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We the People – When Government No Longer Works!

August 3, 2011


Question: Are our elected policymakers in Washington adhering to the basic principles that are the foundations of our nation?

America’s energy policy, energy independence and a cleaner environment must take a backseat to the current state of affairs on Capitol Hill. As potentially catastrophic as the global impact of climate change are, they pale in significance to the crisis in our government.

What crisis? One could say the crisis resides in the tepid state of our political system, economic condition, educational status, health care standards, unemployment rate, technical prowess, and illegal immigration. No, it’s far deeper than any of the critical issues standing in the doorway ready to challenge who and what we are.

The problem is fundamental to what made us great. On July 4th, 1776 a group of former British subjects representing the thirteen United States of America declared:

“that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed……..”

This document, known as “The Declaration of Independence,” cites a plurality of offenses in terms “He.” In context to today’s environment, “He” speaks of both the Executive and Legislative Branches be it Democrat, Republican and Tea Partyite. The vast majority of oppressions have no commonality to the current state of affairs within our government. Nevertheless, the first citation is seems somewhat applicable:

•         He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

Whereas the Declaration goes on to state:
“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness………….”

it is not clear what
“We the People of the United States” can do “to form a more perfect Union….. promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity………”

Our primary responsibility and right as citizens to vote in federal elections every few years seems to affect positive change, whether empowered by a blue Donkey or red Elephant. Even the once aspiring Tea Leaves are beginning to look more dubious, chaotic and nihilistic than ever.

Within a Native American analogy of arrows and flexibility lays the wisdom where “We” finally could prevail.  A gentle force applied to the shaft of a single arrow will allow it to bend; if another arrow is added, more force is required for the two to bend; finally if many arrows are added, sufficient force will not bend any but will break all.

Should our lawmakers behave as one instead of several blocks many, America will bend and most likely come back? If not, too many fragments will be remain where no glue could ever hold true.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2011 10:38 AM

    We have forgotten how: ““That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” This may be a memory we need to reclaim.

  2. August 3, 2011 1:00 PM

    Hopefully, before that point is reached, voters will wake up to the fact that good looks, rhetoric and flag waving lack value. Value lies is the politician’s background in terms of proven performance rather than unproven promises.

    If this civil approach fails to brings about constructive changes, then “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” is a logical next step; nihilism and chaos a potential catastrophic outcome.

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