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Thursday, February 25, 2010


Is there such a thing as a “Good Politician”?  Or, is a politician, by definition, innately a self-serving, know-it-all, in league with the devil?  The approval rating of our politicians in Washington, DC, as a group, has never been lower; and each and every one of them should be embarrassed and ashamed.


Evan Bayh said as much when he announced that he would not run for a third term to the U.S. Senate.  Bayh did call President Obama before the announcement, out of respect for the office; and he made a point of NOT calling the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, his own party leader, to show his disdain and lack of respect for the man. 


The number of politicians running for the Capitol exits is increasing every day, and could become epidemic if the trend continues; mostly from the liberal side of the aisle, because they realize that they had the world by the tail and the future in their hands, and their leadership flushed it down the toilet!  Big egos,  a lack of common sense and a total disconnect from the people of the United States, their own constituents, squandered what was an unprecedented opportunity to make America over, into their own image and likeness. There’s no doubt in my mind that Pelosie, Reid and Obama, all think they are the Holy Trinity. They just can’t agree on which one of them is God!


It never ceases to amaze me that after we give our elected officials, our Citizen Legislators,  support, adulation, and a power that is second-to-none in the world; that they immediately turn against us and become politicians, looking out for themselves and their perpetual re-election.  Incumbents tell us that we must re-elect them or our state or district will lose their seniority, their clout, in Washington, DC. The fact is, that in most cases, their actual “clout” is mainly in their own mind; and if anything, it makes more sense to kick the incumbents out every 10-12 years at least, (can you say “term limits”) and send new people to Washington, DC. People, who are still connected to the voters, people who still remember WHY they were elected; people who still remember WHO elected them.


No matter which party is in power at the time; no matter what they try to make us believe; peaceful dissent IS our right as Americans; informed peaceful dissent is always and forever, patriotic. The more we adhere to the spirit of our Declaration of Independence; the more we adhere to the principles of our Constitution; the better our democracy functions; and the dearer and more precious our freedoms become.


It is our right; it is our duty; to loudly, publicly and always peacefully, hold our elected officials accountable, every day, in every way, for everything and anything that they promise; even if it is in the “heat of the campaign”; get it in writing; get it on tape; and then be their conscience!  Never let them forget; and make sure they know that you will never, never forget.


It is said that we generally get the government, the leadership, that we deserve. While that may be  partly true; I believe that it is inherent in a Democracy that poor leaders and bad governments will happen from time to time. But; in a true Democracy; there is always, always, reason for hope in the future, always reason for faith in our God,  always reason to believe that change only lasts until next time. 


God Bless the United States of America. I’m Joel Swanson and that is my comment for today.


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Of course they are not “know-it-alls”—-they rely on staff for that weak illusion.  The rest is true.

Dennis Stillings on February 26, 2010 at 11:42 am
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