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October 31, 2013 - 10:31 am
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If Washington, D.C., is out of control, it is because we the people, who rule through our representatives, have faded into obscurity. The responsibility of maintaining and insisting upon a small, coherent, common-sense government lies with us. We, and our predecessors, however, have let go of the wheel. Consequentially, we are careening into a head-on collision with a fate wrought by an apathetic citizenry — the demise of our republican form of government.

Many simply shrug their shoulders and say, “Well, our country is changing. Nothing we can do. It’s the sunrise on socialism and the sunset on republicanism.” This type of apathy will instigate the winds of “hope and change” to blow our Bill of Rights, our liberties, our freedoms into extinction. Just look at today’s headlines. Read them and weep — or read them and revitalize.

“But how can I make a difference?” you ask. One way is to call your representative — regularly. Have you ever called your congressman or senator? If you have, did you get a voicemail? Did you get a voicemail box that was full? Did no one answer at all? This is simply unacceptable. We are a republic. We rule through our representatives. They are in office because of our vote and, newsflash, we pay their salaries. How quickly they forget this. How quickly we become a nuisance. With their pushback, how quickly we retreat into the oblivion. “Socialism is just on the horizon and there’s nothing I can do about it” becomes the mantra of the masses.

Yet our voice, our opinions, our needs are their mandate. The only way to combat this obscurity and this black hole of silence is to be active. Our republic only works if we participate and challenge the status quo. Democrats know this tactic very well. They communicate by demonizing and attacking. These reprehensible tactics are not recommended; however, persistent and consistent pressure and a viable presence are recommended.

Apathy will only lead to an atrophy of the most important aspect of government — you, your voice, your active participation, and your unwillingness to shy away and blend into the chaos. Our republic was not built by wallflowers. Our republic was built by men and women who were endowed with educated reasoning and driven by a dogged determination of justice.

Justice is not served when you call your representative and cannot reach a human voice. Justice is not served if you get only the dark abyss of a voicemail machine, never to know if your voice was heard. This is incredibly frustrating. If our government is so big that a congressman, and his varied staff, cannot answer the phone, then limit the government. Limiting the government would limit their power. This is why you must be heard.

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Why in the world would they listen to us? 94% of them run in gerrymandered "incumbent protected" districts. So, in essence, once they've sold their souls, they have a job for life with unimaginable privilege and an absolutely great retirement plan. How do you think things ended so hosed up? My so-called "representative" is Diana DeGette, is an ignorant a gun-grabbing socialist if ever there was one. Writing her a letter is like pi$ing in the wind. Her district is so safe, she doesn't even have to campaign. I live in a newly gerrymandered tiny slice of real estate that once was Republican, but now all our voices are nullified by the votes of a horde of Denver Libs.

THIS is typical of American politics today. The two parties have conspired to set up a self-perpetuating system that keeps BOTH in power. Most everything else is simply theater.
38 weeks ago
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"7" and "#" key....... that's yer 'vox populi'.....;>.........
38 weeks ago
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Excellence in Punditry!
38 weeks ago
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My representative votes with Nancy Pelosi 94 percent of the time, so telling him my views is generally a waste of time.

PS George Washington isn't in the musical 1776. John Adams performs "Is Anybody There?"
38 weeks ago
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I was active in Republican politics although I don't have a lot of money. Money talks and all the letters to congressmen don't matter. Some RepublicAns have bizarre ideas and it's embarrassing to admit one is s Republican. Blaming it on the public schools is ridiculous. A lot of those making accusations have not even been in a public school for years. People should remember the "bell shAPED CURVE. dON'T EXPECT a+ behavior depm c- people. GET REAL
38 weeks ago
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The problem isn't the looming socialism creeping into our daily lives its the education system we have which guarantees that once someone is finished with it they are finished with education. They don't want to learn any more 'stuff'. Since they didn't learn what socialism is in school (thank you public ed) they have no idea what is in front of them.

So the educational system has done its job - to dumb down America. A fine job they've done too!
Now its up to the socialist progressives - they are knee deep in fundamentally transforming this country and old farts like myself are like a voice in the wilderness - calling out the dangers - but like being in the wilderness when one has no experience with bears they haven't as much fear as necessary to avoid them.

Bears will consume you for diner - its what they do and people are on Bear's menus. Socialism will consume our country - its what socialists do - and freedom is what is on their menu.



39 weeks ago
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All but one of my posts were barred at her website, despite her emails asking we post there.
You allowed my first post here to stand. Thank you PJM for that respect.
My hope is someone sees this post and lets her know her posts are being heavily screened on her website.

What if she gets everything she asks for in this column – if she succeeds 100%?
Then she will have extra staff hired by Congressmen and Senators, who will politely listen to the callers. Then the staffs will ignore everything the callers said.

The concern should be getting the legislator to do what you call him to do. I can only address those in my Party, Republicans. They fear doing one misstep, one ill-said line, which will incite the media and well-drilled liberal groups to force their resignation. The only way to move them to do something you want, is to make it as safe to do as possible. I also like to make it something which should give them favorable publicity.

That means don’t just call and air your concern. It will end there. You need to give them a very simple, safe way to do something you want. You don’t say, do something to preserve the Second Amendment. You instead send them an incredibly simple way to help do that. Not because they are stupid or forget their political values. It is because they fear the media and liberal hate groups will destroy them over one wrong line.

You are dealing with very scared people, and staffs which fear losing their jobs if their boss makes one mistake. At least when you deal with Republican legislators.

