Change We Need
By: Patti Bankson
Iâ€™m disappointed. Disgusted. With Democrats and Republicans alike… They donâ€™t know how to live within their means; how to not spend money they donâ€™t have, and you canâ€™t just print money when you run out. If we tried that, weâ€™d be paying bank charges, and facing criminal charges. Even prison time. But, why would â€œprison timeâ€ even enter their minds? Repeatedly weâ€™ve seen that politicians and their â€œI- hardly-know-himâ€ friendsâ€, who turn out to be criminals, and actually get â€œpunishedâ€, donâ€™t go to real prisons populated by real, dangerous, life-threatening criminals. No, no! They go to those special places reserved for suit-and-tie criminals. They may be called prisons, but theyâ€™re not nicknamed â€œCountry Clubsâ€ for nothing.
Anyway, my (and your) disappointment and disgust are why we really should throw all the bums out! Seriously… send everyone in Congress, the White House, the court house, the out-house, whatever… back where they came from. Now, thatâ€™s â€œChange We Needâ€! Our government has failed at its job, and the price is more than we should have to pay. Whatever their â€œexcusesâ€, why are we surprised? After all, they know nada about our government. They donâ€™t even know our form of government. They donâ€™t know weâ€™re NOT a Democracy, or that we ARE a Republic. They donâ€™t know theyâ€™re not the same… not interchangeable. They donâ€™t know how our Framers designed our government to work. How can they run America without even a fundamental understanding of its foundation?
â€œA republic is the highest form of government devised by man, but it also requires the greatest amount of human care and maintenance. If neglected, it can deteriorate into a variety of lesser forms, including a democracy (a government conducted by popular feeling); anarchy (a system in which each person determines his own rules and standards); oligarchy (a government run by a small council or group of elite individuals); or dictatorship (government run by a single individual).â€ David Barton, www.wallbuilders.com
As John Adams explained: â€œDemocracy will soon degenerate into anarchy; such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no manâ€™s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable (abominable) cruelty of one or a very few.â€
Their lack of fundamental knowledge aside, arriving in D.C., those who thought they understood what theyâ€™d signed on for, learned how naÃ¯ve and idealistic they were… learned that D.C. really is about being one of the â€œgood â€˜ole boysâ€… learned that the way things â€œworkâ€ there required not just compromise â€“ you know, that highly-touted, virtually non-existent bi-partisanship? â€“ but an utter surrender of whatever scruples, ethics and character theyâ€™d packed in their suitcases with their suits, ties and socks.
Some tried to do things ethically, but, unwilling to sacrifice character, eventually gave up and went home. Those whoâ€™ve stayed for decades may still have their character intact, but thatâ€™s hard to believe. Especially knowing that however we got to where we are now, far too many of those who were supposed to be watching out for us, were participants in our rape and betrayal.
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Â© 2010 Patti Bankson
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