"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."
As a constituent of Mitt Romney, I stand proud next to my Senator. He represented the ethics of the people of Utah and the Intermountain West. He understood his vote was not a political one, but an ethical one. Yes, Romney, does not have the backing of the Republican party. They shunned, mocked, and isolated him, but Abraham Lincoln gave "Mit" an 'atta' boy.
I wrote to Senators Romney and Lee three times on www.Countable.us" Each time Senator Romney answered me. More importantly he listened to me and others in his state. Why? Romney truly listens to all Utahns and his own moral compass. He recognizes wrong, blatant, and persistent decision making based on politics without feedback from constituencies. When will the rest of the United States catch up with us?
Romney's critics cried he took this courageous move because he doesn't have to worry about Republican Party money. (Money and politics there;'s another blog topic).
- When have we as a country put party before truth, justice, and honesty?
- When have our representatives voted a party line and not represented their constituencies on American principals?
- Something is wrong when our representatives decision making process reflects the presidents' and chairman of the Senate.
- Resolve not to listen to only one news commentator or news station. It is important to listen to all sides.
- Read the Constitution. This knowledge helps you know what the Founding Fathers said and how generations later improved on their wisdom.
- Start to listen to with open ears. Don't immediately respond to an opposition's comment with profanity, an opposing argument, a louder voice. Instead listen, wait, and when then stop, ask what makes them believe such a premise? Don't try to persuade them, let them see you listening.
- Teach your children about the election. It reviews your knowledge of the process and helps them on the playground.
- We need to show our children how "Different isn't bad, it is only different. (TPC)"
We need to create a better country by:
- knowing when our leaders our lying.
- knowing our rights.
- voting in every election.
- being proud you are an American.