Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
If you voted in Tuesday's primary election, your ballot directed you to select a political party and vote only for candidates from that party. There were three parties to choose from- Democrats, Republicans, and the Constitution Party. Many people (including me) wondered, "What the heck is the Constitution Party?". Upon examination, I found them to be a group of religious zealots that resembles an American Christian Taliban.
I recently returned from a week-long vacation to London. I never fail to be impressed by the efficiency and convenience of that city's rail transit system. On the way home, our connecting flight was canceled due to storms and we had to spend a day in Philadelphia. Once again, we found ourselves in a city with a great rail transit system. Then we returned to Milwaukee.
Our state government should operate in a fully transparent way. We need to know what our elected officials are doing, how their decisions are being made, and how they are spending our money. On the other hand, private citizens should be granted a good deal of anonymity. We should be able to vote, express our opinions, and communicate with our representatives without our actions being widely publicized.
Several weeks ago, Just Sayin' examined the thirty-six year Congressional record of Jim Sensenbrenner. We concluded that the Congressman has not justified being re-elected to yet another two-year term. He is a senior member in the most do-nothing Congress in history. He played a major role in last year's pointless and shameful government shutdown. He has repeatedly voted to privatize Social Security and voucherize Medicare. Sensenbrenner has simply not represented us in Washington.
I often get into frank political discussions with people whose views are to the right of my own. If the conversation lasts long enough, they invariably tell me: "You libruls think that...." followed by some gross exaggeration such as "...you are entitled to all of my money !" or "...capitalism is bad !" or "...the gu'ment should run everything !"