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"We the people" are losing - (elected representatives serving special interests, not people)
OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | APRIL 19, 2005 | JOHN TRUCANO

Posted on 04/26/2005 3:57:22 PM PDT by CHARLITE

When Abraham Lincoln declared that government of the people, by the people, and for the people would not perish from the earth, he could not have anticipated the times we live in. A time when politicians would allow themselves to be corrupted by money from the rich and powerful, whose desire is to stomp all over the rights of we the people.

We the people, the citizenry, once the most powerful in this nation, have become the least powerful, and now the despised. Money is the name of the game, and money means power, and we the people have increasingly less and less of it, and our voices are being silenced. We the people are losing.

Credit card companies have stuffed the pockets of politicians for over 8 years to push through radical changes in the bankruptcy laws. This amounts to a basic denial of relief for most Americans. Interestingly, these changes to not apply to businesses filing bankruptcy, with their so called reorganization plans that allow them to walk away from their debts, often forgiving millions of dollars, which is hundreds of times higher than most personal bankruptcy filings. Did anyone find it strange to hear the sound bites of congressman lecturing us about how we need a return to personal responsibility? Is this not slightly hypocritical coming from scandal riddled congress? Are they really the best to lecture us on personal responsibility, or to lecture professional baseball players on ethics as they attempted to in their recent self righteous committee meetings concerning steroids?

As spring approaches and warmer weather nears, people begin to think of the upcoming travel season, and just like clockwork, gas prices begin to soar. We’re given lame excuses every year for why this happens, and now that the oil companies have congress securely in their back pocket, they don’t find it necessary to even offer that. Why is it if it is a simple matter of supply and demand, that they cannot anticipate the increased demand and increase production to meet it? It’s not brain surgery, increased travel occurs at the same time every year. Yet when we ask our congress to at least look into this matter, into the possibility that we may be being fleeced, they say there’s nothing they can do. They won’t even consider the possibility. Yes, this same congress that can micromanage our lives, and stick their noses into our personal business, and invade our privacy from our bedrooms to our boardrooms, suddenly when it comes to high gas prices they say there’s nothing they can do. Oh, really?

Could it be that as we the people become weaker and weaker, the special interests become stronger and stronger as they line their favorite congressmen’s pocket with their money? Could it also be that it’s gotten to the point that congress is no longer afraid to face us at the polls because they know their re-election can be assured by those whom they are actually representing?

It’s time for action. It’s time for us to exert the only power we have left and that is at the ballot box. Resist the slick campaign ads of the special interests candidate and vote them all out. It’s all we can do. We must do it before it’s too late, before we’re forced to say we’re not losing the battle, we’ve lost. Let’s we the people take back our nation.


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1 posted on 04/26/2005 3:57:31 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE

OH THE HUMANITY! MY RIGHTS ARE BEING VIOLATED! :P


2 posted on 04/26/2005 4:01:29 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: CHARLITE

This is the kind of thing that used to sound like a "call to arms" (figuratively speaking) to me, but not any more. I think now we've already lost the fight.


3 posted on 04/26/2005 4:01:59 PM PDT by SittinYonder (You can't sing country music with a northeastern twang)
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To: CHARLITE

Well, if we start electing billionaires [to bribe them would be non-trivial even for seriously moneyed special interests] to public office, we would end up with Ross Perot and George Soros. Warren Buffett would be a bit better, but there is only one Warren Buffett, and not enough billionaires to fill all the elected slots.


4 posted on 04/26/2005 4:02:33 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: CHARLITE

YES! Thanks for posting this.
The people we elect do not represent us they work for the lobbyists and special interest groups...follow the money.


5 posted on 04/26/2005 4:02:43 PM PDT by socialismisinsidious ("A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.")
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To: CHARLITE
We aren't losing a thing we never had.

Representatives have always belonged to some interest group. Their profession, their religion, whatever.

So9

6 posted on 04/26/2005 4:03:20 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: Nightshift; floriduh voter; amdgmary; cyn; pc93; Ohioan from Florida; EternalVigilance

ping


7 posted on 04/26/2005 4:04:42 PM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< Impeach Judge Greer http://www.petitiononline.com/ijg520/petition.html)
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To: CHARLITE
It IS a government of the people, by the people, and for the people!

The rest of us are just taxpayers!

