The Winds of Change They Are A Blowin’

I’m an author, but today I’m stepping away from the world of fiction writing where I can sweep myself away to a different era, civilization, and a place where everything has a happily-ever-after and addressing what has happened to the population’s voice when it comes to government.  I want changes, but I have no idea how to initiate them.  I wonder why so many take the time to write scathing reviews about fictional works on Amazon, but when it comes to what’s really important in life, no one seems to find the time or a way to speak out.

Rumors of siphoning money from Medicare trust to pay for Obamacare ran rampant during the campaign between the President and Romney.  Who knows if that’s true, but it made me wonder why Bernie Madoff went to prison for Ponzie scheming people out of millions when, if the rumor is true, what makes a difference between Bernie’s actions and the Government infringing on money we’ve paid for through our jobs all these years?  Even more, I wonder if government officials would be so quick to initiate Obamacare if they had to “endure” it. Aren’t they Americans?  Why are they exempt from something they can vote into our futures?  My insurance increased this year, my coverage decreased, and my drug costs went up, too.  When I asked my doctor about the future of the medical profession, he wasn’t able to offer any assurance that things would improve…in fact doctors are leaving the profession and a shortage is sure to occur. I honestly don’t want the government determining my health care needs.

What bothers me more is that I cannot figure out why we continue to re-elect the same stale politicians when what we want is hope and CHANGE.  We at least have the good sense to allow two terms for the Commander-In-Chief, yet we continue to send back old-timers who are more interested in taking a side than considering the issues at hand.  That line dividing our country (GOP/DEM) is killing us.  Why don’t we have term limits instead of electing people to a career position where they continue to pad their pockets and vote themselves raises.  Did you know they recently received one?  Did you?  Only one member, and he happened to be a Republican, refused a raise during a time when most Americans are struggling to get by day-to-day.  Now that’s what I call noble.  It’s time to do away with party lines and become ONE NATION, indivisible, under GOD with liberty and justice for all!

Here’s a list I got from the Internet that lists how long people have been in Office.  I got it from Wikipedia, so I can only assume it’s accurate although somewhat dated since I know some of the people listed have since died.  No doubt, had they not passed, they would still be serving.  I recall seeing Strom Thurmond carried in on a stretcher in order to cast a vote.  Yes, some are deceased, but I remainly firmly convinced they would still be in office if they weren’t.  We need forward thinking individuals who really want to make a mark in history for the good…but even if you elect one and set him up against a house divided, he or she is bound to fail.  Term limits…the only answer.

