I have two proposals that will change how politics works in this country and would cost very little to do.
1. Test all politicians like you would with normal job applicants.
If you would like to work for the CIA or the FBI or even the police in this country you have to go through written exams as well as psychological testing in order to be fit for duty. Makes sense right? You don’t want psychotic people in positions of power? Lets test the politicians!
In order to run for office you have to take a multiple choice test about the country, its laws, basic understanding of various subjects including tax systems, accounting etc. This would also include a math portion and a written portion with an essy. These tests would be in the same vein as the SAT but more centered around government.
The next test is a bit more in depth. Each candidate would be given an IQ test along with a psychological profile about how they make decisions. Hell if you want to work for me, I want to know a little bit more about you.
The results of these tests would be public and accompany the candidate in all literature and all TV appearances.
Maybe even make them pee in a cup. Why not? They make all the other federal employees pee in a cup? Right? In fact, I want their annual physicals made public too. I want to know if my senator has a bad heart or gonorrea.
2. Make the day we vote a national holiday!
We have fucking holiday for Valentines Day, St. Patricks Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving, but not one damn mention of a holiday for the most basic freedom that everybody has in this country. Does that make sense?
I’ll leave with you with some interesting remarks made by our politicians
“Capital punishment is our way of demonstrating
the sanctity of life.”
“I don’t know that atheists should be considered
citizens, nor should they be considered patriots.
This is one nation under God.”– George Bush
“I AM the federal government.”
House Majority Leader Tom Delay, when told it was against
a federal law to smoke his cigar in a no-smoking area,
Washington Post, May 2003
“Get some devastation in the back.” –Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, to a staff photographer as he posed for a photo op while visiting tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka, Jan. 6, 2005
“I was trying to escape. Obviously, it didn’t work.” –President Bush, after being thwarted by locked doors when he tried to exit a news conference in Beijing in the face of hostile questioning from reporters, Nov. 20, 2005
“I am not going to give you a number for it because it’s not my business to do intelligent work.” –Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, asked to estimate the number of Iraqi insurgents while testifying before Congress, Feb. 16, 2005
“I do know that it’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.” –Bill Bennett, former Education Secretary and author of “The Book of Virtues,” Sept. 28, 2005
“You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that.” –President Bush, to a divorced mother of three in Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005
“I’m not into this detail stuff. I’m more concepty.”
–Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld