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    Revolting Against Bad Governance

    12/18/2011

    Democracy and Power 101:  Government is power

    Government, in its last analysis, is organized force. – Woodrow Wilson

    Government, within its jurisdiction, has a monopoly on power.  Government has the power to tax and enforce the collection of taxes, the power to regulate, the power to incarcerate and even the power take the life of a person. 

    Every act of government has an element of power, which is executed by force or coercion.  Every government rule and regulation involves compliance with the power of government.  For example, public education is overwhelmingly accepted as a public good.  However, all aspects of public education are enforced by the power of government: taxation, compulsory attendance, jurisdiction, and curriculum.

    Revolting Against Bad Governance

    Tony Blankley, Washington Times, writes that Americans are shocked by the ineptitude of government.  Assessing the American citizens’ search for a leader and good governance, Blankley writes:

    Perhaps this is so because the last 3 to 4 years have been a shocking time of discontinuities and reversals for America.  Really, America has been bewildered, shocked and disoriented since Sept. 11, 2001. The economic collapse and the unprecedentedly statist policies of the last three years have just compounded the anxiety. The rise of China, the fall of Europe and the chaos in the Middle East have been startling in their swiftness -- and the lack of American leadership as these dramatic events unfold is sending a shudder throughout the world.

    We don't know what to make of events. We have not been convinced that either President George W. Bush or incumbent President Obama have had a clue about how to make things right. 

    In the article, Blankley continues to argue for the election of his former boss Newt Gingrich.  The reader can decide for themselves. 

    Importantly, citizen dissatisfaction isn’t just an American phenomeon. The communication revolution has people throughout the world observing, assessing and discussing their governance.  The Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring, Greek riots, Chinese demonstrations, Russian protests and others are indictments against bad governance.

    Governments of all types - democracies, communists, theocracies - cannot control the flow of information or citizens witnessing and communicating with fellow citizens about their governing bodies.  The Internet has changed the world.  Ruinously, the political elites of the world continue to arrogantly plan and control their citizens’ lives.  Worse, the political elites voraciously seek more power.  Hence, the world is in various forms of revolt.

    In the past decade, Americans have witnessed government folly and ineptitude:

    • Bush II started the Iraqi war on the assertion of stopping weapons of mass destruction.
    • A financial collapse caused by government policies, e.g., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    • An Afghanistan war that most Americans think is not in our national interest.
    • Financial bail outs of big banks and insurance companies, which gave enormous campaign contributions to federal politicians.
    • A federal reserve that endlessly prints money.
    • The corruption of bankruptcy laws in favor of unions, i.e., General Motors.
    • The political corruption associated with passing ObamaCare, e.g., Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback.
    • Thousands of waivers from ObamaCare.
    • Bureaucrats making the rules for ObamaCare.
    • Trillion dollar deficits.
    • Congress has not passed a budget for over two years.
    • Totally incompetent, Congress cannot trim a trillion dollars of spending increases over 10 years – The Super Committee.  

    Most Americans fear big government.  America has always been concerned about central government and the abuse of power.  The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights concentrate on the force of government and attempt to restrict and defuse the power of politicians.  Recently, Americans have attempted to limit the power and control of government, e.g., term limits and spending caps. 

    Most Americans want smaller and locally controlled governance.  Citizens want more say in how they are governed.  If democracy and freedom are to survive, government must be restricted to necessary core functions.  The federal government must focus on defense and the enumerated powers conferred in the Constitution.  State government and local communities attend to education and social policies.  The era of central controlling and planning cannot continue.  The citizen must have more say over government, which can only be effective in local communities. 

    So far there is only one bold plan to restructure the powers between the federal, state and local communities, the Tea Party Budget.  Thousands of people contributed to this budget.  The Budget restricts federal spending, as follows:

    • Cuts, caps, and balances spending
    • Balances the federal budget without tax hikes
    • Reduces federal spending by $9.7 trillion over the coming decade
    • Eliminates 4 Departments (Energy, Education, Commerce, and HUD)
    • Privatizes and downsizes dozens of departments, agencies, and programs
    • Reduces federal outlays from their current level of 24 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), the highest since World War II, to a more realistic 16 percent
    • Gives individuals more ownership, choice, and control of their retirement through optional Social Security accounts 
    • Lets seniors enroll in the Congressional health care plan.

    Following the example of welfare reform, the Budget devolves federal programs to the states and local communities.  Education, Food Stamps, work ready programs and many ohte programs are returned to the States, where Americans have more input and control.

    The Budget moves America boldly back toward the Founders' vision of limited, constitutional government.  In the age of the Internet, nothing is impossible.  Support the Tea Party Budget.  The countries that restrict arrogant politicians and support personal freedom will control this century and devolve government back to the people.  It is essential for our children and grandchildren.  It will not be easy, but it can be accomplished.

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    garry mc phee
    01/02/2012

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    Ray Meister
    01/01/2012

    The issue is not government in general, but when well structured government systems are led or have representatives that are trying to change the good form of government, thus being poor representatives of the people and the constitution. The issue is not government, but those doing the governing poorly. We need servant leaders, and servant representatives, who also represent our established form of government, and the country well...with values of kindness, justice, righteousness, freedom and responsibility.

    Bob Howell
    12/30/2011

    Time for Nullification?

