Change We Need

By: Patti Bankson

I’m disappointed. Disgusted. With Democrats and Republicans alike… They don’t know how to live within their means; how to not spend money they don’t have, and you can’t just print money when you run out. If we tried that, we’d be paying bank charges, and facing criminal charges. Even prison time. But, why would “prison time” even enter their minds? Repeatedly we’ve seen that politicians and their “I- hardly-know-him” friends”, who turn out to be criminals, and actually get “punished”, don’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 they’re not nicknamed “Country Clubs” 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, that’s “Change We Need”! Our government has failed at its job, and the price is more than we should have to pay. Whatever their “excuses”, why are we surprised? After all, they know nada about our government. They don’t even know our form of government. They don’t know we’re NOT a Democracy, or that we ARE a Republic. They don’t know they’re not the same… not interchangeable. They don’t know how our Framers designed our government to work. How can they run America without even a fundamental understanding of its foundation?

“A 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).” David Barton,

As John Adams explained: “Democracy will soon degenerate into anarchy; such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’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.”

Their lack of fundamental knowledge aside, arriving in D.C., those who thought they understood what they’d signed on for, learned how naïve and idealistic they were… learned that D.C. really is about being one of the “good ‘ole boys”… learned that the way things “work” there required not just compromise – you know, that highly-touted, virtually non-existent bi-partisanship? – but an utter surrender of whatever scruples, ethics and character they’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 who’ve stayed for decades may still have their character intact, but that’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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© 2010 Patti Bankson

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