I haven’t written much in a couple of days. I’ve been tired and fighting the aches and pains of a weather change, and just didn’t feel well. Too, I’m not sure what to write about. I have some ideas, but they all seem to take research I haven’t had time for.
I was thinking that this upcoming election for US Congress people isn’t really going to change things as much as a lot of people are hyping about, no matter who actually “wins.” There is talk that if the Republicans win control of the Senate, they will enact sweeping legislation. But that ignores some harsh realities. As the Republicans have filibustered almost everything that the Senate has actually tried to get accomplished the last few years, despite the Democrats having the majority, they haven’t managed to get much done. And the Republicans seem to think that if they win a bare majority such as the Democrats have had, that things will be different Do they honestly believe the Democrats won’t turn about and stop them the same way? Never mind that anything they pass will have to be signed by the President. And I don’t believe President Obama is going to sign any sweeping tax cuts, changes to Medicare or Social Security, or any of a host of other pet Republican/Teabagger wet dreams. And they certainly still won’t have the votes to pass anything over a presidential veto. So, despite the dire claims that the country will be subject to sweeping changes foisted on the 99% by the Republicans indebted to the Koch Bros and other special interests, I just don’t see it happening. A lot of sturm und drang for nothing. A tempest in a teapot.
I have also been thinking about the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment. There is so much tension around the issues of weapons and whose hands can hold weapons in this country, that I wonder if it isn’t time to clarify things, perhaps by repealing or amending the 2nd amendment. A lot of people seem to think the Constitution is inviolate and unchanging, but that’s simply not true. Since the original Constitution and the first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, were adopted, there have been 16 other amendments to the Constitution passed and ratified. Several other amendments have been proposed, some even passed, but so far have not been adopted, usually because of failure to gain ratification by 37 states, the last hurdle for an amendment to clear before being added to the Constitution. The Constitution is not a religious text handed down by the anointed. It is not sacrosanct or sacred. It can be changed if needed. And it may be time to change the 2nd amendment. Maybe it’s time to say not every nut case in the country has the right to own a weapon.
Have been contacted by two ladies on an internet dating site. One is about 10 years older than I am, and frankly extremely heavy. (The medical term is morbidly obese.) Frankly, I don’t want to date someone who is 70 and overweight. But how do I turn her down politely? Do I just not respond to her message? I’m not sure the other lady is really what I’m looking for either. I may go ahead and meet her for coffee. We’ll see.
It’s early, early Monday morning. My “Sunday night” off. I slept very little earlier, and I think that I’m going to go ahead and see about getting some sleep now.