Wednesday, Aug. 5, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick made two stops in Payson for a town hall meeting forum. While I appreciate her time to stop in Payson, what actually took place was a politician making a token appearance without a public statement or allowing for questions and answers that the people could hear or address. It appeared that most people there came to get answers from our representative, but were met with a “whisper with Ann” in a corner making it impossible for the majority to have their opinions expressed or concerns heard.
I applaud her though, for signing on to HR 1207, a bill introduced by Ron Paul to audit the Federal Reserve private bank which has operated since 1913 unchecked.
Americans are waking up to the realization that a good percentage of Congress has seemingly forgotten that they are representatives of the people. They have become rubber stamps for bureaucracy that has enslaved us through taxation and government intrusion in every aspect of our lives including private business, education and now health care, while allowing mass illegal immigration to undermine the same.
One thousand-plus page bills for bailouts, government health care takeover, anti-terrorism, gun legislation, etc., are not acceptable regardless of their content.
The power of the government is outlined in the Constitution by seven articles and the Bill of Rights. Section 4 of Article IV states, in part, that the United States shall guarantee to every state in the Union a republican form of government and protect them from invasion.
When did we become a democracy? What is the difference? In Article X of the Bill of Rights it states that, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The people have grown weary of taxation and subjugation of a government that has forgotten its legal boundaries allowing private banking cartels and international corporations to mandate laws for the productive, hard working, taxpaying people of this country.
We, the people want accountability, responsibility and change not in the context that was sold to us by the current administration.
The Declaration of Independence, 223 years ago, described the reasons for establishing a new government many of which we again find ourselves struggling under. George Washington said, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
Currently we, our children and grandchildren, are slaves to this insatiable master. “... having no time to think, no means of calling the mis-managers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet the chains around the necks of our fellow sufferers ...” as Thomas Jefferson so accurately described in 1816.
Hopefully, this summer recess for senators and representatives will allow them to hear and sense the voice of the people, the necessity to remember their oath as servants to the people and that a just God rules in the affairs of men and governments.
To quote Thomas Jefferson again, “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”