Monday, March 22, 2010

Be a Patriot of the Republic

Well it has happened. Healthcare reform has been forced upon the people. The US government has changed from the republic our founding fathers had built. Why? The founders knew it could happen.

If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.
Samuel Adams, letter to Elbridge Gerry, November 27, 1780

As Samuel Adams indicates, the wrong kinds of people have been seated over our government. ObamaCare is unconstitutional and if you are a true patriot of our constitution and bill of rights, you will not sit down and take it. It is pretty simple to fight. Use your voice in many petitions available and your vote to change those who would not listen to the people who overwhelmingly spoke against it.  The worst thing you could do is give up and say “there is nothing I can do”. That only put you in the company Mr. Adams outlined and into the “handout mentality” Obama seems to be courting instead of allowing charity to work.

This is a call not to the Democrats or Republicans (whether liberal or conservative) but to those who wish to keep our nation a democratic republic and stop the slide to any type of socialism. Again, I’ll let Samuel Adams say better what I wish you will heed.

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.
Samuel Adams, in the Boston Gazette, April 16, 1781

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

We are a Republic not a Democracy

Woman - “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Benjamin Franklin - “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
The response is attributed to Benjamin Franklin - at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation.

I’ve been asked why I don’t support the “Move to Amend” movement, which reacts to how the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission last January. My opposition is based on the goal they strive for, which they state is, “In a democracy, the people rule.” Well to inform you, The United States is a republic, not a democracy.

First, don’t loose sight of what I’m trying to convey. I’m not suggesting I agree with the Supreme Courts decision. I might even be convinced that the decision itself is not the best for the people as a whole. What I am concerned about is the way dissenters approach the fix to the disagreement. To amend the constitution is a radical approach that could prove disastrous to the republic the founders built, instead of a democracy, which has failings they were avoiding (again, you need to understand the difference between the two). The approach of amending the constitution can be like shooting yourself in the foot trying to rid an annoying fly. There are better (not necessarily easier or faster) ways to achieve your goal. The Supreme Court was protecting the republic, as good constitutional layers should. Even though they may have agreed with the dissenters goals (not sure, would need to interview them) the decision was based on a higher goal of re-enforcing a republic government. Whether corporations should have the same rights as each individual is another argument entirely and it should not be the business of the judiciary branch. I hope that helps you understand why I believe what I do. Believe me, you want the republic we have and not a democracy some think we need.

If amending the constitution is something needed to achieve goals in supporting our republic government it can be done but is not easy. A more lofty and aligned goal would be the one in “Amend the Constitution” where the supporters believe that Congress needs to be reigned in closer to their original purpose and give the people back power the government branch has been bleeding from them in recent history. This movement is more indicative in keeping and strengthening our republic, possibly because what Mr. Franklin has to say below. Whatever we do remember it’s the republic were are trying to keep and not a democracy.

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Benjamin Franklin

Monday, March 1, 2010

Nancy, Some Pies Will Not Sell

Nancy Pelosi thinks she is, not only a smart woman, but feels she has it correct on the health care bill under debate. In her arrogance, along with her cronies, they want to shove the idea down the American people’s throat and she has such pretty analogy attached to the concept. Just read how she sees the whole debate.

"When we have a bill," she said, "you can bake the pie, you can sell the pie. But you have to have a pie to sell."

The only problem is the pie they are baking. I and the majority of Americans know pies and what we like. It needs to smell good and taste as pleasant. I’m a country boy and as kids we use to play on the farm and had a polite way of referring to something kind of nasty. In the pasture we had to be carful not to step in a “cow pie” because of the mess it would make when we dragged it around. And believe me the smell alone is enough to gag you, say nothing about taking a bite.

Nancy, you and your progressive friends might be baking a pie but it is nothing more than a cow pie and the people know it. It will never sell and only achieve to stink the place up. Nancy and friends might better go back to the “kitchen” and get a receipt the people can agree upon.

Again, our founding fathers knew how our government should work and when it didn’t fit the ideal, knew what the issue probably was.

“A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must be, in practice, a bad government.”     Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 70, 1788