We Need Smarter, More Courageous Politicians, but First ... | Eastern North Carolina Now

We need a smarter, more courageous electorate to elect the better politicians.

    This is the simple truth of any well functioning republic.

    No? You say I'm wrong? You still think it is the politicians' fault; that they lied to you, have not represented your interests, and you voted for them because you, or, more accurately, your support group was fooled? Maybe, these embattled politicians just did not give you enough free stuff ... Hmmm? Well, if this is all, or partly is the case for you, accordingly, you are my argument, full and simple.

    You are my argument because in a republic, this Republic - where in America, we are still the finest example of a republic in today's world - you are the government, you are the decider of who represents you. And, if you believe that the politician who represents you does not make a major difference in the whole of your life, you remain my argument still, which is: We need a more informed, more courageous electorate to effect the better political representation to sustain this Republic for future generations.

    The problem now in America remains: Far too many Americans, who vote for that representation, do not know enough to vote adequately, to effect that ideal of the better politician. Far too often, when the politicians are not up to the task, the concerned will blame it on the special interests of corporations, or the special interests of organizations of their support, or the political parties, but never on themselves. That is a fallacy in personal judgement, a fallacy that will enslave that unlearned individual to a life of disappointment.

    The individual, and the political parties that consist of individuals, are solely responsible for the government they create; thereby, the special interests of corporations or organized groups are only an abject inconvenience to a more perfect republic - one that represents the core of what it means to be an American.

    The problem now is that so many Americans don't know what it means to be an American, not a clue, and, sadly, take little responsibility for their communities. Today in America, there are so many able-bodied people, who pay no taxes, but need so much. There are also many Americans, who do not, or will not work, but depend upon the charity of the system to survive. There are many Liberals, as expressed by former presidential candidate John Kerry, who believe that most of those who serve in our military are poverty stricken, and must voluntarily serve to escape poverty, rather than be recognized as pure patriots, who have the absolute presence of purpose, as exhibited by their sacrifice of service. And the worst of it, our children and students are not taught well enough to respect their nation and their Constitution, by ignoring to learn these essential precepts at home and in our schools.

    Furthermore, some parents send their children to partake of a free education by not only not teaching their little urchins to respect their teachers, their principles and their coaches, but are trained, in some cases, to not respect those in authority, which is what life is truly all about - someone is almost always in charge, and everyone, at some point, must submit to authority. That is just the way it is, and living off the hard work of others, with bad politicians stealing from the collective future of children of the working class, who were taught to be respectful, to learn, to work; well, it's just so wrong on so many levels. So wrong that this Republic will not continue, should there continue to be 'unpatriotic' politicians, elected by an 'unpatriotic' electorate, whose perverse understanding of service/leadership is to carve up America to their shiftless constituency for the tiny price of their electorates' voting ignorance.

    Profound ignorance, and it's codependency between inadequate politicians and their uninformed constituency, will be the bane of this nation if not righted. I'm a perpetual optimist and as a patriot I do know how to fix stuff, so humor me here, and peruse these nine prescient points on how to begin to right this listing ship of our nation lost in a sea of apathy and ambivalence.

A Clarion Call to all Americans to Care Enough About Their Nation to Learn the Basics of What it Means to be an American

To not do so will guarantee the nonexistence of our Republic

     •  1) Study American History: I am not preaching that you become a scholar of the subject. Personally, I am a scholar of American History, but only because my relative level of knowledge far exceeds the vast majority of my fellow Americans, and that is a travesty considering I was never educated to reach this level. I got to this point of knowing this stuff just by having an interest in my nation, just as any good Christian is going to know the essential truths of the Bible. So show an interest. It matters greatly.

     •  2) Study the United States Constitution: Like our Lord's word within the Good Book, most people have never read it, at least not to the point of understanding it. In most communities, there are study groups to learn the basics of our Constitution, some may actually gain a deeper knowledge if so called to do so. There is one complete truth to learning a modicum of real knowledge of the U.S. Constitution: You will know more than half of all elected Democrats across the broad spectrum of local, state and federal seats. I have my ideas as to why, but it is a reality that many Democrats, who swear to defend that document, have never read it.

     •  3) Know your local issues: One of the prescient comments made by Democrat Speaker Tip O'Neil was: "All government is local." Speaker O'Neil was right. Local is where the folks live. Local, either by county or state, is where nearly all programs are administered. At the local level, you know your elected leaders, who can advocate your position, but if you want to be taken seriously, you need to know what you are talking about when you speak to that politician. And a word of advice here: be respectful. Your best local politicians do the job out of a sense of service, are paid poorly, and won't take much guff from an ignorant, disrespectful know-it-all, who actually knows very little.

