I don’t believe that our Founding Fathers ever intended for America to be governed by career politicians and yet 200+ years later that’s exactly what we have and why we have so many problems. The public trough that is located in Washington D.C. has become the epicenter for every kind of monetary boondoggle that mankind has ever conceived. There is so much money and power given to this group of 535 Congressmen that it inevitably corrupts even the most honest among them. Drunken teenage boys behind the wheel do less damage to society than this group of ravenous pigs and yet they present themselves as public servants. The dictionary defines servant as “one who serves others”. Does that sound like anyone you know in Congress?
This is an organization whose chief purpose is to perpetuate themselves in office. They have benefits and perks that are enviable even among corporate America. Our current Speaker of the House, the honorable Nancy Pelosi, has been criticized for making the Air Force keep a plane on standby so she can fly home to California whenever it suits her. This is the same Congress that criticized the CEO’s of Ford, Chrysler and GM for flying to Washington on corporate jets to beg for bailout money. Isn’t this just the same sense of entitlement? When you really start believing you are better than everybody else on the planet you begin behaving in ways that are completely lacking in common sense. Those of us who have to live in the real world have one thing going for us, we recognize arrogance and stupidity quite easily and it bothers us tremendously.
What kind of country do we want America to be? A place where the needs of many come after the wants of a few or where all men are created equal in the eyes of God and where everyone has a legitimate chance at happiness. When the framers of the Constitution worked so diligently to craft a document that would stand the test of time and end the era of the ruling class they most certainly did not expect a new ruling class to be enabled by this same document. Two centuries later we now have a massive government that is so hidebound in its thinking and its desire to perpetuate itself as the arbiter of every human interaction that we are right back where we started from.
Unfortunately, we only have ourselves to blame. We continue to think that our own Congressman or woman is a good representative and all the others are the problem. It really doesn’t matter who you send to Washington because they will inevitably succumb to the lust for money and power that is the basic proposition of Congress. Let’s just face it once and for all, the system is broken and it’s not going to be fixed until we clean house and return the power of government to the people where it rightfully belongs. We do this by starting over and sending a very clear message that we expect “public service”, not personal gain.
I understand that no one is perfect and we all make mistakes but is this really the best we can do? The Founding Fathers all served their country and then went home to their real lives. They were public servants in the truest sense of the word. We need to go back to that belief system. We need to help each other in every way possible. We must recognize that we need each other and that means all of us not just the self appointed chosen few. We can have the great country that our forefathers fought and died for but we have to be able to trust each other and live by a set of rules that are the same for everybody without exception for class, color, gender or faith. The dream of a democratic republic is still alive and well, it just needs a new generation of leaders to step forward and show us the way. The great thing about America is that we’re all capable of being one of those leaders. We can all affect this change just by voting everybody out of office in Washington once and for all. Let’s take back our country and try again to make it the greatest country on earth.
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