Is “Of, By and For the People” Gone Forever?

Published on December 10, 2012

by Ed Finan
Clash Daily Guest Contributor

Today, the government, not “We the People”, is borrowing $1 Trillion Dollars per year to support welfare programs that degrade the human spirit, remove the work ethic and make citizens dependent.  The government does this in order to buy votes and approval for what it is doing.  It is destroying the greatest country in the history of mankind.

The government is a corrupt organization running outside the rules and laws it has established for its supporting the private sector.  It is a business unto itself with workers in that business supporting themselves by taxing the private sector.  The government cares little about the private sector other than the private sector is its only means of financial support.  How can any President justify spending $4 Million Dollars on a Hawaiian vacation as the largest tax hike in the history of the country is only 16 days away?  He doesn’t care!

With $16 Trillion Dollars in debt and borrowing a $1 Trillion Dollar deficit per year to support that debt, what has the government done to resolve this unsustainable problem?

— President Obama and the Democrats have suggested an $800 Billion Dollar tax hike in the form of raising tax rates.

— Speaker Boehner and the Republicans have suggested an $800 Billion Dollar tax hike in the form of eliminating tax loop holes and deductions.

Both solutions do nothing to resolve the debt problem and little to help reduce the deficit problem.  Both solutions do nothing more than bring more revenue into the government so it can grow and support itself.  Both solutions weaken the private sector and strengthen the government.

So what is it the government is really telling us?  Is there really a “Two Party System” in the federal government?

It’s had to defend the “Conservative” Republican story when Senator Jim DeMint is forced out of office because the RINOs in the Republican Party say they will no longer support his conservative position and maybe even run another candidate against him.  Representative Allen West, another strong conservative, was elected out of office because the RINOs allowed his district to be gerrymandered away from his supporters.  Speaker Boehner has removed four conservative representatives from their committee posts because they oppose his and the Republican’s tax increases and want programs that reduce the debt.

The U.S. Federal Government and its leaders, Democrats and Republicans, are acting as a corrupt entity growing in size, power and employment while reducing the rights of “We the People”.  It has only one concern and that is to grow and protect itself.  Government employee unions are equivalent to the fox in the chicken coop: “I will vote for you if you give me a raise!”  Employment in the government is growing at twice the rate of the private sector.  Government employees, Congress, teachers, police etc are averaging twice the pay of private sector employees in similar positions.  Our education system is failing our children, our crime rate is up, and we accept this as a sign of the times.  The government is not about “Us”; it is all about “Them”! 

Surveys of our citizens indicate the congress has a 9% approval rate, yet in this past election 94% of the incumbents running for office were re-elected.  Talk about the dummying down of the country!

Somewhere along the way the “Government of the People, by the People and for the People” has perished on this earth.  It is now time to re-establish the founding principals of our great country and take back the freedoms so harshly removed from us all!  This will not be an easy or pleasant job to do.

God help the United States of America! 

Ed Finan is president of

Image: Poster showing text of the Gettysburg address; circa 1909; source: United States Library of Congress; digital ID cph.3g12220; published by M.T. Sheahan, Boston, MA; public domain; copyright expired