A return to government as the Founders intended: the Citizen Legislator

We have problems here in America; I think we all know that.

It’s no secret that our economy is in the tank. It’s no secret that our jobs are outsourced to other nations. It’s no secret that American quality is only a distant memory for most products manufactured here today.

Unions demand more money and more benefits for their members and demand that those workers be allowed to put in fewer hours while still being paid a premium wage.

Our schools are infested with Communist and Socialist educators; individuals that fill our children’s heads with anti-American nonsense and *feel good* politics. You can’t say a Christian prayer, but Muslim practices are allowed and encouraged.

I’m sure you’ve heard the old line about how sports in schools have been taken over by political correctness? There are NO winners and there are NO losers, ALL of the children are equally praised for having participated.

Everyone gets a trophy, even if they sat on the bench and did exactly nothing! When those kids grow up, real life is going to slap them down after following that mantra!

All of the above mentioned items are merely an introduction to full blown communism and socialism; the grand plan the left, and other anti-American forces have for this nation.

The world has turned upside down; in many places a home owner has NO right to defend his home against invaders. In many cases the homeowner can be, and often IS penalized, arrested, prosecuted and jailed for taking action against those that would come into his home to rob or kill him.

Our Police Officers are accosted for doing the job they are hired to do. Our Officers have a split second to make a life or death decision and a civilian review board, most likely manned by bleeding heart, police hating liberals, can make that Officer miserable for the rest of his life.

Criminals are released back into the public, with the apologies of a city or mayor, many times with a moderate to large monetary compensation to keep said criminal from suing a city into bankruptcy.

In so many cases, the criminals have more rights than the Officers or honest citizens.

The borders of this nation are more porous than a sieve. We are over-run with ILLEGAL, undocumented aliens, from all nations, and yet our borders are WIDE OPEN!

We have an Attorney General that has been held in contempt of Congress and that is a FIRST in the history of our nation.

The United States Department of Justice has already made it clear that they have NO intentions of prosecuting the Attorney General. My guess is that Congress will let Holder off the hook. I hope I am wrong, but would it surprise anyone if they did?

That same Attorney General is roundly believed to be guilty of signing off on a gun running scheme that has, so far, resulted in the MURDERS of at least 2 U.S. Agents and countless civilians, military and police officers in Mexico.

Attorney General Eric Holder is laughing in the face of Congress, he knows he has the power of Executive Privilege, or, if push came to shove, a Presidential pardon if need be.

Holder has been found *in contempt* of Congress; well, I have contempt FOR Congress, and I am damned tired of remaining civil IN that contempt.

Our Congress has the lowest approval rating in the history of Congress. The United States Congress has a lower approval rating than Barack Hussein Obama himself, and quite frankly, if I were a U.S. Congressman, I would hang my head in shame as I redoubled MY personal efforts to rebuild this nation and set America back on an even keel!

I have met several Congressmen in the last few years; in ALL cases, I was somewhat less than impressed.

It seems, at least to me, and a few other political activists here in Rowlett and in a few other places, that there is no way for the *average man or woman* to even stand a chance at being elected to Congress.

To just run for a Congressional seat is NOT easy, it’s not cheap and is not a task that is easily accomplished.

Money, as they say, makes the world go around, and it takes a great deal of money to make that run for Congress, and I am only guessing, but I would suppose it takes even MORE money to run for the U.S. Senate.

We have a group of rich men and women in those Hallowed Halls; they had to be fairly well off just to get there, and in most all instances, they leave those Hallowed Halls with a lot more money and property than they came with.

I am not knocking anyone for making a good living, that is what our system is all about, it’s called Capitalism and it is supposed to make money, but why should only the wealthy and well-connected be the ones with their hands on the reins of power?

Why should someone that doesn’t have a list of degrees behind their name and a fat bank account be denied a seat at the table of U.S. government?

When do we return to the Framers intent and set term limits on the Congress and Senate? When do we do away with the lifetime benefits a Congressman or Senator receive for only serving ONE TERM? When does government service become true SERVICE and not a lucrative career?

When do we demand that real American PATRIOTS be given a seat at the table, for a limited time, and then returned to life with the rest of us, to get a job and to go on with normal living and not set up on a pedestal to be admired as some kind of HERO when all they truly did was their DUTY to this nation and its citizens?

When do we stop CAREER politicians from running this nation into the ground year after year after year?

I know it was a simpler time, but think about this; Davy Crockett was NOT a wealthy man, he was not a scholar, but he was a PATRIOT and he did his duty to this nation and he stepped down and went on to other matters!

Today Congress seems to have the idea that THEY run things, that WE are supposed to do as they tell us; that is NOT the way it’s supposed to work.

Congress, and the Senate, as well as the President and every other person in the federal government, works for YOU and ME, US, as in We, the People, and by God it’s about time that they receive that message loud and strong!

I don’t know how we can accomplish this idea of *the everyday man* becoming a Representative, I don’t know if it’s even possible, but I throw it out there and I hope to hear many of YOUR ideas regarding this becoming a reality!

