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April 13, 2010

We the People: The Patriot Papers April 2010 Issue

“But ambitious encroachments of the federal government, on the authority of the State governments, would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only. They would be signals of general alarm… But what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity.”

James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788

What madness indeed?  Many States have recently seen a usurpation of their constitutional rights, but only a few are fighting back.  Ever wonder why that is?  I believe I know why.  My state, Illinois, is on the hook for billions of dollars borrowed from the federal government.  Perhaps our politicians think it unwise to bite the hand that feeds, but I contend that we should have bitten that hand for offering in the first place.

States should not be borrowing from the federal government for that very reason.  On the same note, the above is why our nation shouldn’t be borrowing from China.

There was a time when States and their citizens thought of themselves as independent, almost as if each State was a separate country.  What happened

to that?  Is it because so many of us move around that we lose our identity as citizens?  I have moved around a lot, and can’t count any one State as my home, but I live in Illinois, so my concerns are as an Illinoisan and I can say that my State is right there in the government’s pocket.  Our legislators are running this State just like our federal government runs the country.  Too much spending, waste, corruption, budget crippling entitlements, and the list goes on.  They won’t fight for our rights by standing with other States against the health care bill.  It’s as if our State government is more loyal to the President than their citizens.

We need to demand that our States defend their sovereignty and our rights.  It’s time we demand they do their jobs.  As I have stated before, use your votes.  Impose term limits, and hold them accountable to the State constitutions.  The State is supposed to be our first line of defense against government intrusion and tyranny; it’s time we reminded them of that.

Our local governments have lost their way, in some cases more so than the federal government.  Local politicians have grown complacent, confident that their constituents pay more attention to national elections than those at home.  If we expect them to more responsible representatives then we need to remind them we are watching.  Reforming our nation will have to start at home.

I challenge all of you to participate more.  Go to local city council meetings.  Talk to your local officials, including city, county, and state.  Let them know you are knowledgeable about what is going on.  Let them know we did not elect them so we could sit back and let them run things for us.  We all need to stop thinking of our part in politics as a ‘fire and forget’ kind of event.

What can you do?  Read and write to start with.  Read your State constitution, as well as the federal one.  Write your representative and let them know you are on to them.  Remind them that they work for us.  They are beholden to the electorate just as much as federal politicians are.  Demand that they protect you from a federal government out of control.  If our States won’t protect us then we are left with only each other.  Their jobs and the State government are just as susceptible to replacement as the federal government is.

Another important responsibility lies with our elected Senators and Congressmen in D.C.  Write or call them, and tell them to stop bringing money home.  Large amounts of government spending goes to states in the form of ear marks, or ‘pork’.  It is wasteful on the federal level, and like a drug on the local scene.  States rely on this funding to meet budget shortfalls that they should make regardless.

Finally, get involved and learn.  Whether it is Tea Party rallies, or just discussions with friends, we need to stop being afraid to talk about politics.  If the people you talk to are closed-minded then leave them be, they aren’t worth your time.  We have to stop the harmful divisiveness and get back to our principles of honest and open debate.  We may not all agree on everything, but I bet we all agree on freedom.

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April 9, 2010

We The People: The Patriot Papers March 2010 Issue

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 5:19 am
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“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796

Was President Washington a prophet, or just a smart man?  I would say that our greatest President did not have some other-worldly power to see the future, he just had common sense.  He saw the danger of political parties, and that is why he wanted no part of them.  He was our only true independent politician.

Now it is time for us to follow his example, and throw off the lie we have been told for generations.  Our two-party system is not a good thing.  It is not necessary for debate, or balance.  It is nothing more than a cancer, that keeps us divided and fighting amongst ourselves so that those in power may remain in power.  There is no true difference between the parties, only two different heads on the same puppet master’s hand.

It is time for us to stop voting based on our party preference.  We need to stop putting our mark by the R or the D and hoping for the best.  How many times have you been lied to by a candidate from your party?  How many times have you just voted for that party again, hoping that the next one would be better?  It is time to stop giving them the power, and votes, that justify their behavior.

In the upcoming election look at the candidates not their party affiliation.  Ask yourself first, “Does he or she uphold the spirit and letter of the Constitution?”   If that question had been asked two years ago our current president would not have been elected.  He is quoted as saying the Constitution is flawed.  That I t is a document of negative liberties, detailing what the government cannot do to you, but leaving off what government must do for you.  I disagree.  The Constitution is a document detailing the rights that the government must protect.  Sure, you can say it defines what the government cannot do to you, but that is a simplistic and self-serving definition.

If you can answer the question ‘yes’, then you must next ask yourself if the candidate would uphold your principles.  Too many people think the other way around, and not only is that selfish, but it begs for tyranny.  It is too easy for a candidate to say they uphold your principles, or the popular principles.  It is too difficult to judge when they have not followed through on that promise.  The Constitution, however, is a merciless yardstick to measure a politician.  It is not based on interpretation, and it has within it the power to hold our elected officials accountable.  You cannot go to the Supreme Court and declare that your congressman did not vote the way you wanted him to, so should be impeached.  You can however go to that court and declare that a politician has violated your Constitutional rights.  Adherence to the Constitution must be paramount in our consideration.  It is selfish, and destructive to do otherwise.  The Constitution protects us all, regardless of political party.

We must also be searching for candidates willing to sacrifice their power, for the good and stability of the nation.  Term limits need to be pushed through by unselfish politicians, those that look to the country before themselves.  If you cannot find a candidate that will promote, sponsor, and vote for term limits then we must force term limits on them.

My personal feelings are that it should be four terms for congressmen and two for senators, until such time as we return the selection of senators to the states.  Eight years for Congress and twelve for Senate would eliminate career politicians, and make them more mindful of doing the country’s business in an efficient manner.

We can all bridge the political divide in our communities.  We can throw off the labels that keep us at odds with each other.  If our politicians must label themselves, so be it, but WE THE PEOPLE can make their labels irrelevant.  They do not mean anything now anyway, so why play their game?  Band together as citizens and let them know we are on to them.  We see them.  We surround them.

What is the purpose of We The People?

We The People, The Patriot Papers, is my answer to the frustration I feel every day when I hear someone display their ignorance of where we came from, our founding principles, and our Constitution.  It is an outpouring of my frustration with the media, and how our government treats us.  It is my struggle to educate my fellow citizens as best I can, while I also educate myself.

I will gladly take questions, at the email address below, and will answer the interesting ones here in the publication.  I will attempt to respond to all emails personally.

You can get a copy of We The People sent to you, free, by emailing me with your request.  I am not connected to any company, affiliated with any political party (if you did not notice), or looking for profit.  I will not sell your contact information used to obtain your free copy.

I encourage every reader to make copies of this and hand them out, as long as those copies are complete and unchanged.  We can reclaim and refound this country, but only if we work hard together.  My only goal is to see our children live in a world free of crippling debt, destructive entitlements, and tyranny in the name of fairness.  Fairness comes from competition and understanding under equal opportunity, it is not given to us by anyone, including government.

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