" ‘We have a unique responsibility to protect those that have the courage to come out and say when something is wrong, regardless of the administration,’ the congresswoman said. ‘It doesn’t matter the party. When something is going wrong in government—when there is overreach, when there’s an abuse, or a misconduct of process—we have an obligation to see and investigate it.’ "
Well said. Moreover, parties contribute to a lot “going wrong in government”. Whistleblowers have been abused and retaliated against by both parties – Obama charging more people under the Espionage Act than all the other presidents combined. If we are mainly interested in being productive and the best America we can be, we should do away with parties, as Washington preferred. I think we should have perhaps a numeric system for judging all candidates – no party (or other) names. That is just divisive and counterproductive. It is also a false dichotomy – we all overlap in opinions more than differ. A scale with various categories of opinions for all candidates, maybe with a total score unique to their views, allows one to judge, pick, and vote on someone closest to their ideal, out of a range of candidates, not just from one political side or the other. Money is also divisive and limiting – limit the amount that can be spent for races and subsidize those without the funds. Perhaps a person needs so many signed petitions to get on a ballot. Lobbying dollars and gifts should be out.
Along these lines, what we can do better, I think companies that have a product that causes health problems (there’s statistics on these numbers of illnesses, hospital costs, etc.) should have to pay that cost to society – and/or the consumer could pay when they purchase. That would go a long way to cutting back health expenses for all of us. Why should those of us who, for example, watch what we ingest, inhale, etc., have to pay for those who don’t? Maybe this system would lead to a healthier society. We have to do something – many can’t afford insurance and this could be a big savings. I know companies will balk, but how much longer are going to put them, and lobbyists, ahead of our well-being as a nation? Right now there is lessor care for those without a premium policy, even here.
So, in our efforts, still as a seeming fledgling Nation, trying to get things right, Chelsea has taken an important stand. She is in prison, in part, defending my right to say and write this stuff – including commenting on our healthcare system and “G_ds” – the “political parties”. Can’t say this kind of thing everywhere in the World, guarantee that. Chelsea’s standing up for Our First Amendment Rights, and others. Most importantly, she is helping to strengthen the foundation of Our Republic and enforce the humanity Our Constitution strives for. She said that what she has seen is not right, this is not American values, and it’s not what Our Soldiers are supposed to fight and die for. It’s NOT WHO WE ARE. She stood up for the values most of us have, as did Kiriakou, Snowden, and all the others. We thank them for courageously setting the bar, as only a few could have; a bar that says yes, we are that Beacon, and if I have anything to say about it … we will always be…
An important related topic is the relationship between the military and civilians. The military protects us, and they are us, but do civilians really know much about it? In other countries military service is compulsory, and that might not be a bad thing, That improved relationship, as well as reforming the Intel Apparatus, can’t happen fast enough. Chelsea, thank you, we hear you, and we are all watching.