Go ahead, faithful readers. Tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about.
But it’s my opinion (and opinions are like belly-buttons, everybody has one) that 2012 is the perfect time for a third party to come turn the nation on its head.
Right now I know of no one who’s thrilled with the party they previously voted for, and some of us have been holding our nose to vote through the last several elections. Democrat, Republican — people from both sides are fed up with the bickering, the inability to compromise, the inability to talk, the sound-bites, the lack of concern for what’s going to become of our country as long as the incumbent wins his or her next election.
I hereby invite a third party to seize control. And here’s your platform, my beloved imaginary third party: PAY DOWN THE DEBT.
Nothing else. EVERYTHING must be viewed in terms of whether it builds debt or pays it down. Everything. When you take office, you will issue a memo to every single government employee, and that memo will have two steps:
1) In the morning, you must remind yourself that today you must do something to pay down the debt.
2) At the end of the day, make note of what you did today to pay down the debt.
This is it. Nothing more. Most people are smart and understand that taxes need to go up. Why? To pay down the debt. They understand that services may need to be cut. Why? To pay down the debt.
And imaginary third party, this is what you need: you need a charismatic individual to stand in front of the cameras with his eyes bright and his face tense, and he needs to say this:
“We are a great country. American is a land filled with 250 million great individuals, and we’ve done it before. We’ve pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps to become a country with unparalleled freedoms, and we’ve enjoyed amazing prosperity because of how hard we’ve worked for it. Look at how we pulled together during World War II, each one of us making sacrifices for the good of the nation! We can do it again! That “greatest generation” doesn’t have to have been the greatest. WE can be the greatest generation. They weren’t unique in their ability to work hard for what they love. And we love our country. We can work hard again — sacrifice again — give deeply and generously again! And then our grandchildren can live the lives we want them to live.”
I hereby volunteer my services as a speech writer. Right now, imaginary third party, the stage is right for you to walk in, seize the spotlight, and not let it go. And yes, that scares me because of what else it might entail. But for heaven’s sake, we have to do something, and the folks we have right now in Washington aren’t going to do it for us. It’s time to vote out every incumbent. It’s time to pay down the debt.