We, The People, Take Our Nation Back

by LukeAmerica2020

As an unsettling discontent is swelling across our great nation, 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 elected 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.

During a Senate vote on October 1, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) took the podium to explain her position on the proposed bailout package. In her statement, she explained that she received 91,000 calls and emails, with 85,000 of them opposed to the measure. Even armed with the knowledge that 93% of her constituents were passionate enough to contact her office pleading for her to vote “nay”, she voted in favor of the bill, claiming that “there is a great deal of confusion out there” and these people “don’t understand” the situation.

Our representatives ignored our demands claiming that we ordinary folks just didn’t grasp the complexity of the economics involved. And yet, in five months of ongoing bailouts, this socialistic nationalization of banks, brokers, and money funds seems to have done little more than to fuel a frenzied demand for wanton bailouts and enormous loans by an ever-expanding queue of businesses that believe they are entitled to similar handouts from OUR taxpayer funds.

Today, a revolution is brewing as tens of thousands of American patriots across our great nation are uniting in protest against out-of-control government spending. Inspired by the Revolutionary War era Boston Tea Party protesting British taxation, in cities large and small, coast to coast, more than 150 tea parties are scheduled for tax day, April 15.

This will be the second major wave of such grassroots tea parties. The first, in March, were not covered by the mainstream media. For example, the tea parties in Cincinnati and Orlando were each joined by more than 4,000 protesters carrying signs reading “Give us liberty, not debt” and “Where’s my bailout?”

On a parallel track, Glenn Beck’s “We Surround Them” gatherings on March 13 united thousands in small groups around the nation. The Fox News and 912 Project servers went down several times as many thousands more logged on to join the event. In the first week, over 170,000 joined his online grassroots movement.

We demand representation. Washington, are you listening?

Two centuries, one score, and a dozen years ago our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. They built this nation with their own sweat and they defended it with their own blood.

Many thousands of these brave men and women sacrificed their lives for their steadfast belief that state authority must be derived from the consent of the governed.

We, The People, of this great land SHALL take our nation back. Each election, WE will vote you out of office until we are represented by democrats, republicans, and libertarians whose character, principals, and values can NOT be purchased by the highest bidder.

The revolution is brewing !!!

 

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One Response to We, The People, Take Our Nation Back

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    In her statement, she explained that she received 91,000 calls and emails, with 85,000 of them opposed to the measure. Even armed with the knowledge that 93% of her constituents were passionate enough to contact her office pleading for her to vote “nay”, she voted in favor of the bill, claiming that “there is a great deal of confusion out there” and these people “don’t understand” the situation.

    You mean “93% of those who contacted her office.”

    At present most Members of Congress represent about 660,000 people per district. 85,000 would be almost 13%. But of course, Feinstein is a senator, who represents the entire state. The Census Bureau estimated California’s population at 36,553,215 in 2007. 85,000 would be less than a quarter of one percent: 0.23%.

    One might argue that she had a representative sample of her constituents, but of course, that would require that they all be California voters. Having worked years in the vinyards of the Senate with the systems used to take constituent opinion, I’m certain that is not the case. Here in Texas I got three invitations to let Sen. Feinstein know to vote against the bill. Two of the invitations were quite confusing, and it was unclear from the material whether the lobby groups calling for action understood what they were calling for, which I interpreted not as their incompetence, but as their desire to get people confused and to stampede them to opposing the bailout regardless their actual views.

    In the end, and though his own constituents rejected him in that election, Burke’s claim that he was elected to vote the right way regardless the views of his constituents is a good one. Your physician is paid to do what you want a doctor to do; the law assumes, however, that you do not want your physician to cut you with a knife. Sometimes that is necessary.

    Looking back now with the advantage of hindsight, we can see that the bailout was too small, not too large, and too late, not too early. There were other problems, too, but on the whole, Feinstein was right.

    Plus, there is the problem that the opposition to Feinstein is Glenn Back. Balaam’s ass was right once, but that was thousands of years ago, and it doesn’t mean every ass it right on everything it brays today.

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