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By Jim Killebrew

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[December 28, 2013]  Of the different types of government, there is a difference between a republic, democracy and more autocratic type of governments such as socialism, communism, fascism or monarchs.

In the democracy, the people's will is exerted at election time with choices being made from the will of the people as to whom they have decided will be their leaders. All too many times, however, the people are disappointed by the style or consequences of an individual's leadership performance after the person has been elected to office. Sometimes, in our modern society, more often than not, after the election the person who was elected moves the locus of control by shifting it from the people onto the official. The will of the official is exerted on the people.

Since 1776 at the beginning of our Declaration of Independence, we have changed from a republic to a democracy and then drifting to almost an autocratic form of government. Instances of that shift have presented themselves periodically. Certainly we experienced the cessation of the habeas corpus during the Civil War. Of course, that was a very unique time when states seceded from the Union and engaged in the armed conflict with each other.

As time has passed, however, the presidency and the Congress have achieved an almost autocratic power over the people. With the congressional leadership, this has been manifested in individuals without the benefit of term limits by serving lifetime appointments through the election and re-election process. With that kind of longevity, they have developed a seniority process that makes them powerful enough to exert their will over people on a national basis. The office of the president has grown stronger during more modern times, with the president being described as "the most powerful man in the world." That extreme power from a centralized government interferes with the concept of the power of the people.

Today we see polls that indicate the will of the people regarding various issues, and yet we see officials in the government exerting their own will on the people. Often the policies, orders and laws are counter to the majority's will. We are currently seeing this in the gigantic law passed exclusively by Democrats only in the House and Senate and signed by a Democrat president. This law resulted in no bipartisan efforts, hence, no real representation of the people.

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We have made the change from a republic form of government to democratic form at every election cycle. "We the people" elect their officials, who are supposed to be representative of the people who elected them. We find, however, much of the time the officials began to rule according to their own needs. They look to what they need in order to continue to be re-elected and try to give the people what they think they want until after the next election time. After the election is over, they begin creating policies, laws and regulations that affect the longevity of their own office.

We are experiencing that in our country even now. We see polls constantly, on a daily basis, telling us the people are dissatisfied with various forms of management. If the polls are gathered using a random sample, we must assume that we can generalize the results of that poll to the total population. If that is the case, we have a majority of Americans who are not in favor of transforming our health care and insurance system into a system of government control. Yet, we find the president and the Democrat Congress continually resisting the will of the people, trying to push the changes to the health care and insurance system onto people who are losing the benefits that they have under their current insurance policies.

The only thing that seems to bring them around to representing the people, and the will of the people, is an impending re-election campaign for many of them. They look forward to that re-election and start bending their own policies while running away from the previously supported policies for which they voted, toward what they think the people want. One wonders if after the election, safe and secure in their re-election, will they revert to governing from their own standards rather than the will of the people? When that cycle is repeated year after year, the person holding the office becomes very powerful, and replacing that person becomes almost impossible to achieve.

Think about it. Politicians who believe we can't distinguish between their governing model and their re-election model are counting on the electorate having a very short memory. One wonders if the elected officials are aware of the will of the people but govern differently only to change to the will of the people as they approach their own re-election. Don't they know it is insulting and offensive for the people who witness that metamorphosis? Do they believe the people are so stupid or uninformed as to not notice the difference? People are fed up with politicians who seemingly play their constituents .for fools.


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