Voters States should have Nuclear Option Tweet Congress #VSNO

Since Democrats feel it’s ok for Congress to use the Nuclear Option against the Will of the American People then: Voters and States should have a Nuclear Option too

What happens when an Elected…

–       doesn’t do what they said they would do when they get to Washington?

–       tries to manipulate the Process to Force something upon us – we do not want?

–       abuses their Power so much there isn’t enough time to wait to vote them out?

–       no longer listens to or represents the People who elected them?

Maybe it’s time Voters and States Have a Nuclear Option Too.

Although it might be far better to get rid of the Nuclear Option altogether – after of course we undo all the damage done by Democrats – in the meantime it’s worth investigating how Constitutionally we as Voters can send a louder message to those Elected who choose not to listen to the Ones who Elected them.

Maybe Voters with an Up Down Simple Majority Vote, can have a Redo of an Election or Vote on a Issue Directly – maybe then, those in Washington will get the Message. Democrats could have used this during the last Administration.

This is NOT a Republican Democrat issue – although Democrats now are more out of control than any other Party in our Nation’s history and it is now an Emergency Situation.

Agreeing with this – what can be done NOW

Continue to:  Call and Write Congress.  Attend Town Hall Meetings.  Talk to and inform friends, relatives, neighbors and complete strangers about what you know.  Connect people with sources of reliable information. 

Get information from the Main Stream Media and Others but don’t stop there.  Go to the Source of their Information on the Internet directly for yourself to see how they may have “twisted the facts” for whatever reason – remember what you find out and make up your own mind.

Join Twitter and follow others learning about the issues, politely message those who may be mistaken or may have been misled.

Watch out for Skinny Bob (someone who just wants to mess with you and isn’t interested in reasonable discussion).

Turn up the volume on your Twitter messages by using the Twitter Hashtag #vsno which means:

Voter State Nuclear Option

Voters Say NO!

Tweet Democrats in Congress: We don’t want the Government taking over Our Health Care System! #hc #vsno

Tweet Democrats in Congress: We want REAL Health Care Reform – Scrap the Bills and Start Over! #hc #vsno

Tweet Democrats in Congress: Fix what’s Broken with Healthcare and Leave the Rest Alone! #hc #vsno

Make #vsno a Trending Topic on Twitter – I don’t know if anything will change but what I do know is that the White House Press Secretary is new on Twitter and he just might see it and slip a hint to the President who might then tell the Leaders in Congress. It’s worth a try.

One last thing, remember recently when we had Snow in all 50 States and there was a shortage of snow for the Olympics in Vancouver?  Washington was shut down for days yet we still survived. 

Some say it was a message about Global Warming however it wouldn’t matter because most in Washington aren’t getting any messages from us or from Above. 

The Loudest Message sent yet was from the great Voters of Massachusetts and like the DC Blizzard, it was a Historic event. Democrats can continue to ignore or distort what it really meant.

In November however when the #vsno Victory SNO reaches all 50 States – maybe then they will Know!

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The Simple Majority is Simply Wrong

For many Democrats in Congress, the majority of People in their District are but a remote annoyance that interrupts THEM from doing THEIR work; they forget – they are supposed to be doing the People’s work.

Most Democrats in Congress have long departed from the Will of the People. They are now manipulating the Rules in order to Force THEIR agenda on us. The Founders by design made it uneasy to pass Legislation and yet the Congress has overruled Them.

It is supposed to take a 3/5ths (60 vote) Majority in the Senate to pass Legislation.  Senators took it upon themselves to lower this number to 51 but only for the purpose of “reconciling” Budget Itemsthis is why they called it Reconciliation.

When Democrats were in the Minority and Republicans wrongly wanted to use Reconciliation for a broader purpose we heard a different tune – then it was Renamed the Nuclear Option. 

Watch this video and realize what Democrats were so upset about – was the use of the Nuclear Option for the Appointment of a Judge:  

Now Democrats want to use that same Nuclear Option for the Hostile takeover of Our Entire Healthcare System.

Democrats say Americans don’t understand Reconciliation and People are not interested in the “complex inner workings of Congress”.  Democrats again misread the American People who DO UNDERSTAND what Democrats are doing. 

