Words from the founding fathers – 9.16.10
Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 11:15 am
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist
One-hundred and six shopping days till Christmas! Does that make you anxious? It’s just around the corner. Is it just me, or are the days going by fast? Where will you be in 47 days from today? The date will be Nov. 2. That’s election day. So, where will you be? Is part of your schedule that day to be at the voting booth? It should be. It’s just a little over six weeks away. To put that into perspective, this is the end of the first six weeks of school for Weakley County students. Wow, that was fast!
Believe me, Nov. 2 will be here just as quickly. Are you ready to vote? I don’t mean show up and go down the list putting a check mark for everyone with a R or D beside their name.
I mean, will you be ready to make an informed decision? You know that’s how we’ve gotten to where we are. It basically falls on our shoulders. We voted these people in and allowed them to stay. We have kept quiet over the years and just complained under our breath.
It’s like people who buy these exotic animals and then are surprised that it killed one of their children. Politicians have this huge temptation to think too highly of themselves and think that they know better than we do what is best for ourselves.
To quote Alexander Hamilton, “A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.”
I believe this is one reason why George Washington would not seek a third term in office. He could have easily won another term and begin at least a political dynasty if not more. But he had no desire to keep the power. We need more politicians with his desire to serve his country.
After the Revolutionary War, Washington went home to Mt. Vernon to live out his life as the only thing he ever really wanted to be – a farmer. In the meantime, things were not going good with the Continental Congress, so they came knocking on Washington’s door saying we need your leadership. For the most part only his presence brought civility to what was destined to be a failure. Through the Constitutional Convention and his eight years in office he led with humility and then retired to Mt. Vernon once again.
Where are leaders like this today? Notice I didn’t say politicians. Today we have people who only want power and want it for a long time. The establishment of both parties don’t get it.
That’s why you see someone like Christine O’Donnell win the Republican Senatorial primary last Tuesday night over Mike Castle who has been in political office in Delaware since 1966.
And then the Delaware Republican establishment announced right after her win that they won’t support her. It’s because they don’t get it. People in Delaware, like people around here and around the country, are tired of these power-hungry politicians and are going to get rid of them.
So you see, it’s not just Democrats. People are looking at the Republicans who have spent us into debt, lost jobs for our country, and sold us short, time and time again. This is not just a Tea Party thing. It’s a “We the people” thing.
That’s why Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever our affairs go obviously wrong, the good sense of the people will interpose and set them to rights.”
It’s time to exercise some good sense at the voting booth Nov. 2. Know who’s running and what they stand for on issues. Vote for someone who has your same values. If you’re conservative, search out a conservative candidate. Do the same if you’re moderate or liberal. But please don’t take the easy way out and just vote for a party. So start getting informed.
You only have 47 days.
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