Our hostess this week is the fabulous mommywizdom. She has put us in charge with this assignment:
If you were ruler for a day/week/month/year (your choice on the time) you would...ex...make coffee free to all citizens. Or you'd abolish the penny. You may also specify if you're ruler of the world or just your country.
Hmm. This is a tough one. First of all, I don't want to rule the world. I don't think any one person should rule the world. Heck, I don't think one person should rule a country. I like the checks and balances of the United States government. It has its flaws, but overall, I think it's a pretty good system. I just wish we could quit being so partisan and get some crap done, like working on the cost of healthcare and the economy...yadda, yadda, yadda. Before I drift into politics, let's get to the task at hand.
IF I didn't have a choice, and IF I had to accept the enormous job of running the world, I would want to hold that job for only a month. I've seen Bruce Almighty. I know how quickly that kind of job can wear on you. I'm sure I'd have my fill in just a few days. What to do with those powers? Having that kind of power is an awesome responsibility, and I could sit here and wax and wane about waving my magic wand and creating world peace, abolishing world hunger and giving everybody six weeks of vacation each year, but the reality is that stuff wouldn't last for long. People are people. Some are good, some are bad. Cease fires would last only so long, because we would soon find something new to fight about and probably claim it was in the name of religion. The dishonest would eventually go back to stealing, maiming and murdering. The strong would reign, and the weak would soon be at the bottom of the heap again. You see, you can't change people's hearts overnight. To me, the best I could hope for would be to give everyone a taste of how the other half lives and hope that it began to nudge their hearts in the right direction...so they could change on their own...maybe for good.
I would mandate that everyone swap places with someone else for a month. The rich would have to live in the shoes of the poor, preferrably in a public housing complex riddled with crime. The poor would live like the rich CEO who makes high pressured decisions each day. Those who waste food would have to live under the boiling sun of a third world country and beg for rice. The gang bangers in LA would have to live like midwestern school children who have been largely untouched by violence. The Paris Hilton's and Nicole Ritchie's would have to attend public schools in the hood....and I'd make them wear a uniform while I'm at it, just for grins. Isrealis would live as Palestinians and vice versa. Racists would have to live as minorities. Everyone would have to live as a different race, and ALL Americans would have to travel outside their country so they could understand how they are perceived around the world.
I WOULD change a few laws. Like, a governing body could vote on going to war only with the stipulation that their sons and daughters, husbands and wives would be the first on the frontlines. Senators and congressmen would have to live on the same income as an elderly person subsiding on social security for a month before voting on issues that affect the elderly. The salary of government leaders would start out at the same amount as other state and federal employees, their benefits would not be fully funded, and they would earn a full retirement only when their age and length of service added up to 65.
We might have chaos for a month, but maybe, just maybe, a few folks would see the light and start to live with more love in their hearts. I would gladly give up my reign at the end of the month, but not before declaring July 18th (my birthday) a world holiday during which the schools and businesses would be closed, margaritas would be on the house and everyone would have to hula. What can I say? A girl's gotta get at least one perk if she's gonna rule the world.