What Democrats are trying to Sell us violates the Ten Amendment of the Constitution, tramples on Individual and State Rights and People just don’t want it.

Democrats are still not listening and because even they know what they’re threatening to do is misuse of the Rules, they had to come up with a new strategy.

What has emerged from their smoky back room?  Surprise – the renaming of Reconciliation again.

Now they want to Call it a… 

“Simple Majority – up or down vote”.

Rename it, repackage it, put some whipped cream and sprinkles on it. We are not going to eat it. Stop wasting time.  Throw out the dog food and lets get serious with REAL REFORM.

Trying to Force Feed us by SIMPLE MAJORITY is SIMPLY WRONG!

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New Transparency Promised – yet Just another Dish of the Same

With many old Promises and now talk of new Transparency – it appears the American People are going to get Just another Dish of the Same

Lets revisit the Honest Transparency Promises Made:

 Candidate Obama promised things were going to be different. 

With Healthcare Reform, he was not going to make the same mistake the Clintons made – he was going to enlist the American People in the PROCESS from the Beginning.

 Using a Restaurant Analogy:  Since the American People will have to Eat it for a very long time – They should be Assured that there are no Rats in the Kitchen and that it’s Clean

 They should be allowed to choose for themselves what they want to Eat and to Know the Ingredients. They should be able to witness the actual food preparation and the cooking (so that NO back door, special interest ingredients are snuck in).  If they’re not satisfied with the PROCESS, they should not be forced to eat what they are served.

 Some continue to Misunderstand and Misrepresent:  what Honest Transparency is – like it’s an after-the-fact visual  – Only to be Applied – AFTER Our Food is Served.

 So after many months, the American people sit waiting at the ObamaCare Café. The cook places another serving of who knows what onto the counter beneath the heat lamps and annoyedly announces, “Hey your food is done…”

 As the dish makes its way back to Our Table, We already Know – it will be More of the Same

Ugly Stew

 Sure, we’ll spoon though it and notice the unappealing smell – finding once again, it’s not what we ordered at all.  The many distasteful and foreign objects we said we didn’t want are still cooked in and the Freshest Most Important ingredients we said we did want – are still missing.

 Yes once again, we will talk to the server and the cook and finally the Manager – who, with a hand on our shoulder, will publicly lecture us about what’s good for us and eventually we’ll be told:  you wanted it, you ordered it, there will be no changes and no adjustments so …

Just Eat It!

We the American People aren’t going to just eat it – you can try but you won’t shove it down our throats.

 How many times do we have to say it?   We do not want the Government running Our Healthcare System.

 Democrats and the President can concoct whatever they want behind closed doors but as what happened in Massachusetts – payback will come in November and Beyond.

 Throw out that nasty stuff and keep your Promise – Open up the Kitchen so We can cook up something – that we ALL can Enjoy.

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Mr. President It’s NOT about C-SPAN

Mr. President, you’ve acknowledged the deficit of TRUST that exists in Washington. With regard to Healthcare Reform – there were many deductions from – the TRUST account. A previous post lists more than just a few… (click here)

 The biggest deduction of TRUST however, was not that the negotiations were not on C-SPAN.

 The biggest deduction of TRUST is the fact that the Government is attempting to take over of the American Healthcare System

 The number one thing there is NO Negotiation on is the majority of Americans do not want the Federal Government having centralized Control over their Healthcare in Washington – far from where they are, imposing Mandates that usurp Individual and State Sovereignty, adding layers of Bureaucracy between them and the ones who Deliver their Care. 

 It seems that the existing legislation has this as its Foundation and if that’s so, everything else – built upon it – is flawed. Until we can agree on this, there is no point in building anything together.  On this basis, we CAN move forward with REAL Healthcare Reform.

 You’ve said in the essence of time, it doesn’t make sense to Start Over from Scratch with Healthcare. I know you and others believe there is Good in the existing bills – yet you should also know, when it is done behind closed doors – even the GOOD becomes suspect!