8 posted on 04/26/2005 4:05:02 PM PDT by F-117A
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To: CHARLITE
Good post. The problem is that "we the people" haven't had anyone to vote for except the lesser of two evils, which sickens me. If you even talk voting third party on this forum, you're labeled a traitor or worse. I'm voting my conscious this next time and to hell with choosing the least crappy candidate. At least I will be able to sleep at night.
Good luck to you and keep up the good fight.
9 posted on 04/26/2005 4:06:29 PM PDT by panaxanax
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To: CHARLITE
It naturally begets the question of whether these credit card companies charge usurious rates. And the answer is "of course!" Thus the reason one should pay off one's debt each month. Otherwise, you are acquiescing to letting yourself be mugged by those financial industry bums.
10 posted on 04/26/2005 4:07:43 PM PDT by Teplukin
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To: tutstar

Thanks, tut. This is true. It's like an ambush of everything we as conservatives believe in. They are all about power and money, reserved for fat cats only. They are going to be so upset when the people walk away from them.


11 posted on 04/26/2005 4:07:44 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( Demand the Investigation of Judge Greer. Call Your US Senate & House Members)
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To: CHARLITE

As conservatives, we elected Pres. Bush back into office to get the job done. Well...how many of us are writing, calling, faxing? Not just the President, but all of our leaders. The democrats would not have a leg to stand on if we DEMAND that they start working with the Republicans to get things done for us!! WE THE PEOPLE control the government, not the other way around. Let's get busy people.

Thanks for posting this Charlite!


12 posted on 04/26/2005 4:08:21 PM PDT by FeeinTennessee
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To: CHARLITE

Well, if the voters get really mad, they will vote in a whole new Congress. Gerrymandering and targeted campaign promises will cease to work.

It happened in 1932 and 1974.

It's not happening now. That must mean that overall, the voters are rather satisfied with the way things are.


13 posted on 04/26/2005 4:08:22 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: CHARLITE

We are taking the government back here in Western N Y

http://www.RusThompson.com


14 posted on 04/26/2005 4:08:54 PM PDT by The Mayor ( Earth changes, but God and His Word stand sure!)
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To: F-117A

And as lowly taxpayers we should just shut up, send in the money and dont worry where it goes, cause they know whats best for us.
Reminds me of Merle Haggard: "We'll all be drinking that free Bubble Up and eatin' that Rainbow Stew."


15 posted on 04/26/2005 4:09:13 PM PDT by Burf
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To: CHARLITE
We are way beyond the point of a natural solution. Recognize the day you are living in, and all this will make a lot more sense.

Matthew 24
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

16 posted on 04/26/2005 4:10:34 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Proverbs 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.)
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To: CHARLITE

I was reading the other day that the Federal Reserve Bank, which is owned by member banks uses most of its profits for propaganda purposes. They issue grants to universtiy professors to keep them on their team, and they pay for "research" by analysts at the major banks to keep them on their team as well.

That is how the whole establishment ends up as cheerleaders for Wall Street. Those who don't play get no grants and become marginalized as cranks.

Source: Antal Fekete.


17 posted on 04/26/2005 4:12:20 PM PDT by OK
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To: proxy_user

not sure "satisfied" is the right word...lazy maybe, clueless most likely


18 posted on 04/26/2005 4:17:20 PM PDT by socialismisinsidious ("A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.")
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To: socialismisinsidious

And not near enough people vote.


19 posted on 04/26/2005 4:30:05 PM PDT by Observer of Life
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To: socialismisinsidious
"The people we elect do not represent us they work for the lobbyists and special interest groups...follow the money."

It is the sad truth. I don't see how one could disagree with it. It's a blatant fact. I'm furious, too, because I feel like one of the helpless "sheeple." At least I'm bleating. (also probably "bleeding")

20 posted on 04/26/2005 4:30:38 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I lost my car keys............so now I have to walk everywhere.......)
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To: CHARLITE

""We the people" are losing - (elected representatives serving special interests, not people)"

Took them how long to figure that out?...I've been here 5 years and I knew it from day 1...