I implore you to enable your listeners to construct simple, safe proposals they can take to their Congressmen and Senators for them to do. I am in the midst of one as we speak. I face having it blocked by a staffer. I am trying to work around that. I wish you would help me and those like me doing this. But we are not allowed to post on your website. Thankfully, PJM lets posts like this appear here. I am very grateful to PJM for this.

I will post this if prayer says to do so.
39 weeks ago
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"They fear doing one misstep, one ill-said line, which will incite the media and well-drilled liberal groups to force their resignation."
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Which is why the Tea Party is working diligently to make sure they fear being Primaried even more!
38 weeks ago
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Thank you for quoting my line. If you see this, please consider that if conservatives can get one of the Republican congressmen to accept simple, safe things to do which do rollback liberal political gains, it should lead to a showdown between press and liberal groups and that congressman. If enough Americans are outraged at how Republican legislators can be obliterated for one misstep, that congressman should become insulated from it. Then every American conservative can pour conservative ideas through his office. He would be the door for us. It starts by helping him do simple, safe, conservative things.
American conservatives need a door.
38 weeks ago
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Your suggests should work. However they will not....even if you give a step by step way to do it.
38 weeks ago
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Doing it now. I check on its status after posting this reply. Have tried this in the past many times. If Janine Turner came back here and saw my post, not only would she recognize my pseudonym, she need but repeat my plea to generate outrage that Republican legislators are constrained.
38 weeks ago
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Does anyone else smell troll?
39 weeks ago
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Not a Troll. I am someone trying to reach Janine Turner since my cause is barred from her website by those running her website.
I need help reaching her. I am hoping if someone talks to me here, someone might tell her and she will see it.
As for my posting, I just laid out why Americans contacting Republican legislators yields nothing. I have gotten things close to getting passed, if not passed. Ignoring the threat Republican legislators and their staffers operate under will not get them to help you. Yearning for conservative triumphs will not bring them about. I can get things through with a little help. Janine Turner can achieve momentous things given her unique contacts (Hollywood), skills, voice on radio, religious faith, etc. She keeps emailing her supporters like me to post on her website and send her our thoughts. I am proof we are for the most part being blocked. I can reach her here if something brings her to check these posts.
Please understand, that if Americans realize Republican legislators and staffers fear to do anything more than safe, simple acts, it should lead to outrage that they are so constrained. I am not a Troll. I am someone who can accomplish things with a little help.
38 weeks ago
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By "troll" I mean someone trying to create paranoia, attempting to keep us frozen in fear and terrified of communicating with one another. This person's very false "broken English" is evidence of evil intent. Ignore him. Or her. Or any mixture of the two.
39 weeks ago
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However much we may want our representatives to respond to our deeply felt convictions there's only one solution - term limits, term limits, term limits. Entrenched power breeds contempt. To get at the root of the pathology, to rip it out before it takes hold, we must have term limits. The Founders didn't design our system to create a cushy life-time job for telegenic liars, they created a system for educated people to expend some of their talent to make a better country and then step aside to return to their "real lives". The only way to regain even a modicum of what The Founders intended is to enforce term limits. Term limits should be the rallying cry for all of us.
39 weeks ago
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I don't think the founders had ever heard of the bell shaped CURVE. They were very bright and self educated. Unfortunately many Americans are not like them.
38 weeks ago
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We've come full circle because nowadays the only way to become truly educated is to educate yourself.
38 weeks ago
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Janine, I wish I could believe, but ... .

We can only exercise the choices the political culture serves up to us. We will never have a chance to vote for Sarah Palin, and may not even Ted Cruz, on a national ticket, because they would be hounded out of contention by the MSM well before they could obtain a nomination. Like it or not, the political class has the power to veto anybody they declare beyond the pale, and they will do that to anyone who threatens their cozy status quo.

Only when newspaper editors, college professors and other public intellectuals once again are concerned with genuine self-rule and the sovereignty of the common man will this change.

Right now, the elites are firmly convinced that they and they alone are entitled to real political influence, and all the hayseeds can go jump. And they milk the system they have created for their own benefit at our expense, with never a thought about the welfare of the public.

39 weeks ago
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Take hope in this: the media and liberal groups have destroyed many, many conservatives over the last few decades. Those victims are waiting for a chance to be heard and demand this persecution end. The Republican leadership shuns them. That can rapidly change, since that shunning is what allows the persecution in the first place.
I don’t need intellectuals you list to convert to being American in their values. I just need victims heard. Americans will side with the victims of political persecution. Then the media and liberal groups will no longer dictate “acceptable” conservative candidates.
Get me to Janine Turner and I can do this in a week. Those victims would trust me. As long as they are not labeled Trolls.
38 weeks ago
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excuse me, but you have already had a chance to vote for Palin on a national ticket.
39 weeks ago
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the last time i bothered to contact my "representative" it was to clearly oppose a position he was taking. i got a letter thanking me for my support.

so you be real sure to lecture me on how and what to do to make a difference.
39 weeks ago
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I offered a particular grassroots conservative organization (Fr…) a plan for collecting and stopping those form letter rejections like you got. It took my idea and I heard nothing more. I offer it to others when I can. The legislator’s staff sends them after they are drafted to handle particular hot topics. I am not surprised it did not directly address your contact. I am sorry that letter had its intended effect – to make you go away.
I am not trying to lecture you. I am trying to reach Janine Turner by commenting on her column here where her website staff cannot censor me. I am urging you to persist in a manner that the staff and legislator will do something on your concern.
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