 Adding ultra pure water to a stinky cistern will never produce anything drinkable. Yes it will take time to drain and disinfect the container and those reluctant to do so will say but we’ve come so far – the container is almost full (we are holding onto these Bills and we only need one more vote…) yes, this is true –yet what is being held – stinks

 You’ve indicated you want to meet with Republicans and that your Intentions are genuine and true. If this is the case, the fastest way to Produce a Quality Output is to meet with the Leaders of Congress and ask them to find a way to Vote down the existing Bills – to demonstrate to the American people that you and the Congress are on the Same Page.

 Some say you’re going to come to the Healthcare Meeting with your own ideas or a new draft of a bill.  Throughout the summer, you were distanced from the draft bills – some saying none of the drafts were yours – until you actually signed a Bill.  Riding in on a White Horse now with your own draft throws Congress under the Bus.  Mr. President, you cannot advance your Agenda around the Congress by Executive Order.

 The HHS Secretary recently testified before Congress that she could not guarantee Transparency since she was not a Principal in the Legislation. With Our Legislative Process, this Fact applies to you as well Mr. President and unless the Congress is on Board – the meetings with you, however many and however bipartisan, will just be side static and show.

 Why not meet with Leaders of Congress (yes behind closed doors) and figure out a way to move this Process Forward in the Right way. Acknowledge the mistakes that were made together, press the Reset Button – have a congruent message with the Congress that people can agree with, Vote down the Bills, Begin to Restore TRUST and Start Over.

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Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Valentines Day President Obama

Today is Valentines Day. This day is not the same for those in a Relationship without Trust.

 Today also marks the six month anniversary of the Blog Post: Healthcare Reform is  Dead. This article speaks of Trust and concludes with:

 The TRUST to deliver the “hope and change” that was promised is eroding by the day – and as far as I’m concerned, until public TRUST is restored, it doesn’t matter what is said, health care reform is dead.

 Mr. Obama, in your State of the Union Speech you talked about the deficit of trust in Washington. An interesting way to phrase it I thought. It reminded me of something I heard long ago that…

 Relationships are like bank accounts – we make deposits and we make withdrawals. If we pay attention to our relationship ledger sheet and ask Ourselves: Is what I’m doing here a deposit or a withdrawal?  Like Budgeting 101 if we have many more deposits than we have withdrawals, chances are we will have a Great Relationship.

 Well Mr. President, in reviewing previous Blog Posts and Twitter Tweets – your Trust account, shared by the Democrats in Congress, is more than just a little bit Overdrawn.

 …and Until the Objects of Mistrust are released, a Restoration of Trust cannot Begin. What this means together with a detailed listing of Democrat and your own Trust Withdrawals over the past year please click here – be forewarned though, there are a lot of Withdrawals.

 Continue reading (click here)

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Published in: on February 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What if Al Roker Could Control the Weather?

Forecasting the weather requires much education, experience and certification yet we all know how often the weather forecast is wrong.

 What would Matt Lauer say to weatherman Al Roker if Al came in one day and said he could now CONTROL the weather? Al would soon be announcing Centurion birthdays with Willard Scott.

 Yet what are the qualifications required to be a World Climate Expert?  <Insert Al Gore humor here>

 Most would agree Al Gore is not “the expert” – he’s just the spokesman. Although Spokesman Al does have a pretty high pay grade for being “just” that.

 So who are these Climate Experts? Shouldn’t they have to validate their Power to Control the Climate?

 I mean if Weatherman Al could demonstrate with reliable certainty, that he in fact could control the weather, more people would watch NBC and Weatherman Al would definitely be getting a pay upgrade comparable to that of Climatologist Spokesman Al.

 The point is: We are looking at implementing a World System based on what? A movie?  The opinions of “experts” however many, who have not demonstrated their fix for “the problem” even on a small scale, let alone on a Global scale?

 We are told that Cap and Tax is a way to equalize areas in the World that are negatively effected by the increase in C02 in the atmosphere… Areas of drought and poverty are hit the hardest. Pictures of starving people are placed alongside pictures of successful (cast as inhumane) companies. Questioning the cause-effect relationship between the two prompts an attitude – as if one is questioning the law of Gravity.

 We are told sea levels will wash over New York and that glaciers are melting because global temperatures have risen a degree or two. Nuclear powered ice breakers plow through ice sheets upon which polar bears roam, to reach locations that host reporters – braving 70 degrees below freezing conditions – to tell us about what’s melting.

