Politicians are forgetting true roles

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As a citizen of the free world, I consider myself fortunate to live under the best form of self-government ever devised by man – of the people, by the people and for the people. No other government in the history of the human race has even come close to the “all men are created equal” premise.

What this means is that, as a citizen, I am just as important as the president.

The way it was formed, “we the people” are the government.

We elect citizens to represent us. We are the bosses. They work for us. They are merely public servants.

Being an elected official is supposed to be a sacrifice. You love your country so much that you’re willing to put your own interests aside in order to work for the greater good of the people.

George Washington didn’t really want to be president. He didn’t think he was up for it. He actually thought he didn’t have what it would take to be an effective leader.

Somewhere along the way, we seem to have forgotten what the term “public servant” means.

Say you have a dream of going to Washington, D.C., to work for your fellow citizens and to make sure the torch of freedom is kept alive. You might as well forget about that dream unless your bank account is close to or above seven figures.

There was a time when patriotism fueled the desire to hold public office. Love of country has been replaced by power and prestige. Now we treat our representatives more like rock stars instead of our own employees.

The word “sacrifice” is no longer associated with elected officials. That word is now used as something the citizens of the United States are asked to do.

If you do manage to get elected to Congress or the presidency, then you are pretty much set for life. You receive the best health care, while the people you represent struggle to pay doctors and hospital bills.

Money and opportunities flow like champagne. Suddenly the American people are nothing more than an obstacle standing in the way of your re-election. Those pesky citizens are always wanting something from you – things like affordable health care, a strong economy or a job.

Don’t they know that you’re doing everything you can to make the other party look bad? Don’t they know that, when we default on our loans, we’ll be able to lay the blame at the other party’s feet? So what if it weakens the dollar and interest rates go up on every American? We held our ground because we were right.

It’s much better to be right than have a sound economy. Don’t you silly citizens know that?

John Glover

Augusta

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dougk
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dougk 09/02/11 - 10:36 pm
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A non-partisan appeal to our
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A non-partisan appeal to our legislators and elected executives? Horrors!!! To what levels has the Chronicle stooped to? Nice job, Mr. Glover.

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Jon Lester 09/03/11 - 06:22 am
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Somehow it was decided that

Somehow it was decided that corporations are people and, oddly enough, this seemed to exclusively benefit those who are always telling us "the free market" is the infallible decider of all things. Ergo, government now serves the highest bidders. The rest of us are just too poor to participate anymore.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 09/03/11 - 07:15 am
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Good points, Mr. Glover.

Good points, Mr. Glover.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/03/11 - 07:21 am
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Our media heads think they

Our media heads think they are rock stars too.....If only they could sing..LOL

david jennings
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david jennings 09/03/11 - 08:17 am
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Yes Mr. Glover good letter.

Yes Mr. Glover good letter.

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allhans 09/03/11 - 08:45 am
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I don't know the "silly

I don't know the "silly people" that the all-over-the place Mr Glover seems to know. The ones who he says would let the country default on loans - which was NOT going to happen. Just because Pres. Obama says something is so, doesn't mean that it is.
I wonder if Mr. Glover is a fan of Ed and Chris, they spout the same talking points.

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robaroo 09/03/11 - 11:29 am
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Thank you for the letter Mr.

Thank you for the letter Mr. Glover.

The only thing I have to add to it is the controlled media. The media only cover the Democrats and Republicans - any other parties should be completely ignored.

Most people have heard there is a Libertarian party. Can anybody name their last presidential candidate? What about their position on the national debt? Can anybody name any of the other parties?

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slsoske 09/03/11 - 09:05 am
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I could have written that,

I could have written that, but what's the use? We citizens don't count in the scheme of things. Free chicken dinners and a soundbite on the news count. Please, let's vote out the schmucks currently in office and get some new blood that say they're for us and give them one term. If things don't change, let's get someone new. I hope I'm not too old to see some changes in our "let's get them" world of politics.

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hounddog 09/03/11 - 09:09 am
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'Those pesky citizens are
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'Those pesky citizens are always wanting something from you – things like affordable health care'
M. Glover, it is not the governments job to provide 'affordable health care'. It is your job to provide for yourself.

