When I see millions spent seeking to be elected to a political office that pays little compared to what is being spent I have to ask what is the motive? In today’s world virtually any elective office is an incredibly costly perch to attain and often a significant portion of what is spent comes from the individual’s personal bank account. In the Texas Senate Race, to fill the vacated office of Kay Bailey Hutchinson, one candidate stated he has spent a little less than $10 million of his own money in the primaries. Obviously the salary in a six year term will never reach that amount, so what motivates an individual to seek an office that is so personally costly financially? Is it public service, the desire to be a public servant, or political power, ego, graft – WHAT?
When this Republic was founded virtually all the founding fathers viewed elected office as public service and considered themselves public servants not politicians. The very idea of a professional political elite class was offensive to them. When they sought office it was out of a desire to serve the interests of the public, defend the Constitution, and perpetuate the Republic not amass personal fortune and power. They were diverse in their views, backgrounds, and personalities but held a common ideal that made them unique and to be admired.
Today, virtually every individual that goes to Washington, DC leaves office with a dramatically increased personal bottom line financially, and a network of contacts that affords them access to enormous wealth and enables them to wield incredible power while in office and afterward. Most of them campaign on a platform of “service” and “defending the rights” of WE THE PEOPLE but upon arrival in the Capitol they seem to soon forget those pledges and promises and serve their interests and those of the special interest groups and bundlers that filled their campaign war chests rather than that of the public they were elected to serve. Their ethics and principles seem to be a fluid as the water in a flowing river and rise and fall like the stock market depending on the time frame of the electoral cycle, and the opportunities to become more established as a political power broker. Most have an agenda that is kept well hidden during the campaign but surfaces in bits and pieces once elected. Many, once in office, seek to remain in office as long as possible and even if they sought office initially with the desire to perform “public service” rapidly, evolve into “professional politicians.”
I think it would serve us well, when electing people to public office, to ask “What did the founding fathers really want for America?” Additionally, we should ask, “What do these current politicians want for America?” The founding fathers were an incredible diverse group that had a singular unifying goal and objective: American Liberty! They fully believed that the citizens should have a say in their government and that government “only” derives its power from the consent of those governed. That is in stark contrast to the view of politicians today as we clearly see by their actions, agendas, and policies regardless of what they say with their words and campaign rhetoric. One only has to read the opening words of the Declaration of Independence to understand the hearts of the Founders.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
The founders understood that our rights were not government granted but came from God Himself. They understood that government should be limited and that the real power should be vested in the people, then the individual states and then in a limited scope the central government. Today, we see the results of the slow erosion of that ideology into the current massive Federal Government and see it continually expanding. Barack Obama and those of his ilk envision a Federal Government that is all encompassing and powerful with the people being “servants of the government” rather than the original design of the “government being a service to the people.”
We did not arrive at this juncture or condition overnight or in a decade or two and will not revert to the Constitutional Republic of the founders in a short span. It will take generations if it ever happens. However, if Barack Obama is reelected, it is my view, America has NO HOPE of being restored. He will press forward with more vigor and abandon to achieving his ideological agenda than he did in the first term and we know how often he circumvented Congress, the Courts, and ignored the will of the people. With the apparent narcissistic mindset and god-complex of this President it would seem that he would consider reelection validation of his agenda and throw off all restraint in a lame duck second term and possibly move toward becoming President for Life! He and his policies are incredibly dangerous. His mentors, advisers, followers, and co-conspirators behind the scenes who are funding and facilitating his Presidency are equally dangerous. THEY MUST BE STOPPED!
I believe that God worked to enable the founding fathers to frame the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights to establish a nation where people could freely pursue His purposes. America has been a launching pad for incredible innovations, inspiration, and missionary efforts for a very long time but is in grave danger of becoming a very dark place spiritually, morally, and economically. I continue to make an impassioned plea for anyone and everyone to diligently and fervently cry out to God for guidance individually and for the nation. I urge everyone to do due diligence in examining the records of all political candidates. Do not just listen to what they say but examine how they say it and what they have done, are doing, and might do. If we want to keep a Free Republic it is imperative that we restore accountability to every elected office and limit the amount of time any individual can hold those offices. That alone will not stop all the graft and corruption but it will go a long way to restoring the power to where the founders envisioned it – in the hands of the people the legal citizens of these United States of America.
How you vote is your right and prerogative but failure to vote is to allow the grand opportunity for unscrupulous people to manipulate and control the welfare and well-being of the nation. If we all examine the candidates, the records, and determine to hold them accountable we will have hope of seeing America restored! Therefore, I ask that you become involved in the political process and at a minimum VOTE in November!
May God bless you and may God bless America!