 Global warming has been repackaged as “climate change” because proponents know that ALL of the world is not always too warm. Some say now that the Blizzard that shut down Washington DC for 3 days and cost many millions of dollars to clean up is the result of Global Warming Climate Change:  the atmosphere is heating up, causing more water vapor to accumulate and in cold areas, this results in heavy snow.

 Note: Although I am not a Climatologist, let me ask: What do we call “water accumulation” in the sky? Clouds. What Color are big puffy clouds that are filled with water? White. Which color generates more Heat under the Sun – puffy white or the dark color of Earth? You see the logical direction… (And yes it’s now proposed that we make blacktop roads and rooftops white!)

 To think we can influence any one of Earth’s massive, complex and self-regulating systems requires more than just a snowjob. True Science does not begin with an endpoint and then fill in the middle however valid that middle might seem.

 Even if we agree the snows in DC were in fact caused by global warming; is the solution to give Citizens and companies affected by the Blizzard a payment?  Who decides who gets paid and how much? Al Gore? The UN or some other International Body?

 Those rallying the loudest for Cap and Tax are impoverished countries and those who want to make the World a better place (while skimming a little off the top for themselves – for administration of course).

 Helping impoverished nations is noble and the US is a leader in Giving. Other nations give as well. Giving can only be done by those who have something to give – just ask Oprah. Giving should not be made mandatory nor wealth placed in the hands of a few to be distributed as THEY see fit. Remember the UN food program?

 Unfortunately there will always be people with less in the world. As the saying goes – taking all of the farmer’s seed corn to feed the hungry, means ALL will have LESS in the fall. The successful baker being taxed to the point of being unable to buy a bigger oven does not create more pie for anyone. Yes, we should help those in need – by building them up and not by reducing the capacity of those who have more or are producing more.

 And to those who say we should have subsidies to encourage energy independence:  The transition to fossil fuel did not require a massive tax on whale oil. Whales became scarce so we found an alternative. Fossil fuel is not scarce – yet we have chosen not to use what WE ourselves have; and continue to pay ransomous sums to other countries for our own fuel. Whose fault is that? 

 Years ago burning fossil fuels produced toxins that were bad – ALL agreed breathing lead, sulfur and other harmful elements was not healthy. Then came the revolutionary invention of the catalytic converter – able to convert toxic exhaust into a gas that we ourselves breath out – harmless carbon dioxide.

 Oops the EPA has recently designated C02 as not harmless – which takes us back to Global Warming Climate Change.

 Alternative energy source development naturally will follow its own course based on market forces. Trying to artificially speed up its arrival is not economically feasible.  Driving up the price of oil to make another energy source more attractive makes no sense unless you are on the receiving end of higher oil prices or a Cap and Tax Administrator.

So lets be honest about the REAL purpose of what’s being proposed and deal with the REAL issues.  Let’s not hide the science nor the intentions via secret emails or under 3 feet of snow.  As for Cap and Tax – Let’s just say NO!

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What Our Founders Might Say

Why would We let those in Washington do what We the People should Do for Ourselves?

 Sovereignty is something that was highly valued by our Founders – which simply means the Freedom from External Control.

 With this in mind, why would we outsource solving our most important problems to those We don’t want to be controlled by? We need to solve our problems Outside of Washington. We the People, for Ourselves – independent of Politics, need to: 

  1. Select and Properly Frame the Issues/Problems We face
  2. Identify and Allow the Stakeholders to Have Seat at Our Table
  3. Establish an Open Process and set the Agenda for Moving Forward
  4. Post Independent Expert Analysis for Public Review and Comment
  5. Let Congress, Special Interests and Others Argue for What They Want
  6. Have a Fair, Balanced and Open Discourse on What Matters Most
  7. Reach Meaningful Solutions that We the People want for Ourselves
  8. Ask Congress to then write the Bills to Implement Our Solutions
  9. Review, Comment, Edit and Approve the Legislative Drafts
  10. Finally have Congress vote on and the President sign the Bill into Law 

 This is not rocket science and it can be done quickly. There are many good and great people in Washington – most are serving with the right intentions. However, Our System has been hijacked by a few and its time that System is returned to the benefit of the People and Future Generations.

