An online group named Stimulated Yet? asked: Is Our Government Really Broken? That brought on a virtual plethora of thoughts and scenarios while attempting to formulate an answer in my mind. A first knee jerk response was – yes it is broken. But after more thought further analysis lead me to – no our Government is not broken – but it must be said that it is certainly limping badly. Limping enough that if not brought under control it will break and perhaps even fall.
The Government of the United States can certainly survive the long haul but not unaided. If left alone by the voting taxpayers our Government could fail. To qualify that our Government is not broken but things must be done, We, The People must become more involved. The voters are the forgotten element in our current Government and have been for too long. We vote every couple of years and then return to our lives leaving our Government to the politicians who as many have shown are not to be trusted nor left to their own devises.
We, The People must in fact be our Government. The need of involvement is needed more now than any time in our recent history, more involvement by the living generations have ever witnessed. Complacency on our part is something we cannot allow. We, The People must challenge and question those politicians we vote into office, it is our responsibility in assuming our role in our Government. We must insist from those we vote into office a standard of ethics like the first U.S. Government Founding Fathers imposed upon themselves and we must accept nothing less from them.
As the Grand Rapids Independent Examiner it is necessary to question and analyze what our Government does. That is what every citizen must also do. "The choices over the next few years are going to be among the most profound in all of the American history" said Newt Gingrich recently.
Why, you say we have never had to do this before? It is because our Government has become very dysfunctional. It has become a Government of special interests, bribes for votes, and favors all to the demise of the US Constitutional guaranteed un-inalienable rights, among them are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That along with extreme partisan politics that has polarized government’s business that has lead to the belief it is broken. As a result of the polarization nothing gets done except finger pointing, name calling and Political Action Committees get their favors.
The taxpaying voters, We, The People are the ones who are made to suffer as a result. We only need look toward the number of attempts to restrict issues of religion and prayer, the ACLU attempt to remove “One Nation under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, citizens’ ownership of firearms, etc. the list goes on. "Now back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program. . . .One of the traditional methods of imposing statism [ibid] or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can't afford it“ a quote from a Ronald Reagan speech.
We, The People must take back Our Government and protect it so it does not become a caretaker of the people. It is the voter’s responsibility to research the person that they are voting for. It must be known by the voting taxpayers that the person that sounds good in their campaign really does believe in and will support the voter’s basic beliefs. As with the old adage of "Buyer Beware", be very careful who you vote for, you may very not get what you expect.