You undoubtedly know how it is to go into a voting booth, look at the list of candidates asking to represent you as your “servant of the people,” and wish there were another choice at the bottom of the list — “None Of The Above.” A too familiar cliché, but imagine how it would be if “None Of The Above” were running the country, the states, and so on.
Gosh, then individual adult citizens would have to be responsible for themselves and their families, and not look to their nanny to make decisions for them. Citizens might even familiarize themselves with the Constitution, and vote to make it a legal document again – you know, in case you weren’t aware, supposed to be the law of the land. Dream on, a pretty fantasy.
And so, voters, those citizens who still make the effort to vote, too often have to vote for the best of lousy choices, which brings to mind the candidates running in the primaries for the Republican nomination for president. On January 3, the date of the Iowa caucus, Iowans will have to make that choice. But that’s another article.
Just imagine for a moment if “None Of The Above” was a candidate for the GOP nomination for president. No doubt about it, “None Of The Above” would be the nominee, unanimous at the Republican convention. And then another “None Of The Above” could be chosen for the VP candidate. A team that would be a clear winner.
Can you imagine the debate between candidates for VP. A silent lectern debating Joe Biden. Just let our Joe talk and the country would quickly understand why he was called the dumbest man in the Senate.
And what of Barack Obama? Just let him talk too, and talk and talk and talk. He’d love it. He’ll tell us lots of what he’s told us before. He saved the country, anything not going well is the fault of George W. Bush, but most of all he’ll tell us about his favorite subject, himself. Why, right now, after only some three years as president, according to none other than himself, he’s already in fourth place as our greatest president. That puts him in front of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, among others. Of course the last three had lots to do with writing our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, two documents President Obama seems not too excited about. And George Washington was just George Washington.
And who are the three Barack has to pass to get to number one? Abraham Lincoln. No doubt about it, he was great. Franklin Roosevelt. Perhaps an excellent wartime president, until toward the end of his life when he was physically very ill, which allowed the Soviet Union to take advantage, resulting in a forty-year Cold War. But Roosevelt did have guts, spending half of his life in a wheelchair.
The third great president? Lyndon Johnson. Good Grief. In my judgment, Lyndon Johnson was one of the worst presidents, somewhere south of poor Jimmy Carter. Carter did have principles, Johnson had none. Actually, Barack Obama is ahead of Lyndon Johnson on a list, but that list is for the worst presidents.
There is no doubt in the 2012 election, “None Of The Above” would be elected president, and “None Of The Above” elected VP. That means for eight years individual American citizens would decide what sort of nation they want. Perhaps a few good amendments to the Constitution. No lawyers in the Congress for a start. Two terms for members of the Senate, four for members of the House of Representatives. No lawyers, lobbyists, or liars within fifty miles of the White House and Capitol area. There seems to be a redundancy there, but who knows, there may be an occasional honest lawyer or lobbyist.
Perhaps English as our official language. Marriage between a man and a woman. At least one parent an American citizen, for anyone born in the U.S.A. to be a citizen. And the list goes on. How about getting rid of most of the Internal Revenue Service. Get rid of all deductions on taxes, except for medical expenses. Call taxpayers’ money, “The People’s Money,” so the president and Congress no longer assume it belongs to them.
Oh, if only it all could be. But instead we’re blessed with Barack Obama and what we have running in the Iowa primary. I’ll take “None Of The Above.”