 The answer is NOT to change the way Washington works. This has been the campaign promise of many – but each time, Our hopes are dashed, promises broken and it’s more of the same. 

 The reasons for failure would fill many pages. Yet suffice it to say there are many people, interests and dynamics inside “the Beltway”.  Interview any member of Congress about how they expected DC to be vs. the way it really is – you’ll find there’s a big difference.  Newcomers soon after arrival have their head spun around and dizzily ask, “What just happened?”

 No doubt, those in Washington do feel the burden of responsibility entrusted to them and the frustration and pain of not being able to solve (for whatever reason) the Nation’s biggest problems.  Most in Washington don’t wake up with the Intention to wreck this Country – although a few do have that intention – after a cup of coffee.

 Intentions aside, relying upon those <in Washington> to <change Washington> is like yelling at the guy who’s drowning, telling him to save himself – when We are holding the life ring.

 Creative ideas and solutions can come from out of nowhere and from anywhere. Why would we put boundaries around a Process that might exclude, what could be, the very Best ideas?  The Best ideas could come from a housewife, a laborer, an executive, a child – solutions that could already be part of an existing system within an organization, a company, a state or local Government or somewhere else – or the Best might simply be on a person’s pad of paper – in a drawer.  Without changing the System, how will We know?

 Changing the System starts with the realization that it’s Ours to begin with. Our System was entrusted to us by our Founders and We have a Duty to take it back and make it Work for Us.

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What Is a Usurper (You_Sir_Per)? What Did Our Founders Mean?

From the Declaration of Independence: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

 One does not have to be a student of history to get a sense of what the Founders meant by those words. Webster’s Dictionary can help to shed some light on the meaning – and although the specifics have changed – the principles still apply.

 Usurpations?  Seizing and holding in possession by force or without right. Done by a usurper (you-sir-per).

What about the Other Words…

 Evinces a Design?  To reveal clear evidence of what the true intentions are.

 To Reduce Them?  To lower in condition or status; to diminish in value.

 Under Absolute Despotism?  Power with no restriction and exercised abusively, oppressively, or tyrannically.

 Tyrannically?  Absolute rule that is unrestrained by Law or Constitution.

 Tyrant?  A usurper of Sovereignty.

 Sovereignty?  Freedom from external control.

 Just a Simple Question to Ask

 Does this (what is being proposed or in place) take us in the direction of more or less Freedom from External Control?

 Ask this question regarding healthcare, global warming, business or industry support, or any other governmental involvement.

The Founders were on the lookout for abuses and usurpations – so should we.

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Published in: on January 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Mr. President – What Will You Decide?

Please Mr. President make the right decision while there is still time. Make the wrong decision and true healthcare reform will again have to wait.

 Last night in Massachusetts the People sent a clear message and many hope you received it. 

 It would be easy to gloat and say people want Republicans back, however – even most Republicans know, this is not a Republican-Democrat issue. It is about restoring the Balance of Power and bringing some sanity to Washington (maybe for the first time).

 If you remember, Republicans are very capable of heading in the wrong direction too, away from the Will of the People, which is why Democrats have the Power at this time.

 Clearly you must acknowledge that power is being abused and things are not being done as you described in your campaign – or is Glenn Beck right? This was part of your “evil plan” all along?

 In spite of those pulling at your arm or yelling in your ear, I believe you are still at the wheel of the vehicle carrying ALL Democrats and you can immediately pull over and begin to do things differently. 

 Open up the doors, end the back room politics as usual – let those who want a special deal argue for one before the American People.  Make REAL reform happen. Do what the People want. Much can get done before November. 

 Keep going in the same direction, step on the gas – crank out more of the same and for a short time, you may have what you can call a healthcare bill and more government, but it will not be what the People want, it won’t be True Reform and it will be undone – starting last night, continuing on through November and beyond.

 Mr. President, what you’re driving is no match for the train that’s a come’n, just around the bend – with tracks solidly in place and based on certain Principles as described by Our Founders.  Many egos, Republican and Democrat, have been run over by this train.

