We the People: Voices in the Wilderness

Is anybody out there?


Senators that are retiring

  • Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
  • Joe Lieberman (I-CT)
  • Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
  • Ben Nelson (D-NE)
  • Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
  • Kent Conrad (D-ND)
  • Jim Webb (D-VA)
  • Herb Kohl (D-WI)

Senators Up for Re-Election

  • Richard Lugar (R-IN)
  • Olympia Snowe (R-MN)
  • Scott Brown (R-Mass)
  • Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi)
  • Dean Heller (R-NV)
  • Bob Corker (R-TN)
  • Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • John Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Tom Carper (D-DE)
  • Bill Nelson (D-FL)
  • Ben Cardin (D-MD)
  • Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn)
  • Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri)
  • Jon Tester (D-MT)
  • Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Do you hear them, like a choir singing, resonating within the Hallowed Halls of Justice, and insisting to be heard? It is We the People, becoming unified, to fix what is inherently wrong within the recesses of our democracy.

With respect to our system of Government being broken, both Democratic and Republican representatives are in agreement. The burden falls on We the People to make those repairs for our children’s future.

When I hear the term, you’re preaching to the choir; it doesn't discourage me in the least. As I recollect, that is precisely how you get the choir to sing. Personally, I find the music too deafening for my ears to ignore. Like a bell, resounding high above in the tower, it beckons its citizens to rally within the Town Square. Its resonance is loud and it is clear as a bell.

This is, our 18th century tavern, which we choose to gather. It brings together all those whom share a common cause. I compel all those to participate in the conversation regarding the direction of our future. In less than a year, we must decide if we choose to play a key role toward that very process.

The Presidential Race is up for grabs given the State of the economy. A third party candidate will most likely help the incumbent President. A point of fact we should carefully consider, noteworthy of our good intention, is the other 535 elected officials of which we place our trust.

Every two years, all the House of Representative seats are up for grabs. Without extraordinary actions, is safe to say Republicans will hold the House, given their 50 seat advantage. The breakdown is as follows: 242 Republicans, 192 Democrats, 1 vacancy for a total of 435 seats.

The Senate rotates one third of its members every 2 years which comprise their 6 year term. The present party representation is as such; 51 democrats, 47 Republicans, 2 Independents; of which, the Democrats have 22 caucus seats up for grabs, compared to 10 for Republicans. Personally, I see the Republicans easily taking control of the Senate given the math.

Congress is where the power of this nation lives. The Filibuster rule requires 60 votes for anything to be accomplished. Some like it, those usually in the minority, the majority, not so much. My point is simply this; I was under the impression majority ruled, regardless of the possession arrow. In essence,filibuster gives power to the minority, requiring 60 votes. The problem is the power revolves around stagnancy. My question would be, how has that worked out so far?

Like a voice in the wilderness, shouting to be heard, we patiently await a sound other than our echo… echo … echo…

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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Tusitala,

Thank you for a wonderful response in my test for echo. Indeed, it was the purpose of the hub. Be well Sir.


Siaosi Tusitala 4 years ago

An old adage: "Truth rings like a silver bell!" Can you hear anything?

Now to cop out entirely. I don't think we can or necessarily should attempt to stop this progression. I think it is in Greater Hands than our own. The culling of the herd perhaps?

Don't misunderstand, every fiber within me screams for "justice"; but I still wonder exactly what "justice" is? Who's justice? It has become so blatant and so confrontive - as though that was "their" intent? To remain silent is nearly impossible and to react nearly futile. Deep down at some level, we all wonder if there is that "Big Brother" watching, monitoring and notating. That's the real fear that keeps us in line. Keeps us cowed and lost, only to write comments on a collective site like this.

I suppose, first we have to have an agreement and then a plan and then the courage and wisdom to act appropriately. I just don't think it is achieveable in this world as it is. There is most certainly an "Arab Spring" coming in our direction in the not too distant future? This drought may be the instigator? I wish I were younger; but I'm glad I'm older and a bit wiser than I once was.

I was never a coward; just slow to the draw. When the collective "we" crosses that threshold, "we" better have a damn good plan!

(I think I just stepped over that line in the dirt?)

* There's an old paperback, probably out of print; but locateable, "Without Armor". (I don't even know the author). In many ways it reads like a play book for what has been taking place {in excruciating slow motion} for one hell of a long time. Light read about what took place during the Russian Revolution. Basically a romance story with some minor details of what various people are capable of.

