A letter from Mike Von Wert, MSVeteransVote@aol.com
Forwarded by Floyd Sears
Are Americans beating our heads against a brick wall when we communicate with our “representatives” about what is needed or what is the right thing to do?
The only conclusion we can come to is yes, WE ARE WASTING OUR TIME!
All one needs to do is look at the evidence.
Thousands of Veterans can call, write, email and fax our “reps” for years and years, and still they take no action, or take only the action they “assume” is right for us. Most postulate year after year, making promises and then backing out when a vote is called.
If we question the staffers, they will tell us, our “reps” are only given a summary of what the communications are.
And what do we do about a “representative” that doesn't do what they promise? Easy. We vote against them… but then there's a problem to that, too. Remember the campaign reform act? Guess what it did! It made it almost impossible for the average American to run against an incumbent.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a job where you can set your own job security, show up when you want, and use taxpayer money to travel the world?
Wouldn't it be nice to have a job where you can decide to give yourself a pay raise of several thousand dollars every year?
What happened to Government of the people, for the people and by the people?
The final answer comes down to accountability. Our “representatives” feel they are no longer accountable to American citizens. They do what they want, when they want, with the full knowledge there isn't squat we can do about it.
I look at the Declaration of Independence and can replace every mention of the King with the name of our Federal Government. America has the most corrupt and despotic government in the world today.
The saddest part of that is our “representatives” almost seem to bear that label with pride or arrogance.
So what do we do? Put up with it, or do something about it? Washington is betting we will put up with it.
“We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.” —Thomas Jefferson
“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” —Thomas Jefferson