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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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C.J. October 12, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Re: "It could be joining a group of conservatives, true conservatives, that believe in our Constitution, the law of the land." If you want to gather with people who believe in the Constitution, then joining a group of conservatives is not your best bet. * Many, if not most, conservatives, believe that voting is a privilege and not a Constitutional right, and they're happy to rescind the "privilege" from anybody who might vote against their favored candidates. * Many, if not most, conservatives believe that the Ninth Amendment to the Constitution--from which the right to privacy is partially derived--is an "ink blot" (Justice Robert Bork's words). * Many, if not most, conservatives don't believe in the separation of church and state. * Many, if not most, conservatives believe that corporations--state-chartered pieces of paper established exclusively to promote commerce and which can be created and dissolved on a whim--have constitutional rights. The list goes on. Add the fact that conservatives (so-called) are continually trying to amend the Constitution to their liking (anti-abortion amendments, anti-flag burning amendments, repeal the Sixteenth Amendment amendments, anti-gay marriage amendments,...), and the picture becomes even clearer. You've heard of cafeteria Catholicism? Today's conservatives are cafeteria constitutionalists. They pick and choose the parts they like, dismiss the parts they don't, and then claim to love the Constitution more than you do.
Rex Smithers October 12, 2012 at 09:18 PM
NEWS ALERT! Romney Wins Georgia In 2012. Democrat vote make no difference. Bye Bye.
Amy L October 13, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Rex, its hilarious how you don't even seem to realize that all your asinine comments do is damage your own "cause" by making it seem like you don't actually have a valid argument to present. But please, continue posting them. Every little bit helps. From red to purple, one person at a time! :)
Amy October 13, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Wish I gave a crap enough to vote.
Amy October 13, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Well Chris, you can sleep easily knowing that I've never voted before in my life. It's been 25 years since I've had the right to vote, and I never used that right. Never registered to vote, and I've never been curious about it. Pretty sad eh??
Amy October 13, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Chris, you write like an alcoholic. Put the bottle away and get some clarity. You use semantics in your attempt to appear intelligent. The fact that I choose not to exercise my right to vote does mean I'm stupid or a drug addict. I never mentioned the word "Constitutional" in my response. And certainly Chris, if you have children they will be well adjusted, content, and highly productive members of society. Look at the fine example you're setting being an internet bully.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 13, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Actually yes it is... What we have to choose from won't change until more people really get involved.
Chris October 13, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Amy says... "The fact that I choose not to exercise my right to vote does mean I'm stupid or a drug addict" I rest my case. Amy accuses me of being an alcoholic and then admits to being stupid or a drug addict. I'm thinking both. Amy, please never change. Never vote. WOW!
STEVE RAMEY October 13, 2012 at 01:24 PM
C.J. Ever been to one of The Founding Fathers Tea Party meetings? Didn't think so. Don't tell me what my group is when you don't have any idea. I founded this group with 8 people in my den 4 years ago. At times we now have monthly meetings at 200+. We are an independent group that is not told what to do by the National Group. It was initially established because I wanted to bring about leadership in conservatism that any national political party seemed to be lacking. Come by and I will give you a free Constitution as I do all visitors. I have given away thousands over the last few years attempting to get Americans to understand their rights and their duty to protect them.
Amy October 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
R, What do you want to change about this country? Tell me a time when you've voted for a candidate because you wanted something to change, and the change did come?
Tammy Osier October 13, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Amy, first of all you'd have more credibility on here if every post you make didn't make some personal accusation against someone. Seriously. Secondly, you PROVE Steve's point. This summer I got out and actually campaigned and had some really serious conversations with people who told me that they never considered some of the things we talked about until I came to them. They simply had no idea how to get out and get their questions answered. I was able to direct them to the resources they needed. How do you have an opinion, when you have no information to choose from? And to answer the question put to R- Ronald Reagan. Then, his policies were still working when Bill Clinton came along. Bill Clinton listened to republicans, and republicans compromised until they came up with a solution (contract with America), and we had the most prosperous time in history to date. Unfortunately, the liberal side of him took over and we had the housing boon- the rest is history. Does it make a difference? Yes.
Amy October 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM
"The fact that I choose not to exercise my right to vote does mean I'm stupid or a drug addict" Most people Chris, can figure out that I'm a bad typist and I don't proofread. And sleep even easier, I will NEVER vote.
Tammy Osier October 13, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Your'e right Amy, you do have that right. No one has anymore right call you a name as you do to them. Problem is, it makes you an armchair politician at best. You can't speak from the same vantage point as others, so it makes your opinion a bit diluted at best. But, right now, I'm in partial agreement with you since we've had voter fraud, and the electoral college has become such a joke. But the point others are trying to make is this: Do we roll over and let it happen, or do we try to stop it? That's what the TEA Party tried to do, and they DID influence a lot. It was made up of fed up people, republicans, Democrats, and a lot of Independents, of all races and creeds. Unfortunately, media manipulation tries to keep people from knowing that. They found out early on that if you cry "racist!" that there is afaction of people that will repeat after them. Sad, but true. Nothing more than parrots. But, I've talked to a lot of them - across the spectrum and it has been encouraging. Our freedoms are too precious to let them be taken.
Tammy Osier October 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM
And Amy, go back and read the posts. Nobody called you anything. You started the name calling. This is why you have no credibility. Not trying to be mean, but if you want to be a part of the conversation, please actually look at the information out there and make an informed choice. Be willing, instead of being automatically defensive, to actually look at what someone has to say and consider it! I agreed partially with you because I saw one of the points you were trying to make. That's how it's done.
Amy October 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Tammy, I never had an opinion about politics. I'm actually happy to be a natural born US citizen, and I think I live in the BEST country in the world. Having lived in a different country, I can say the USA is close to perfect. So please don't tell my opinion doesn't count when I never had one to begin with. Chris accused me of taking illegal drugs because I said I've never voted. I think it's bad, but I just don't like politics and politicians. I put all that energy into my faith.
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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