|Published: 9:14 AM, 01/22/2013
Author: Tommy Wilson
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Since was a little boy I have heard how
slow our government is to react or get the simplest of projects
started and completed. Over my adult years I have heard the same
comment thousands of times. The reality is, governments do move
slowly for a variety of reasons, most of which should be embarrassing
to members of Congress.
I do however, have a new plan for
getting projects before the different government agencies and moved
on through the different government agencies in a timely manner. Do
not go to your congressman or senator. Go to the National Rifle
Association (NRA) and ask them to present your project or plan to
your representatives. Apparently, members will sit up and listen when
the most powerful lobbyist speak. Or, you could go to Grover
Norquist, the guy elected by no one, and pay him to be on your side.
MAYBE we should just stop voting all
together and go to the more powerful lobbyist and paying them to help
us. The Tennessee Press Association has to pay a lobbyist just to
protect the public's First Amendment rights in the state's
Legislature. The NRA has been very successful in protecting their
VERY distorted interpretation of the Second Amendment, that is unless
they have convinced people like John McCain the NRA is, in fact, a
legitimate militia, as is required by the amendment.
It is very interesting that some in
Congress now are talking about recent events of mass murder as not
being about guns but about the mentally ill. They could have cared
less about the millions of citizens, and their families, suffering
from mental illness before Sandy Hook. Now, it is a big deal because
the NRA says so.
The events like Sandy Hook bring up
many issues, and not one of them has exclusive responsibility, but
suddenly putting Band-Aids on one of them is not going to do anything
but make the citizens of this country have even less respect for the
members of Congress.
The issues of gun control, the mentally
ill, the public’s fear of getting involved because of the
possibility of future litigation, are all elements we have to deal
with and we cannot let lobbyist and special interest groups keep us
from dealing with them.
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