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The changing philosophy of government when leadership changes

Updated on January 11, 2013

It is a well-known fact that when leadership changes in the function of government philosophy almost always changes. This is true not only of individuals in charge of major government entities such as Governors and the President but those in charge of government committees, departments and agencies. It has been said that change is a good thing and in large respect this is true but change can also have a negative impact dependent upon the nature of the change being implemented.

In these economic times there are going to be and has been changes in government functions and/or philosophy. These changes may not always agree with our opinion and sometimes they are not in agreement with the legislation or regulations in place. This can be a matter of interpretation as to what is allowed and what is not in directing philosophical changes in reference to previous individuals who held the same positions. These economic times at the national level and in some places at the state level require philosophical changes in the way various levels of government operate. Changes are not always going to be popular and if there are concerns as to changes being implemented individuals are free to bring the issue into our court system if it is a matter of agreement with the law or the applicable Constitution.

One point to make about our country is we have the freedom to question our elected officials in reference to the decisions they have made. The response to whether we agree with actions can be seen in the votes we cast come election time. It is the opportunity to send a message on how our elected officials have met our needs and the needs of our country or state. Voting is an action that all Americans to take seriously each and every election. It is what makes our country great. Some may say one vote will not make a difference in the outcome but if several individuals have the same opinion the quantity of individuals who abstain from voting impacts the outcome of any election. This can occur at the lowest level of government up to and including those we elect to Congress.

Our country when it began had a distinct philosophy in mind when it was created after the Revolutionary War in the minds of many but not all individuals. While in some respects this is true but the basis for our philosophy as a country began when the first settler set foot on our shores. As time passed the philosophy began to take shape and formed the basis of what is now our Constitution. Philosophical differences are going to exist as can be seen with the events in the present Congress but even when these differences show themselves there is still a common thread in what each group of individuals wants to accomplish. The philosophical differences are this aspect is the path to achieve the same goal or target. It is hoped that the philosophical difference between the various branches of government will come together to address the problems facing our country. We as individuals must let all our elected officials know how we feel on some basic issues such as the deficit and entitlement programs.

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    • Dennis AuBuchon profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis AuBuchon 

      6 years ago

      lovemychris

      Thanks again for some great information and the link

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      Leslie McCowen 

      6 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "Not only do ALEC members like Koch Industries, Exxon, AT&T, etc. are Working with State Republican Law Makers writing Your State Laws, They are Seeking to Propose Amendments to the United States Constitution."

      http://fredericacade.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/not-...

      They have been at it since Reagan.

    • Dennis AuBuchon profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis AuBuchon 

      6 years ago

      lovemychris

      Thanks for the link

    • Dennis AuBuchon profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis AuBuchon 

      6 years ago

      HSchneider

      Thanks for stopping by and providing your input. Your comment about changin philosophy by officials who had been in power for a long time is well taken.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      6 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

    • Dennis AuBuchon profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis AuBuchon 

      6 years ago

      lovemychris

      I appreciate your comments and thanks for the information you provided about Wyoming as I was not aware of this situation.

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      Howard Schneider 

      6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I totally agree, Dennis. Democracy is a continuing process. Not just on Election Day. We must always stay informed of the issues and let our representatives know how we feel. Otherwise government runs amok. Philosophies change over time not just with a change in officials but the officials themselves who may have served many years.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      6 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      The problem we have here in these days Dennis, imo- is people who nullify the voter's choice.

      Take, for example, Wyoming---whose leaders have written a law to charge a felony on any federal offficial who enforces a new law.....and this is before any new law has been written!

      They are going to make federal officials felons for up-holding the laws of the government that we the majority have voted in.

      Or take the leaders who remove women's Constitutional rights little by little, with their county and state power....completely nullifying these women of their federally guarenteed rights in the process.

      Or take an opposing political party, who refuses to operate unless they are in power.....completely nullifying the majority of the country, who expect their votes to mean something.

      This philosphy of My way or the Highway is the detriment we face today, in my view.

      I will add the gvr. of Michigan, who took over a city, and proceeded to sell off public lands......This is not governing.

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