    Nullification
    Refusal or failure of a U.S. state to recognize or enforce a federal law within its boundaries

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle
    them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    The U.S. Constitution assures that State has the right to nullify, or invalidate, any federal law which that state has
    deemed unconstitutional. Based on a view that the States formed the Union by an agreement (or "compact") among the States, and that as creators of the federal government, the States have the final authority to determine the limits of the power of that government. The States and not the federal courts are the ultimate interpreters of the extent of the federal government's power. The States therefore may reject, or nullify, federal laws that the States believe are beyond the federal government's constitutional powers. A U.S. State has the right to "interpose" itself when the federal government enacts laws that the state believes to be unconstitutional.

    We the people must tell Washington that we will not accept their destruction of our constitutional rights. A million patriot march would really start the ball rolling. I'd certainly join.

    Bob Howell
    12/30/2011

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    Washington76
    12/25/2011

    The New Corporate America Business Model Creating Foundations to Move Their Ideals...and Products By Pam Parker

    http://www.forces.org/News_Portal/news_viewer.php?id=2303

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    Ted Abram
    01/01/2012

    Arthur,

    I greatly appreciate your response, especially for being serious and respectful. Hopefully, all Americans will discuss these critical issues.

    Yes, the Tea Party activists do want a restricted government. How to limit the gigantic power of government was the prime discussion in forming the Constitution. I want to limit the power of the federal government, by devolving most of the social and educational issues to the states and local communities, where every citizen has more opportunity to particpate.

    You wish to limit the money that is corrupting politicians and policies. From my experience in state and federal politics, money always finds a means of defeating limiting legislation - McCain/Feingold.

    Agreed. Liberals, Conservatives, Libertarians are very concerned about how we are governed. First, identify the problem. Next, America needs a robust discussion.

    Arthur,

    My only area of disagreement is your support of deficit spending to stimulate the economy. Excellent economists, e.g., John Taylor of Stanford, find that short term tax deductions and infusions of money has a consistent history of not creating sustainable recoveries. I realize that reasonable economists can disagree.

    Respectfully,

    Ted

    Arthur Obermayer
    12/27/2011

    I am a liberal democrat, but I fully agree with the first half of Ted Abram's article except for a couple of words. We are all frustrated by big government that is always beholden to major contributors to political campaigns. Indeed, the system isn't working, but the power of government and the power of money are two sides of the same coin. The Occupy Wall Street group has focused on the money aspect, and the Tea Party focuses on reducing the power of government. Ultimately, what we need is take money out of politics. Other countries do a better job on that score that we have. They have strict regulations that limit campaign duration and the money that can be spent as well as influence from outside groups. In order to avoid political shenanigans, the regulations should be drafted by non-politicians and by backed by a broad public consensus from the right and left.

    I believe that Tea Party activists and liberal Democrats have a common goal. Ted Abram's article states extremely well my views (as well as those of my liberal friends) until he goes into political rhetoric. When he quotes Blankley stating "the last 3 to 4 years have been a shocking time of discontinuities and reversals for America", these comments really encompass the past 11 years. Remember, we had a government surplus at the end of Clinton's presidency, and it was George W. Bush that provided everybody with major tax cuts which have resulted in continual deficits since that time. President Obama has been between a rock and a hard place inheriting two wars and an economy where almost all economists agreed that pump priming resulting in a further deficit budget was necessary because of the recession.

    I hope that members of the Tea Party will recognize the possibility that they can indeed have a strong alliance with liberal Democrats on many issues.

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    robert.e.lowers
    12/24/2011

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/​Federalist_No._51
    In a republican form of government, Madison asserts, the legislative branch is the strongest, and therefore must be divided into different branches, be as little connected with each other as possible, and render them by different modes of election. He deems the legislative branch to be the strongest since it is essentially the true voice of the people.(Before the Seventeenth Amendment, the House of Representatives were chosen directly by the people, while the Senate was chosen by state legislatures.) He stresses the need for the checks and balances.

    Brian Brown
    12/20/2011

    A Republic is the form of government our Forefathers gave us. Unfortunately, many in our country believe we have a Democracy. We are very close to a Democracy because the Tyrants in control are molding our society into one by raping our Constitution, teaching it in our schools to our children and brainwashing us into giving up our rights. We need to inform people about the different examples of governments because many have misinformed ideas or are ignorant of them and what they have. Here is a good informative video. http://www.tubesnack.com/videos/06b204bcdbf144a96019eb29eaa24663

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    robert.e.lowers
    12/24/2011

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/​Federalist_No._51
    In a republican form of government, Madison asserts, the legislative branch is the strongest, and therefore must be divided into different branches, be as little connected with each other as possible, and render them by different modes of election. He deems the legislative branch to be the strongest since it is essentially the true voice of the people.(Before the Seventeenth Amendment, the House of Representatives were chosen directly by the people, while the Senate was chosen by state legislatures.) He stresses the need for the checks and balances.

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    Ted Abram
    12/21/2011

    Very good video.

    Yes, the Founders – federalist and anti-federalists – were against a democracy. A republic was formed with only the House of Representatives selected by the people. The Senate was selected by the state assemblies, and the president by the Electoral College. Very harmful was the Constitutional Amendment causing Senators being selected by the people.

    Unfortunately with the direct elections of Senator and Representatives, the Republicans and Democrats are continuously focused on the next election. Both parties pander and bribe their electoral base and the swing voters. Almost all political and policy decisions are based on the next election.

    In most aspects, America has morphed into a democracy and to an oligarchy, which is comprised of imperial party leaders, special interest predators and tyrannical bureaucrats. All warned against in the video.

    Please keep circulating the video. Keep educating everyone on the theories of governance. Every knowledge citizen makes a difference.

    Washington76
    12/20/2011

    What form of government do we have? Do you really know? If you think we are a democracy, you really need to watch this video for a reality check.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DioQooFIcgE&fe

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