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Weeding out Dictatorial Leaders: Voting Is Not Enough

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"A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking." -- James Madison, letter to William Hunter, 1790                                  

Today this phrase would take a whole new meaning by using the word “scheme” to describe the representation of those elected to represent. Does the word "Ponzi" come to mind? All indications are the “scheme” today, is to mislead the public into believing the elected have the public’s best interest at heart. It appears the elected have found many effective ways to retain their seat, while attaining wealth and power for themselves through back room deals virtually foolproof. Their lawyers/advisors/predecessors have taught them well.

To change this behavior it is no longer enough for you just to vote. Ask yourself, "What extra can I do/give to make this change happen?" It can be an extra handshake or two and some additional conversation to make someone understand that the issues are not insurmountable. It could be joining a group of conservatives, true conservatives, that believe in our Constitution, the law of the land. The fact of the matter is that YOU must do more than just vote; you must become active.

When Madison uttered these words in 1790 he was referring to a cure and the elimination of the dictatorial powers of King George. Unless you want to begin the process all over again, fighting dictatorial powers from within our own country, I suggest we all begin doing a little extra starting today.

Steve Ramey -- American, USMC Vietnam Veteran and Freedom lover

13 October 2012.
Semper Fidelis et Vigilo!  

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Tammy Osier October 13, 2012 at 02:55 PM
But Amy, you have an opinion about the personality of others based on their opinions. I agree with your last post though, and yes, in the end, our faith is what will sustain us either way. I just choose to believe that my faith dictates I have a responsibility towards our leadership. In the end, those leaders will stand judgement on thier own accord. I feel that if I don't vote against someone who believes in leaving botched aborted babies ALIVE on a table to die (that's obama by the way-his vote), makes me culpable if I don't at least stand up for those innocent lives, and against those who make it possible to happen. I feel God wants us to stand against wrong. It's scriptural.
Tammy Osier October 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM
What country did you live in? I think your opinion on the comparisons would be a fascinating conversation.
Tammy Osier October 13, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Also, Amy, I did confuse you with another Amy. Sorry! The other Amy is very political. My apologies. There is another Tammy on here and I've often wondered if anyone was replying to me or her- lol. Anyway, why don't you start a blog about having lived in another country and make some observations. i think it would be fascinating.
Amy October 13, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I lived in the UK for 1 year Tammy.
C.J. October 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Steve, Thank you for the invitation and the offer. Unfortunately, I don't think that I'd be a very good fit for your organization. To be clear, I don't know your positions on the issues that I delineated in my original post. On the other hand, I'm very familiar with the positions espoused by most who consider themselves to be conservative and/or Republican. So, if your views differ from the generalizations that I asserted, then I'd be happy to have you clarify. Again, if we love our Constitution, then we best express that love by interpreting it honestly, even when it says things that don't like...not by carrying it around in our pockets. Also, it's contradictory to claim that one loves the Constitution more than others while finding it so flawed that it needs several new amendments to fix it. Finally, I don't know whether to admire or fear your passion for our country. You wrote, "When Madison uttered these words in 1790 he was referring to a cure and the elimination of the dictatorial powers of King George. Unless you want to begin the process all over again, fighting dictatorial powers from within our own country..." What do you mean by "the process?" Are you talking about a war? Forgive me if I've misunderstood, but that statement made it sound like you're considering starting or participating in another civil war if enough free and fair elections don't go your way. (If so, then some might call that treason.) Again, feel free to clarify.

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