We Need a New Independence
“That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men,
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
When our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence,
they envisioned a governing body comprised of citizen legislators who
served at the consent of the public. Today, too many of our elected
officials have become independent kings concerned more with power, party
and their political careers. The people who elect them and common sense
policy solutions are no longer priorities. The inability of the men and
women who represent us to secure our nation’s economic infrastructure
and our borders has produced a governing body no less tyrannical than
King George himself. We need a new independence from these kings in
Every year Congress takes a growing share of the nation’s wealth to
pay for entitlement programs and discretionary projects far beyond the
role of government our founders envisioned. The congressional watchdog
group Citizens Against Government Waste found that Congress spent a
record $29 billion on nearly 10,000 discretionary or pork projects in
the fiscal year 2006 appropriations. Despite the best efforts of a few
members of Congress to shine the light on this fiscal insanity, too many
members view their job as spend, run for re-election, repeat.
The eagerness to give away billions in taxpayer dollars is
surpassed only by an eagerness to duck responsibility on our fiscal
crises. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) offered an amendment this year that
would have required all Social Security payroll taxes to remain in the
Social Security system to pay benefits. Just forty-six senators
supported the DeMint amendment. Last year, President Bush and a few
Republicans tried to fix the Social Security funding crisis but were
denied the opportunity by a bipartisan front of members too afraid to
admit a crisis exists.
Our nation’s southern border is a sieve, threatening our
sovereignty and the rule of law that supports our unique system of
government. A May 19
FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll found that eighty-six
percent of Americans think illegal immigration is a serious problem.
Congress had an opportunity to secure the border by voting to build a
physical barrier on our southern border, but they failed the public once
A physical barrier such as a wall or fence would be a visual
deterrent to those who want to sneak across our border. That is why we
maintain physical barriers around prisons, our homes and the White
House. Unfortunately, too many members of Congress view the millions of
illegal aliens as potential voters, not the identity thieves that they
are. The proud citizens of sovereign nations defend their borders. If
they fail to protect their borders, their freedom and liberty is in
Too many members of Congress think getting re-elected and having
their party in the majority is more important than ensuring our national
security. Members such as Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and Senator John Kerry
(D-MA) have made near treasonous statements and proposals that
politicize the war on terrorism. According to a report in the South
Florida Sun-Sentinel, Murtha claimed that
presence in Iraq is “more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats
from North Korea or Iran.” Kerry offered an amendment to the 2007
Defense Authorization Act that would have required the so-called
redeployment of our military from Iraq by mid-2007. It was soundly
defeated by a vote of 86-13.
Have no doubt about it – there are some Americans, including
members of Congress – who want the terrorists to win. Every time we
receive significant intelligence about the enemy, our enemies from
within say we obtained is unconstitutionally, as if terrorists should
receive the benefits of our constitutional protections. Every time we
achieve a military victory they call for us to “redeploy” the troops.
Setting a date certain for troop withdrawal is like placing a sign in
your yard telling the local burglar the times you plan to be away from
your home with the front door unlocked. Our enemies from within see our
national security as just another political issue.
knowing the power of incumbency, appear unmoved by their low approval
ratings. A June 15 FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll found that just
twenty-nine percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing.
These poll results should be a wake-up call for a change in leadership
and legislative priorities.
We the people can achieve a new independence from the kings in the
Capitol. It begins not by changing the party in the majority in the 2006
elections, but by changing the leadership in the House and Senate and
demanding common sense solutions on the big issues. The consent of the
governed must replace re-election as the top priority in Congress. By
demanding a change in leadership we can change the focus from “We the
Congress, by the Congress, for the Congress” to “We the people, by the
people, for the people.”
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