By Pat Benjamin
Illegal Immigration…an unavailable or unresponsive health care system for millions of Americans…an enormous trade deficit…a continually growing government debt…outsourcing of American jobs…elected representatives who don’t listen to the people who put them in office and pay their salaries.
These issues represent just some of the serious problems we face in America today. What can we do about it? We can elect people who will listen to the American people and make the changes we need to solve the problems.
Are the candidate choices the Democrats and Republicans are giving us willing and able to solve these problems? In my opinion, NO.
Every one of these candidates has held public office and allowed these problems to fester and worsen over the last 15 years. These major party candidates keep talking change. Why should we believe that any of them would suddenly change their stripes and work for change? It’s time for new blood and a different approach. We need a third choice and a new political path.
It’s time for the American people to make their voices heard. It’s time for the people to reclaim their right to direct involvement in the governing of the United States of America. That can only happen through an independent candidate for president, a new political party, or a new organization that represents the views of the majority of Americans and fights to have these views heard and enacted into law. We need to make sure every change and law is good for our country and all of its citizens.
We need to pass a term limits law for every elected office, so that new people get the chance to serve our country and then return to private life and live under the laws they helped to enact. That’s what our founding fathers envisioned.
Every one of us needs to vote in EVERY election and not become discouraged and apathetic. If you don’t participate, you don’t deserve to be listened to when you complain about the direction of our country.
We need to remember the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Or, “If you expect people to be ignorant and free you expect what never was and never will be.” Or another President, James A. Garfield who said, “Territory is but the body of a nation. The people who inhabit its hills and valleys are its soul, its spirit, its life.” Naturalized American citizen and renowned scientist, Albert Einstein, said, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by individuals who labor in freedom.”
What I have learned from watching these Democrat and Republican presidential debates is that, “When the government fears the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny,” to quote Thomas Jefferson.
It’s time to remember our duty to ourselves and our country. Learn all you can about the people running for president in 2008. Get up off the couch and participate in our political process. If we all do that—and only if we all do that–we can make a difference.
What are you waiting for? You can change the future…now.
Pat Benjamin is a member of the Courier-Post Community Advisory Board