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How to get our representatives to start representing us...

  1. uszealot profile image55
    uszealotposted 8 years ago

    Take the Hill!

    "Evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us," ---John Galt (Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged)

    The evil here is the self-serving career politicians on Capitol Hill and in the White House and the flying monkeys in their myriad alphabet agencies.

    By stealing from the producers and redistributing to the non-producers, they have created a perpetual underclass of dependents and a perpetual voting block to keep them in their seats of power. In other words, rather than helping the poor, they have enslaved the poor. Whomever one is dependent upon is one's master.

    In a representative republic, the "representatives" are charged with "representing" their constituents, and are supposed to be accountable to their constituents. The people are supposed to tell their representatives how they want to be represented; how they want their representative to vote on legislation. The representatives are then obligated to carry out the wishes of their constituents, serving as the voice of their constituents in Washington. If they fail to do this, the voters are duty-bound to hold them accountable at the polls. That is how our system is supposed to work.

    Shamefully, over the years "we the people" have not only allowed the politicians to pervert our system, but to make a career out of it. Officially, the United States of America does not have a "two party system", but because elections are now bought by special interest groups with deep pockets who give primarily to the two "major parties", in effect we do have a two party system. Add to the power of the special interest groups the aforementioned perpetual dependent class, and the Republicans and the Democrats have virtually locked out any candidate who does not have an "R" or a "D" after his or her name. Because these two parties have arranged things this way, the power of the vote is rendered pathetically weak. Neither party has to represent their people anymore, because the people have been brainwashed into believing that no real alternative exists. The people are frustrated with the lack of representation from either of the two "major parties", but feel that if they do not "choose between the lesser of two evils" their vote is wasted. In reality, a vote cast for a party that does not represent one's values is a wasted vote.

    Since the politicians, special interest groups, and the dependent class have conspired to render the weapon of the ballot virtually useless, what are the people to do? How can the people, that is to say the producers- those who make America work- take back our Republic? In the old days, the answer would have been armed revolution, as the founders intended. However, that option is unrealistic today because our State militias have, in effect, been federalized, the States have relinquished their sovereignty, and the people are grossly outgunned by the Federal government.

    We the people do still have the power. We have just allowed the politicians to have the reigns when they should be at the other end of the reigns. The productive people of this republic still have a weapon in our arsenal which we have yet to use. It is a weapon more powerful than any bomb the government has at its disposal. It is our productivity.

    Money runs Washington. The perpetual underclass created by government is dependent on government, but government is still dependent on the sweat of the producers. If the producers quit producing, the money dries up. If the money dries up, those who are supposed to represent us will start representing us. Just as the dependent class is enslaved by the Government, the Government is enslaved by the producers.

    The problem has been that we have allowed the Government to take on the roll of master, because it is easier that way. We have been lazy. But we are still in charge; we still have the power. We just have to wield it. We could do that by "going on strike". Small business owners could shut their doors. Employees of business owners who are not willing to cooperate could call in sick. Truckers could stop trucking. We could all refuse to participate in any kind of financial transaction for a week, two weeks, however long it takes to bring the evil mob in Washington to their knees and put them in their place.

    Realistically I know we can never get all the producers to cooperate. Too many Americans prefer the "tranquility of servitude" to the "animating contest for freedom". But the plan wouldn't require universal cooperation to be effective. Even if only a tenth of the population would agree to participate, it could have a powerful effect. The threat alone would probably be enough, but only if everyone is totally committed to following through with the threat should it come down to it.

    I know what I am suggesting here is an extreme measure, but extreme situations warrant extreme measures. Indeed, extreme measures seem to be the only measures that are ever effective. Our republic is collapsing right now. The people know what's best, but the arrogant politicians refuse to listen. Our "representatives" are "fiddling while Rome burns". We must take back the reigns if we are to save our Republic. The politicians are not going to do it. They are the problem, not the solution.


    "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” --Samuel Adams

    1. SparklingJewel profile image76
      SparklingJewelposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Have you checked out  ?  There was just a session of the Continental Congress 2009 in Chicago. These people have been working to bring back the lawful use of the Constiutional aspects for "redress of grievances" by the citizens since the early 90s.

  2. profile image0
    A Texanposted 8 years ago

    Great quote but his beer sucks!

    1. Misha profile image75
      Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Actually Boston Lager probably is the best American brew I ever tried LOL

      1. Jeffrey Neal profile image83
        Jeffrey Nealposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        They make a pretty good beer in Texas...Shiner Bock.  One of my favorites.

        1. Misha profile image75
          Mishaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks for the hint. Will give it a try. smile

  3. Right Black profile image71
    Right Blackposted 8 years ago

    Very well stated. I know that many politicians are not listening. They are only serving themselves but there are a few who remain true to their conscience and we need to vote for them. We also should vote all out of office, no matter which party, who give in to special interest groups and vote against their constituents. The problem is not that the producers don't care, it is that we are to busy producing to stay informed. I hope this hub helps to inform the producers.

    1. profile image0
      A Texanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm with you!

    2. uszealot profile image55
      uszealotposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think there are a few in the house who are truly to represent their constituents, but in the Senate such politicians are virtually non existant. Personally, although I like my current Representative (Phil Gingry), I plan to not vote for a single Republican or Democrat, and am trying to convince my friends to do the same, to send a very clear and unambiguous message to Washington that we are finished with politics as usual.

  4. tony0724 profile image60
    tony0724posted 8 years ago

    Two words , Term Limits !

    1. uszealot profile image55
      uszealotposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You're absolutely right, Tony. But how do we get non-representing representatives to impose limits on themselves? I think the only way may be the method described in my OP.

  5. Jeffrey Neal profile image83
    Jeffrey Nealposted 8 years ago

    Three more words: campaign finance reform

  6. uszealot profile image55
    uszealotposted 8 years ago

    By the way, if you like the idea, please feel free to copy and paste my OP and send it to your friends.