Ya know, I knew that this week would be filled with the spewings of a million people who are all worked up about Obamacare and the government shutdown and how Vladimir Putin got nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.
Actually, that's not true about Putin. When I heard that today, I went, "Da fuh?" But then I realized that, perhaps, he's actually more deserving of it than President Obama was when he won it based on...what was it again? The peace thing he did? Ummm... Except that Putin is a crazy man who rides around half naked on horseback with polar bears. And who bombs Chechnya. Never mind. I'm still going to go with "Da fuh?"
So what I'm saying is that I expected people to act all ridiculous in regard to Obamacare and the shutdown. What I did not expect was for people to so wholeheartedly embrace ignorance that I found myself saying, repeatedly, "These people do not DESERVE a government."
You know what? I love the concept of a government. You know why? Because I believe that people need leaders. I believe that there are people that exist among us that not only are capable of leading, but they are capable of bringing people together, of making the greatest number of people healthy and safe. In exchange for an agreement by the people to follow the rules and provide for the financial health of its government, people are given the opportunity to participate in a system which CAN provide safety, security, and opportunity for them. It's a beautiful thing, a government which operates smoothly with the consent and guidance of its people.
We do not have a beautiful thing. I don't know what it is that we have, but it isn't a government, and the reason we don't have it is because ignorant people keep voting.
Don't get me wrong: I love these folks. They are my fellow Americans. They are my neighbors and a few of them are my friends, but they are RUINING MY GOVERNMENT.
It's pretty simple.
If you don't know how many amendments there are in the Constitution, don't post something on Facebook about the Constitution and how the 28th Amendment is being violated by Congress. Because, and I'm not trying to hurt your feelings here, YOUR IGNORANCE IS RUINING MY GOVERNMENT.
Further, if you are under the impression that Congress won't have to take part in the Obamacare exchanges and that this is how they are violating the 28th Amendment, please stop talking immediately. BECAUSE YOUR IGNORANCE IS RUINING MY GOVERNMENT.
It isn't the legislators who are responsible for the gigantic festering wad of ick that is oozing out of Washington right now. It is the people who think there are 28 amendments, the majority of which are being violated by Congress EXCEPT for the heroes of the hour, who are staunch defenders of all 28 amendments and are somehow wiser than the majority of their colleagues as well as the citizens of the United States even though their power was given to them by people who believe there are 28 amendments.
It occurs to me that instead of creating a system by which all people have equal access to health insurance, a wiser decision by the president and the Democrats would have been to ensure that all people be given a test about the Constitution and the rules, regulations, and roles outlined therein BEFORE they are allowed to vote.
I mean it: If you don't know how many amendments there are, you can't vote.
If you don't know that the president doesn't write laws or invent budgets, you can't vote.
If you think that Congress has the power to defund what is a FEDERAL LAW whilst debating the how best to cover the debt they allowed to accumulate, you can't vote.
If you believe that a person has to be Christian to be president, you can't vote.
If you think that the first amendment only applies to SOME citizens, you can't vote.
It's pretty simple.
If you don't know what our forefathers meticulously crafted in order to build a more perfect union, you are NOT ALLOWED to take part in the government that was designed to protect the people within that union.
I say we make THAT the 28th Amendment.
And make EVERYBODY take part in it.