21 posted on 04/26/2005 4:33:19 PM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: MD_Willington_1976

As spring approaches and warmer weather nears, people begin to think of the upcoming travel season, and just like clockwork, gas prices begin to soar. We’re given lame excuses every year for why this happens, and now that the oil companies have congress securely in their back pocket, they don’t find it necessary to even offer that. Why is it if it is a simple matter of supply and demand, that they cannot anticipate the increased demand and increase production to meet it? It’s not brain surgery, increased travel occurs at the same time every year. Yet when we ask our congress to at least look into this matter, into the possibility that we may be being fleeced, they say there’s nothing they can do. They won’t even consider the possibility. Yes, this same congress that can micromanage our lives, and stick their noses into our personal business, and invade our privacy from our bedrooms to our boardrooms, suddenly when it comes to high gas prices they say there’s nothing they can do. Oh, really?

Two words..."BANANA" and "NIMBY"


22 posted on 04/26/2005 4:44:29 PM PDT by kaktuskid
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To: CHARLITE

We should begin to halt this trend by repealing the 17th Amendment.


23 posted on 04/26/2005 4:55:23 PM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: CHARLITE

Each and evry one of us is part of a special interest - probably more than one.


24 posted on 04/26/2005 4:57:03 PM PDT by mathluv
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To: proxy_user
We were almost there in 1994. Newt is a great conservative, but in the Contract with America, the one item that he didn't follow through on was the most important: term limits, imo.

In Ct- we're stuck with Dodd, Lieberman (not too bad) and Shays- and they aren't going anywhere until they retire.

Actually, if you could get a common sense guy like Zell Miller- instead of Ross "Wingnut" Perot, to run as a conservative independent- we (voters) could get the attention of the smug crowd in DC.
25 posted on 04/26/2005 5:06:38 PM PDT by sirthomasthemore (I go to my execution as the King's humble servant, but God's first!)
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To: CHARLITE

The "special interest" alarm is a red herring. Every single voter when they walk into the booth is at the very least a special interest of one. Should others share your views on a particular issue, you have a special interest group. The politician who claims to have no "special interests" I find the most suspect. And I also suspect all those special interest groups who, out of the pure goodness of their hearts, seek to eliminate special interest groups.


26 posted on 04/26/2005 5:32:37 PM PDT by Chris_Shugart
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To: Servant of the 9
Representatives have always belonged to some interest group. Their profession, their religion, whatever.

That is a factor only insofar as they vote on things affecting the interest groups they belong to. Many times they vote on things that are not. In these cases their decisions will be affected by the people he meets expressing their opinions. In these situations access is the issue. Lobbying is a way of life in DC, and I think much of the unnecessary growth of the federal govenrment is because of the influence of special interest groups, not the least of which is the federal bureaucracy itself.

27 posted on 04/26/2005 5:47:06 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: sirthomasthemore
Actually, if you could get a common sense guy like Zell Miller- instead of Ross "Wingnut" Perot, to run as a conservative independent- we (voters) could get the attention of the smug crowd in DC.

Obviously you didn't vote for Perot...I did...With Perot, we wouldn't now have open borders and we wouldn't have Nafta and the WTO...

You made a mistake...Don't blame Perot...

28 posted on 04/26/2005 7:12:12 PM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park!!!)
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To: tutstar; cyn; windchime
Special Interests Not People Example:

download and email. These people should lose their jobs. Senator Jim King told them to vote against Terri and they did.

29 posted on 04/26/2005 7:26:42 PM PDT by floriduh voter ( Demand the Investigation of Judge Greer. Call Your US Senate & House Members)
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To: Iscool
Hi Iscool,

No I didn't vote for Perot. Reasonably, how could anyone vote for him when he put Stockdale (?) on his ticket.

Perot's strong suit, and what made him appealing, was that he was an outsider, who could have carried the message that he was coming in to DC for one purpose and one purpose only-to audit the books. That he was going to lay bare to Americans where their money was being wasted, and who was wasting it.

But, both parties went negative, and then by his actions, he reinforced that negative depiction of himself.

In 1994, Newt was astute enough to pick up the Perot people with the Contract with America- but then Newt imploded by immediately alienating those people with his book deal, and, failing to follow through on term limits.

From reading the Board, I think there remain a majority of people who are upset with campaign rhetoric populist politicians, who succumb to special interests as soon as they hit DC and either cash in and/or wimp out.

That malaise is still out here, ready to be tapped into. People want a no nonsense, common sense populist with a backbone who will put this country back on course. A Zell Miller type can do it- A Tom Delay, from an executive position (Governor)might be able to do it- whether or not any such leader is out there is an open question.
30 posted on 04/26/2005 8:31:36 PM PDT by sirthomasthemore (I go to my execution as the King's humble servant, but God's first!)
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