If We Do Not Work for Freedom, Do We Deserve It?

The founding fathers’ fear of government tyranny was strong, and now it appears to have been proven to be with good reason.  I believe that where this country went wrong was when we started sending representatives to Washington with the desire to see them “bring home the bacon.” We send them there with a “What’s in it for me?” mentality that made “pork” acceptable. We made special interests able to buy influence, and that allowed representatives to believe it was acceptable to do what they have been doing because we, the citizens keep sending them back.

What can we expect when the amount of money raised by a representative  – FOR THE PARTY – dictates what committees and what chairmanships that representative is awarded?

We need to embrace the wisdom of those courageous people that founded our country with their own blood, sweat, tears, and personal fortunes.

We need to start sending representatives to Washington, not to see what they can get for us, but to see what they can prevent the government from doing to us and to see that those responsibilities of the Federal Government outlined in the Constitution are met – and  nothing else!

Those are the commitments we should be demanding from our candidates. If it were happening, we would not be $22 trillion in debt or mired in foreign wars, and our economy would not be micromanaged along with our lives.

When this begins to occur, a by-product is that special interest influences become weak because they cannot depend on representatives to deliver what they want unless it is consistent with Constitutional limits.  Funny how that works, huh?

Lately, it seems that while we obviously need protection from outside enemies in whatever form they present themselves, we need protection from the government in equal measure.  The only thing that is lacking at the moment is the representatives doing what they should to achieve that end.

I pray that will change in 2020.

To ask for such commitment from our representatives requires that we speak up and make our feelings known, make our values known, and make our intentions known.

Our intent must be to return honor, integrity, honesty, and Godly principles to our representation. We must let those who contemplate running for office know that we expect no less and will tolerate no less from them.

Unless we do, well, the picture will continue to grow dim and sinister, and America’s “shining city on the hill” will become a fortress for the elites when the hammer comes down on all of us.

Tom Stark

Tom Stark’s career began with Air Force service, including a year in Thailand and Vietnam, and progressed through a variety of manufacturing and service positions to Manager of Security, Safety, and Transportation for the Orange County (FL) Convention Center. He graduated from Barry University in 1994 and soon after embarked on a second career building custom furniture as an entrepreneur for the last 20 years. He unsuccessfully ran as a Tea Party candidate in the 2010 Congressional race (WV-01). Tom currently writes and advocates for smaller more prudent and less intrusive government, strengthening families and protecting life while building free market principles that make America stronger. He is now 70, retired, and residing with his wife in Weston, West Virginia.

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