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Published on January 18th, 2011 | by Leonard Jackson


Term Limits

(We have to have them)

It has been over a week since the tragic murder of six people in Tucson, AZ and we are still obsessed with the political ramifications, the investigations and the jockeying for proper positions by the customary political pundits, politicians, talk show hosts and what was once considered the main stream media, but now only contributes to the partisan rhetoric like all other special interest groups. If it were not so deplorable it would almost be laughable. We’ve finally admitted after scrupulous examination that the tea party and right wing extremists and the NRA and Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck had absolutely nothing to do with this irrational action. It has now been proven that this was the depraved doings of a mentally ill person who had avoided several incidents in the past twenty-four hours for which he should have been examined and incarcerated. But the damage has been done. We are now enduring the predictable calls for more gun control, more regulations on speech or anything else that would allow the usual rhetoricians to jump in front of the microphones in both chambers of Congress. Our President asks for more civility and cooperation between parties (most laudable for which he was lauded). But if we now know that this was in fact the single works of a mad man acting alone why do we need to discuss more cooperation and civility? What does that have to do with this incident? Could it be a subtle reminder that maybe they weren’t guilty this time, but we all know that this is what could happen if we don’t contain this right wing rhetoric? ENOUGH!!! Why can’t we simply thank God for the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who continues to improve in what can only be described as truly a miracle? When one’s only aim is strengthening his/her respective power and job security any crisis cannot be overlooked or ignored but must be used to their greatest benefit. That’s why we need to look at whom we send to do our work and continue to give an opportunity to new people with new ideas. That sounds like a call for term limits doesn’t it? But then you knew that’s where I was headed didn’t you?

About the Author

Leonard Jackson

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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