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Vito45 09/03/11 - 09:13 am
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Unfortunately, "throw the

Unfortunately, "throw the bums out" and dissatisfaction with the political elite has been around a LONG time. Yes, there was a time when a few "Mr. Smiths" served; but politicians are "politicians", and always have been. I put them somewhere along the same status as used car or furniture salesmen.

Vito45
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Vito45 09/03/11 - 09:21 am
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Robaroo, the Libertarians

Robaroo, the Libertarians would be better to just run as independents. The Libertarian label carries too much baggage with it from some of the very controversial positions they take on things like drugs, etc. Not all Libertarian's embrace some of the more radical ideas, but the mouthpieces do.

I think many moderate conservatives will find they have libertarian tendencies. There are a number of "political quizzes" out there that are fun to take. I always fall into the quadrant that is Libertarian leaning conservative or conservative leaning Libertarian.

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allhans 09/03/11 - 09:29 am
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A third party by any name

A third party by any name plays the role of spoiler in todays politics.
Ross Periot? Remember him. Changed the outcome of the election by taking conservative votes. Did it matter in the long run? Probably not.

Vito45
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Vito45 09/03/11 - 09:43 am
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I would like to see it just

I would like to see it just be one open election, with all of the candidates running at the same time. No primaries. When election day comes, the candidate with the most votes wins, and the one with the second most is vice prez. In congressional and senate races, the top vote getter wins. If we want a majority vote, then the top two run off.

That would take the focus off party and put it on policy positions.

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avidreader 09/03/11 - 10:22 am
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This is a wonderul expression

This is a wonderul expression of patriotism; however, if one changes the syntax and diction, this same letter has been printed a zillion times. I'm sad that good people, like Mr. Glover, have to keep writing it.

This disheartening message reveals a process that will most likely never change. I still believe that many of our elected officials go to state and national capitols with the best intentions, only to have their fire snuffed out like a candle. They find themselves having to maneuver through a labryinth of deceit and greed and end up cowtowing to the infected system. Otherwise, they become the heads on the chopping block.

Why don't we, the citizens, begin by demanding term limits. It's a start.

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robaroo 09/03/11 - 11:31 am
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Ross Perot - my political

Ross Perot - my political hero. He was a successful businessman, not a professional politician.

And he was ahead of the curve two decades ago. The main planks of his platform were balancing the budget and protecting American jobs. Unfortunately for the US, the media made him out as crazy and most people were suckered in.

Let's fast forward to 2011. The country is teetering on bankruptcy and you can't buy anything American made at Walmart.

I'd vote for a Ross Perot clone today.

allhans
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allhans 09/03/11 - 11:38 am
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Yesterday, Pres Barack H

Yesterday, Pres Barack H Obama's called a stop to his administration's controversial plans to tighten smog rules , bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders to continuing the guidelines set under George W Bush.

The old boy is learning..might be a tad late though.

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eagle 09/03/11 - 02:15 pm
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Good letter Mr. Glover. No,
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Good letter Mr. Glover. No, I should have said "excellent" letter!!! As long as "We the People" do nothing, then the politicians will continue to do as they please. Simple as that.

allhans
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allhans 09/03/11 - 02:49 pm
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If you like sarcasm then you

If you like sarcasm then you would probably like this letter.

Haki
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Haki 09/03/11 - 05:39 pm
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This letter should go into

This letter should go into Sunday's edition.

@allhans you're a part of the problem.

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Riverman1 09/03/11 - 06:05 pm
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The people making the biggest

The people making the biggest difference I've seen in my lifetime are the Tea Party folks. They are getting people elected who have an announced main goal of cutting spending. The people do make a difference. It's a hackneyed theme that the people can't do anything. The Tea Party has proven you can.

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harley_52 09/03/11 - 07:17 pm
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You're right, Riverman1, and

You're right, Riverman1, and that's precisely why they are so roundly and robustly attacked by the democrats. The Tea Party (meaning middle America) represent a potentially fatal threat to the big spending, high taxing, government knows everything agenda that has become the central theme of the democrat party platform. It's why they are called "extreme" and "racists." Democrats must portray them as evil, racist, wild-eyed radicals instead of what they really are.

In order to continue their march toward socialism/communism the left must trivialize and neutralize the Tea Party and that's entirely what the "government shutdown" crisis was all about.

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