This is not a political statement but rather an observation and an opinion into the state of affairs of governance. Government will not cater, fully, to their constituency for one reason or another due to “we the people” lack of knowledge and complacency. We have forgotten that we are the ones hiring the “managers” of our corporation, the U.S.; we are the shareholders, board members, recruiters and retainers of this organization. As of late, however, we have done a bang up job of managing our company. I believe that we all should be adamant about our rights and never trade them for some cheap tricks of the government and its evangelists. We should petition and make into law a second bill of rights that “we the people” deem adequate for the wellbeing of all. FDR enumerated what the second bill of rights should be when he said:
“We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. Necessitous men are not free men. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. “(Democratic Underground)
it is said that in our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident and that we have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all – regardless of station, race, or creed. Supposedly, these self-evident “rights” are:
n The right to a useful and remunerative job…
n The right to a good education.
n The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies…
n The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.
n The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.
n The right of every family to a decent home.
n The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.
These rights are not fully implemented and some which are in use today benefit more the one with money and oppresses the one without. We should demand that those rights that are not made into law be made into one and we should also demand for the alienable right to fire any public official, in any office for dereliction of duty. Dereliction of duty should include accepting gifts, pushing mandates and/or laws that do not benefit the whole, having a business agenda versus a people agenda, quid pro quo, changing the law to benefit the few (ones with money) versus the whole. We should instill pride in public service again and destroy the self-serving attitudes that have taken hold of the governing body. “We the people” have allowed our governing body to become great con artists like the Madoff’s of this world.
“We the people” should demand of our elected officials that once in office you are neither republican nor democrat, you are the “people.” So with this no republican or democrat agenda should or needs to be the order of the day, rather the people’s agenda should be the concern and topic of the day and the order of business. We should demand of our elected officials to look out for the people not business, since we do live and function in a capitalistic system it should bail itself out of any problems it put itself in. We should make it clear that we would not bail out any industry and that the only bailout would be for the people only, especially with how they are predicting a blow to the economy do to sequester. I think that sequester may be what the government needs to get its house in order and fund the programs that should be funded:
– scales of economies (e.g. shelters, infrastructures, tourism, orphanages, et al)
Let us keep our government accountable to the people. I believe that petitioning the nation votes on an amendment to be made in our constitution that would allow for any public official, anyone in public office, be subject to a grade and if that grade, by the people, is unsatisfactory, then the people can vote him/her or them out off office and have them replaced. This would definitely keep us involve in our government and the government will then always remember that they serve the people, not fortune xyz companies or individuals with fortunes.