     •  4) Learn about what constituency means: This ties into being respectful to the better, smarter politicians. Regardless of how you have been educated by liberal publications, or told by other Liberals that you feel comfortable around, the status of your constituency is the sole call of the politician, not you.

    Every vote that politicians make represents the people from the geographic region that they are elected to serve. If you don't like the way your politician votes on issues, then work for his opponent, and be responsible for that next government if you are successful in electing that alternate governing philosophy. The smartest, best politicians know that their constituents are those folks that vote and work for what they stand for. These people are vested in the governing ideals of that politician, so they are their constituents, not the disrespectful citizen, who claims to a fair weather constituent, but demands what the far smarter politician can never give him - his selfish way.

     •  5) Join a political party or work for a candidate, but do it to effect a better government, not your special interest: If you heed the first four tips, this will be easy to accomplish. And one more thing: That politician will definitely know that you are his constituent.

     •  6) Lose your partisan nature: In North Carolina, I can state unequivocally that both the Democrat party and the Republican party are great rivals as to which party is the most inefficient, the most insignificant. As a Republican, I am positive that, unless you run for the United States Senate or governor, the Republican party is mostly inconsequential, and mostly does more harm than good at the local, lower levels. The problem with the dysfunctional North Carolina Republican party is that they have, for decades that I know of, practiced top-down-political theory, which runs counter to Republican Conservatives' innate theory of bottom-up-grass-roots-political theory, which decrees, with purposeful conviction, that the People are in charge of their government, from their home guard to the farthest borders of this sprawling land. Even Democrat icon U.S. House Speaker Tip O'Neal knew that this was the way that America is governed best, this is the way true republics work.

     •  7) Study World History: This grand American experiment, successful as it has proved to be, even these last fallow years, is a product of preceding world events. It is not enough to only know well the events that shaped this land, but to know what set these events in motion, and to know even better the events of republics that failed, and learn by their examples of failure.

     •  8) Don't call America a democracy; we are a republic: I cringe every time I hear an unlearned, but charismatic (for some 'unpatriotic' purpose) politician, like Barack Hussein Obama, refer to this nation as a democracy. America is a republic, where you are represented by those you elect. Ancient Greece was a democracy. There is a big difference, and you need to learn that difference. Who knows, reading the entirety of this post may be your off ramp to the highway of learning about your nation. It is a sad process to exist in the dark.

    I end point 8 with this statement by Ben Franklin to a concerned woman of Philadelphia, the eve of July 4, 1776, just outside of Independence Hall, on Chestnut Street, which was then the Pennsylvania State House. The women inquired: 'Mr. Franklin, are we now a democracy?' To which Participant Franklin replied: 'Madame, we are a republic, if we can keep it.'

     •  9) Keep abreast of Current Events: There is so much happening right now, which is a major determiner as to whether our Republic will survive. To not find time to be knowledgeable of significant current events is a travesty of citizenship. If you can't find time, I have one suggestion: Drink less lite beer.

    There it is all laid out, and I'll add more prescient points should they come to mind in a fit of revelation, but for now this will have to do. If only a few of these points, which I take for granted, are heeded, we will all be the far better for it. Hopefully, this republic may be one which 'we can keep'.

    Publisher's note: Companion piece to this post can be found here.

Considering last week's events, where Mr. Obama and Susan 'it was the despicable video' Rice went on a media blitz to downplay any concerns over worldwide Islamic terrorism directed at the USA: Is Mr. Obama realistic in his approach to keeping Americans safe?
83.14%   Mr. Obama is unrealistic about the level of danger presented by radical Islamists.
7.56%   Mr. Obama is wise to concentrate on the domestic policy of income redistribution and climate change.
9.3%   Mr. Obama will be gone in less than two years.
172 total vote(s)     Voting has Ended!

Regarding the recent Senate Interrogation Report, should America's Intelligence agency have not used enhanced interrogation, on nearly 40 suspected terrorists, to extract valuable information in the wake of 9/11?
8.51%   Yes, the destruction of the twin towers and nearly 3,000 American lives does not justify this.
87.94%   No, I actually remember 9/11, and I am thankful for my government keeping my family safe.
3.55%   I don't remember 9/11 or I just don't care, and I have the freedom to enjoy my apathy.
141 total vote(s)     Voting has Ended!

