Remember in November

People - The Unrecognized Branch of Government

Our US Constitution begins with the words "We the People of the United States, ... do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Many interpret this to mean that the authority to govern comes from the people. In recent times, we act as if we've forgotten that our government was intended to be 'of the people, by the people, and for the people'. We've forgotten that we are the ones who choose the representatives who lead us. OR WORSE, we've forgotten that we allow others to choose for us by simply choosing not to vote. We've forgotten that 'we the people' are at fault too when we choose to allow how we are being represented to continue, by the simple act of not voting.

Some may tell you that all this is a sign of a failed government system, and that the government needs to change. Respectfully, I disagree.

It is politics as usual that is the problem, not our government system.

We forget that we the people grant our representatives the power to govern over us. We forget that we are the ones that reaffirm that power when we re-elect a career politician. American government has not failed, we have simply forgotten that the people have a role in government too. It is not the people ” .vs. “the government ”, simply because we the people are the most powerful branch of government. We act as though we have forgotten that, or perhaps were never taught it quite that way in our schools.

US Constitution - from www.archives.gov

Politics as Usual, Some Examples

Federal elections come by every two years, in November. That makes November a good time to remind ourselves of the things we've found objectionable about politics as usual and how we are being represented. At election time, the only part of the government that we can affect is the representatives that we vote for. That is our power. Others methods we may try are to make new laws, or amend the Constitution, or bring legal cases to Federal Court. All of those only end up costing the taxpayer more money. The one cost effective thing we can do is Vote.

So, here are some of the phrases we may have forgotten that originated with our politicians:

  • 'Sit Down and Shut Up'
  • 'The president will write an executive order'
  • 'Bipartisanship'
  • 'How many people will you kill today?'
  • The Constitution is OutDated
  • We can keep track of those guns.
  • The State of the Union is Strong

Video's for some of these are below.


For those who work, remember

They say charity begins at home, but sadly, the last few times I have shared with those of my family it has caused them to lose benefits or entitlements. That leaves me with the impression that if I help someone who has fallen on hard times, they will in fact be worse off. Quite simply, that is wrong. We should not have to be concerned about hurting people by helping them. It leaves us with the impression that the government wants to control the handouts.

You can have all the good intent you want when you make a law to help people, but if it is administered in such a way that those who seek help become dependent upon the bureaucracy, and only the bureaucracy, then only the bureaucrats will successfully hold jobs. The idea of limiting government is to reduce the size of the bureaucracy, decrease the number of laws, decrease regulation, and thus decrease the number of people needed to enforce or administer those laws. My goodness, we even have a separate bureaucracy now that administers tax breaks, and apparently does so unfairly. What is the cost -vs- benefit on that?

The Sky Is Falling

The Sky Is Falling. Whether you are lining up looking for work, or lining up for some other reason, remember this - you are keeping a bureaucrat employed
The Sky Is Falling. Whether you are lining up looking for work, or lining up for some other reason, remember this - you are keeping a bureaucrat employed | Source

We wanted change, but is this the change we wanted?

As I was looking for the Videos to include in this Hub, I stumbled across one that summarizes what we need to remember far better than any compilation I could make. So I've shared it below. The memorable quotes in here are:

  • Andy Stern: “We’re trying to use the power of persuasion. And if that doesn't work we’ll use the persuasion of power. Because there are governments and there are opportunities to change laws that affect these companies."
  • Andy Stern: “We took names. We watched how they voted. We know where they live.”
  • George Soros (born Gyorgy Schwartz(?)): “The system we have now has actually broken down, only we haven’t quite recognized it. And so you need to create a new one, and this is the time to do it.”

As of December 2009, Mr. Stern was advertised as the number one most frequent visitor to the White House. Mr. Soros, a teen during the Holocaust, is now one of the world's top ten billionaires.

Glenn Beck on the Cloward-Piven strategy. From KAOSKTRL on YouTube.

King of the Hill

It is important to remember that our voting power also applies to our Congressmen and Senators. For that reason, you may want to keep in mind that there are still Senators whose States sued to overturn their Senators votes. The original intent of our system of government, was to have Senators represent for their States. That is what we are taught in school. It is now apparent that their allegiance is to their party. This is something that needs to change - partisans have been playing King of the Hill with our country for too long.

