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Column: Here to serve; them
by Dale Cardwell
July 02, 2012 03:11 PM | 3855 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dale Cardwell
Dale Cardwell

I was excited to be a first-time voter. It took a former actor to finally say what no other politician would... America wanted to lower taxes AND cut spending. I was a freshman in college, majoring in journalism and government and actually wrote a research paper on what happened next: Congress went along with Reagan’s tax cuts, but refused to cut spending. In fact, between 1981and 1989, federal spending increased an average of 7.1 percent per year. As a young fiscal conservative, I was incensed! How could elected officials so openly defy the public’s “mandate” to reduce federal spending? I didn’t know then what I know now. Politicians stay in power, by telling us what we want to hear, but doing what keeps them in office. In 1981 and today, that means giving constituents more of what they want while claiming they are in favor of cutting those other people’s programs. It never happens, because those other people — are constituents of of other politicians. You see, we the people are here to serve — them.

A friend of mine recently vented about her experience with Atlanta police. She was driving with the flow of traffic across Freedom Parkway when she suddenly saw blue lights. She was herded to the side of the road to discover — along with several other pulled over drivers — that the word “parkway” should really be “street.” She told the officer she had no idea the speed limit was 35 mph, and felt she didn’t deserve a ticket. It didn’t matter; according to the National Speed Trap exchange, Freedom Parkway is exactly that. A few weeks later, my friend found herself in traffic court. She says the solicitor was offering her and the other herded cattle a one-time deal. Plead guilty and pay only $300 plus court costs. She was incensed! Because Christine felt she’d been set-up, and because of her perfect driving record, she told the solicitor she planned to fight the ticket. BIg mistake. She says the assistant solicitor frowned and said, “go ahead, but that’ll make the judge mad, and he’ll fine you $750! “Why? She asked. “Because we have a system here, and you’ll lose.” You see, we’re here to serve — them.

I was flying home from out of town last week and struck up a conversation on the plane.  The young man sitting beside me described how he and his wife had recently taken two distantly related children into their home. He said they did it — in part — because the state of Alabama said the kids would be split up in foster care. Imagine the young couple’s surprise when the the Department of Human Resources told the couple they would’t receive the assistance other foster families receive, like daycare subsidy, because they were “blood.” The couple would however, be required to meet the requirements of DHS and be subjected to the jurisdiction — and appearance requirements — of the juvenile court. Why? Because we are here to serve — them.

Why don’t we rise up and vote to free ourselves from government leaders and bureaucrats who have chosen to invert the system are require us to serve — at their pleasure? I call it the Mothers Against Drunk Driving syndrome. Almost no one is passionately motivated to join and work for MADD until they are personally affected by the loss of a loved one due to an impaired driver. 

As we enjoy Independence day, let’s not forget the degree of human sacrifice it took to create the freedoms we once had and could have again — if we only got together and demanded it. Until then, we are here to serve — them.

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