On the other hand, we’ve seen that even with Republicans in the House, Senate and White House (as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would call them, the three branches of government), our own party didn’t make much of a dent. We had big expectations but face huge political barriers to reform. (If only we had a barrier at the border as effective as these!) Legislators had the chance to pass some of the things Barbara suggests here, and they didn’t address them. And now, with Democrats controlling the House, we’re even farther away from making badly needed changes.
Barbara would like a fresh start when it comes to the party system and elected officeholders, and I assume she also means the non-elected officials in the “alphabet” bureaucracies such as the DOJ, FBI and IRS as well. We all hope that President Trump has a “strategery” in mind to blow things up while he’s still in a position to do so, while understanding there are reasons why he’s holding back right now.
So, what do you think of Barbara’s observations? I think she strikes a nerve. She speaks the truth when she says, “everything is upside down.” But how fed up are people going to have to get before they fight back against the radical left and put us back on track to be a nation of reason, freedom, honesty and decency? It’s going to take a huge pull in the opposite direction, which can only be accomplished by a unified party. And it’s going to take a flood of absolutely stellar candidates for office whose principles won’t be corrupted by the system. Where will they come from?
Now, here’s Barbara’s letter:
Gov. Huckabee, I read your newsletter and feel you are a fair person. I am an average working- class person, now a retired senior. I am an Independent voter, rooted in the Democrat party, but have voted on the basis of people seeming sincere and honest for at least 25 years. I voted for the Bushes, Obama, and Trump. My family and friends are a mix of Democrats, Independents and Republicans. I am Catholic and believe everyone is equal and we were all created in God's image. I hate no one, only ugliness and meanness.
What has been happening these last two years and longer is a disgrace to our country. There is too much money and power controlling our elections. The two parties are very broken and power-hungry. The people who mean well don't have a way to make a difference.
If we, the American people, could vote today, we would abolish the parties and start fresh. How much money you have would not determine whether you are the last person standing to run for your party. There should be a budget limit of $450,000 to run your campaign –- not more than your yearly wage for that position. (The news media will run your information anyway.) Term limits and age limits (70-75) for all officeholders, including for the Supreme Court. Everyone, including all public offices and employees, would be in the Social Security system, and pensions for politicians would be lower than full salaries.
No more riders attached to bills wasting tax dollars for special interests. No more lobbyists, only straight-up public servants there for their constituents. If the government shut down ever again, the only people not being paid would be the representatives causing it, not the workers at the bottom. And they would have to stay on the job until they worked out the problem. After 30 days, it would go to the governors of the states to solve.
People are so disgusted and disillusioned with all this. We are the laughing stock of the world.
In am glad that President Trump is standing firm on the wall. The border is a huge concern, with drugs, illegal people swarming in and overwhelming our financial ability to keep our local economies going. How illegal people manage to get benefits, become eligible for voting, drive, put kids in school, and find jobs or work illegally just boggles the mind. If you are working illegally, you are not paying income taxes. We can't afford to take in every person in the world. And when people immigrate here, they should follow our laws, not bring their own.
Everything is upside down. We love our country, our heritage, our flag. Maybe all the people aren't perfect, but the foundation of our freedoms here is solid. We were founded with "freedom of religion" –- not freedom from religion. No one forces anyone to practice a religion, but don't tell us not to believe in God and practice our religion and appreciate and value morals.
We must secure our borders with a meaningful plan and act on it as soon as possible. I don't know if a wall is the best answer but doing nothing IS NOT WORKING. God Bless all our police, fire, and rescuers. When is someone going to make the homeless a priority? That is a very sad and awful thing. Drugs are destroying so many lives and breaking our families and cities. We have to find an answer. All this violence and hatred is spreading. And all this ugliness and disrespect at the top and with the media is making it worse.
The American people deserve better than this. America deserves better. Having border security and proper ways to immigrate here does not make us bad people. It is the same in other developed countries. God Bless America always.
Sorry this was so long. I am an average American. I am kind to everyone. I give to charities every month. I live on a fixed income. People like me are the silent majority.
I pray for our country. God Bless you.