The Big Think

May 3, 2007

Because the History Books Aren’t Public Enough

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:15 am

Had this random thought while waking up this morning. Imagine a big marble monument by the side of the road. Something obvious and public and very, very visible. On this monument, every two years, you carve the names of the current president of the U.S., the current Speaker of the House, and the Pres. of the Senate. You also carve the names of the minority party leaders. Next to each you have a big empty space.

If, at the end of their terms, the individual leaders have not solved social security, you carve a big fat FAILED next to their names. This monument would stand for all time (well, the next 10,000 years). In 2065, the retirees born in 2000 would know that in the year 2007, the leaders George Bush, Nancy Pelosi, et. al., were more concerned about short term political gain for their party than they were about doing the people’s business. Their legacies would be a big fat FAILED literally carved in stone in the public square. Conversely, what better draw to the self-absorbed political mind, than the prospect of SUCCESS on display for all the world to see?

And the opposition party, who stands to “lose” if their political opponents get the credit, would be able to share the glory or ignominy. Big problems of the people like social security would once again become the focus.

So. Anybody have a big chunk of land inside the beltway they want to donate?

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