HOUSE AND SENATE TIME

Total tenure
rank
Uninterrupted
rank
Name Party affiliation Total tenure time Uninterrupted time
1 1 Robert Byrd(H,S) Democratic Party 57 years, 176 days 57 years, 176 days
2 2 John Dingell(H) Democratic Party 57 years, 22 days 57 years, 22 days
3 3 Carl Hayden(H,S) Democratic Party 56 years, 319 days 56 years, 319 days
4 4 Daniel Inouye(H,S) Democratic Party 53 years, 118 days 53 years, 118 days
5 5 Jamie L. Whitten (H) Democratic Party 53 years, 60 days 53 years, 60 days
6 6 Carl Vinson(H) Democratic Party 50 years, 61 days 50 years, 61 days
7 7 Emanuel Celler (H) Democratic Party 49 years, 305 days 49 years, 305 days
8 8 Sam Rayburn(H) Democratic Party 48 years, 257 days 48 years, 257 days
9 9 John Conyers(H) Democratic Party 48 years, 1 day 48 years, 1 day
10 Sidney R. Yates (H,I) Democratic Party 48 years, 0 days n/a
11 12 Strom Thurmond(S,I) Republican Party 47 years, 159 days 46 years, 57 days
12 10 Wright Patman(H) Democratic Party 47 years, 3 days 47 years, 3 days
13 11 Ted Kennedy(S) Democratic Party 46 years, 292 days 46 years, 292 days
14 Joseph Gurney Cannon (H,I) Republican Party 46 years, 0 days n/a
15 13 Adolph J. Sabath (H) Democratic Party 45 years, 247 days 45 years, 247 days
16 14 J. Lister Hill(H,S) Democratic Party 45 years, 142 days 45 years, 142 days
17 15 George H. Mahon (H) Democratic Party 44 years, 0 days 44 years, 0 days
18 16 Warren Magnuson(H,S) Democratic Party 44 years, 0 days 44 years, 0 days
19 17 Charles Edward Bennett (H) Democratic Party 44 years, 0 days 44 years, 0 days
20 18 Justin Smith Morrill (H,S) Republican Party 43 years, 299 days 43 years, 299 days
21 William B. Allison (H,S,I) Republican Party 43 years, 152 days n/a
22 19 Charles Melvin Price(H) Democratic Party 43 years, 110 days 43 years, 110 days
23 20 Henry M. Jackson (H,S) Democratic Party 42 years, 241 days 42 years, 241 days
24 Carter Glass(H,S,I) Democratic Party 42 years, 157 days n/a
25 21 John William McCormack(H) Democratic Party 42 years, 58 days 42 years, 58 days
26 22 Charles B. Rangel (H) Democratic Party 42 years, 1 day 42 years, 1 day
27 23 Bill Young (H) Republican Party 42 years, 1 day 42 years, 1 day
28 24 John Sparkman(H,S) Democratic Party 42 years, 0 days 42 years, 0 days
29 25 William R. Poage (H) Democratic Party 42 years, 0 days 42 years, 0 days
30 26 Jack Brooks(H) Democratic Party 42 years, 0 days 42 years, 0 days
31 27 Robert L. Doughton (H) Democratic Party 41 years, 305 days 41 years, 305 days
32 28 Joseph William Martin, Jr. (H) Republican Party 41 years, 305 days 41 years, 305 days
33 29 Dave Obey(H) Democratic Party 41 years, 276 days 41 years, 276 days
34 30 Clarence Cannon (H) Democratic Party 41 years, 69 days 41 years, 69 days
35 31 John C. Stennis (S) Democratic Party 41 years, 59 days 41 years, 59 days
36 32 Kenneth McKellar (H,S) Democratic Party 41 years, 30 days 41 years, 30 days
37 33 William Huston Natcher (H) Democratic Party 40 years, 240 days 40 years, 240 days
38 Claude Pepper (H,S,I) Democratic Party 40 years, 207 days n/a
39 34 William P. Frye (H,S) Republican Party 40 years, 157 days 40 years, 157 days
40 35 Ted Stevens(S) Republican Party 40 years, 10 days 40 years, 10 days
41 36 Thad Cochran(H,S) Republican Party 40 years, 1 day 40 years, 1 day
42 37 Carl Curtis(H,S) Republican Party 40 years, 0 days 40 years, 0 days
43 38 Peter W. Rodino (H) Democratic Party 40 years, 0 days 40 years, 0 days
44 39 Pete Stark (H) Democratic Party 40 years, 0 days 40 years, 0 days
45 Jennings Randolph(H,S,I) Democratic Party 39 years, 364 days n/a
46 Eugene Hale(H,S,I) Republican Party 39 years, 363 days n/a
47 40 Leslie C. Arends (H) Republican Party 39 years, 362 days 39 years, 362 days
48 41 Daniel A. Reed (H) Republican Party 39 years, 352 days 39 years, 352 days
49 42 George William Norris(H,S) Republican Party 39 years, 305 days 39 years, 305 days
50 43 John Taber(H) Republican Party 39 years, 305 days 39 years, 305 days
51 44 William M. Colmer (H) Democratic Party 39 years, 305 days 39 years, 305 days
52 45 Don Young(H) Republican Party 39 years, 304 days 39 years, 304 days
53 Samuel Smith(H,S,I) Democratic Party 39 years, 9 days n/a
54 John Little McClellan(H,S,I) Democratic Party 38 years, 329 days n/a
55 46 Morris Sheppard(H,S) Democratic Party 38 years, 145 days 38 years, 145 days
56 47 Ernest Hollings (S) Democratic Party 38 years, 55 days 38 years, 55 days
57 48 Richard Russell, Jr.(S) Democratic Party 38 years, 9 days 38 years, 9 days
58 John Sherman(H,S,I) Republican Party 38 years, 4 days n/a
59 49 Russell B. Long (S) Democratic Party 38 years, 3 days 38 years, 3 days
60 50 Patrick Leahy(S) Democratic Party 38 years, 1 day 38 years, 1 day
61 51 Max Baucus(H,S) Democratic Party 38 years, 1 day 38 years, 1 day
62 52 Chuck Grassley(H,S) Republican Party 38 years, 1 day 38 years, 1 day
63 53 Tom Harkin(H,S) Democratic Party 38 years, 1 day 38 years, 1 day
64 54 George Miller(H) Democratic Party 38 years, 1 day 38 years, 1 day
65 55 Henry Waxman (H) Democratic Party 38 years, 1 day 38 years, 1 day
66 56 Frederick H. Gillett (H,S) Republican Party 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
67 57 Wilbur Mills(H) Democratic Party 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
68 58 Dante Fascell(H) Democratic Party 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
69 59 Robert H. Michel (H) Republican Party 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
70 Robert Crosser (H,I) Democratic Party 37 years, 305 days n/a
71 Robert L. F. Sikes (H,I) Democratic Party 37 years, 290 days n/a
72 60 Nathaniel Macon (H,S) Democratic-Republican Party 37 years, 255 days 37 years, 255 days
73 61 Henry Cabot Lodge (H,S) Republican Party 37 years, 250 days 37 years, 250 days
74 Alben W. Barkley(H,S,I) Democratic Party 37 years, 74 days n/a
75 62 Henry B. Gonzalez (H) Democratic Party 37 years, 60 days 37 years, 60 days
76 Francis E. Warren (S,I) Republican Party 37 years, 6 days n/a
77 James Eastland (S,I) Democratic Party 36 years, 83 days n/a
78 63 Ed Markey (H) Democratic Party 36 years, 63 days 36 years, 63 days
79 64 Joe Biden (S) Democratic Party 36 years, 12 days 36 years, 12 days
80 65 John Murtha(H) Democratic Party 36 years, 3 days 36 years, 3 days
81 66 Orrin Hatch(S) Republican Party 36 years, 1 day 36 years, 1 day
82 67 Barbara Mikulski (H,S) Democratic Party 36 years, 1 day 36 years, 1 day
83 68 Nick Rahall(H) Democratic Party 36 years, 1 day 36 years, 1 day
84 69 Henry L. Dawes (H,S) Republican Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
85 70 Felix Edward Hébert (H) Democratic Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
86 71 Edward Boland (H) Democratic Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
87 72 William Broomfield (H) Republican Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
88 73 Dan Rostenkowski(H) Democratic Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
89 74 Neal Edward Smith (H) Democratic Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
90 75 Claiborne Pell(S) Democratic Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
91 76 Joseph McDade (H) Republican Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
92 77 Paul Sarbanes(H,S) Democratic Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
93 78 Pete Domenici(S) Republican Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
94 79 Ralph Regula(H) Republican Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
95 80 Christopher Dodd (H,S) Democratic Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
96 81 James Oberstar (H) Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
97 79 Richard Lugar(S) Republican Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
98 80 Daniel Akaka(H,S) Democratic Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
99 81 Norman D. Dicks (H) Democratic Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
100 82 Dale Kildee(H) Democratic Party 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
101 Shelby M. Cullom (H,S,I) Republican Party 36 years, 0 days n/a
102 Henry A. Cooper (H,I)

Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_living_United_States_Senator and note which are still serving.

Here’s proof that some people just never go away:

http://www.mynews3.com/content/news/local/story/Reids-tenure-in-Congress-now-states-longest/Ih-qKmcvWECLZ_mpsePcjA.cspx?rss=3269

California and Nevada are two of the most financially devastated states and when it came time to vote, they put the same politicians right back into office.  Does that make sense to anyone?  I am neither Democrat or Republican….I chose candidates personally, not by a party affiliation.  It’s time to speak out, and this is my opportunity to do so and I took it.

Remember, the content reflects my opinions, and according to the constitution, at least for now, I’m still entitled to have a few.  I’m putting away my soapbox and getting back to doing what I enjoy most…writing novels.  There I can forget reality.

About mizging

I'm a multi-published author, mother of two grown sons and companion and caretaker to a ten-year-old special needs grandson, Spencer. Besides him, writing is my passion and every release has been a special reason to celebrate, but first and foremost, I'm an American, concerned with the direction our country is taking. My opinions are my own and I'm not asking for agreement, simply that people consider the facts presented by me and my web mates.

One thought on “The Winds of Change They Are A Blowin’

  1. Love it and definitely agree — and it is great to be able to spend time in the fictional worlds we create where there is sanity in the government. Reminds me of a high school project years ago when I had to create my own government. It functioned very different from the one we have in the US currently. And – a very warm welcome to “Are they Kidding” 🙂

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