Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Power of the People

" are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — ...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 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."

The above statement was written by Thomas Jefferson and is part of the Declaration of Independence. We are living in a country whose leaders no longer listen to its people, even though the government is supposed to be "We the People." What do "we the people" do when we can't get our representatives to even acknowledge our presence? According to Thomas Jefferson, there comes a point when it is the right of the people to alter or abolish a destructive government and to take their power back from their government representatives. Are we at that point? Probably not yet, but we need to remember that the current abuses of our government are being done with the power of "we the people."

It's not the U.S. Constitution that is flawed; the flaws are solely those of the government representatives who are selfishly manipulating the Constitution to cover their abuses. The fight to be heard by our government representatives and to regain our lost power seems daunting and overwhelming, but it can be done. We just have to keep fighting.

After all, President Obama is just one man -- a powerful man, but still, only one man. If your representatives don't stand up to him on your behalf, then you need to stand up to your representatives. Vote them out of office and find a representative who will listen to you and who understands that you are the employer.

Become informed. If something doesn't feel right to you, it probably isn't right, regardless of what your politicians may be telling you. Your gut instinct may be the most valuable asset you have right now.

Below are links to two good articles:

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