"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!