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?
86.88% Mr. Obama is unrealistic about the level of danger presented by radical Islamists.
5.63% Mr. Obama is wise to concentrate on the domestic policy of income redistribution and climate change.
7.5% Mr. Obama will be gone in less than two years.
160 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?
6.2% Yes, the destruction of the twin towers and nearly 3,000 American lives does not justify this.
93.02% No, I actually remember 9/11, and I am thankful for my government keeping my family safe.
0.78% I don't remember 9/11 or I just don't care, and I have the freedom to enjoy my apathy.
129 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?
12.84% Yes, I expect a reversal in the nature of a politician when it comes to party loyalty.
83.78% No, I've seen this movie before: Local Republicans placing their ambitions above truth, loyalty.
3.38% I really don't pay attention because local politics bore me.
148 total vote(s) Voting has Ended!