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Letter: Public shares blame for troubles

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Our country is in trouble.

It is in trouble due to years of neglect and selfishness. We can waste our time blaming the Democrats or Republicans, but in reality, it is our fault. 

It’s our responsibility to pay attention to those we elect, and when they begin to represent themselves it is time for them to be voted out of office. We cannot say that Mr. or Mrs. Representative hasn’t been doing their job, only to find out they’ve been elected over and over again. Yes, they failed as our representative, but we must accept the responsibility that we continued to put them in office. We also must stop focusing on nonissues such as the “birther argument” or “proclamations of administrative doom.”  Step up or stop.

Currently, President Obama is in the midst of several bad situations, scandals if you will. Do you realize we are setting precedent for all future leaders? We are telling them to “do what you want, as often as you want, no matter how negatively it effects the country – ‘we the people’ won’t really hold you to any standards and don’t have the fight in us to demand better.”

Is that the message you want to send to our leaders? I’m not just talking the president, but about every representative we have. Do you really want them raising taxes, ignoring the law, skirting the Constitution, and then telling you that you are too dumb and weak to do anything about it? 

Taking our country back is not a Democrat or a Republican issue – it is an American obligation. Our leadership needs to realize just how much power we have. 

We don’t need to wait for an election to occur, we need to demand answers. Should those answers lead to the loss of government or political jobs, then so be it. 

Not only do we have the right to demand better representation, but we need to demand more from each other. President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” So lets “do for our country” and rid it of the type of leadership that doesn’t care about the Constitution, that feels it needs to parent us and thinks that we are not strong enough to become great. 

I assure you, we’re more than strong enough.

Earl Gable

Sycamore

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