Instead of politics as usual, do these things

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People all over this great nation are fed up with politics as usual. The status quo is not working.

Washington and Congress continue to kick the can down the road. They are unwilling to put the welfare of our country above their Washington beltway mentality and their manipulation of power. Washington is filled with career politicians and full-time lobbyists whose only concern is to look after their own welfare. The politicians make laws that take away our liberties and govern our choices, and then they have the audacity to make themselves exempt from those very laws.

Can we, the people, change “Politics as usual”? I believe we must, and I believe that we can, with the following implementations.

First, we must have a Balanced Budget Amendment. I believe this is the single most important act Congress must implement. Our current Congress has been a miserable failure by grossly spending too much. Running a $15.7 trillion debt and operating with an annual $1.3 trillion deficit is absurd. Congress must have their hands tied and forced to act responsibly.

We have precious few tomorrows to restore fiscal sanity if we don’t act now. It is imperative that we reduce our national debt. Our nation must balance the annual budget and pay off the existing national debt.

We must have legislation included in our congressional annual budget forming a line item to pay 1/25 of our national debt per year for 25 years.

It will not be easy. There will be much “gnashing of teeth” but this is absolutely necessary to free ourselves from huge interest payments, and to free future generations from our past mistakes.

Second, we must enact the Fair Tax. The Fair Tax is the only way to correct our federal tax system. It has been thoroughly researched and examined, but it will only be implemented when citizens rise up and demand that Congress enact it. When we adopt the Fair Tax it will drive the majority of lobbyists out of Washington, end Congress’ ability to pick winners and losers, and put the IRS out of business.

Third, Federal Term Limits must be put in place. Career politicians are a major factor in what is wrong in Washington, and in Congress. They are more concerned with re-election than problem solving.

incumbents enjoy so many advantages of power, prestige and support from moneyed groups that anyone attempting to challenge the status quo, is at a huge disadvantage. Our founding fathers would be outraged at this type of politician.

We should have citizen politicians, representatives and senators who serve no more than 12 years, and then go home. This requires a constitutional amendment, but term limits are worth the fight.

Fourth, we must have a military second to none. The federal government’s responsibilities are spelled out in the Constitution; the protection of our nation by our military is at the top of the list.

Our forefathers well knew that the strength of our military would determine the fate of our nation and the freedoms that they fought for. Only when we command respect through strength do we have a chance to deter the very real forces of evil in this world.

“Nation building” is not a part of our Constitution, and our brave men and women should never be put in harm’s way to do so. Our service men and women, our veterans, and our country deserve nothing less than a government that commits our military only if and when it is in the vital national interest. And only then, when our government and nation are fully committed to win and come home.

Fifth, we must obtain energy independence. America must utilize every type of energy it has at its disposal. Drilling in ANWAR and extending offshore drilling will help America achieve energy independence, as well keep our money in our own pockets and out of the overseas hands of those who wish to enslave and manipulate us.

We must “drill, baby, drill,” encourage more nuclear power plants, and encourage private industry to develop newer, cleaner, and cheaper types of energies. Government should never invest in private industries with our taxpayer dollars. For too long government has tried to pick winners and losers. There should be no more “Solyndras.”

Finally, citizens must be able to question, comment, and hold responsible our congressmen and women. Our voice in Washington, and government, is heard through our congressmen and women. Scheduled and frequent town hall meetings should be the priority of any effective representative.

Your congressman or woman should face the voters, listen, and answer the tough questions in a round-table-style environment. If a congress person is not representing their constituency, they must be voted out of office.

We must change “Politics as Usual” by supporting and voting for responsible patriots who will represent us, and who are committed constitutionalists. Then, we must hold them accountable and demand that Congress work together, as our forefathers demonstrated and envisioned, for the good of our nation, our freedoms, and our God-given liberties.

Only when “politicians” become true representatives of the citizens will “Politics as usual” become politics as they should always be.

[Kent Kingsley is a Republican candidate for Congress in the Third Congressional District which includes Fayette and Coweta counties. He is a retired U.S. Army Infantry lieutenant colonel, owns a small real estate company in Lamar County and lives in Milner, between Griffin and Barnesville. He is an advocate for the Fair Tax, balanced budgets and federal term limits. His website is]

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