"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin;
"And when politicians find that honor and character matter less than buying votes and a constituency, that too will herald the end of the Constitution. When that happens we must work tirelessly to change their minds, or their occupation!" - Hoping The Blind Will See

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This woman could be me!!

Did you happen to see Glenn Beck tonight? He opened his program by reading a letter from an Arizona woman - Janet Contreras. A letter to every member of Congress. I have reproduced it below. I only wish I could formulate my thoughts as well as she did. She has captured the mood of millions upon millions of Americans. I hope it moves you as much as it did me, and I hope you see yourself in her words. When you've finished reading it, log onto GlennBeck.com, and add your name to the petition next to this letter. It will only take a couple of minutes, but it could be one of the most meaningful things you do this year. Here it is. Enjoy! I'm a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you are willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me? Well these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation: One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This isn't to be confused with legal immigration. Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal. Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it. Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say. Five, universal health care. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down! Six,growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don't you start there. Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate. Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why -- what do you have against shareholders making a profit? Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves. Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band-Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us a chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us. Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try -- please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me. Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now. Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let's just slow down and get some input from some non politicians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant, or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm busy. I'm busy. I am busy and I'm tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave. I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to intelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all the recent spending. From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we can not afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons. We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work, pay our taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more who could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for the fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us [who will] rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution. Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian. Understand this. We don't care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame on us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do, or can, represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming. Wow! Powerful, isn't it? Can you imagine anyone in Congress not taking notice of this? But you know what? There are so many corrupt government officials in Washington with ego's the size of Montana, that it would not surprise me at all if they ignored this letter. Won't they be surprised when they're voted out? They won't be able to ignore that message, will they? Wake up America!! And God bless us all...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Can you say Roman Empire?

Do you remember your history? Do you remember reading about how powerful, influential and far reaching the Romans were? Sound familiar? Know what happened? Their form of government changed - it went from a republic to a democracy to an oligarchy. America is a Republic - which means it is ruled by law. A Republic is different from a Democracy - something many Americans think we are, because our elected officials keep trying to convince us of that (how many of them do you recall speaking of America as a Republic - not many) because we were NOT set up to be "ruled by a majority". Democracies are fundamentally flawed, because they are governed by the majority - even when the majority is wrong. An Oligarchy is a few ruling the many - have any comparison to what we're seeing in Washington today with czar fever? Where is that all leading? Have you ever seen an American president making unilateral decisions that affect business, banking, health care, the OIG's office, etc, etc? Have you seen American presidents do end runs around congress to such an extent in the past? That's what these Obama czars have been created to do - they answer to no one but him, yet have authority over many, many facets of American life. How can that be? Why is it being allowed? Why is there no public outcry? Where is the media? Oh, yeah, they're in Obama's pocket - I forgot, ha ha. Did you know that in terms of governmental structure of countries Communism, Fascism, totalitarianism, etc are ALL leftist governments? History has told us that the Nazi's were on the far right, but that was inaccurate. The far right, in terms of government, is actually anarchy - no government at all. A Republic is located just right of center, and is controlled by law agreed to by the citizens of the country - not created by the few that rule. We are in jeopardy of losing our republic altogether. We're already moving past the democracy stage and heading towards the oligarchy stage. The country is in serious trouble. We are witnessing the very decline of America that we've read about in the history books when it occurred in the Roman Empire. How long do we have before our great civilization ceases to exist? Can you see the greatness of the Roman Empire in Italy? I don't think so. So what will we become? What kind of a country will our grandchildren grow up in? What will history say about the America that was? Take a good look around you now, because the America that was, is nearly gone. She is changing faster than anyone could imagine, and certainly faster than most can keep up with. And the saddest thing about it is that most people are too busy to even notice. And those that do, are so overwhelmed by the changes they don't even know where to begin to stop them. They don't have time to watch and digest news. They don't recognize that many news programs are about opinion, not fact. They don't notice that most news programs are about promoting an ideology, not fact. And there are so many ignorant people, in terms of politics, out there, that slowing the slide may be impossible - never mind reversing it. Many people don't even realize America is being pushed down the path of mediocrity, which will ultimately destroy the dream of America that drove our ancestors to come here. All in the name of POWER! Remember, power corrupts? Well we're witnessing it - and it's been happening most of our lives, it's just more obvious now. That is the most powerful argument that can be given for requiring term limits for our elected officials. I suggest we seriously start pushing that requirement. So, if you're interested in at least trying to bring the greatness back to America (or allowing her to maintain the little she has left), then get involved. TALK to people. Write your congressmen. Get involved in a campaign, and monitor what's going on, and then get the word out - good or bad!! Join the Tea Party movement. Remain aware, or become aware, of what's happening in the country. Most of all, take the time to do it for your children, grandchildren and their children and grandchildren! Wake up America before it's too late!