Test citizens to ensure they are prepared to vote
Nothing is more sacred in the American psyche than the belief that every individual is entitled to a vote. At the risk of arousing intense criticism, I'm going to offer a different view: that the immense responsibility attached to voting should be matched with a sincere effort to get informed.
For most of human history, the wisest minds have generally agreed that individuals can be afforded the greatest liberties under monarchical government. When the people are their own masters, considerable checks must be placed on liberty.
Competition for elected office, they thought, would decline into a mere popularity contest and virtue would disappear. Many of our founders shared these concerns.
The rising generation severely lacks knowledge of history, governing institutions and current events. There should be no tax or wealth-based tests; instead, citizens should be required to pass simple, non-partisan and fact-based tests about our country and its institutions, similar to the ones that immigrants must pass before obtaining citizenship.
It's imperative in a democracy that the populace be well educated and informed; there is no sovereign to correct the mistakes of the electorate.
Suffrage ought not to be a right, but a privilege. Let the man who desires to impact the nation's policies prove his worth. Poor drivers are denied licenses; lazy students are denied college admission; clueless, apathetic voters have no right to flaunt their ignorance.
Term limits for Congress
I saw Al Sharpton on MSNBC asking: "Are we going to let them get away with this, or are we going to work for all Americans?"
Now, from the liberal views of that network it sounds good, but it does nothing for those who have worked and are working, just for those who never worked, won't work and never intend to work.
Now, the first thing we've got to do is to make sure members of Congress have term limits, no retirements other than a 401(k) they contribute to, and we must make sure they pay into Social Security so it will be protected. That would make us equal. It is only fair.
Sharpton, like all liberals, loves to hear his voice; as though he really cares about anyone other than himself. There is not one on either side of the hall in Washington who would sacrifice anything for any of us. There is no honor and no sacrificing in Washington as long as they can keep getting reelected.
Unemployment remains at a staggering 8.3 percent. The debt has skyrocketed and deficits have exploded. Afghanistan remains a quagmire. Barack Obama's presidency has been exceptional only to the extent to which he has managed to inflict misery and decay upon our great nation.
Americans must face the obvious but uncomfortable truth: Obama was never qualified to become president. He's the first affirmative-action president; an untalented empty suit with limited private-sector employment.
Prior to being admitted to the Ivy League institution of Columbia University, Obama admittedly drank and used marijuana often, dabbled with cocaine and received mediocre grades.
And yet he was still granted admission to Columbia. How? The answer is affirmative action, an un-American policy which grants advantages to individuals solely based on race. This same policy allowed Obama to slip into Harvard Law School, despite not graduating with honors from Columbia.
The president conceded this in 1990, writing: "... as someone who has undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action programs during my academic career, and as someone who may have benefited from the Law Review's affirmative action policy ... I have not personally felt stigmatized."
White citizens should not be regarded as second-class; college and employment applicants ought to be judged on their character and merit, not skin color. Affirmative-action is unconstitutional and racially discriminatory.
And the result? President Barack Hussein Obama.
Flailing GOP contest
We voters have listened patiently to sloganeering about a "9-9-9" tax overhaul; Social Security being a Ponzi scheme; attacking Iran; walling off Mexico; deporting illegals; sending them to college and, by the way, where is Libya anyway?
Then former House Speaker Newt Gingrich emerged in full voice. He seems intent on being the last man standing by demolishing his opponents with a toxic mix of rage and rhetoric.
It even helps to intimidate the media, not an easy thing to do. But apart from destroying Romney as a candidate, what can he offer?
I've been voting since 1944, first time as a GI for Franklin D. Roosevelt over Thomas Dewey. A lot of history in those 68 years, but I simply can't recall a presidential primary as devoid of rational options as this one.
Instead of talk about dismantling the progressive social legislation of the past 75 years, doing away with the Federal Reserve and jailing the chairman and starting a trade war with China, we might have heard some serious discussions of our national debt crisis.
We might have heard about our own and Europe's recessions, nuclear proliferation, poverty and class warfare, the eternal Israeli-Palestinian standoff or global warming. Mostly it's been bickering, posturing, rage and negative rhetoric, fueled by too much money.
Before it's too late, let us reason together. I say this as a Democrat. At least offer President Barack Obama a real contest.
Phelps out of bounds
Tell sportscaster Digger Phelps, who lectured University of Kentucky fans about showing respect during the Vanderbilt University Game Day coverage, to mind his own business.
He is nothing but a hypocrite. He and other announcers should stop the blatant rooting against UK.
EPA has its benefits
Job creation is a hot topic in today's dilapidated economy. Employment rates are low and people are starting to become discouraged. However, according to the media, politicians may have in fact found a "job killing machine" and a major cause of our economic disparity.
A modern-day Terminator, the Environmental Protection Agency is supposedly causing factories and companies to pack up and head out with their stringent regulations. Much blame and finger pointing have been aimed at the EPA lately, but we should all step back and remember what all these regulations do for the people of Kentucky.
Coal plants are producing electricity for all of us, but in return they produce significant amounts of pollution. These regulations help save our air and drinking water from things like mercury which can severely alter brain and nervous system function, especially in children. Most plants can easily conform to the safe regulations; it just costs them for an upgrade to more efficient technology.
It's easy to forget that some of these harmful pollutants are extremely hard to remove from the water supply. Some communities may already be experiencing some of the toxic effects. The EPA makes sure we can at least have the idea of having clean water and air.