Perhaps, just food for thought? Perhaps we're all just being sucked in to a play for the sake of "they". You all know, "they" - all those named conspiracy groups that are so popular in secondary corners of our

subconscious minds. Naturally that old "Sinatra/Presley" song "My Way" comes to mind. That's another core emotion lurking deep within us.

Do we risk the slow degeneration in trade for a few more tomorrows or do we put it on the line and shoot it all on zero/double zero?

We all are aware that there are crazies out there, just itching to get something going. How do we seperate them?

All of these reasonings are cause for caution. And that's the rub, to suffer in near silence or act?

All we really have in the final analysis is to await that "Greater Hand"?

To believe or to not believe and that's the quiet closet we find ourselves crouched down in. Salavating, cussing and crying, all simultaneously.

There is a poem that you might be able to find "I am There" by anonymous - whoever anonymous was, he/she did have a reminder of solace for all readers.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Like a choir singing, resonating within the Hallowed Halls of Justice, insisting to be heard!

It is We the People, becoming unified, to fix what is inherently wrong within the recesses of our democracy.

We have the greatest tool Democracy has ever known; the internet. The capacity to reach the ears, hearts and minds, of tens of millions Americans,is at our disposal.

I was just on the Americans Elect site with Bill R, a fellow hubber and Delegate, commenting on third Party Ballot candidates for nationwide Congressional elections.

We can Share information, and progress and setbacks...and at the end of the day, regardless of the result, if we fail, its not because we layed down...we just didn't reach enough souls.

Thanks for your comments as always Michele and Thanks 4 SHARING!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

The biggest problem yet, is that only about 58% of us vote. So, how do we wake the sleeping giant? If we all vote, we have the power. If we don't vote, then it is over. We need more people to hear this! I wish I knew how to do that.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

* Thanks (sp)


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thats for your input Teaches12345. I suppose you could say we're stuck in the mud.

"How do we the people get the wheel to stop?"

By preaching to the choir.

The wheel goes 'round &'round.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is thought provoking and should "make the choir sing". It seems we go around in circles and little gets accomplished. How do we the people get the wheel to stop? Our voices must unite. Great hub!


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

nityanandagaurang,

Right? Who would have thought the change was to be coins in our pocket.Thanks for the visit and comment.


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nityanandagaurang 4 years ago

when obama the president came power first time everyone thought there will be change in america,but we voters should'nt bank on so much on politician


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

I strongly urge you to provide input when commenting on my hubs. Whether it be in the form of facts, opinion, concerns or Rants. It is critical in determining a overall perspective of the topic in question. I enjoy that part of the process toward my education. Thank you for the visit and your kind words Stayathomemommy Jo.


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StayathomeMommyJo 4 years ago from The Midwest

Great hub - but to some of the commentators I have to say that Bush had a balanced budget when he came into office, and was President when the economic meltdown started. Just to be fair that had to be said.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

I'm continually encouraged of the consistency of our agreement on a variety of subject matters. Hemingway, nice touch G.


geordmc 4 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

Once again I am reminded of a line in a poem. "Ask not for whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee" If left unchecked we will all hear that bell, all too soon! Voted up & awsome, useful & interesting. Keep the hubs coming. I always look forward to them.

George


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for the responding to my echoing voice Writer Fox. I tend to agree with your view regarding politicians job creation plans along with the state of our descent.


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Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

We need more voices in the wilderness. I don't know any politician who has a good job creation plan. Without that, America is fast-falling.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Its a powerful message to hit major corporations where they live poetvix, right in the wallet.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Well, they seem to actually pay attention when it has to do with their money. Perhaps we need to consider some kind of national boycott of all products and services provided by the companies that give them the majority of their funding, especially the ones that spend literally millions lobbying to get them to pass laws that hurt us. Perhaps, Monsanto and a few others would be a good place to start. If they start hurting, they will apply the pressure we don’t seem to be able to. It’s just a thought off the top of my head and quiet possibly flawed, but it’s an idea to get the ball rolling.

Further, maybe we could all stop allowing taxes to be taken out of our checks and pay in at the end of the year only. The interest lost alone would get their attention. Just a thought.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thank you for the visit and comments Poetvix. I tend to agree with the entirety of the points you have outlined.

