There continue to be a mischaracterization of our local and Congressional politicians. We elect 435 people to the House of Representatives and 100 people to the Senate. Both the House and the Senate make up the Congress. We elect people to the House and Senate to represent us, not to lead us. As they are our representatives, we must tell them how we want to be represented and hold them accountable when they do not represent us properly.
The President is also elected to represent us, not to lead us. The president is the leader of his party, but not our leader. The House of Representatives can elect leaders within their party structure and the Senate can do the same.
Our Responsibilities as Citizen/Voters
We as citizens and voters in this country must provide an agenda to each candidates prior to an election. On a local level, citizens must come together in the district from which they elect their representatives and senators and study the issues; study the state of the economy; and study our country’s international relationships.
But first and foremost, we must study the Constitution to make sure that whatever laws are passed and whatever our tax money is spent upon is Constitutionally based. To provide for the “common defense” of our country is the one spending that is clearly Constitutionally based. As an example, federal money spent on education and even on a Department of Education is clearly not tax monies that are properly spent.
Hold the Politicians Accountable
As citizens we must hold our representatives and senators accountable with regard to how our tax money is spent. Politicians typically listen to lobbyists, unions, and those who make large donations to their campaigns and allow them to influence their policies. Nevertheless, it is our votes that put them into office.
Several changes must occur and be required of those we elect.
1. We must require them to end the gerrymandering of districts which allow many of them to either run unopposed or if they are members of the dominant political party to be reelected over and over again because they receive the most money from the local political war chest.
2. We must require them to agree to term limits so that they can live under the laws they vote on and not become career politicians,
3. We must require them to demonstrate to us how they would eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse before they will vote on any bill that spends our tax money.
These positions should and must pertain to each politician we elect regardless of party, We must then hold them accountable by requiring them to meet with us in the district and give us a report based on how the above requirements are being met. They must tell us what the future steps will be, and engage with us in a dialogue regarding the issues in our district and together come up with possible solutions.
Both the President and those who represent us in the House and Senate must hear from us clearly and consistently. Those in the House and Senate must understand that we do not accept personality clashes with the President, exhibitions of childless personal grudges, and spitefully closing rank around fellow members. Rather we expect them to adhere to the promises they campaigned on and hold them accountable.