This article was originally written in 1985 by Charlie Reese, a journalist (now retired) for the Orlando Sentinel for three decades between 1971-2001. He penned a thrice-weekly column which was distributed to other newspapers nationwide by King Features Syndicate. He updated the article again in 1995. This version, with a few additional updates, is being distributed via email again and I was fortunate enough to receive a copy yesterday. The word “timeless” comes to mind. Though originally written THIRTY YEARS AGO, it is no less accurate or appropriate today in 2015 than when Charlie first wrote it.
It’s especially disturbing when one thinks that nothing has improved in thirty years – if anything, things are even worse. Now we have a “president” who has determined unilaterally, that he doesn’t even need the 535 members of Congress as his accomplices in order to continue the dismantlement of our Constitutional Republic – he can do it all on his own and damn the consequences.
It is OUR fault, my friends. We have the power to remove any of the 536 elected members of our ruling establishment. They serve at our pleasure. We, as a country, have allowed these elected individuals to run roughshod over our Constitution and enrich themselves at our expense. We should be ashamed.
H/T to Rose – thanks!
545 vs. 300,000,000 People – By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ]
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300+ million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.
If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees… We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
I’d be interested to know, does ANYONE disagree with Mr. Reese’s conclusions? If any part of what he’s proposed is incorrect or untrue, please note your rebuttal in a comment. After careful consideration of any possible argument to the contrary, we, as citizens of these United States must plead guilty and accept the consequences for our actions and accept that we are now reaping what we’ve sown. If we genuinely want a better life for our children and grandchildren, we must begin NOW – in November of 2016 – to begin to replace the incompetent and immoral representation that we’ve sent to Washington, D.C.. We must elect honest men and women who will honor our Constitution and do what’s RIGHT for the country as a whole rather than enrich themselves to the determent of its 318,900,000 citizens. The future of our United States is in our hands.
A genuine toilet-style flush is in order.