Written by John DeGroff on December 26, 2014

Well, we’ve pretty much survived the Great American Holiday troika and it’s time where a lot of people start making resolutions for the new year.  I stopped doing that years ago.  The only resolution I’ve been making for about the last 10 years is to not make resolutions, or in my case, promises to myself that I probably couldn’t keep.  

Forget about the time honored stuff like loosing weight…I don’t need to.  I have no intention of quitting smoking.  I enjoy good pipe tobacco and the occasional cigar, plus I love my Guinness, and all of that is in moderation.  The only thing I really need to stop doing is using profanity, but dammit, that’s hard.   

This year, and from now on, I really want to be more politically astute and aware of more than just what I hear on the news.  One thing I’m really going to strive to do is pay close attention to the voting records of my congress critters.  

I live in Warsaw, Indiana, which is Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District.  Marlin Stutzman is our Republican rep in the House.  Our Senators are Dan Coats (R) and Joe Donnelly (D).   Coats seems like a nice guy, but I’ve seen some interviews where he dodged his way out of answering  direct questions.   Donnelly I know nothing about, but in an article I’ve read about him, he stated that being in the minority party gives him the opportunity to move towards the middle.  But let’s be honest, that would only happen when it’s convenient for him and his party.  

So, therefore, I really want to make the effort to pay attention to what these people are voting for and against, and I definitely will start keeping track of where they stand on the bigger issues.  

In the past, I’ve written only a few letters to my congress critters, which usually received a form letter response.   I guess that’s par for the course in writing to any of the weasels we send to DC.  This time, though, I want to be specific and find out where they stand on such things as Operation Choke Point, the continuing IRS Scandal, the Benghazi mess, and on and on and on.

So, dear readers and all those of you actually who give an airborne copulation about this country, here’s your homework:

*Know who your Senators, Representatives, State Governor and local officials are.  

*Pay attention to their voting records.

*Get in touch often.  Let them know that We The People are paying attention.   

I’d like to end this short article with an excellent quote I came across recently, that puts things in a far more specific light than I could:

The lesser of two evils is still evil.  I will never again make that same mistake.  My days of perceived pragmatism over principle are done.  We are no longer ‘one nation under God’.   We are a divided nation under God’s judgment.  The clock is winding down, and anything short of total national repentance and widespread Christian revival spells America’s demise.

“Establishment Republicans are no different from Democrats; even worse, perhaps, because at least with Democrats, what you see is what you get.  Establishment Republicans are wolves in sheep’s clothing.

(Matt Barber, No Longer A Republican, from Dec 23, 2014 and, Dec. 22, 2014).



John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.