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Not seeing any transparency yet

Out on a Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I rather assumed that after elections the smoke would dissipate and maybe some transparency would actually happen. Unfortunately, the news on all the channels is totally preoccupied with Washington Politics.

If congress has to pass a law so that they can figure out what’s in it, something is drastically wrong. Who is lurking in the dark and writing new proposed legislation that the so-called lawmakers are pressured to pass without even reading it?

The laws are written by these phantom politicians and then loaded with pork and earmarks. A bill that takes 2,000 pages to print is rather like water boarding our elected officials. In Jesus’ day the Pharisees were criticized for creating so many rules. They don’t hold a candle to our elected Pharisees.



In the interest of working toward clarity in communication, I’m starting a new organization that I’m calling S.O.S. That stands for Stamp Out Sesquipedalianism. I consider this a serious threat to the well-being of our whole culture. Not only is the problem that the pretentious, specious, unctuous and sanctimonious use of language is confusing, but it hides the real foundational issues. Even clear and simple statements have meanings read into them by these precocious writers. Consider the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

How did we turn this simple statement into the so-called “wall of separation between church and state”? How many rules and laws have we had imposed upon us barring Christianity from schools and/or any public buildings? What does “prohibiting the free exercise thereof” mean? Why does the only target seem to be Christianity?



Let’s look at the Article II of The Bill of Rights. What does “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” mean? What does “infringed” mean? What the heck, let’s just make ammunition unaffordable. How about calling some kinds of firearms illegal and others OK? Maybe we could say it’s all right to keep and bear arms but illegal to pull the trigger.

I really like the KISS principle, which is Keep It Simple, Stupid. The liberals think that means Keep It Sesquipedalianized, Stupid. While we are kicking around the Constitution, let’s look at Article VI, “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy public trial.”

What is your definition of “enjoy”? What does “speedy” mean? My observation is the existing legal system thinks speedy means from one to five years. We must have this door of opportunity to allow lawyers to maximize revenue. I personally have attended court hearings to set court hearing dates. Our politicians and lawyers have used our language to create a pall of separation between themselves and what they call the “common folk” or “little people.”

Everyone should read the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is concise and to the point. Don’t worry, it is not 2,000 pages. There are some fascinating statements such as Congress shall have the power to “raise support armies, but no appropriations of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years.” Or how about “make anything but gold or silver coin a tender in payment of debts.” The Constitution is rapidly becoming irrelevant. We should require a class in our government schools on the Constitution and not allow anyone to hold public office who has not taken it.

Politicians talk about transparency but must have a different definition than Webster. How about giving us a palpable political position instead of pedantic, pernicious and ponderous prattle.

Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle.


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