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French do it right

July 1, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

I like the way the French do it.

It has been about one month's time since they voted in their president. Now, on June 10, they voted in their parliament (equivalent to our Congress). So that is one month's time for them to see how the existing parliament interacts with the president to get anything done. Then they vote in the members who cooperate and vote out those members of parliament who do not cooperate. It seems to me one month is enough time to know if Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell and our beloved John Boehner were willing to work with the new president, as was not the case in 2008, nor since then. Boehner was a little flexible on one or two issues only.

Perhaps the French have a newer democracy than we do because so much has changed since World War II and the creation of the European Union. Maybe there are some things we could do to change after all so it works for "We the people" and not the politicians and their precious lobbyists.

It isn't as if we have to get on our horse and ride a muddy path into town to vote. Maybe it would cost more to have an election a month after another, but I think "we the people" would get so much more out of electing a Congress that is willing to work instead of lobby. Willing to compromise as life at times requires.

If we voted in new members all the time, nobody could take the position as a lifer. Advertising, forget it. One month of getting something done or not is sufficient advertising. It is sufficient if "we the people" are paying attention and not just being bored stiff with the news because it's mainly politicking and info-entertainment. However, no matter where one lives, it is our responsibility to pay attention and read between the lines so-to-speak so that we are able to discern for ourselves rather than listen to the lies from the superpacs.

In other words, voting in a fresh Congress after the presidential election gives the president the mandate to pass his agenda. Also, the president is in office two weeks after the election because he does not have to ride on horseback or train to the Capitol.

Gee, maybe we could modernize a bit. I mean without it being heretical or guilt ridden, but for "we the people." What a novel idea that we actually could do something for ourselves as citizens to expect something from public servants.

Critics will point fingers and say "it's socialism." They aren't thinking. Actually it gives citizens more freedom from politicking. It allows the people to vote in a Congress that will work with the president and his proposed policies for which the people voted him in. In the French case, President Francois Hollande, a tax-and-spend democrat, getting rid of austerity.

Amy Frey


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