BY LIZ LARSON – There is a trend going on in America that is very disturbing. Without realizing it, we are subtly being divided into opposing groups, battling over issues such as same sex marriage, legalized marijuana, and immigration reform.
While the leaders of our nation are weakening us through divisive political debates and feeding our fears with antics about the dangers of terrorism, they are quickly taking away our civil liberties.
On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows American citizens to be indefinitely detained without trial. This bill is an outright assault on the Constitution. It is big news, and no one is talking about it. It wasn’t discussed a single time in the Presidential debates.
The other side of the aisle is just as much to blame for this atrocious bill, since the Republican controlled House approved it.
What Republicans need to know is that if we continue to ignore the struggle for liberty that is occurring in the country, we will quickly become obsolete as a party. Young conservative voters are becoming disenfranchised because of our perceived apathy.
Charlie Reese published an article in the Orlando Sentinel in 1984 titled “545 vs. 300,000,0000 People.” His message is very prescient considering the events of the most current election.
“One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country”
“It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted – by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.”
It is up to local leaders to stand up and unite the 300 million against tyranny. We need leaders who unite the people, not divide the people. We must not be afraid to accept each other’s differences in order to protect our rights to have those differences.
We must remind our communities that “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, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.” – The Declaration of Independence
By uniting together, we can replace the 545 men and women who currently control this country with leaders who will balance the budget, who will protect our freedoms, and who will honor the Constitution.
Liz Larson was the Republican nominee in the 12th Senate District. Liz owns a small hospitality services company in Waikiki. www.lizlarson2012.com