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Politicians: Serving themselves and not the people they represent

Sign-Diapers-+-Politicians-Should-Be-Changed2With the exception of a few politicians, I have very little use for most of them.  I see them as dishonest brokers and opportunists who will say and do anything to get reelected.  They are more in tune with themselves than the people they represent.  And they don’t care about us or about our concerns.  So why should we care about them and their concerns?  Why should we make what they want to impose on us a priority?  And why do we keep reelecting them?  They have no clue about our problems, our struggles, and even when they do know they don’t care.

In fact a Gallop poll from this past April shows that the top five concerns for Americans are the economy, unemployment/jobs, dissatisfaction of the government, the federal deficit and debt, and healthcare.  And yet the two major pieces of legislation congress has advanced is gun control and immigration reform.  Only four percent of Americans consider both gun control and immigration reform as a top priority.  Americans see the decline in the family/moral/ethical values as a higher priority than gun control and immigration reform.  And yet gun control and immigration reform has become the priority.  Why?

The answer is because politicians are self-serving and both parties believe there is something to be gained.  The Democrats see an opportunity to increase their base by gaining millions of new Hispanic voters.   The Republicans have bought into the lie that if they don’t do something they will forever be in the minority because they will never be able to win a Hispanic vote they have never won.  In the end this has nothing to do with serving the people.  It has everything to do with serving themselves.  Have you seen any effort to get our spending under control or any proposal that would help our economy?  What about jobs?  And look at healthcare.  Most politicians now know that without some major tweaking ObamaCare is going to be a train wreck and millions of people are going to pay for it in more ways than one.  However have you seen any real effort to fix it?  No.  The Republicans see it as a political sledgehammer to use against any Democrat that voted for it.  They need the people to feel the pain and for that pain to flow into the 2014 elections.  Forget the fact that people will needlessly suffer.

Why do we continue to reelect these people?  They don’t care about us.  Isn’t about time we become a little self-serving and elect people who will actually represent us; people who will address OUR priorities and not their own?  How is passing immigration reform going to help control the national debt, control spending, help the economy, and create more jobs?  It isn’t!  So what are we doing here?  Why do we even care?  We care because we want to save the republic and the only way this is done is by educating ourselves on the issues, dumping both parties, and becoming the sledgehammer the politicians fear.  And we start in 2014 by voting out those who serve themselves and not the people they represent.

When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”  Thomas Jefferson

Liberty forever, freedom for all.

 

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  • TexasFred June 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Politicians, well, most of them, seem to immediately forget who they work for once they hit DC… I have a Congressman that started out quite well and now he is SO much smarter than those that elected him… My Senators are a 50/50 split, Cruz is awesome and Cornyn is confused, a lot..
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    • John Carey June 23, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      The problem Fred is once they get there some politician who already knows the game and how to play takes them under their wing and shows them what they need to do to keep their seat. Those who don’t play ball are usually left on their own. No committees. No help getting reelected. Rubio is a perfect example of a politician who was in tune with his constituents until the establishment took him under their wing. Now look at him. He’s no different than what we are trying to weed out. I applaud Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee for sticking to their principles and not playing the game. Have they attacked by people in their own party? Yes. Do they care? No. And by doing so they have become even more popular with their base and now are a thorn in the establishment’s side.
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  • Teresa Rice June 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I totally understand your frustration with politicians being self-serving doing what they want and refusing to listen to their constituents concerns. I agree that health care, the economy, and national debt are very important and that both parties are doing a lousy job of addressing these issues. If the Democrats had agreed to secure the borders the immigration issue could have been solved years ago. With that said, the illegal immigrants are humans and shouldn’t remain in limbo in this country for a lengthy period of time. How we solve this issue I’m not sure. One way might be to fine those immigrants who crossed the borders illegally. And have other markers or qualifications they have to either do or pass before they can even apply to become citizens.
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    • John Carey June 23, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Teresa the only reason our immigration system is broken is because there has been no enforcement of the current laws on the book. There is already a path way to citizenship. There is already a requirement for a border fence and border security. There is already a method to validate the citizenship and legal status of those who are here before they get a job. No one is enforcing it and that is why the problem exist; a problem that would exist no matter what the law is. What if the speed limit was 25 mph in your neighborhood and there was absolutely no enforcement of the law even after it was determined that people were constantly speeding leading to accidents. Would you write another law to lower the speed limit to 10 mph or would you try to enforce the current law on the books? I say enforce the law on the books. Obama has done just the opposite with the immigration enforcement. In fact he has made every effort not to enforce the law at all, even to the ends of suing a state (Arizona) to prevent them form enforcing federal immigration laws. How crazy is that? And we wonder why we have an immigration problem. We wouldn’t if we enforced the laws that are already on the books.
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      • Teresa Rice June 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        I agree with 99% of what you said. Most of the reason our immigration system is broken is due to the refusal to enforce the laws already on the books. The other part has to do with the inadequate number of immigration agents and the long length of time it takes to become a citizens, and the low limit on the number of new citizens permitted each year.

        But we also need to figure out an appropriate solution to how we take care of the 11 million illegals who are in the country today. After thinking over the issue quite a few times I have come to the conclusion that the way to deal with the illegals who are already here shouldn’t be an all or nothing issue. We need to figure which ones overstayed their visas, which ones would qualify for a guest worker program, and which ones crossed the border illegally and have stayed here permanently. After doing that we need to handle each of the group’s situation’s appropriately. But every category should at the least incur a fine. Those people who wouldn’t qualify for the first two categories could be shipped back to their own countries. Those are just a couple of ideas I’ve come up with with regards to the illegals who are already here but I’m not sure how the U.S. should take care of them and am still thinking on that.

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