An unsettling discontent swells as I’m reminded of the closing words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, “a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”. His resolute celebration of liberty has come to symbolize the very definition of democracy itself. Yet, who among us today could muster the fatuous optimism to rally truthfully that this founding creed is practiced by our designated representatives in DC?
Shouldn’t government authority be derived from the consent of the governed? Shouldn’t our elected representatives … represent us?
Some issues that confront us as a nation transcend political parties. The ongoing fervor for bailouts is one such example. Just two months ago democrats and republicans, ordinary citizens, of sundry leanings deluged Congress with demands to vote against the $700 billion bailout plan. (read this entire post…)