Blame the Electorate, Not Congress, For America’s Woes

Blame the Electorate, Not Congress, For America’s Woes Image

Even though Charlie Reese retired over two years ago as a syndicated columnist, several of his columns continue to orbit cyberspace. Not too long ago one of Reese’s pieces landed in my e-mail box for the umpteenth time. In his widely-distributed article originally titled “Looking For Someone To Blame? Congress Is Good Place To Start” and then more than twenty years later revised and titled “The 545 People Responsible for America’s Woes,” Reese blames America’s domestic woes on its 100 senators, 435 congressmen, 1 president, and 9 Supreme Court justices.

The self-described traditional conservative with libertarian leanings is currently a registered Democrat. Reese had been a registered Republican until George W. Bush invaded Iraq; then in 2004, he shifted his support to John Kerry.

The flighty Reese started out as a Democrat but became a Republican shortly after John F. Kennedy took office. He returned to the Democrat Party once again when the Republicans nominated George H. W. Bush.

Reese’s contention that the members of America’s three branches of government are to be blamed for her domestic woes is as well thought out as his party leanings. America’s politicians and jurists are symptomatic of a much larger problem—an ignorant, indifferent electorate who doesn’t know an informed opinion from barroom bigotry and barbershop bull.

The Congress and the President are elected by the people, and they serve at the people’s discretion. They are elected to office to represent constituents’ wants and needs from districts, states, and country in the nation’s government. Some of America’s most dishonest, deceitful politicians have been reelected to office time and again by their constituents, which suggests that if the politicians are lacking in honor and moral integrity, so too are the people who keep electing them as their representatives.

In a letter to the Massachusetts Militia, John Adams echoed a similar sentiment when he spelled out why the American people must hold basic moral truths and absolute moral standards to keep their representative republic:

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Adams pointed out that it’s the people’s character that actually determines the government’s character. When 70 percent of unmarried women and 68 percent of unmarried men with children vote Democrat because they want a nanny state to take care of them, it’s wrongheaded to hold politicians morally and individually responsible for the country’s domestic woes.

Even though Democrat politicians are willingly undermining America’s representative democracy for the sake of power, Americans associated with special interest groups have proved they are willing to cover up or promote the political corruption to further their groups’ own agenda or to increase their groups’ influence at the negotiating table. During this election cycle, Democrats have shown that they are willing to use any dirty trick and crooked tactic necessary to hold power in November.  For example:

ACORN, or another organization operating under an assumed abbreviation or acronym, registers the names of legitimate and illegitimate voters.

New Black Panthers, SEIU, or another union or community organizer group intimidates voters, especially minorities, from voting Republican.

Names of felons, dead people, and illegal immigrants are kept on voter lists.

Precinct Captains closely monitor who votes and who doesn’t, and at the end of the day directs precinct workers to submit unused ballots for Democrats under the names of those who did not show up to vote.

Ausonius said that truth is the mother of hatred, and while Democrats have led this great nation to the brink of destruction, they really aren’t responsible for how far it has drifted from its constitutional moorings. Clearly, that responsibility lies at the feet of the American people who are blameworthy for lacking in both the stewardship and vigilance necessary to keep their Republic under God.

Blaming foolish Democrats should not keep Americans from recognizing the confederacy of dunces who elected the Democrat Party to power. The Republic may well survive a Democrat Party made up of myopic special interests groups, but it won’t survive the foolish majority who allowed that Party to rule over them. In other words, America will not collapse because of the Democrat Party; she will collapse because her citizens voted to keep such dishonorable, deceitful, and despicable people in power.

About the Author:  Jerry A. Kane is a retired English professor who has also worked as a journalist and a technical writer. His writings are featured at MichNews.com and have appeared at Canada Free Press, WorldNetDaily, American Thinker, American Daughter, and in daily and weekly newspapers across the country. His commentaries, news stories, and musings appear regularly on his blog, The Millstone Diaries. He can be reached at misterjkane@gmail.com.

About The Author: Jerry A. Kane is a retired English professor who has also worked as a journalist and a technical writer. His writings are featured at MichNews.com and have appeared at Canada Free Press, WorldNetDaily, American Thinker, American Daughter, and in daily and weekly newspapers across the country. His commentaries, news stories, and musings appear regularly on his blog, The Millstone Diaries. He can be reached at misterjkane@gmail.com.