Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Citizen Responsibility in the American Republic is Elections

Listening to the cacophony of voices in the aftermath of the recent debt deal has been confusing, instructive, and disappointing.  The bill that I wanted to pass was “Cut, Cap, and Balance.”  Of course the bill that I knew would never pass was “Cut, Cap, and Balance.”  So now as the ink dries on a compromise smelly steamer sitting on the President’s desk – no one is happy.  Though you have to admit if Representative Emmanuel Claver (Moron-MO) thinks this is a “Satan sandwich” – it must have some redeeming qualities.  So what to do?   

If you are a citizen – you are the highest ranking member of this Republic.  It is your responsibility by virtue of your status to ensure that the right people get into office.  In this country the way we do that is through work, contribution, and education.  You absolutely need to vote but your responsibility doesn’t end there. 

I think that some of these flashy protests are important – but I think that you will have more impact if you walk your neighborhood for your candidate and ask for your neighbor’s support.  If that isn’t your cup of tea (no pun intended) head over to the campaign office and make a few phone calls.  Sadly we don’t do a lot of envelope stuffing anymore – but it isn’t unheard of.  If you have no time – send a check.  A mailing to all the households in a Delegate district in Virginia could cost $5,000 to $8,000. 

There are guys and gals running around the Commonwealth of Virginia right now running for everything from School Board and Board of County Supervisors to Delegate and Senator to the General Assembly.  Citizens have the absolute responsibility to vet these people.  To go listen to them speak and debate.  Most importantly we need to get behind the good ones with “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”  It seems to be the least we could do.  The original group to do that was risking their lives.  

Set of Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights         Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787


  1. Amigo,
    Absolutely correct and well stated. Our miniscule sacrifice today pales in comparison to what our founders endured.

  2. "cacophony"... you've been using your dictionary again haven't you?

  3. Didn't need a dictionary - but spell check helps.