Election Year is coming

 Published Brownsville Herald  Jan 4, 2010

My inspiration, Thomas Paine, once said of government in his book Common Sense “We furnish the means by which we suffer”.
The vote and acceptance of the “party line” are where we furnish that means. In looking back at 200 plus years of bureaucracy; what our public leaders have told us, and the observation that what they told us and have done, are frequently in the best interest of the politician rather than the folks.
Now we have a crisis where the fine machinations of government control of banking and social engineering of housing and production have gone haywire. The response has been to identify a few crooks and keep them in the media to divert interest in the governmental screw-up. Then they borrow astronomical sums to spend and socially engineer even more. Then the rulars promise to raise taxes ever higher to confiscate even more from the folks that would provide the jobs that we need. Their majisties then seize control of banks and the means of production (cars) with the stimulus program. Worse yet China and the UN accuse our government of being a deadbeat.
After witnessing the disgusting political machinations of the past year, I am in real fear that our Nation of optimism and opportunity are nearly lost.
On Christmas Eve morning, the Senate held its vote for final passage of H.R. 3590, the $2.5 trillion government takeover of the health care industry.  Democrats passed the bill on a 60 vote straight party-line vote that many believe, that the Constitution did not give Congress the authority to establish. Perhaps we should consider the future Amendment 28,  that is rapidly becoming a battle cry;
 “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United
 States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives,
 and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or
 Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the
 United States.”
Senator Coburn, a physician for over 25 years, described Medicare rationing that takes place here and the rationing by other governments who have adopted measures like the Senate proposes:
“This vote is indeed historic,” Coburn said.  “This Congress will be remembered for its arrogance, corruption and stupidity.  In the year of 2009, a Congress ignored the coming economic storm and impending bankruptcy of our entitlement programs and embarked on an ideological crusade to bring our nation as close to single-payer, government-run health care as possible. This bill will ration care, cut Medicare, increase premiums, fund abortion and bury our children in debt.”
“This process was not compromise,” Coburn continued.  “This process was corruption.  This bill passed because votes were bought and sold using the issue of abortion as a bargaining chip.  The abortion provision alone makes this bill the most arrogant piece of legislation I have seen in Congress.  Only the most condescending politician can believe it is appropriate to force Americans to pay for other people’s abortions and to coerce medical professional to take the lives of unborn children.”
The recently passed law authorized an increase in the debt limit which as of this writing stands at 12.4 trillion dollars.
This Congress has usurped more freedom from ‘we the people’ than at any time in history, in spite of the great public dissatisfaction.
It seems that whenever we are told there is a crisis we give the government more authority to increase control to confiscate money and resources from some to pay support of others. It now seems that folks are willing to give up their liberties to entrust that government with unlimited power to dictate how we should think and act in return for money that is confiscated from others. Just a few short years ago folks would go to great lengths to become self sufficient and in times of need the neighbors and religious communities would discretely help them through the rough times. I am saddened when I see people use the resources given to them to become successful,, have the benefits of their successes confiscated by the government to give to others with little or no input. I know many families that take pleasure in discretely helping those in need through donations, through the church which is more aware of the needs and is much more efficient than the government.
These actions may have cracked the foundations of the premise that our Nation was founded.
Earlier this year Texas Gov. Perry may have been prophetic when he commented about withdrawing from the Union. It may even be as legitimate as when Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania withdrew from the USSR.
Those of us that are followers of classic movies were treated to a double feature of timely thought on Monday 21 December when Turner Classic Movies posted:
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) with: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains where An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption – someone we need today.
Meet John Doe (1941) with: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold. 
This appeal for grass roots interest in the government and your fellow neighbors, was released in 1940, when Nazi sympathizers were gaining a potent voice in America, just prior to our involvement in WWII. Could it be we now have a home induced leaning for National Socialism.
In a scene John Doe says “They’ve started a lot of talk about free people goin’ soft, that we can’t take it. That’s a lot of hooey! A free people can beat the world at anything, from war to tiddlywinks, if we all pull in the same direction.
I know a lot of you are saying, ‘What can I do? I’m just a little punk. I don’t count. Well, you’re dead wrong. The little punks have always counted because in the long run, the character of a country is the sum total of the character of its little punks.
But we’ve all got to get in there and pitch. We can’t win the old ball game unless we have teamwork. And that’s where every John Doe comes in. It’s up to him to get together with his teammate, and your teammate, my friends, is the guy next door to ya. Your neighbor – he’s a terribly important guy, that guy next door. You’re gonna need him and he’s gonna need you, so look him up. If he’s sick, call on him. If he’s hungry, feed him. If he’s out of a job, find him one. To most of you, your neighbor is a stranger, a guy with a barkin’ dog and a high fence around him. Now you can’t be a stranger to any guy that’s on your own team. So tear down the fence that separates you. Tear down the fence and you’ll tear down a lot of hates and prejudices. Tear down all the fences in the country and you’ll really have teamwork.. Wake up, John Doe, you’re the hope of the world.”What we really need in the here and now as we are faced with serious infringement on our liberty and way of life, is work as a team like our John Doe. Is that not what the Tea Parties are espousing? The situations are similar.
We need a completely new Congress. This is the year! Anyone but the same old party robots.
Locally, a genuine war hero and ‘Tea Party’ sympathizer, has been moved to return to the service of his country. Ed Mishou has filed with the Libertarian Party to run for the office of U.S. Representative from the 27th Congressional District.
Filings close on January 4, so there is still time to file for office. Filings for County offices are to be made with the Libertarian County Chair who can also help you meet the close deadline for State and Federal offices.