For that reason, I'll add a link to to a song some of us grew up with. Hopefully, it will help remind our elected what we were taught about the Constitution. Some of you will be too young to have heard this, and some will not have heard it simply because they were not educated here in America.

We Grew Up with this Constitution Song

What Power Do We Have?

The one consistent thing that seems to happen after every election is that the elected step forward with the declaration that their victory is to be perceived as a mandate from the People. The causes they choose to put forward as their after the vote mandate have varied, but we wonder, why did they pick that particular cause this time? Most times, we come to recognize they simply sought their elected position so that they could do things their way. Nearly always, the result feels like it is done TO us, rather than FOR us.

The underlying concerns about representation will not likely go away with just one election. The message 'you work for us, not us for you ' probably won't be fully appreciated until after a large number of career politicians have been voted out. They can't all be changed this year. Keep that in mind in 2014, 2016, and following years. The way we convey that message is to vote.

We need representatives who represent, not career-politicians who regard their congressional seat as a throne.

November is the time to remember that it is about representation.

November is our time to remember, representatives work for the people.

November is also the time to remember that when you you ask for more from government that you are really asking for government to grow the bureaucracy so they can administer taking what you want from your taxes and hand it back to you or others..

Remember in November, and Vote.

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FitnezzJim 3 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia Author

Thank you ubanichijioke.

From our perspective, most politicians appear to be in it purely for the power. The root problem seems to be that there are no longer any governance mechanisms in place to ensure their allegiance to the role we were taught they would fulfill.

Here in the States, many US Senators no longer represent for their States Legislatures. They represent for their party or their contributors, or themselves, or some other entity that we do not recognize. Further,there is no longer a mechanism to ensure that they represent for their States legislatures.


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ubanichijioke 3 years ago from Lagos

It is same story world over. The so-called politicians have mastered the act of deception. The words we echo fall on big deaf ears. They promise change but bring suffering.

Too pathetic.


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia Author

Thank you for the timely comment, TimeTraveller. It prompted me to review and update the article to reflect 2012, and the reminder that it is not ALL about Obama. It is also about the way so many Senators misrepresented for their States, and now clearly show allegiance only to their party.


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

Off with their heads!!


Ghost32 6 years ago

An excellent reminder here, Jim. I particularly appreciated the inclusion of California incumbent Powderkeg Pete Stark's mocking comment to his own minuteman constituent ("How many people are you going to kill today?") when the constituent was sincerely attempting to ask a serious question about the border.

Remember in November. And pick up a couple of neighbors who can't afford the gas to the polls, too. Take 'em with you, maybe even buy 'em a few cups of coffee along the way.

You'll be glad you did.


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junko 6 years ago

outstanding hub


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FitnezzJim 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia Author

Good comments Pete, and I agree.

The system itself is not broken, it is how we perceive the actions of those we elect to power that is the problem. Quite simply, they are conveying the attitude that they can do anything they want and we're powerless to stop it. We can stop it, but seem to have forgotten that's part of our responsibility as voting citizens. We stop it by voting out those who rule rather than represent.

Agree also that the cute jingle was originally intended for children; however, it is also a good introduction for those who might have missed learning about the Constitution during their upbringing. It's as good a way to start the learning process as any, preferably before we elect a president who hasn't read it yet.

Also agree that the Constitution has evolved to be applicable to ALL people of the U.S., and by its own prescribed process of change. Why some would fuss about how things used to be, and why some think that it can now be disregarded is beyond my ability to comprehend.


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Pete Maida 6 years ago

I love it when the guys that ran the country for eight years, getting us into a useless war, and running down the economy suddenly decide that the system is broken.

I don't think that President Obama has done the greatest job but to suddenly say our democracy isn't working is a bit of a stretch. No leader can listen to all the people all of the time. Bush didn't and Chenny made a point of telling people that leadership has nothing to do with listening to the people.

That cute little jingle about the constitution is made for children so I wouldn't expect it to be accurate, but when that document was enacted only land owners voted, and certainly not women or the African slaves. The Bill of Rights was for a privileged few. The greatest thing about the document was that the great wisdom of our founding fathers put in a process to allow it to be changed.

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