Declaration of Independence
Two hundred and thirty four years ago today our Founding Fathers signed The Declaration of Independence. They were declaring our Independence from an oppressive and tyrannical sovereign. They did this at great risk to themselves personally and to their families. Many of the signers and their families suffered dearly for their commitment to the revolution and their cause. They didn’t know that they would suffer so painfully when they signed, but they were committed to the cause of Independence and took the risk anyway.
From the signing of that document and the sacrifices that so many made, we’ve been a free and independent nation for more than two hundred years. The genius of our Founding Fathers created a system of government that has survived and thrived.
Now in our 234th year it seems that we are starting to see a crisis in our government once again. This time the oppressors aren’t a tyrannical government across an ocean, but individual members of our own government duly elected by us. In our Local, state and federal governments we’re seeing elected representatives who have lost the vision that our Founding Fathers held so dear.
Articles I and II of the Constitution are very clear: We choose representatives and they make the rules that we live by until Election Day when we choose again. The representatives that we have put in place have lost their commitment to those they represent. Special interests hold more sway with many representatives than their electorate. Party leaders hold more influence than the people who voted them into office. They are more concerned about the next election than they are concerned about representing us between elections.
Public Service was never intended to be a career. Public Service was never intended to make the public servant wealthy. Too many individuals go into public service with little to no personal wealth and leave with lifelong financial independence.
We need a new Declaration of Independence. Not one to separate us from a foreign government who oppresses us, but one who frees us from the tyranny and abuse of our own elected officials. We deserve to be free from lying politicians who tell us what we want to hear as the run for office, but do what others tell them to do once elected.
We need to be free from oppressive taxes. Success was never a dirty word, and should never be used against an individual. My success is not the cause of your lack of success. Forcing me to pay far more than my fair share and allowing you not to pay anything is not what this country was founded on. I don’t mind paying mine, but you have to pay yours as well. Those who are representing us need to understand that. Paying a fair amount to pay for the costs of the common good for the entire electorate is acceptable, but wasteful spending on individual member items is criminal and should be treated as a criminal act, not the cost of doing business.
Simple understandable laws are essential. Any legislation that takes more than 10 pages needs to be forbidden. If you can’t detail a law in 10 pages then we don’t need it. Anything that complex can’t be good for the common man. Anyone who votes for that much complexity probably doesn’t know what it will do to their constituents and most likely doesn’t understand it. If they don’t understand it, they better not vote for it.
We need freedom from the failure to execute their basic functions. If a legislative body is required to pass a budget on time, then I want them to pass it on time. No excuse, we pay for results. We elected you as a public servant to do a job, you collect the pay check, I want you to do what you’re paid to do or you don’t get paid. WE MUST be free from that sort of public official.
We need to be free from scandal. Too many public figures are involved in legal and sexual scandals. That is unacceptable. You’re in office to represent us, not party like an out of control college student who is away from home and Mommy and Daddy for the first time. We need men and women of integrity to represent us not irresponsible individuals more interested in their own personal pleasures than they are interested in fulfilling their public responsibilities.
We must be free from publicity seekers who demand their minutes in front of the cameras to proclaim their good intentions. I don’t care how good your intentions were I want to see results, in the form of controlled spending and lower taxes and smaller government.
I want to be free from all of you who have embarrassed yourselves and ignored the system of government the Founding Fathers created for us and the one that has been so successful for 234 years.
I want to be so free from you and I want it to happen on Election Day.