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"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced Patriots to prevent its ruin." - Samuel Adams, 1776
At our third annual Southeast Texas Tea Party's Tax Day Rally in Beaumont, I was fortunate enough to listen to and speak with Tim Cox, the founder of GOOOH, as well as other great patriots who have devoted their time, money and efforts (just as America's founders did in their time) to promote the understanding and knowlege of the foundations of our once great nation.
Tim, a computer programmer, just as upset and discouraged as the rest of us here are, was prompted by his son to 'do something about it, dad'; and so he did. He quit a successful career and, with the support of his family, came up with a plan to return the power in Washington back to the People of America.
Basically, as the GOOOH site below will explain, the concept is a simple one that lets the People - that's people like you, me and our neighbors - to pick true 'Citizen-Statesmen' legislators rather than the career politicians inhabiting our government today. A government BY the People, FOR the People! The goal is to have all 435 positions filled by patriotic representatives that SERVE their constituents and not themselves.
Tim identifies the four (4) MAIN problems in government today:
1. Special interest money (we're not represented)
2. Too much 'Party' influence (Peer pressure prevents the People's will)
3. Politicians focused on self-preservation (Ambitious and self-serving)
4. No accountability (Exempt from their own laws)
Basically, after signing up and answering the questionaire, area groups form small groups of 6 or 8 or 10, and proceed to question each other on their basic stances on issues we are facing and possible solutions, and with the basic understanding of 'original intent', prescribed by the Laws of Nature from which ALL Liberty springs, these small groups choose two. Then the two from each group form groups of 6 or 8 or 10 and repeat the process, until the two (2) most principled representatives for each district integrity remain to be placed on the ballot.
If those that struggled, fought and DIED to found this greatest country on earth were willing to sacrifice their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the cause of Liberty, then I don't see why we can't get the ball back in OUR court using the same basic concept our founders envisioned - GRASSROOTS CITIZENSHIP!
Semper Vigilo, Paratus et Fidelis
An excellent way to proceed, Clint. It involves the people in the process, and it does indeed help to "weed down" the field to those that hold the most likely views of their constituents.
The only kicker I see, and it is not to dampen the spirit in this at all, is that one needs to have a commitment to support the emerging candidates, and not drop out of the process just because their favorite horse didn't finish strong in the race. I see that as an issue nationally, today. There is a tendency for folks to give up on the system when they don't see their candidate win. But in fact, people have got to see that their voices WERE indeed heard. It does not mean that everyone will always agree. But knowing one is indeed part of the process and that they had an opportunity to make a difference out to keep us involved and working towards a more perfect form of government. Frankly, NO government would just about beat what we have right now :-)
Thanks for the input and information.
**BTW, I grew up in the Beaumont area, a number of years ago now. We lived in a little community called Hull-Daisetta ... (close to Liberty and Dayton). Glad to know we share other things in common as well.