I would say there are multiple movements to include the national protests, the Amendment toward campaign financing, but, as for me, nothing compares to having a national discussion, as we did, to further our understanding and chart the course for tomorrow. Having said that, I'm open to suggestions.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

While I agree we are in trouble and it's up to we, the people to fix, I think the pending elections are only the tip of the iceberg. We have to start applying pressure to the ones already there to return to the Constitution, to restore liberty, to end corruption and stop thinking we have to wait until the next popularity contest election to fix things. We can't wait that long. We have to somehow make them that are there now act now in OUR best interest, in my opinion. Thanks for an informative read, as always.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thank you for the read and your comment Raphapriestess.


radhapriestess 4 years ago

From research we know that incumbents do have an advantage, they win most of the time.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

DanielNeff,

Thank you for explaining your point of view. My point is we have to do our own research. If your comfortable with the data in which you have read,in 301 days you get to vote for the people you believe will best represent your concerns. As an Independent, so do I.

To answer your direct question...What in the record of the government's behavior in the last 50 years, makes you think they are the answer to the health care situation?

As a prior military service member, I receive VA medical care. I have no complaints to date regarding the care I have received. The cost to me is based on my family income, Means Testing. It seems reasonable, and I find it gives me piece of mind.

I would suggest we need to take better care of ourselves as you pointed out in your comments. It is in our own personal best interest.The individual mandate to purchase insurance is not a new concept to Americans. The queston of the Constitutionality is a matter for the courts.

Finally, your concerns with respect to the bankruptcy of America are indeed a shared concern. I would suggest we examine our priorities in the context of what we choose to spend our Tax Dollars on.

Once again I appreciate the conversation.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Good Morning Becky,

Thank you for your comments. Ranting is good. Your points regarding the Natinal Debt,Job creation,Wall Street Banking, & Healthcare in America are all concerns of mine as well.

So,when you go to your local polling place in 301 days, you will have a choice between the two parties as usual. Your vote counts for one, as does mine.

I would contend just one more 'actual,viable' choice could change the way business is conducted for the People. I think it's not too much to ask.

To end on a positive note, thank you for the compliment regarding the hub being well written. I'm looking forward to future conversation.


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DanielNeff 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

For starters, the cost of Obamacare will bankrupt this country. It didn't take long (once the plan was scrutinized) to realize it would cost significantly more than their initial estimate.

What in the record of the government's behavior in the last 50 years, makes you think they are the answer to the health care situation? (the way they've robbed and bankrupted Social Security for starters)

The problem with health care costs has nothing to do with insurance companies. I've read estimates that insurance companies make up about 3% of the overall cost. The problem is that we want to live forever,we want to be kept alive with machines, instead of going when it is our time. We want to have endless, million dollar machines that will detect and treat every little disease or ailment, even if it only affects one person in 10 billion.

We want to eat crap, smoke, have sex with everyone in town, and then have a magic pill or shot that eliminates the consequences of our lifestyle.

Giving the federal government will not reign in the cost of health care, it will send it skyrocketing even higher, and will bankrupt this country. We are already going bankrupt without it.

Nevermind the fact that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to force people to buy a product or service.

but we want to live with a lifestyle that shortens ; we want a magic pill to allow us to live unhealthy lives without consequences.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This is a very well written hub. I am extremely concerned with the amount of money that Mr. Obama has added to the National debt. It is now considerably higher than when he was elected and all I hear about that the money was used for is waste. Our national debt has risen since Mr. Obama was elected by more than every other President's debt, combined. And we are in worse shape than we were.

Building electric power plants would have provided jobs and gotten the economy going. Instead we gave the money to the banks and the states. The banks gave it to the executives as bonuses for wiping out our finances. The states have not used it, they are sitting on it or it has disappeared. Wasted both ways.

Then he decided that we needed socialized medicine, like England and Canada have. They still pay for everything except the Dr. bills and have to wait for 7-8 hours to see a Dr. How is that better? Since when has the government been able to manage finances well enough to be trusted with our health care. We will all end up being treated like they are at the VA. Terrible conditions there. I know, my husband is a Disabled Vet.

Sorry for my rant on here but you wanted our thoughts.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

DanielNeff,

Thanks for your input. From a Non-partisian viewpoint, I would argue the control of Congress far exceeds the importance of winning the White House.

