“…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” - Abraham Lincoln
“...There is what I call the American idea...This idea demands, as the proximate organization thereof, a democracy, that is, a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people; of course, a government after the principles of eternal justice, the unchanging law of God; for shortness’ sake, I will call it the idea of Freedom...” - Theodore Parker
“…It is, Sir, the people’s Constitution, the people’s Government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people. The people of the United States have declared that this Constitution shall be the supreme law. We must either admit the proposition or dispute their authority.” – Daniel Webster
Simple question…do you believe these statements to be true? Why then do we continue to let our government apply edicts that are simply unlawful and against our rights? The government belongs to the people, not the elected and appointed! The people!
The government works for you. How did we go from this concept to where we are now? We now have a government that’s overreaching in many aspects of our day-to-day lives. I’d bet we are going to see this more in the coming days with this man-made Chinese virus that’s causing havoc in our lives. (I believe COVID-19 was possibly used as a weapon against our country and against humanity.) You want to know the really sad part, our government reportedly sent taxpayer funds to the lab where many believe COVID-19 originated. I don’t know about you, but I for one do not approve of any of my tax dollars supplementing the Chinese government in any way now and for the foreseeable future. (On a side note, look at the labels on the merchandise you buy and consider buying an alternative to Made in China products.)
Did you know that we actually pay for our elected officials to be trained by organizations, such as ACCG, GMA and GSBA, that teach them how not to respond to the public? An example, the ACCG training manual for county commissioners states that public hearings can be used simply as a way for the public to “blow off steam.” It doesn’t tell the commissioners to respond; it just simply states that it may allow citizens an opportunity to “blow off steam.”
Wouldn’t it be a novel idea for our elected officials to consider actually trying to find a solution to the problem a citizen might have with their government? I don’t know about you, but I don’t pay them to sit there and be a sounding board. I actually would like for them to work for you and me when we have a grievance.
Though he and I disagreed on many topics, former Democrat U.S. Representative John Barrow may have been one of the best ever at actually listening to his constituents, and he also tried to help when a citizen had a problem. Barrow understood that his job was to work for the people he represented. My how this concept has been lost as many in the government today believe that once they are in office, they simply no longer have to listen to their constituents. News flash for you folks that feel this way, sooner or later the electorate will figure you out.
Webster’s 1830 speech, noted above, ended with the following sentence: “We are all agents (elected officials) of the same supreme power, the people.”
I believe hard working Americans are beginning to awaken to the fact true power is not held within the halls of government buildings across this nation, but rather the power is ours, the people’s. We simply have to remember how to use our power. Stand up for liberty, vote politicians out of office who refuse to listen to your concerns or act upon them, and again, never forget that our republic is of, by and for the people.