Saturday, April 10, 2010

Anger Management

Anger Management

A Guest Commentary by

J. J. Ray

Ever hear the talking heads on television speaking about so and so going to anger management classes? I wonder exactly what those classes teach. Perhaps that might be the prescription for our politicians both local and national. Oh, we also need to add a truth class to that also. So now, we have anger management and truth for politicians. Now that is a real oxymoron.

Let us take a break and see who is angry. Locally, we have Cherokee where the Hatfield and McCoys stay at war with one another. Others have referred to them as the West Colbert Mafia. That however gives the Southside of Chicago an appalling name. Then of course, there is Leighton where they have a different bunch of angry folks. Florence not be outdone is not only angry but defiant as well. For some reason the residents are not allowed to know why they have secreted the real deal on the country club sale and ECM. Whatever happened to the Sunshine Laws? Guess it has been too cloudy.

Then of course, there is the state legislature and congress. Once again, both of these elements hate their adversaries. What happened to bipartisanship? Does any of this make any sense? Sounds like anger management classes and time with the Dali Llama are in order for all elements.

The next issue is being truthful. Would a politician lie? The answer is, “Are his lips moving?” I am sure there is some truth in some of these individuals but both sides accuse each other of lying. We have “Truth in lending and advertising," why not just plain truth for politicians with no frills?

To quote a famous movie, “What we have here is failure to communicate.” Would it not be easier and cheaper if we just sent the lot of them to “Anger Management Classes”? I am sure they would come back calm and contrite not to mention amiable. And yes, I have some swampland in Arizona I will sell you cheap if you believe that one.

On the other hand, why not fire the whole lot? Ockham's razor, the meta-theoretical principle that "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity" (the federal government), and the conclusion thereof, is that the simplest solution is usually the correct one. Then termination seems to be the simplest solution for our angry and untruthful elected representatives.

There is one final way to tell where their sympathies lie. Let us see if they are willing to put the new Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to a vote. “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

This new amendment is making its rounds through the Internet. Personally, I think it beats anger management. What do you think? Could this simple amendment be the panacea that could cure all of our problems with congress and the state legislature?

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