 I could continue on with more words but if you have the right Spirit in this matter, more words are not necessary – with the wrong spirit, all words won’t matter. 

 Mr. President –  What Will You Decide?

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Why I Quit Blogging about Healthcare Reform

Our Hearts and Prayers are With the Haitian People Please Give to the Red Cross 

 Why I Quit Blogging about Healthcare Reform

 I quit blogging about healthcare reform when I realized it’s not about healthcare reform but instead is a massive government takeover of our personal lives AND those in power are going to do what they’re going to do regardless of reasonable thought or discussion, regardless of what’s Constitutional or right for America and regardless of what “We the People” want, say or do.

 We were promised “Things will be Different”

 Back room deals and buying of votes, demonizing of individuals and industries, thousands of pages written by who knows whom and with what conflicted interest, Congress not reading or knowing what they’re voting for, the public being told there’s transparency while being locked out of the primary discourse on issues affecting them and the lives of ALL Americans, numbers and dollars being thrown around like play money, the hijacking of Individual and State rights, and on and on…

 And it’s not just about DemObamaCare

 Global warming taxes, government takeover of companies, stimulus plans that don’t stimulate and more spending and debt owed to China that our grandkids may never be able to repay, enemy combatants given Constitutional rights, letting down our guard with terrorism,  and the general attitude of WE in Washington know what’s best for every American.

 How Could This Happen?

 How could this happen in such a short period of time?  Don’t we have a system of Checks and Balances?

 Why is it the louder We the People speak, the more we’re ignored and those in Washington continue to take us in the wrong direction?  

Consider this …

 The reason why those elected continue to ignore the Will of the People is not because they have ill-intent for the Country but it’s because they themselves are trapped.  They are trapped on the Obama Bus of Hope and Change that so many boarded when much of the country was caught up in Obama-mania.  Democrats promised to suspend their own voices and even their own critical thinking process and allow those at the front of the Bus to speak for them. They agreed to act and vote as one.

 We elected Mr. Obama and the Bus began to roll.  The speed ramped up quickly:  pass this bill, pass that bill – no time to read them, no time to question – just vote yes! It’s urgent!  We must take action to save this company, that industry, our economy and the world… gotta go – gotta go – go, go, go!

 Many Have Left the Hope and Change Bus

 Although the Bus seems to be speeding out of control, there are still opportunities to safely disembark – except for members of Congress.  As most have learned, just because a bus says HOPE AND CHANGE doesn’t mean it is the hope and change that most people want or that’s best for Our Country. As people have learned this – many have chosen to exit the Bus.

 So Why Not the Democrats in Congress?

 Elected Democrats are occasionally reminded by the Speaker at the front of the Bus that they too are free to leave; but to do so now is at tremendous risk to themselves and their family.  They might be run over by a DNC chase vehicle that follows close behind, not to mention the number of union vans in pursuit and a special interest convoy that stretches back for miles. Surely their careers would be done.  Some on the Bus have persisted to be unruly and asked for and received special deals for their own states but most have decided it’s best to put the noise cancelling headphones back on and ride it out.

 Chuck Norris Alone Can’t Save Us

 How can this runaway vehicle be stopped? Reason won’t work.  Protests and marches haven’t worked.  Calls to Congress seem pointless.  Pleas from Republicans are powerless. Talk radio and TV has had limited effect. It seems that all communication into the Bus is cut off – except the rude acknowledgement of a few protester signs along the way.

 All we hear coming from the crackly Bus speaker is “this has been the most transparent and open process we have ever been a part of”, “we are working hard – fighting for what the people want”, “the language in these bills is so complex we can’t share it with you”, “this Bus has been rolling down the road for many months, so you can’t say we’re trying to rush things through“, “you will continue to receive updates on our wonderful progress in news reports and press announcements to follow”, “Thank-you for your support” – the only thing missing from the speaker is “Would you like fries with that?”

 Power is Vested in Us by Our Founders

 From the Declaration of Independence: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

One does not have to be a student of history to get a sense of what the Founders meant by those words. Webster’s Dictionary can help to shed some light on the meaning – and although the specifics have changed – the principles still apply.

