A Silent Partner of the Republic

September 12, 2009

I have been a silent partner in our Republic straying from the ideals of our founding fathers all of my adult life.  NO MORE! By my silence I have allowed Congress to strip away more and more of our rights through legislative shenanigans.  Let me rephrase; by OUR silence, WE have allowed Congress to strip away more and more of our rights.

WE have allowed lobbyists, special interest groups, and a host of others to manipulate congress to make “exceptions” to the rule of law.  Now we have a super majority of representatives in both houses who believe they know better than the people who put them there.  (Yes, both parties are guilty of this.)  These politicians “know” they are smarter than the citizens they “represent”; therefore, it is their duty to tell us what are to do.  It is their duty to tell us how to live our lives.  It is their duty to tell us how they will spend our money.  Do you get the picture yet?  They believe it is their duty – no, better yet, their right to tell us how to live our lives – and you know what?  WE deserve it!  Why?  Because, WE, by our silence, have allowed them to raise themselves up as our secular saviors – our parental figures.  They consider us but children who are just a bit “slow” in being able to “get it”.

My response has been to just mouth the words “well, let’s just throw all the bums out and start over”.  Whoa, strong words…  NOT! Sure, we can vote some of them out, but the majority is so strongly supported by PACs and special interest groups that the chance of starting anew is remote, at best.  Our founders never envisioned legislative posts as full-time jobs.  Our founders meant it when they said “Of the people” and “By the people”!

WE can have all the tea parties we want, but I don’t believe they will hear us much less act.  After all, when the press covered these parties they were derided by both politicians and that same press as “right-wing extremists”; “Astroturf”; “Brown shirts”, et al.  Our elected officials are deriding us?  Our elected officials are smearing us and insinuating we are “un-American” for exercising our First Amendment Rights?

WHO THE HELL DO THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE? They supposedly work for us.  Instead, they pass legislation giving themselves privileges.  They pass legislation that is unnecessary and unpopular.  After all, they do know what is best…  And as such, they feel entitled, at our expense, to grant themselves largesse.  Does this sound familiar?  It should – monarchs and dictators have been ruling this way for centuries, including King George and the Soviet Central Committee.  King George and Parliament are why we revolted and fought for our Republic in the first place.

What can we do?  We can call and write our elected officials and remind them they are employed by us.  We can remind them they are there to do the work of ALL the people and not of unions, special interest groups, and their bank accounts.  We can remind them they WILL be held accountable for their action or inaction as our representative(s).  As the President said he would do, “WE will call you out!”  Please be civil but firm in your interactions with your Representatives and Senators.

The argument that a majority of Americans elected this Administration and Congress and they are just doing what they were elected to do.  True, to a point.  The majority of Americans are not in favor of all the legislation currently being debated in committee and on the floors of Congress.  The “We won” comment used to justify the current state of affairs is nothing short of insulting and is incredibly arrogant!  The majority of Americans are not in favor of recently passed legislation, particularly TARP and stimulus – including the refunds of 2008.  “Gosh Mommy; Gosh Daddy, you going to give me back some of the money I earned?  Wow, Thank you Mommy and Daddy.  I really appreciate it”.  Give us a break!  WE are not stupid.  WE are not your children.  WE are Americans.  WE expect you to do our bidding.  WE expect you to earn your keep as OUR voice and in doing so call out those that embrace corruption and power to advance themselves.

God bless America!

Bruce

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