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On the Ocean and the Dreams of Better Governing

Jeff Campbell

Posted on August 12, 2018 08:28

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A week on the coast always soothes the soul, resets what’s important, recharges the mind’s creative batteries and sometimes leads to a crazy idea or two.

Getting away to the coast, (in my case, the Outer Banks of North Carolina), is something I look forward to as often as possible. There’s something soothing and cleansing about walking the beach, listening to the waves and the all-around coastal vibes. Out on the water, the fishing boats and their crews are not fighting each other. They are going about their business fighting only the elements and the sea, landing their catch. It is no wonder why so many writers have found a spiritual connection to fishing and the sea.

On family vacations here, watching the kids play and excited about seeing a dolphin brings on an invigorating feeling of renewal. They are building sand castles, not walls. They are not trying to make America great again, they are not yet suffering from Trump derangement syndrome, they don’t care what you look like, where you’re from or what you believe. They only care if you want to kick the ball around or play in the pool. This of course assumes that they are not already at the age to mimic their parent’s beliefs or behaviors, and thank God, for this week they were not.

Nights are spent playing games, watching the stars or sitting around a bonfire. They are seldom, if ever, spent watching the news (fake or non-fake) of the day. The time at, or on the water always serves as a reminder that what binds us together is greater than what we stupidly let tear us apart.

Sitting on the beach one day, just watching the waves come and go between dozing, I did start to formulate an idea for a better way for Congress to operate. We unfortunately have two inept political parties that live in a perpetual state of gridlock. Both sides talk about compromise, neither are ever sincere. The details are far from worked out but here it is as simply as I can explain it.

An agenda of issues is formulated from what the Federal Government spends money on. Congress works to pass legislation for each in a bi-partisan way of compromise. I know, so what’s different? In the new system all sides must agree to the legislation. No more “elections have consequences.” That just leads to continuous inaction or undoing of what the other side has done. What if, as you would predict, they won’t compromise on anything? They MUST pass legislation on some percentage of the items on the list, (percentage TBD), or we hold new elections, and everyone is out. So, their political futures always depend on compromise and action, not games and obstruction. Demonizing the other side becomes pointless, because they all need to agree on everything. Everyone will get some, but not all, of what they may want done in each piece of legislation.

Anyway, I think it may be the beginning of a beautiful idea and all on the beach that day, agreed, but then again maybe we just had a little too much sun.

Jeff Campbell

Posted on August 12, 2018 08:28

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Source: Toledo Blade

Toledo politics, city government, and county government need a dose of compromise right now.

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