Taking Back Government, One
Politician at a Time!
We-the-People, tired of waking up to more losses of
liberty, never wanted this kind of “change”
and are sending a very loud message to the buddy network at the federal
level…Protect our rights or get out of our House! In a recent Washington Post/ABC Poll, only twenty-nine
percent of Americans continue to support their present Congressional
representatives. That says a
lot about how Americans feel they are being represented (or
misrepresented!), as it is an all time low for incumbent support.
Bloomberg is reporting that a late-May Gallup poll shows that sixty
percent of those polled would prefer a candidate that has never run before
as opposed to the thirty-two percent of people who would like to see
someone with at least some legislative experience.
A Washington Post article states, “This sour mood
has made for nervous politicians, as candidates from both parties have
tried to figure out what voters want -- and don't want.”
Really? That means
that our REPRESENTATIVES are still not listening!
In an effort to enlighten them, let us take a look at a few key
First, what does representative mean?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as standing or acting for
another especially through delegated authority, constituting a government
in which the many are represented by persons chosen from among them
usually by election. And to
represent means to act in the place of or for usually by legal right, to
serve especially in a legislative body by delegated authority usually
resulting from election. The
first line of the United States Constitution tells representatives whom
they will be representing: We-The-People.
What incumbents need to know is that the people are
fed up with their utter lack of representation.
These politicians do not get elected to go to Washington DC so THEY
can decide what is best for us and then cram it down our throats.
Let me put it in plain English…Stop deciding for us and just go
to DC and protect our rights! THAT is what we elect and pay you to do!
Is that so hard to understand?
We know our representatives actually do understand
us. The New York Times
reported that Democrats are skipping Town Hall meetings this summer
because their constituents are still fuming and they don’t want another
repeat of last year’s devastating get-togethers.
Why would their constituents still be angry?
Because last year’s Town Hall meetings saw irate voters livid
over the Healthcare debate, and yet, our representatives passed the
catastrophic healthcare legislation, anyway.
They can be absolutely sure that we remember their lack of concern
for our views. Now, is that representation?
The article says that Democratic Party leaders had
advised their members to hold “controlled” events, do not engage in
unscripted Q&A-type meetings, and get active in the community.
The question for these Congressional representatives is, how are
you going to know what the people you represent want you to do for them if
you are not going to engage them in conversation?
While a handful of these elected officials said they thought the
meetings last year were informative, they are not repeating their Town
Hall meetings this year.
The new film, Don’t Tread On Me, has become
an invaluable tool to educate the masses as to the role government should
play in our lives and the duties of our elected officials. Our country’s Founding documents are clear, yet our
Congressional representatives continue to let us down.
Congress derives its power to govern from the people, not
themselves. Their duty is
simple…Protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies…ALL
enemies. And, for those who
may be unsure just who those enemies are, they would be any person or
country who would deny us our unalienable right to life, liberty and our
pursuit of happiness.
Just to be sure we understand what we are talking
about, let us take a look at a few other important terms.
Liberty, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary means “the
quality or state of being free, the power to do as one pleases, freedom
from arbitrary or despotic control and the positive enjoyment of various
social, political, or economic rights and privileges.”
The root of the word simply means free.
Life, in old English, comes from the word that means to live.
Pursuit means the act of pursuing, and to pursue means to engage
in. The obsolete definition
of Happiness may be the most telling. Happiness used to mean good fortune or prosperity.
The present meaning is still good for our purposes, though; the
state of being content…well-being, to experience satisfaction or
What does all of this tell us? It tells us that our Founding Fathers wanted the inhabitants
of this new country to have the inherent right to be free to
live our life in good fortune and to be able to experience
pleasure and satisfaction or enjoyment in our social,
political, and economic rights and privileges…to be content in
our free lives. Simple
We have all heard “Constitutional Experts” and
others tell us that the Constitution, along with other founding documents,
is unclear with regards to what our rights actually are.
We have heard it over and over again, it just says you have these
“rights,” these “inalienable rights,” that cannot be taken, but
they are not defined. I beg
to differ! The Declaration of
Independence clearly states that we are given certain unalienable rights. What rights? “That
among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The Constitution says in the opening line that it’s stated
purpose is to “secure the Blessings of Liberty”…To whom?
“To ourselves and our posterity.”
How much more clearly can this be made?
Since our infamous Congressional representatives
cannot understand it, how do we achieve this?
Our forefathers laid that out for us, as well…by limiting the
central government and retaining as many rights as they could for the
State governments and the individual people of the United States. Where can we find this bit of information?
Don’t Tread On Me poignantly points out that this most
important information is listed in our Constitution and our Bill of
Rights: most especially our Ninth and Tenth Amendment rights.
I am not Ivy League educated (maybe that is the
problem!), but I can tell you this; it took me a couple of afternoons of
reading through some of the debates during the writing of the Bill of
Rights to understand exactly what our country’s framers had in mind for
their fellow countrymen and women. So
what was that, exactly? To
have a section of the world’s population who is actually free to be
happy and pursue their own interests, unencumbered by government
intrusion. This bit of
information coincides with the information in Don’t Tread On Me,
and has brought about a major shift in the consciousness of Americans who
are frustrated with the utter lack of their Congressional representation.
The people are getting it as they are beginning to
understand what has gone wrong and what it will take to make our country
great again. They are forming
new groups or joining others that have been around for a while. The Campaign for Liberty, the TEA Party and Restore the
Republic comes to mind. They
are getting involved with old groups, all in an effort to make a
difference. They are paying attention to alternative news…they are
waking up and getting involved!
In the face of harsh criticism on the federal level,
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has promoted legislation that will protect her
state against the onslaught of illegal immigrants.
Citing that the Federal Government would do nothing to secure the
Arizona/Mexican border, she took matters into her own hands and asserted
her state’s right to take care of itself.
In Maine, the Republican Party, at the hands of many
dedicated individuals, showed backbone this past May when they rewrote
their political platform, returning their State Republican Party to it’s
Constitutional roots, with an emphasis on retaining its Tenth Amendment
rights. Montana and Tennessee
were among the first states to tell the federal government that guns
manufactured in their respective states, with parts manufactured in their
respective states, and that do not cross state borders, are off limits to
federal gun laws. Many other
states followed suit.
Many states, in fact, are seeing the benefit of
asserting their Tenth Amendment right to govern in the manner to which
they see fit, without federal strangleholds on the issues that their
citizens find important. The Tenth Amendment Center reveals that several
states are introducing or passing legislation to re-establish the Tenth
Amendment on the state level. From
the Firearms debate to Medical Marijuana to Health Freedom to Real ID to
Cap and Trade and anything in between, the states are taking charge.
This election cycle is proving to be a very interesting one, as mainstream politicians are realizing that we do, indeed, want that illusive “change we can believe in” and that we were deadly serious during the Town Hall meetings back in 2009. Politicians better start representing the people they serve or they will face a loss of their lucrative little political careers or, for the newcomers, they better represent the people who chose them or their political careers will be VERY short-lived. Let it be known now that we, the people of the United States, will be watching every move you make, and if you plan on representing us, you had better know OUR Constitutional rights and protect them. After all, that IS what we elect you to do!
Lincoln Wins in Arkansas; Angle to Face Nevada’s
All definitions are from the Merriam-Webster
Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage
Arizona Enacts Stringent Law on Immigration
Platform of the Maine Republican Party
Tenth Amendment Center