Presented by Bob Murphy at “Economics in One Lesson: A Seminar for High School Students,” 19 November 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. Sponsored by Anastasia Thiele.
Nick Popaditch running for Representative for CA51 opens his debate with the incumbent Pelosi-bot Bob Filner by expressing his four qualifications for legislation.
1.What does his constituancy want?
2. Is it Constitutional?
3. Is it moral?
4. Is it ethical?
Now normally when a politician says anything remotely resembling this, I feel it is time to grab your wallet and jump into a bomb shelter. However Gunny Pop is a retired (not ex) Marine Gunnery Sergeant with a Silver Star, so I’m prepared to take him at his word (officers are occasionally political weasels but senior non-coms usually say exactly what they mean). And it is possibly the best concise statement of what a Representative should be doing that I’ve ever heard actually proposed.