Editorial by Barbara Cornell.
Syndicated from Barbara Cornell’s personal blog.
Thomas Jefferson was an architect.
John Adams was a lawyer.
Samuel Adams was a brewer.
Alexander Hamilton was an author and a lawyer.
John Hancock was a shipping and wholesale merchant.
Members of the Continental Congress operated farms and conducted businesses.
It used to be that our elected officials earned an actual, productive living. Which means that they came together to enact legislation, make decisions and conduct the business of the government when necessary and then went home to support themselves and their families.
People who have a responsibility to fend for themselves and their families generally do not have time to interfere with whom you have sex with, what you eat (or smoke) or how you pray (or don’t). Only people who have no lives of their own can afford to be busybodies, tending to and intruding into the lives of others.
The professional politician is the pernicious plague of our generation.
Member of Congress was intended as a temporary, part time, volunteer servant, not a career.
Term limits. No perquisites. No Congressional pensions. No Congressional health plans.
Washington: Go home and get to work.