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You Get What You Pay For

Date: 15 January, 2001

By: Chief

Imaget's true. If you buy something at a price that is just to good to be true ... it is just that. Lasts ten minutes and breaks. Then you spend a lot of time and money trying to get the fool thing working again. This has happened to most, if not all, of us at one time or another. The same holds true with our Constitution and our rights under it, though most people don't think of it that way.

We have had elections within the several states and union for over 200 years now. What do we have to show for it? We have, in essence, a broken down piece of machinery. At the same time we keep taking it back to the shop and spending more money trying to repair — what can't be repaired. In other words, we keep reelecting the same type of people back into office. By that I don't necessarily mean the same person. Not at all. The same thought process — yes. Be it Democrat or Republican, it matters not at all. Yet our piece of machinery is still broken. More laws, not less. More regulation, not less. More taxes, not less. More intrusion, not less.

Those who wrote the Constitution had already lived through oppression, through tyranny. They fought and ultimately won a war of independence in order to promote individual liberty and to restrain government. From that oppression, tyranny and war came into being our Constitution. Now, we have piddled it away and think nothing of it. That is what is incredible.

This dissolution or divorce of our beliefs, heritage and courage from our Constitution did not happen over night. It has been long in coming. Without doubt, the divorce decree has been speeded up over the last 40 years or so and no one is really complaining. The alimony will be very high, the loss of our individual liberty, but the majority of We the People seem to be willing to accept the cost. Those who do not accept the cost, by and large, are still unwilling to sever their bonds with the established two major political parties. Too worried about their vote being "wasted." So, these worriers have continued to vote for what they consider to be the lesser of two evils.

What has that gained anyone? Has the congress rescinded any law which has inflicted a burden upon We the People? I think not. What of the legislatures of the several states? Have they done the same or at the very least something similar? No, of course not. The reason is painfully obvious. The parties which sold us this 'bill of goods' remains in power. Why would they, Democrat or Republican, wish to toss out what they created? The Democrats and Republicans will no more fix the broken piece of machinery than they will voluntarily dissolve. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Our governments, local, state or federal, are involved in issues where they have no authority. Land usage, drugs, hate crimes and doctors issuing prescriptions — licensed and regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), just to name a few. How ludicrous. Well, how did these stupid laws get created? By the very same people and political parties We the People voted into office. Duh.

In order to determine the veracity of the foregoing, a test is in order. Write a simple letter to your state representatives and a separate one to your federal representatives. Ask each of them to introduce legislation which would repeal, in toto, an existing law that you find repugnant. See what kind of answer, if any, you get. Hopefully, you shall get an answer stating such legislation shall be introduced and pursued with vigor. Though I doubt it. More likely you will get either no response or a carefully worded, non upsetting, politically correct, 'Dear John' type of response.

If you receive a 'Dear John', the question becomes what can you do? If nothing else, keep it very much in mind for the next election. Tell your friends about it. Call in on a radio talk show. Keep your representative in the spot light. A bad spot light. No politician likes bad publicity.

We the People need not only to learn from our mistakes, We the People need to build the courage to risk it all and vote in a complete change of representation at all levels of government. The results will speak for themselves. It will show the Democratic and Republican parties that we are fed up with them. Not only will they have lost face they will have, much more importantly, lost power. When the major parties lose power so to do the lobbyists, political action committees, corporations and associations which pump millions of dollars into campaigns - in return for political favors. Lastly, by placing the reins of political power into the hands of a third party, that party or parties will realize that if they displease us they will lose that power We the People granted to them. With that in mind, I believe, the third party or parties will handle the reins gingerly.

However, it is all a moot issue until We the People determine it is time to turn that broken piece of machinery in for a complete rebuild. No nickel and dime repairs will do the job. We have, to be sure, been nickeled and dimed to death.

Though the next election is two years off, keep in mind you get what you pay for.

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