HEADS I WIN, TAILS YOU LOSE

 

Playing cards

So everyone is angry that  legislators aren’t legislating; they’re giving us a bunch of stuff we don’t want and won’t give us what we want.  Nicholas Kristof has detailed this state of affairs which applies to every party, every voter, including the lack of a popular voice in his recent piece.

I won’t pretend to know how to gain a popular voice, but I do think some practical inroads could be made in legislators’ forcing their moral stance on an unsuspecting  populace. Take gambling in Texas for instance.

How many Westerns have you seen where the  Cowboys are playing poker? Texas  is a natural for legalized  gambling.  But the Texas Legislature has unilaterally decided this would be immoral.   A large Baptist/evangelical bloc has made this happen every  two years. The vast majority of Texans disagree.

 

U.S. Capitol Building

This repeats at the federal level.

What if we were to be stronger morally (or immorally—depending on who you are talking to)? What if we were as serious about the people who represent us as we are as 1) who says prayers over us or 2) who we take serious personal advice from?  What if we required our political representation to mirror our best hopes and fondest dreams for those we love? Those that don’t or won’t would be rejected.  Our fellow man would benefit.

Elitist? You bet.  I don’t let my kids play with delinquents.