You will hear it referred to as “the House.” That is because today most people, especially the media, simply refer to it by that name. Properly identified, it is “the House of Representatives.”
Let me invite you to think about that word, “representatives,” for a moment. What is a “representative”? According to the dictionary, a representative is someone sent in place of. Said another way, “When I can’t be somewhere in person, I send someone to represent me, someone to act on my behalf to carry out my wishes, not theirs.”
Based on the proper definition, “the House” in the Congress of the United States is composed of people sent as representatives. Of whom? The answer is: us. They are our representatives. They are there to represent “We the People.”
In other words, they work for us; we send them there, we empower them to “establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare (not today’s popularly accepted definition of that term) and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
They all swear a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of United States, not their political party or major donors. In other words, they are there to carry out the promise of the founders regarding a “republic” composed of an informed, participating citizenry. This is the raison d’être for the 2-4-6 rule. Depending on the office, they must come back every two years if in the House, four years if president and six if senators and ask for permission to keep their J-O-B.
It is referred to as “campaigning,” but it really means, “Can I keep my job?”
We examine their performance by a “free press” and say “yes” or “no” at the ballot box.
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Sadly, in many countries around the world today, people are dying to obtain what many Americans simply ignore, or worse, exercise foolishly: the right to vote their conscience. Many Americans don’t study the issues and, if they bother to vote at all, they simply vote according to party, not according to principle.
For me, voting is a treasured privilege that should not be taken lightly or for granted. I can remember my parents having to go through several challenges, including a “white only” primary, completing burdensome paperwork and/or literacy tests and paying a poll tax between $1.50 and $1.75 to vote. I realize $1.50 doesn’t sound like much today, but my father worked 12-hour days, seven days a week for $12. Back then, hamburger was 25 cents a pound and you could buy bread or milk for 15 or 20 cents, so $2 could buy almost a week’s worth of groceries. But you know what? They studied, took the tests, paid the poll tax (we ate beans when necessary), and they voted according to principle, not just party.
Tragically, this is not the case with many today, especially among African-Americans. As I point out in my latest book, “Black YellowDogs,” when/if African-Americans do vote, they vote the straight Democratic Party ticket.
Here is a stunning paradox: In a poll involving Democrats, black voters and moral issues, on all eight of the moral issues polled, blacks (who voted 96 percent Democrat last election) voted 100 percent against every Democrat position on every single moral issue supported by the Democratic Party. In other words, they vote liberal but hold conservative values.
As an aside, let me play “the race card” here on another national issue. Let me say (from personal experience) that the majority of people (black or white) yelling “racism” and “discrimination” have no idea what they are talking about. Even as a member of the U.S. Air Force, it was not until the spring of 1966, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared the poll tax unconstitutional, that I could walk into Texas voting booth (even in uniform) and cast my vote without having to pay for the right.
This is 21st-century America, and every thinking person must realize that times have changed dramatically. The unvarnished truth of the matter is, today, in America, you can essentially be just what you believe you can be. The American dream is alive and well. We have progressed all the way from a black poll tax to a black president.
Let me just remind you, America is not just a country, it is a state of mind based on the Judeo-Christian principles articulated in the Bible. Americans (not hyphenated Americans – my folks were from Texas, not Africa) can choose who and what they want to be. No one, especially not the government, has any God-given or constitutional right to prevent that. Many of you, especially those who are entrepreneurs or business people and/or educators, etc., have personally demonstrated that if you’re willing to pay the price, you can choose the destination, pay the fare, board the freedom train and ride to victory.
America is all about the freedom to choose your own destiny.
I wrote a book called “Plain Bread” in which I chronicle my journey from being an angry, agnostic, whites-hating black militant to having a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I have subsequently received some insight into one of the most profound documents ever written by man, the Declaration of Independence. This document, inspired by the Bible, says “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
In America today, you are free to choose. You can get your name on a magazine cover or a wanted poster. You can get a military ID number or an inmate ID number in prison. You can spend your life on welfare, with your hands in someone’s pocket, or you can develop the deep pockets people are trying to get their hands into.
By the way, just as a point of information, keep in mind the freedom to pursue happiness also means people can pursue it elsewhere. If they don’t like it here, they are free to leave. There are long lines of people, in almost every country in the world, waiting – some for years – to come to America (legally and/or illegally). Please correct me if I’m wrong, but to the best of my knowledge, there is no long list of people waiting to get out of America.
Yes, I confess: I am a patriotic, flag-waving, Bible-thumping American citizen. Trust me, I sincerely mean it when I say, “God, please continue to bless the United States of America.”
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