Quid pro quo good; time change evil

Note: The following article was first published in the Harvey County Independent on March 12, 2020.

This is the fifth article in the series. If you haven’t read the previous articles and want to start with the first, click here.

The good news is that by the time most of you read this, I’ll be mostly adjusted to the time change.

For those who have had to deal with me, I apologize. I don’t handle the time change adjustment well.

I hate the time change. I hate it in the fall because suddenly is gets darker so much earlier and that messes with my evening routines. I hate the time change in the spring because I lose an hour of sleep and it takes me most of a week to adjust.

I don’t throw the word hate around lightly. I use it only for the worst of parts of life like peas and cold weather and snakes and fingernail files and the time change and cancer.

Someone said to me this weekend that the time change didn’t bother her and she didn’t understand why it bothered others. “You stay up late sometimes, right? It’s the same thing.”

It sounded like a reasonable argument. Sure, sometimes I’m awake later than I’m used to. I’m also tired and relatively grumpy the next day. But there is a difference; a significant one.

If I stay up late I can usually go to bed a little early and get right back on the same schedule the next day. Sometimes it may take me an extra day to catch up on missed sleep, but it does happen quickly.

With the spring forward time change I can’t slip back into the same sleep routine the next day because the lost hour of sleep is fixed. If I return to the pattern my body is used to I’ll be an hour late to everything going forward. I have to adjust to the change, and like I said, I don’t adjust quickly.

If you are like me and you don’t like the time change, you need to consider me for the U.S. Senate. I’ve written about it in the past, and I’ve done a little research. But before I tell you what it’s going to take to get my name on the ballot, I want to remind you of my very succinct, and bi-partisan, platform.

My pledge is to introduce four bills as a Senator. That’s all I’m going to Washington D.C. to do.

The four planks in my platform are Daylight Savings Time year round, winter and cold weather banned after Jan. 1 each winter, term limits for all politicians, and a mandatory federally balanced budget.

My pledge is that I will not vote for any bills unless another senator has agreed, in writing, to support one of my four planks. I also pledge to only serve one term.

The timing of my candidacy is a bit ironic, since it’s literally a quid pro quo strategy to promoting my agenda. I originally laid out my strategy in January, 2019.

I’ve done some research and it will take 5,000 signatures to get my name on the ballot, and the signatures must be done within a 180 day time span.

Obviously it’s going to take some work to get that many signatures and I can’t do it on my own. In order to start the campaign, I need ten people who will commit to securing at least 100 signatures. I’ll provide the forms and instructions, but I need manpower.

So, if you are willing to gather at least 100 signatures, contact me and I will put you on my list. Once I reach ten people, or 1,000 pledged signatures, then I will pour every free moment I have into the campaign.

Remember, I’m running as an Independent and I won’t caucus with either party. I have some very strong political opinions, but they won’t factor into my term as a Senator. I have laid out exactly how/why I will vote. And that goes for all of my votes—bills, confirmations, etc. If no one trades their vote for mine, then I will abstain. Simple.

You can read more detail about my plan in the Harvey County Independent issues: January 17, 2019, February 21, 2019, and August 8, 2019.

Help me bring common sense back to America by outlawing the ridiculous practice of changing our clocks twice a year.

Then, and only then, will America truly be great.

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