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December 14, 2009

Paradigm Shifting and Your Government

Steven R. Berryman

The first step in solving a problem is to admit that it – in fact – exists. The churning “self-re-election system” that is our federal government has proven to Americans now that it has fully stopped listening to the people.


If that were not bad enough, our two party system is locked up and dysfunctional; virtual collusion is indicated as the minority Senate Republicans continue to grant unlimited “unanimous consent” requests from Democrats on the pending disastrous healthcare package.


Why is this epic battle over nationalizing one-sixth of our economy not being fought more vigorously by opposition Republicans?


The RedState blog’s Erick Erickson wants to know why:


“There are a whole series of parliamentary maneuvers that could be used by Republican senators to stop this bill. There is a hard backstop to the current process (Christmas). The Republicans' goal should be to prevent [Nevada Sen. Harry] Reid from passing the bill before that time. If he goes past Christmas and is forced to adjourn or recess, the momentum will shift in favor of those opposing the bill.”


More than the executive and legislative branches not pushing back upon each other to maintain fair constitutional “checks and balances,” or the judiciary doing the same, both Democrats and Republicans alike have concluded that accepting and preserving “BIG Government” will trump the will of the people.


What of buses headed to Washington to protest yet again on December 15th in a fourth or fifth coordinated effort to gain attention by citizen activists?


According to Mark Kreslins, co-founder of “We Surround Them – Frederick,” business-as-usual means that Congress has already steeled itself to not feeling the protest movement in any consequential way.


Call it TEA or what you will…


Even before the rally upcoming on December 15, the crowd counts are complete, the motives have been marginalized in the organized press, and whosoever shows up will certainly not be representative of the population at large.


Sorry to be the one to tell you that e-mails become delete-key-casualties, citizen concern letters generate form letters of response – on cute stationary sometimes – and phone calls to Democrats and Republicans remain ignored and not acted upon.


Polls are discounted and are basically worth what the pollster is paid; but worth that only to the pollsters!


That said, “Rasmussen Reports,” in a poll constructed to assume there was such a thing as a single viable candidate representing TEA Party movements combined showed:


“In a three-way Generic Ballot test, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote. The Tea Party candidate picks up 23%, and Republicans finish third at 18%. Another 22% are undecided.


Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.


Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.


This, along with the president’s plummeting approval rating, tells me that a “donut hole” is forming between the establishment Democrat and Republicans, with the hole expanding.


The ignored movements are still statistically up for grabs, but…


Whether this creates a “Ross Perot” effect, splitting up the Republicans and possibly allowing for a viable third party, is anyone’s guess as of now.


The castle built by our two main parties has many built-in benefits to defend itself. The moats deep and turrets tall, it is too easy to defeat any newcomer party at all.


Job one, two, and three of our elected senators and congressmen has been to remain in office and work the system to personal benefit. The construction of obfuscating two thousand page bills is evidence.


Richard Viguerie in “American Thinker reminds us that:


“Americans are concluding more and more that many of the current problems we face are caused by unrestrained and corrupt government. It is becoming apparent to millions of voters the solution lies in electing officials who understand, respect and abide by the Constitution as much as we citizens are expected to follow the law.”


Joshua Lyons, the other “Forgotten Men” host – from WFMD – and co-founder of, explained the next step in a program to wrest back control to the people:


What is needed is a “paradigm shift.”


Essentially that means a new way to look at our circumstance – looking from the outside to the “inside of the box,” so to speak.


Strategically, this means to lose the predictability of the past efforts for re-imposing a change back to original Founders intentions of a small government focused on core roles of supporting freedoms and liberties.


A formal effort to physically inform our elected federal representatives in Congress will tell them in no uncertain terms that “they no longer represent us.”


“We Surround Them” will focus on making corrections by working closely at the state level of government instead, and by supporting “citizen-statesmen” candidates willing to commit to being accountable to a downsized overall government that is indeed responsive to the people.


Regardless of party affiliation or affection, now is the time to explore ways to reverse the acceleration of our oh-so-self-centralizing government, and to patriotically return to Article 1, Section 8, despite the horrific interpretations of the subsequent three clauses that dilute.


The United States of America is ours to lose.


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