Letter to the editor: Look how corrupt they are

To date, Americans have acted in four consecutive national elections and voted the Republican Party into majority positions in the House, Senate and now the Presidency. Yet, as of May 2, the Democrats are cheering the Republican Party in their latest sell out of their constituents, as they try to raise the debt limit yet again.  They do this against the unavoidable backdrop of grotesque debt, annual deficits, and money printing. And if that were not enough they give the opposing party practically every spending item they want including the defunding (at least for now) of the border wall that Trump and Republicans had promised earlier.

I could say “I told you so” but at the same time I am distraught, and filled with a deep sense of dread and foreboding. I am disturbed because I believe that what we are really witnessing, whether we realize it or not, is a desperate attempt by the American populous through the regular electoral process, to try to set things right one last time. Americans know that something is terribly wrong with the federal government, that spending and debt are wildly out of control, and that we are most likely in a malignant death spiral now, but they are at a loss of what to do. After all, the Republicans as of this date have once again broken their promises to the American people. They vowed to begin building a border wall, yet they appeared to have stalled on such a wall. They promised the repeal of Obamacare, yet instead they attempted to replace it with more Obamacare and hoped you would not notice.  They promised a reduction in spending, yet now, they want to “up” the debt limit with over a trillion dollars of spending. Can’t they see? Can’t they understand?!  There is no more real money left to pay for it all! Just the Fed with its fraudulent checks.

In pondering our present state, I am reminded of the presidential race during the fall of 2008 when the stock market collapsed. During that time, President Bush called both political candidates into the White House in the hopes that they would express solidarity with him at bailing out the stock market with federal funds, and lo and behold, that is exactly what Barack Obama and John McCain did! I knew then that the Republicans had lost the election even though it was still some weeks away. I also knew immediately that there really was no major difference between the Democratic and Republican establishments! Collectively they are the parties of government and deficit spending. And in what will be our ultimate failure to remain a free nation, as other countries will increasingly begin dictating to us due to our diminished economy and therefore standing in the world community. The hard truth that no one really wants to face is that being free and being second on the world stage do not ultimately mix!

So once again, what are we to do? Because no matter how many of these individuals we elect, in the end they sell out and prove themselves not to be the men and women of character and intellectual clarity we thought they were choosing instead to run from their duties of safeguarding America’s frontiers while hoping to God that they are not grilled too severely and embarrassed at their own heavily controlled town halls. 

The answer of course is quite simple. We need to exercise the powers given to us through article 5 of the constitution, which grants us the right to call a convention of the states though our state legislators for the sole purpose of bypassing the federal government and offering up amendments to the constitution in order to reign in the now unrecognizable ruling institutions of our country. Article five, is the “break glass in case of emergency” clause given to us by the founders for times such as these. In the end, there is no other way by which we can set the country straight, so I say yet again “article five people, article five.” 

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Steven Howard

Monte Vista


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