Although, I'm particularily interested in your perspective regarding the destructon of America through providing 50 million uninsured American's Healthcare coverage. I'm looking forward to future conversations and idea's regarding the direction of the nation.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Onuigbos,

Thank you for taking the time for an open discussion regarding the future of the people. Here is my perspective; this particular hub's agenda is to hear the voice of the electorate, not to dumb it down. Thats the media's job. I believe, in less than a year,there is not nearly enough time for a consensus of the electorate. I agree change is excruciatingly slow. Yet,Time is of the essence. There are 435 House seats open and 32 Senate seats up for grabs. Incumbants in Congress, that's where the power lies. 94% of the time, those whom raise the most money win the election.

"The burden falls on We the People to make those repairs for our children’s future."


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DanielNeff 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

I have been saying this until I'm blue in the face, but here goes again, "The GOP gaining control of the Senate is as important as winning the White House." If the GOP wins the WH, but the Dems still control the Senate. we will be in exactly the same place 5 years from now.

Oh, except for one big thing....Obamacare will take effect and destroy this country.


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onuigbos 4 years ago from Southfield, MI

You wrote. "The burden falls on We the People to make those repairs for our children’s future." The irony is that "We the People" are incredibly dumbed down and mercilessly impatient to make rational decisions. Some said vote out the incumbent. Yes, how is that working for us with Tea partyers in congress? My hearts goes out to President Obama who is running a drive-through, and microwave society, who are cursed with the patience-span of butterflies.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Hello Tammy,

Thank you for your kind comments. As the piece indicates in the title, I'm merely a voice in the wilderness, awaiting an echo. I thank you for answering my call. Maybe we can change the message eh? It's amazing, what can be accomplished through the sharing of our thoughts. Its more amazing,what can be accomplished when people have agreeable thoughts. As Always, my pleasure. gjf


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Mr. Avery Sir;

My Great friend from the great State of Alabama, checking in with his overly kind words. I wish I could do more than rant. Your words are always appreciated and I look forward to each and every one of your forthcoming comments, of that I assure you Kenneth. God Bless America.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

PS @ gj...Im sorry. I forgot to tell ya,

Voted up and away...wonderfully-written.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I hope people like you can be the voice this country needs. What is sad is that Americans can take control of this situation by the message of their hard earned dollars. It doesn't seem as if enough people are interested or organized enough to make their voices heard. I agree with your thoughts though.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello, gj! Great read! Informative. Truthful. To the point. Loved this. Keep up the great work!

Kenneth


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Idea's ?


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

I'm with you!


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

I am absolutley comfortable with We the People Bless America, Maxoxam41. Bottoms up!


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

If not God, people bless America.


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Max,

Picture this, walking into my little Tavern in the 18th Century, and in the spirit of the Sitcon Cheers, as you walk in, you receive a resounding MAX! Of course, upon your arrival, the soundman cues the music... 'Shake it up' by the Cars.

How 'bout a cold beverage while we figure this out?

The only thing we have to fear is more of this sh..stuff.

Thanks for your comments and God Bless America.


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

Nice work as usual. The more I think about us as citizens the less courage I find. Too many of us are afraid of the future!How many of us are ready to shake the houses, to remove our money from greedier banks, to eliminate the Fed...?


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

NayNay,

Thank's for checking in on this Test for Echo. We the People must come up with some well thought idea's regarding breaking the gridlock of our broken democracy. All aboard!...


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

MichiganMan,

Believe me when I say nothing would please me more than achieving such a solution. The problem is We the People have two "choices". One appears to be worse than the other. Write in candidates never work. Americans Elect deferred on Congressional third Party Ballots. I'm open to suggestions. Thank you for your comments. I look forward to hearing from you in the very near future. The Unity Party? We stand United.


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NayNay2124 4 years ago

We must awaken the sleeping giant so this country can see change that it so desparately needs. The information you provided regarding congress and the senate is very useful. Good job!


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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Hey yo Tillsontitan, whats going on;

Can I call you Tillie please? This is a test for echo...

Thanks for jumping right in and commenting. I can't say how much I appreciate you feedback.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

Vote out the incumbents.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

How far will your echo cry out? So much needs to be done to reform what we have but will "we the people" have the intelligence and the commitment to do it? I especially liked your information about Senate and House numbers. Keep the information flowing and we may be able to awaken the sleeping giant yet!

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