hundred forty years ago Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison,
Monroe and others, built a magnificent house - a solid foundation,
three master suits, laundry room in the bedroom wing, family room
on other side of house, island in the kitchen, patio facing south,
etc. But, time has taken its toll on the roof and the vent roof jacks
have cracks, the sheets metal in the valleys has lifted with the wind,
moss has grown under the shakes, and the shingles have lost their
granules and are torn. In short, the roof leaks in several places
- gun violence, health care, wage/wealth disparity, mental health,
immigration, elderly care, homelessness, poverty, and more.
wet patch, and caulking are all temporary solutions, as are raising
the gun buying age, modifying the appearance of semi-automatic long
guns, banning bump stocks, modestly expanding the data base, reducing
magazine size to fifteen or even ten. All are half-of-loaf solutions.
(Migratory bird hunters must have a plug in their shotguns that will
allow only three shells. We think more of our migratory fowl than
we do of our first graders, our teenagers, our college students, our
night clubbers, our country music lovers, and our church goers.)
roof needs to be replaced, hence the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.
It will allow and encourage our elected representatives to make decisions
that put our country first, their constituents second, and never their
trib above either.
and your classmates throughout the country have more political power
than any group in the nation. Your generation could set a pattern
for fifty or sixty years of honest, conscientious, and responsive
governing. Don't listen to those who say that the energy and determination