We The People … Surrender

we the people surrender
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Ever heard the saying about history repeating itself?

Guess who said this: ‎”The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies.”

Surely it was someone sorely in opposition to raising the debt limit?  It was then-Senator Barrack Obama on March 20, 2006, in a Senate floor speech.

Has anyone even read this bill yet? Or is it one that, as the now U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, would say, needs to be passed so we can all find out what is in it?

Is it just me that sees this, or is a pattern prominent here?  Elected officials fail miserably in their duties and allow a crisis to develop.  Said crisis is presented to American citizens as dire and catastrophic, allowing little time for reflection or honest investigation into culpability.  The citizen is told that, in order to save them, they must relinquish some liberty and trust their elected officials to know what is best for them.

It would be naîve to assert here that the people are not in some way culpable themselves for the crisis we currently find ourselves in, but it is so much worse than that.  The people are surrendering their birthright at such an alarming rate that it is conceivable they may not have one anymore.

Benjamin Franklin said, “We’ve given you a republic.  What remains to be seen is if you will be able to retain it.”

It would be reasonable to assert he was right.

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  • Matty Jacobson August 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Very pithy and poignant. But at this point, I myself am tired of the fight. I’m only 30 and the sound of surrender is almost alluring. It’s a constant battle between what seems like my people and the politicians. And somehow the politicians always win.

  • matt gaus August 3, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Winston Churchill said “Never, never,never, never give up”. That was when they were fighting the Germans and Hitler, and I believe mousalini ( I hope I spelled that correctly) If we surrenda we will become the next 3rd world country or the next cuba or argentina. I think that is why this adminastration admires castro and chavez. Who ever is pulling the lever behind the curtain, I believe, is paying and corrupting our leaders into believing that if they do what they are asked, there will be a reward, ie money. The only thing is, is that they will have the rug pulled out from underneath their feet and they will end up in the same pit that we will be in. And boy will they be shocked. Sort of what there doing to us right now. Trust me, I am not a conspiracy guy, but I smell alot of rats and my intuation tells me that somethings up and we are the frogs in the pot of boiling water. What ever we sow we will reap. And don’t complain if it is not what you want.

  • Ed Kociela August 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    There’s a major problem with this opinion: the debt crisis is the result of shoddy Republican governance in the House and Senate during the Bush administration and continuance of the partisan wars that have abandoned the needs of the people. This new bill — a Republican bill — is a piece of work that leaves no room for government investment in the United States’ recovery from thie economic quagmire. What can we look forward to? Inflation, increasing unemployment and deterioration of social programs as we know them because of the schism created by the corpulent felines in the House majority. Tsk, tsk…not a very broad, worldly view of a problem that will nag at the soul of the United States for at least another three to five years as it continues to try to dig out from under the tyranny of the extreme right. Get the umbrellas out because a hard rain’s gonna fall and when it does, dear voters, take a good look at the Misery Index and who whacked it up. There was nothing about ‘personal freedom’ attached to this bill, and the only thing the voting public is guilty of is ignorance for voting these fools into office. Ah, buyer beware. You get what you pay for! Peace out, dudes. It’s going to be a long, bumpy ride.

  • Gunther August 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    If I hear one more time that the current economic situation is Bush’s fault, I’m gonna puke. When somebody is placed as the CEO of a large corporation, everything that happens after that point is that CEO’s responsibility. The fact that we are in much worse shape now than we were 2 1/2 yrs ago is 100% Obama’s fault. It’s just that simple. No more excuses. It’s time to man up and realize who is responsible for our current situation.

  • Ron August 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

    When the Democrats controlled the House, Senate and the White House…why did they not pass all the bills they so wanted then? And, why did the full Senate (all Demcrats included) vote NOT to pass Obamas budget just a few months ago? It is clearly a result of this presidents lack of executive experience why this economy is in the shape it is in now. This president couldn’t manage a lemonaide stand, let alone this country. This president has never had to balance a checkbook, let alone a national budget. The elections of 2012 cannot get here soon enough. This president has demonstrated his lack of leadership, his disregard for the constitution of this country, and above all, his failure to care for the people. His removal from office WILL be a national mandate come the elections of 2012.

  • Shawn August 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    This bill has nothing to do with either the republican’s or the democrats – rather the ruling elite pulling the strings from behind. There was never any threat of a default – that had already happened when they began printing off money so fast that it completely devalued it. This was a smoke and mirrors job to get their super congress in. No more house, no more senate – now we have 12 rulers with Obama at the head who can basically do anything they want and there is nothing that congress can do about it. Obama and everyone who voted ‘yes’ for this monstrosity needs to be thrown out and charged with treason.

  • Ron C. August 5, 2011 at 7:01 am

    C’mon, people! If you’re looking for somebody to blame for this, look in the mirror. As Pogo once said, “I have met the enemy, and it is us.” We want government to cut spending, but not what it spends on US. Like, don’t touch my Social Security. Don’t touch my Medicare. Don’t raise my taxes. Don’t cut my tax loopholes.” I don’t care whether it’s a Republican or Democrat, anyone who gets serious about solving this problem (which means cutting stuff we all like AND raising money to pay off our bills by maybe ending the Bush tax cuts for ALL OF US) will get their wheels shot out from under them. Until we’re ready to grow up and accept sacrifice, pay what we owe, stop calling each other names and accusing each other of “hating America” (talk about something that makes me want to puke!), and accept the fact that we might not have all the answers, we’re not getting anywhere.

  • Not a Mormon August 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Take my social security away, please. I will gladly forfeit all the money I’ve paid these decades to not have to pay that unconstitutional tax and let me retain my future money. I’ll be able to make more with private investment or even with it stuffed in a mattress than I will with our mutual Uncle handling it.

    Take my medicare away, please, for which I’m not eligible yet for which I pay.

    Please, stop spending any money that is not word-for-word authorized in the Constitution. I’ll sacrifice all these “benefits” for lawful governance and true freedom.

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