Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Some Things Are Worth Repeating

     On this election day, November 2, 2010, we are reminded that we have the freedom to elect those who represent the people's voices for our government. Sure, we have more than our fair share of scandals and corruption, but overall, the system is a pretty good one because we do not fear persecution from the government while exercising our right to vote. This message is correctly attributed to Charlie Reese, a retired journalist, and was originally published in 1985.

THE ORIGINAL MESSAGE:

          545 PEOPLE--By Charlie Reese
 
          Politicians are the only people in the world who create
 problems and then campaign against them..
 
          Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the
 Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
 
          Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against
 inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
 
          You and I don't propose a federal budget.  The president does.
 
          You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on
 appropriations.  The House of Representatives does.
 
          You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
 
          You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
 
          You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve
 Bank does.
 
          One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine
 Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300
 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible
 for the domestic problems that plague this country.
 
          I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because
 that problem was created by the Congress.  In 1913, Congress delegated
 its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally
 chartered, but private, central bank.
 
          I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound
 reason.  They have no legal authority  They have no ability to coerce a
 senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing.
  I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.
  The politician has the power to accept or reject it.  No matter what
 the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to
 determine how he votes.
 
          Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing
 you that what they did is not their fault.  They cooperate in this
 common con regardless of party.
 
          What separates a politician from a normal human being is an
 excessive amount of gall.  No normal human being would have the gall of
 a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating
 deficits.... .  The president can only propose a budget.  He cannot
 force the Congress to accept it.
 
          The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives
 sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and
 approving appropriations and taxes.            It seems inconceivable
 to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace
          545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of
 incompetence and irresponsibility.  I can't think of a single domestic
 problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.  When you
 fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the
 federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they
 want to exist.
 
          If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
 
          If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the
 red ..
 
          If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want
 them in IRAQ If they do not receive social security but are on an elite
 retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it
 that way.
 
          There are no insoluble government problems.
 
          Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats,
 whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose
 gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the
 power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.  Above all,
 do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied
 mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that
 prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
 
          Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
 
          They, and they alone, have the power..
 
          They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people
 who are their bosses.
 
          Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own
 employees...
 
          We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their
 mess!
 
         What you do with this article now that you have read
 it.........  Is up to you.

SLAYER'S RESPONSE:

     Once in awhile, an email circulates that is factual and correctly cited for its original source. Although some minor changes were made to the original text to make the message more contemporary, such as changing "U.N. Missions" to "the Army and Marines in Iraq", the message is mostly intact from its original state. The gist is that we the people are responsible to vote for change if we do not like the current state of the Nation. So, if you haven't voted yet, get out there and cast your ballot, or, if you keep your vote to yourself, keep your opinion to yourself after the election.

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