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The Smell of Garbage

Date: 09 November, 2000

By: Chief

Imagelection day has come, yet not gone. Those vying for president and vice-president are crying foul. In a way, both Gore and Bush have it exactly right. It is foul. Indeed, it stinks. The smell of politics invades our nostrils like the smell of rotted garbage. Allegations of voter fraud fly back and forth like, well, like flies swarming around the rotted garbage. The Gore camp is talking legal action. Gore himself first conceded the race to Bush then, within an hour of concession, recanted. Says a lot about his integrity now doesn't it? The Bush camp, I'm unsure of. Though I doubt they are any better.

How did this happen? How could the 'land of the free and home of the brave' become such a toxic waste site? More importantly, who allowed this mess to happen in the first place? In answer to the last question, obviously We the People are at fault. We the People are solely to blame for the ongoing use of our country as a raw sewage dump by political parties. In answering the first and second question, one word comes roaring to the forefront — apathy! It is far easier for We the People to be couch potatoes and spoon fed incorrect information by the likes of Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and other 'talking heads', - note I did not use the word brains — than it is to take an active interest in our Constitution and political process.

The political parties and the media know, by and large, how apathetic We the People have become. As such, while the political parties appear to be giving us something for nothing they are actually taking from us far more. They are taking our resolve. Our willingness. Our knowledge. Replacing that with innuendo, half truths, intimidation and coercion. The press at the same time realizes it is far easier and less costly, politically speaking, to report or present fiction rather than fact. Lastly, the political parties and the press have something to gain by the acquiescence of We the People. Power. 'Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely'.

What of the Constitution? What does the Constitution have to say about all of this? A lot. In regards to electing the president and vice-president, one needs to read Article II, Section I, Sub-section 2. The XII Amendment. The XX Amendment. Finally, the XIV Amendment. However, the most important part is contained in the preamble of our Constitution:

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

"Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."

Liberty is diametrically opposed to power. Liberty is also in direct opposition to security. One cannot have liberty if one wants security. The same is true with power. There can be no liberty where there is a central power. Politicians crave power. Political parties crave politicians. It surely appears the majority of We the People crave security. A vicious circle indeed.

This vicious circle can be broken, to be sure, it can be outright destroyed. But, to accomplish that will take We the People getting up off the couch. Turning off the '21 inch peep hole to paradise' — the television. There is a reason television is called the boob tube. Demanding and if need be fighting for liberty. Not security. Not power. Liberty for ourselves and our Posterity. It shall not be an easy fight. More than likely the fight shall extract a high price from the bodies of We the People. It can, ultimately, be won.

The choice is clear. Do We the People desire to live as freemen, as sovereigns? To breathe the pure, clean air of liberty? Or do We the People wish to live in toxic waste? Breathing air saturated by the smell of rotted garbage and swatting flies.

Take your pick.

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