Politicians forget who empowers them

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The Senate's passage of its version of health-care reform has shown what is totally wrong with the two-party political system.

It demonstrates that politicians are elitist (they know what is best for us, and disregard the desires of the electorate); they can be bought without consequences (they vote and then say, "I am going to retire; it's too hot in the kitchen"); and they have a total disregard for the Constitution.

The entire process has been openly wrought with lies and sleight of hand. They assume the voters are uninformed and will never understand what is going on. The process we are witnessing shows that the government wants more control, and that it continues to feed like a shark -- on itself.

Elections do have consequences, but until those who really care stand up and demand fiscal responsibility; replace career politicians with honorable people with common sense who are not worried about being re-elected; demand personal accountability; and insist on reducing the size of government -- nothing will change.

There is now a growing movement in South Carolina that demands our representatives challenge the federal government on many issues where the fed is overstepping its power. I would hope that Georgia and many other states join the fight. To date, 13 states are on record challenging the constitutionality of health-care reform (just one of many issues).

When the Constitution was ratified, it was not by the people, but by the states who were empowered by the people.

Ron Pieper

North Augusta, S.C.

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grouse
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grouse 01/21/10 - 08:31 am
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In a representative
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In a representative democracy, we send people to Washington to decide what's best for us. If we don't like it, we vote new ones in. That's how it works.

slippery 25
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slippery 25 01/21/10 - 09:48 am
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Good point grouse. I am ready

Good point grouse. I am ready for all new ones.

terry67
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terry67 01/21/10 - 11:12 am
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'Politicians are like

'Politicians are like diapers, they both need changing regularly and for the same reason.' Quote from Mark Twain

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/21/10 - 02:43 pm
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You're right, Ron, but the
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You're right, Ron, but the Dems in power got a wake up call in the commonwealth of Mass. TERRY, great quote.

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impossible 01/22/10 - 11:57 am
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grouse what happened to your
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grouse what happened to your racist mantra? Do you, like Obama, think that the Mass vote for a republican was caused by anger at George Bush? You should, because he uses the same ill logic that you use. Toss those dirty diapers and smell the roses instead.

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