A look at the mess that has become our state and nation......
and other assorted commentary.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Well it appears 30 years of serving us is not enough for Arlen Specter. Specter is running again for another term and my question is WHY? I'm trying to figure out what compels a person to get elected to an office to serve the public and then NEVER want to leave. Specter is not alone in doing this sort of thing but what makes him different is his level of desperation in trying to hold on to his power forever. He is so desperate that he changed his party affiliation to Democratic, in order to avoid being defeated in the Republican Primary in PA. What makes a person think that they are doing such a great job and that no one else is capable of doing the same thing, namely, serving the public. In my humble opinion, these career politicians are ruining the country. The Founding Fathers never intended to establish a system were a person would hold such power for 30 or 40 years. Our country was founded on the principle that a King ruling over his subjects like a dictator was a terrible idea. Even George Washington voluntarily left the office of President after two terms, establishing a precedent that lasted until Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940's. Yet, lifetime politicians like Specter don't get the hint and leave after a couple or three terms, he wants to be there till he dies. In this respect he is just like Ted Kennedy, Strom Thurmond or even John Murtha in his unwillingness to serve for a period of time and then leave. In fact in Murtha's case it took a bad surgical experience to retire him, otherwise he would have never left either. The only solution is term limits and don't look for that to ever happen since the politicians must put that restriction on themselves. We already know they will never do anything to threaten their stranglehold on power.