Should the community be alarmed when Republicans, who attack other far more conservative Republicans, are used by Democrats on the Beaufort County Commission?
14.38%   Yes, I expect a reversal in the nature of a politician when it comes to party loyalty.
80%   No, I've seen this movie before: Local Republicans placing their ambitions above truth, loyalty.
5.63%   I really don't pay attention because local politics bore me.
160 total vote(s)     Voting has Ended!

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( May 4th, 2015 @ 11:22 am )
Here is my LIT thought, gentlemen ~~~~

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other:
“Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”
- Útmutató a Léleknek
( May 4th, 2015 @ 11:11 am )
My drink of choice is Long Island Iced Tea---a gentleman's drink for slow sipping the deeper thinking, Tony!!!

If we can keep the guns holstered and the brick in the milk case---we will have much fun with the DISCUSSION --- no flame words needed. . .
( May 4th, 2015 @ 8:08 am )
"Sticks and stones can break our bones, but words can never hurt us"---good buddy Stan! One thing I always agree with you about~~~YOU ARE CONSISTENT, my brother!
( May 4th, 2015 @ 8:01 am )
We welcome all Liberals.

I am a Conservative, and I have been one for a long time, long enough to have complete clarion thought, so I make apologies for myself. The other Conservatives here on BCN can, and do, well speak for themselves.

Those in the Squishy Middle generally are not of clarion thought, but they appeal to folks that, also, are not of clarion thought, so we welcome them too.

And readership is continuing up, in fact, we have more than doubled in the last 4 months.

We welcome everyone, even, and especially, those who do not care about politics, who may come for the pictures, reviews, the Movie/TV Databases, and very soon business sourced information.

Actually, I am pushing in every direction away from politics, knowing well, we will always do that sector extremely well, and we will have plenty of political readers contunually.
( May 4th, 2015 @ 7:55 am )
There are 2 of us writers I could describe as "token Liberals." Otherwise, Stan, this e-magazine is so Conservative as to be like the latest and hardest concrete---laced with enough fiberglass to not crack and fall apart from the sun!!!

At the least, all the "surveys" lack a middle ground / all but 2 of the writers do the same as well. I am having some fun being an "alternative voice." I thank you for the inclusion. Perhaps that is why readership is growing---for the first time there is "difference of opinion. . ."
( May 4th, 2015 @ 7:36 am )
But that is the truth of it. Look at Baltimore ... mob rule ... demagogue politicians ... stupid Democrats ruling themselves into the ground.

That is the essential truth of it. I not here to make Liberals to feel better about themselves, their poor choices; I espouse the real truth.
( May 4th, 2015 @ 7:31 am )
These last few rounds of comments are some of the best I have read thus far on Democracy vs. Republic. Rather than say, "Liberals more believe in indoctrination, which keeps the public more stupid. The more stupid people voting Democrat, the quicker we lost this Republic."

Why not simply say: There is a current debate over the real nature of the United States. Our choice is really~~~"are we 'bought by the rich'----or a 'golden dream' of "liberty and justice for ALL?"
( May 4th, 2015 @ 5:52 am )
It's funny you should mention that.

I think of what Alexis said many times now, and especially when governing.

Even more one must know that the People pick those that best represent them, so they will get the government they deserve, or ... we install citizenry hurdles to restrict voting which would mean amending the Constitution - significant enough hurdles to take in consideration de Tocqueville's main tenet of "Democracy in America".

It may be the only way to save the Republic.
( May 3rd, 2015 @ 6:00 pm )
This post was more about a functioning Republic, which most Americans are oblivious to. Really good politicians of weary of other politicians that are not intellectually acute, because eventually they may prove to be dishonest.

Sadly, these politicians often well represent those that elect them, which speaks constantly of the interminable need to educate, rather than indoctrinate, the public.

Liberals more believe in indoctrination, which keeps the public more stupid. The more stupid people voting Democrat, the quicker we lost this Republic. That is the way of it.
( April 30th, 2015 @ 9:01 pm )
That's a Bingo.

That is why we are a Republic. What the PM is saying is that folks need to be smarter and make better decisions, or suffer the consequences by the government that they choose.
( April 26th, 2015 @ 6:17 am )
When his lop-sided tax code is gone / corps and the rich actually start investing in America / when Regulation really returns to Wall Street and Banks --- I shall shut my mouf, bro!!!
( April 25th, 2015 @ 11:24 pm )
Reagan's gone. So quit complaining about the opposite of liberal.
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