Let’s take the profit, and power, out of being a federally elected official !!!

Posted on 22nd March 2013 in Bigreb speaks his mind...



Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are under attack from the very people we elected, and who took an oath, to support and defend them… Once elected they begin rising above the Constitution because of the ability to get re-elected time after time… The longer they are in office the more power they acquire and demand… After a few terms in office they begin feeling they have risen above the guidelines of the very Constitution they swore an oath to support and defend… You can see this in longtime Senators like Fienstein, Boxer, Shumer, McCain and numerous Congress persons like Pelosi… The time is now to bring our government, and elected representatives, back to what our founders intended it to be; a government of “We the People”…

 

“Absolute monarchies are those in which all power is given to or, as is more often the case, taken by, the monarch. Examples of absolute power corrupting are Roman emperors (who declared themselves gods) and Napoleon Bonaparte (who declared himself an emperor). There is a movement afoot as this is being written to “eliminate the 22nd amendment ”which establishes term limits for the president… New York Democratic Congressman José Serrano has reintroduced legislation to repeal the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would end term limits for U.S. presidents and pave the way for President Barack Obama to stay in the White House for a third time…

 

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely” arose as part of a quotation by the expansively named and impressively hirsute John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men“ 

 

 

If we, as patriots, do not come together now it may be too late… We must weigh each candidate as to where they stand with Constitutional issues and vote for them accordingly…

 

Candidates for any federal office, and their staff members, should be required to sign an affidavit they support the Constitution and Bill of Rights, in their entirety, and will make no effort to change, modify or replace them unless mandated by the people with a 2/3’s vote…

 

We need to see who are sponsoring and funding candidates’ campaigns… Donations should become a matter of public record within 72 hours of being received by the candidate… No candidate should be allowed to receive any type of financial support from outside the United States, Union PAC’s or businesses who contract with the federal government or management connected with those companies…

 

We need term limits on all federal government elected positions and not just the president… Federal Senators should serve for no more than 1 six year term… Congressmen no more than 2 – 2 year terms… Those elected to serve their country should not expect to find lifelong employment or to build positions of power through longevity in an elected office on a federal level…

 

There was significant debate during the Constitutional Convention about instituting Congressional term limits, but it was not considered a priority because no one could envision career politicians. At that time, the pay was low, and the power of government was minimal, so the only reason someone would go through the trouble was to ultimately serve the nation, and it was thought that few would be willing to do it for long. Today, the government is so powerful, with so many opportunities for influence, financial opportunities, and corruption; it attracts the very worst sorts of people. Example; Michelle Obama’s salary tripled after the first year her husband became a Senator…

 

Senatorial and congressional aids and staff members should be regulated by the same employment restrictions as the elected officials they represent…

There should be NO taxpayer provided retirement or medical packages for any federally elected representative, including the president…

 

Elected representatives will be required to contribute to their own medical insurance, benefits and expenses, just like in the private sector… Elected officials will be entitled to the same vacation and sick time as is provided within the private sector…

 

Transportation, housing and meals will be provided for elected representatives only when on official business… Family members traveling with elected officials, on official business, will be required to pay and cover their own expenses…

 

Elected officials traveling outside the United States, on official business, will use public transportation unless it is a matter of national security… On such occasion family members will not be permitted to accompany the elected official…

 

Transportation for elected officials, going to and from their district offices, will be done on commercial aircraft. Only elected officials travel expenses will be paid out of public funds… Family members accompanying elected official to and from district offices will be expected to pay their own way…

 

District offices, for federally elected officials, will be located in established local facilities; i.e local city halls, Chamber of Commerce buildings, federal buildings etc. No “free standing” district offices will be permitted… Transportation for elected officials, while in their districts, will be provided out of the government motor pool and may only be used on official government business and not for private use…

 

Our elected representatives and those appointed by our elected representatives, need to remember they work for “We the People” and whose powers are controlled by the Constitution of the United States of America… We are a sovereign nation “Under God”…

 

 

Excerpt from The Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

 

Remember… “An ARMED society is a FREE society”… Support our 2nd amendment for the good of our Nation…

 

Your comments are encouraged and appreciated… What do you think? Write to me at bigreb@bigreb.com

 

 

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