Life in America today has fallen into two isolated political ruts, and both the Republicans and Democrats are frantically striving to place you and me into their agitating camps of discontent. Your Commander is just as guilty as the political leadership is concerned, because I too have been ranting for far too long without really addressing solutions.
Recently, I took a dramatic step in announcing the fact that I have left the Republican Party because I no longer feel that they function in the best interests of American citizens and my long-term desire to assure the adherence to the Constitution. As a matter of fact, I have absolutely no interest in joining the Democrat Party because they represent a philosophy that feels all problems are solved by throwing money around that only leads to an indebted socialist welfare subjugated state.
Tragically, both political parties as currently constituted are fiscally irresponsible and our elected officials no longer honestly operate in our best interests. It is obvious to me that our government is totally self-centered and has cast itself to an elite status with two systems, one for them and one for the people they took an oath to serve.
Let me ask you a question: “How can you support a politician who tells you one thing to get elected and then once he wins, governs with different, undeclared directions?” I suggest that we should all remember the words of Abraham Lincoln: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Our Congressional leaders should take heed of his wisdom.
Having said the above, I have cast myself into a separate classification that I call an Independent Constitutionalist. Your Commander firmly believes that we are making a serious error in failing to adhere to the brilliant words, and intentions of our Founding Fathers. Yes, times and conditions have changed dramatically over the many years since 1776, but solid, moral, God respecting principles have not.
Both parties have chosen to divide the electorate into petty, self-serving, angry followers. We are literally paid-off with pork laden projects that in the long run place the electorate into virtual slavery through dependence on more and more hand-outs. Where has the American “CAN DO” spirit gone and our fervent desire for independence, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
Back when our Founding Fathers had the courage to stand up and demand our independence from the over taxing British enslavement, we moved in a direction that has led to the best standard of living in the entire world. Slowly we have permitted our elected leadership to alter dramatically the intentions of our Constitution as a result of personal greed, and self-serving legislation.
Regretfully, we the American voter, have permitted our elected officials to create their elite status, and we failed to hold them accountable to function in our mutual interests and uphold their oaths of office. Unfortunately, I no longer believe that either of our two major political parties can function in our best interests. We, the voters, must root out corruption, dishonesty, deception, and demand an impartial dealing of the cards. For far too long we have not been treated fairly and it will only get worse if we individually and collectively don’t get off our behinds and DEMAND accountability NOW.
Class warfare, which both major parties now promote, will only destroy our democracy in the long run. When a few of our devious and self-serving political figure-heads are tossed out of office a strong and loud signal will resonate through-out the Halls of Congress and the White House.
You and I have it within our power to be a mighty force to guarantee the future of our great country, but we must not permit this opportunity to pass. The time will come when it will be too late to reverse the dangerous course our government is taking. Make your voice heard now and in the future. Vote for individuals who have the character qualities, and experience to assure good governance and the adherence to our Constitution. Stop voting for a good orator or a political hack that promises everything and anything. That simply provides at best a short-term fix.
Freedom does not come cheap. Remember everyday of your precious life those who gave their full measure to protect and assure us of our freedoms and liberty. Do not let those brave men and women down by electing another smooth talking elitist who takes far more from you than he gives in return.
Thomas Jefferson made a number of important statements. I will quote a few here because they remain most appropriate:
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the Government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
“My reading of history convinces me that most government results from too much government.”
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
It is a shame that we currently lack the leadership, vision, and depth of moral individuals such as Thomas Jefferson.
The principles of the documents written more than 225 years ago got us where we are and they must be re-examined frequently to assure our long-term adherence to those words. The alternative to LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS is not acceptable, but we must fight as our Founding Father’s did to preserve it. Do it now, before it is too late.