The debate last night in Oxford, Mississippi, between John McCain and Barack Obama, sounded more like a bickering session than a debate, a rehashing and squabbling over the same things we have been listening to for the past 18 months.
It was a repetition of the same abysmal mediocrity we have been hearing. McCain in his dull monotone voice, repeating the same ole rhetoric was very boring. Obama, more spiritedly energetic, kept rudely interrupting McCain and acted like he wanted to lunge at him, as Obama kept repeating the same old socialist line of taxing the rich to take care of the poor. I did not listen to entire program, but turned it off before they finished. I was so tired of listening to the same old stuff.
In the past six months, I’ve written almost 100 lengthy articles. About half have been about politics, the economy, what has happened in this country, the meaning of freedom, in addition to defining ownership of private property. I’ve been asked, “what can we do about it?” One suggestion comes to mind—all the members of Congress write a letter to the American people saying the following:
MY DEAR FELLOW AMERICANS,
I want to thank you for electing me to the United States Congress to represent you, the people of this great nation. Sadly, I have failed to represent your best interests and along with other current members and those before us, we have made a mess of things. Therefore, I’m resigning and leaving Washington, getting off your back, going back home, getting a job and am going to start minding my own business.
With deep regret, I realize I have been a part of destroying the American dream of being free to own your home, have a job, take care of your family, save for retirement, educate your children, pay for any medical requirements, enjoy some recreation, take a vacation, make investments, and enjoy the benefits of freedom, and the pride of ownership of property.
I hang my head in shame realizing that I, along with the other members of Congress, have passed so many laws designed to take your money and property, ship your jobs outside the United States and support exorbitant interest rates on your homes, in addition to our rules and regulations of parity and disparity, which have interfered with farmers and agriculture, creating scarcity and outrageous prices. We have tampered and interfered with everything and every phase of your lives to the extent you can’t buy gas to go to work, if you are one of the lucky ones who have a job.
We have monkeyed with the basic ideologies and concepts of common decency, and have so violated universal laws, we here in Washington no longer even consider taking (stealing) your property (money) without your consent. We have so embraced socialism, a planned economy that rejects private ownership, we felt entitled to take from the haves to redistribute to the have nots. Without remorse or compunction, we assumed the power to take from you, whatever we chose, without your consent.
The thing you did choose by your votes is ME, and others like me, to go to Washington to represent your interests. After arriving here, we have ignored the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Ten Commandments, and systematically destroyed the moral concepts expressed in these documents. It was not my intention when I ran for this office and you elected me. But after arriving here, a strange thing happened. I was seduced by the power of political government and got caught up in the mindset and mentality of those already here. Step by step, bit by bit, I became one of the pack, the shakers, the makers and takers. I became caught up in this exclusive club of Congress, that I lost respect for you and your dignity.
I placed my position of power and my desire to be accepted as one of those in this exclusive Congress club, above consideration for you. Perhaps worse, my participation, to some degree, has aided in the destruction of the very principles of individual freedom upon which this country were founded. I participated in all the legislation of pork-barreling, welfare, bailouts and much more, for which I decided you were to pay for.
I was not here very long before I realized you, the American people, would not accept a system labeled SOCIALISM but you would accept anything you were required to pay for as long as it was labeled HUMANITARIANISM. I quickly learned the tricks of the trade here in Washington. I placed my stamp of approval and vote, along with others here and before me, on legislation that became law, bringing this once great nation to the brink of disaster.
Realizing what I have done and the part I have played in the destruction of the free-enterprise system—the voluntary exchange of goods and services, individual private property rights, and personal freedom—the very fundamentals upon which this country was built just more than 200 years ago, I feel a degree of self-loathing and shame.
In this connection, I resign to return to my home state, to spend the rest of my life attempting to correct the wrongs I have helped perpetrate upon you, the American people, which have brought us to this brink of disaster.
With Sincere Regrets,
For those of you who ask, “what can one do to change things? What can we replace this, that, or the other with? What can be done?”
Well, I pondered these questions and came up with this suggestion.
It’s a suggestion for a clean slate where we can begin rebuilding and reclaiming all we have lost. A suggestion that probably stems from my southern roots. There’s an old country saying that explains it clearly:
“One does not go to the fox to find out how to save the chickens.”
Let Freedom Ring!