 Usurpations?  Seizing and holding in possession by force or without right. Done by a usurper (you-sir-per).

 Evinces a Design?   To reveal clear evidence of what the true intentions are.

 To Reduce Them?  To lower in condition or status; to diminish in value.

 Under Absolute Despotism?  Power with no restriction and exercised abusively, oppressively, or tyrannically.

 Tyrannically?  Absolute rule that is unrestrained by Law or Constitution.

Tyrant?  A usurper of Sovereignty.

 Sovereignty?  Freedom from external control.

Just a Simple Question to Ask

 Does this (what is being proposed or in place) take us in the direction of more or less Freedom from External Control?

 Ask this question regarding healthcare, global warming, business or industry support, or any other governmental involvement.

A Word on Healthcare Reform here…  

How does it reform the healthcare system to put it (1/6 of our entire economy) under government control with another huge layer of bureaucracy (people and paperwork)?

To put every citizen in a mandatory government program (unless you are part of a privileged group – government employee or union exempt), with fees and fines collected and enforced by the IRS, and having rates not based on risk alone but based on an individual’s assets and ability to pay – as determined by a new agency of the Federal Government. 

Then to make the nation’s healthcare decisions subject to Government budget constraints, controlled by a few distant Government officials – how will these decisions be made and who will be on the short end of the Care?

The Aha Question

 If our Founders felt it was so important to be free from external control – why is it that we look to and wait for solutions from that which we don’t want to be under the external control of – namely the Government? 

 It would be like the early Colonists messaging back to Britain for better farming methods and sitting around waiting for a mandated reply.  Today in this country there are many expert non-partisan groups in almost every area of life that could be called upon to solve our most important problems. Yet what do we do? We leave it up to those in Washington and we wait and watch and wait until nothing gets done again – or – something does get done, to make the situation worse or it’s against our values or whatever. 

 More time and energy is spent obstructing in Washington than trying to get things done. With each new campaign many hope things will change and yet the cycle begins again. More broken promises. Each time though, more and more people have given up on Government they don’t vote and many don’t even care. 

 We need to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for our future security which includes the security of our children and grand-children.

 Throwing Off Such Government – Today

 In previous times throwing off a Government required a Revolution – today this is done with Our Vote.

The first and foremost priority in 2010 should be to restore the Balance of Power to our Government. 

 Today that means voting out Democrats and voting in Republicans.  Tomorrow the Parties may be reversed.  If you are a Democrat, ask yourself:  Is what’s going on in Washington what the Democrat Party stands for or what’s best for Our Country? If not, help to Restore the Balance of Power to Our System that has been hijacked by a few.

 Second, we need to embrace, apart from politics, what is Best for Our Country that most Americans can agree on. The Foundation is Our Constitution and also being Guided and Sustained from Above. The Parties then can better define what they stand for and nominate those who are qualified.

 Third, we need to demand less from our leaders and more.  Demand less in that we don’t look to them to solve our most important problems.  Problems are best solved away from Washington and closer to home. Demand more in that they put Our Country first. Above the interests of personal or political gains or to benefit a privileged few. That they have a Certain Character and stand on Certain Principles, not just any character or principles but those of our Founders and of other great people.

Martin Luther King’s Dream is Getting Closer

On this Martin Luther King Day, I do believe we’re moving closer to the dream Dr. King expressed with his March on Washington where people will be judged on the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. While many people have never held prejudice in their heart, others have and some have let it go.

 Some would say that in the last Presidential election,  many cast their vote based on skin color alone and ignored answers to some very important questions – if what they say is true – the question here is: Would Dr. King be pleased?  To place someone in a position just because of their race (or gender) so we can prove to ourselves we have “evolved”, demeans the person who is the “tool”.  Where we are though may be necessary to move us another step closer to the Dream.

 Regardless of how or why President Obama was elected, the fact is, he is our President for at least the next three years. After Balance is Restored the President and all in Congress will have more support and get more of the right things done.  The President’s expression and intentions while campaigning, and now ignored, still resonate today.  We must do things differently.

 The words on the Bus – HOPE and CHANGE can remain the same – the direction and speed of the Bus however is Now up to Us.

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