Government by the people


The Constitution of the United States begins with — “We, the people of the United States — and stipulates — “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

Since our nation is governed by legislated laws, this means our elected officials are responsible for running the Country, according to the wishes of we, the people, not the President and Cabinet, Republican or Democrat Party, Supreme Court, PACs or lobbies, big business, billionaires, or any other individual or group.

Regrettably, for many years, many of our legislators have been negligent in performing their duties and responsibilities, allowing other influential bodies to exercise more power than authorized. This has been evidenced by the President issuing executive orders and other parties making decisions that are the responsibility and authority only of the legislators.

This has prompted we, the people to strongly express the desire for a change in the way the country is being governed. We took the drastic steps of electing the Republican President and Party to carry out that task, giving them virtually absolute power over how the country is governed. Along with that authority goes the duty and responsibility to exercise the power responsibly and in a manner that satisfies the wishes of we, the people.

Despite the presidential election being over, the furor is continuing, because many voters believe their wishes have been denied and are demonstrating their displeasure. This obligates the legislators to determine the true opinions of their constituents and to act on them. Otherwise, the country will continue to be governed by the President, political parties, and other unauthorized influences, rather than we, the people.

To prevent this, we as the Legislators’ constituents, must avoid apathy and must assume our duties, responsibilities and privileges by maintaining continual vigilance on how our Country is being governed, by informing our representatives of our opinions and desires, and by ensuring they abide by our wishes.

Ray Potter