Nope, I don’t mean March 28th. I’m referring to one of those annoying spam messages that are making the rounds and may have already hit your email.
And with President Obama’s signing of the health care reform bill today, it’s almost a certainty that the message’s circulation will shoot up like high blood pressure.
The 28th refers to the 28th amendment, which some forms of the email suggest Congress is ignoring. For those who don’t have a copy of the Constitution in front of you, here’s the 28th amendment:
“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”
For those of you who do have a copy of the Constitution handy, you’re probably already scratching your head. Let me reassure you: there is no 28th Amendment to the Constitution.
On the surface, this idea of them not sticking us with anything they aren’t willing to live with first seems like a great idea.
On the surface.
People seem much more willing to accept additional benefits for our men and women in the military. But if we are willing to take away government benefits from everyone else, that would include a lot of government employees who aren’t elected. And I doubt many people who fit into that category would be willing to accept such a plan.
Our elected officials have a lot to put up with. A good deal of it, unfortunately, is unnecessary, caused by previous and current elected officials who seem to delight in bogging down as much as they can. But aside from the things they shouldn’t have to deal with, they’re expected to be our representative, to be on call for us when we need something, to be objective toward everyone else but treat us individually as if we’re better than everyone else and deserving of some special consideration.
And when they act in a manner that we don’t like, as demonstrated over the weekend, not only are they met with scorn, but also racial and homophobic epithets, and even being spit on.
Seriously…who in the 21st century spits on someone?
And, on the merely annoying side, they, along with the rest of us, have to deal with the endless line of people who pass along lies via email that are easily refuted, but usually aren’t because the sender is just too lazy to take the time to make sure their facts are straight first.
(Some versions of the email describe this 28th as a “proposed” amendment, but it’s not clear who proposed it, or if it is “officially” in the channel to be considered, or just proposed in the sense that a few angry people sitting around a table came up with the idea and decided it would make a good amendment.)
It sounds to me like they deserve a little “combat pay” from those of us who can’t resist acting like spoiled brats because we didn’t get our way, even though the man who actually got elected is keeping his promise to the people who voted for him, an act we generally believe most politicians to be incapable of.