By John Sheda
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
This is the opening statement of our Constitution. Notice the first three words; “We the people.” You and I are “We The People.” And as a member, aren’t you just a wee bit tired of Washington politics? Of course you are because the one thing almost 100 percent of us agree on is that the system is broken and badly in need of repair.
But nothing is gonna change until “We The People” demand change. It’s that simple and it’s that difficult but it’s also that true. So as you’re reading this you’re thinking, “Gee, John, what do we do?” I have the answer. There are three simple things we can do and somehow must do in order to effect change. Now, I’m not the mastermind that’s gonna tell you how we can do all three but only what we have to do.
First, do you notice everyone is getting rich off this political system except you and me? From the pundits on MSNBC and Fox News, all the books they’re writing, and never telling you what we must do, because they would cease being rich. We wouldn’t need their analysis or their vast knowledge (haruumph) of how to fix things. Why? Because we can fix it ourselves. By the way, 47 percent of our Congress are millionaires. And they have the audacity to tell us how tough things are!
If we really want to change the system, here’s what we do: Regardless of the political party, begin voting each and every incumbent out of office. Doesn’t make any difference how good or bad they are. Democrat or Republican. We simply start voting them out. Why? Because they are failing. We all know that. Everyone blames everyone else and comes back to us and tells us how bad the other guys are but the bottom line is that nothing changes, right?
So what will this accomplish? Won’t it create chaos? It will accomplish the main thought of the beginning of our Constitution; “We The People.” And yes, it will create chaos, but isn’t that what Washington is now? It certainly can’t make matters worse. But here’s what it will do: It will show our Washington politicians that they are no longer in charge. We are.
And they will have to listen to us.
Oh yea, I did say three things need to be changed. Here quickly are the other two: Get rid of all lobbyists and the lobbyist system. And once we get the old guard in Congress out, demand term limits for everyone.
John Sheda is pastor of Living Water Church Independence. Comments: email@example.com