If you are in a position that keeps you from posting on blogs and such, use an alias, I am the only one that sees the names on this blog, and as a certain recently deposed Hizzoner found out, I do NOT give up my sources!

Deo vindice; God will vindicate.

This nation was founded by men that weren’t rich, some had little formal education, but they drew up the most wonderful documents in our nation’s history when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, maybe it’s time to give men and women like that another chance at setting this nation straight.

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11 Responses to A return to government as the Founders intended: the Citizen Legislator

  1. lostinthe50s says:

    An excellent line of thinking and one that has been proposed before. The “how to” is the rub. Which would be a tougher sell? Convincing a teenager to give up a cell phone or a politician to accept term limits? Methinks much rancor would ensue.

    • TexasFred says:

      Thank you for registering and commenting!

      I had a conversation with Cong. Ralph Hall a while back and HE is for term limits, and Mr. Hall has been in Congress forever. He told me that he was well aware that it would mean an end to his career but he also told me that he didn’t believe government service should BE a career.

      Who knows, the winds of change are blowing, and I am tossing out ideas, lets see where they land.

  2. Katie says:

    How so true Fred. Our nation is going under the water fast with Obama at the helm. Can you imagine what another 4 years would bring?

    God help us if he wins. I fear that this nation will be in a civil war so bad that the last one will look like a picnic.

    BTW the only children who should be awarded trophies for sitting on the bench are those competing in the Special Olympics.

  3. Chief says:

    Great posting Fred. About Holder, Sure Congress marked him in contempt but what does that do, nothing, nada, He’s still sitting at his desk. What a waste of taxpayer’s money. I say fire him now and get someone in that’s on OUR SIDE.

  4. minuteman26 says:

    I like your thinking on this Fred but as for term limits; you just can’t get there from here. Congress, being greedy, will in no way give up their power and riches for the good of this nation. Only term limts possible are to vote the bums out.

  5. The Underground Conservative says:

    How about returning to a part-time Congress and part-time state legislatures. Meet three months in the spring and three months in the fall and the rest of the time these clowns (apologies to all clowns who might read this) have to hold a job and actually live in the districts they represent? That will make Congressman Battson D. Belfry (H/T to the late Jeff MacNelly) have to actually interact with his constituents at church, at the grocery store, at the hardware store, at Walmart, in his neighborhood and actually live under the laws he passes.

  6. PatriotUSA says:

    Excellent commentary my friend and I will re-post over at PC.

    There are no short, easy answers. We must start by tossing out as many career politicians of all stripes as possible come this November, starting at the top with the mullah obamaham, his tribe of race baiters, social, class warfare instigators, American hating, progressive statists. I fear this will not be enough and sadly many people in our once fine Republic are now so used to sucking off the every sagging tits of the legal American taxpayer, they will not to give up life on the plantation. This goes for white folks who believe in the ‘reverse plantation syndrome.’

    I am 100% convinced we will see a 2nd American revolution whether in my life time or not, only the Lord knows.

    Very well done!

  7. Longstreet says:

    Fred: It will take a Constitutional Convention — called by the states — in order to get the constitution amended to include term limits on Senators and Representatives. The Supreme Court has already ruled term limits unconstitutional under the constitution as it stands today.

    Here’s a bit of info:

    “Article V of the Constitution gives the states the power to call for a Constitutional Convention. To do so, two-thirds of the states—34 out of 50 state legislatures—must pass an application calling for a Convention. If enough states pass this simple resolution, then Congress must call a Convention so that states can propose amendments to the Constitution.

    The application states must pass does not need to provide a reason for the Convention—states can call a Convention for any reason. However, there is no guarantee the Convention will address the complaints of the states, as delegates at the Convention may introduce and pass whatever Amendments they see fit. (States may try to remedy this by electing their delegates to the Convention.)”

    LINK: http://callaconvention.org/resolution.php

    As you might guess such a convention is fraught with all kinds of dangers and opportunities for “mischief.”

    There is simply no easy way to get this done. But it is nearing a point in America at which such a convention may well be considered worth the risk.

    I hope this provides some answers.

    JDL

  8. capitalisa says:

    Term limits MUST be implemented. ALL pensions must be eliminated, as well as special privileges. The representatives of the people are but citizens themselves. We broke from a monarchy for a reason. An elected official shall leave office to return to his private business!!

    The way things are in government right now amounts to nothing more than a giant welfare system. Every elected official, past and present, LIVES OFF OF THE REST OF THE TAXPAYING CITIZENS. Don’t know about you, but I call that welfare.

  9. Cary says:

    Minuteman has it – until enough people in the US are fed up and realize that WE hold the power of term limits in our voting hands (a point you have made before, Fred) then things won’t change. Once we have enough non-incumbents in the congress, enough of them with the idea that the American People want them to have term limits, then maybe we’ve got a chance. At least, a better chance than with the current crop of crooks-in-suits.

    Patriot is also correct – there will probably be an American Revolution – against our own government.

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