Primary election a turning point

Here is something for all of us to think about in this election year. These questions have bothered me and I hope they have the same effect on anyone that might read this.

It’s time to get off the fence and chose one side or the other. You can no longer vote the status quo. You have to be willing to fight for what is yours and what you believe in. The fact that we as the voting public can make a change if we really want to is up to each individual.

So think of this as you read these questions: I am going to fight for my beliefs or am I just going to go along with everyone else and vote the status quo. Make a choice and take a chance to stand out and vote for what you believe in.

You all need to know that politicians are the only people in the world who create the problems and then they campaign against them. Have you ever wondered if both Democrats and the Republicans are against the deficit? Have you ever wondered if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes?

You have to know that you and I do not propose a federal budget. The president does. You have to know that you and I do not have the constitutional authority to vote on appropriations; that is what the House of Representatives does. And you and I do not set fiscal policies; this is what Congress does. Now you and I do not control the monetary policies of our government; that is what the Federal Reserve Bank does.

So why do we allow 100 Senators and 435 Congressmen, along with one President, and nine Supreme Court Justices, which equates to 545 human beings out of 300 million that directly and indirectly, legally, morally, and individually have responsibility for the domestic problems that plague this country?

Now those 545 human beings have been spending much of their energy convincing you that what they did was not their fault. They have cooperated in this common con regardless of the party. What separates a politician from normal people is the excessive amount of gall. No normal person would have the gall of a speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating the deficits. The only thing the President does is propose the current budget: he cannot force Congress to accept that budget; Congress is the one that has to do that. Our Constitution, which is the Supreme Law of the Land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes? Who is the Speaker of the House? Why, it’s John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

This is what scares me, and it inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted, the present fact, of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that cannot be traced back to those 545 people. Now when you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, and then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If you think our tax code is unfair it’s because they want it to be unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Army and Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them there. And if they do not receive Social Security, but are on some elite retirement plan that is not available to “We the People,” it’s because they want it that way.

So now that you have seen the inside of our government and how it really works you should not let these 545 people shift the blame to the bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power away. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists a disembodied mystical force like “the economy,” “inflation” or “politics” that has prevented them from doing what they take an oath to do.

These 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They and they alone have the power to do or not do whatever they feel is necessary. They alone and only they should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. So now you need to provide the voters to have the gumption to manage their employees. We should be the ones to vote them all out of office and clean up their mess, which is going to take time.

Our Constitution begins with “we the people,” so are we just going to sit back again and let the few make the rule for us? Only you can answer that question for yourself.

Michael McRae