I have attended many local events in my community where I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with incumbent candidates running for political office, all of whom want us to re-elect them to represent us in Washington. I am a member of local tea party organizations and also the Republican club. I keep wondering the same thing after each of these meetings – where have you been? What have you done that would cause me to support your continued stay in “my employ”?
It angers me that it has taken a “grass-roots” movement of people who are fed up with the out-of-control spending, ethics violations, diminution of our constitutional rights, and excessive taxation and intrusion into our personal lives, to get them to pay attention. This is all of them - Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Socialists, Communists, and Marxists - all of them.
We are a constitutional republic, meaning that we elect people to represent our interests in the federal government, so that we are allowed to work, raise families, and live our lives and enjoy the fruits of our labor as we see fit. They are our voice.
Where were they when the health care bill was being pushed through? I know the Democrats did not read the bill, since they did not care what was in it, they knew they were going to vote for it anyway. But did the Republicans not read it either, since they knew they were not going to vote for it? We heard a few representatives speak about some of the issues of contention within the bill, but not much and not very loudly. Are they to blame or is the media? Now that the bill has become law many facts are coming out that are quite distressing. If there had been more coverage on the details of this bill by the media, if our representatives were more vocal and insistent on being heard, if this present administration had kept their campaign promises of transparency, perhaps more people would have paid attention and vigorously protested the passage. The same with the stimulus bill, the jobs bill, the financial regulation bill.
I get the feeling that the Republicans feel that since they are in the minority they can do nothing about it. This is not representation. I do not care what political party you belong to, we deserve and should demand to know what exactly is being proposed. A bill with thousands of pages of new laws and regulations, sometimes including many unrelated issues, is totally egregious.
The first question that should and must be asked is “Is this Constitutional”? Does the federal government have the right to enact this legislation? The powers that “We the People” grant to the federal government are few and specific, as enumerated in the Constitution.
These bills have allowed for the creation of many new bureaucracies with unlimited powers over all of us. Congress has abrogated all of their legislative powers to these bureaucracies (czars) to the point where they are incapable of maintaining the balance of power so critical to the stability of this nation. Do they understand what they have done? Is it too late to right this ship? Can we trust anyone in Washington?