It’s Time to Hold Everyone Accountable for Their Actions
When the craftsman sets out to learn his trade, woodworking for example, he spends a great deal of time learning about his craft. He must learn not only the tools to use but also the proper types of wood to work with. He must be totally versed in all aspects of woodworking if he wants to be considered a master of his trade. This is true of any field of endeavor except for one, our Public officials. For some reason many of our politicians feel that they will gain more popularity by pushing more laws through. They do this without any consideration to the constitutional requirements of the laws they propose. And some people working in our government enforcing those laws feel that they are above them.
The job of a politician is to uphold the Constitution’s of both the state they represent, and our federal government. They take an oath to do this. But how many of these politicians today realize that the primary reason for our Constitution is to protect INDIVIDUAL rights, Not the majority’s rights, and not the government’s rights to exist. And the people holding government offices whether elected or employed have shown a total disregard for those individual rights.
How many laws have been passed in the last 100 years that have been found by our court systems to violate the principles of our Federal and State Constitutions? For example the Jim Crow laws or laws passed in the McCarthy era, as well as laws requiring businesses to implement unneeded measures, increasing the cost of goods and driving some companies out of business. Consider the cost of implementing those unconstitutional laws and the costs of defending them in court only to have them ruled unconstitutional. Now add in the cost of removing the law and the mechanism that they created and you soon realize that these mistakes have cost us the taxpayers billions of dollars. Also consider the cost in taxpayers dollars and an individuals pain because public employees have stepped outside the boundaries of the laws designed to protect individuals rights.
How well do public officials uphold their sworn oath to protect the state and federal constitutions that require them to protect citizens individual rights when public officials are faced with the pressure of special interest groups that are attempting to strip the rights away from small disfavored groups of American citizens. Those Public officials that do stand their ground, to protect small disfavored groups are true American patriots. They realize that, even though they may be fired from their jobs or not reelected in coming elections because of their actions, Honor and integrity and their oath before God to uphold the Constitution is more important than their personal gain.
How many organizations, businesses and individuals have had to spend their time and resources fighting those unconstitutional laws or actions by public officials. If the Public officials would have just done their jobs upholding the Constitutional principles of this country these laws would have never been proposed let alone passed in the first place.
Public officials need to learn their jobs and not rely on special interest groups that lobby and feed the Officials false or skewed information. They need to look at all sides of the issue and obtain accurate information before ever presenting a law for consideration. Most importantly the Officials need to remember their primary job is to protect individual rights from the power of the majority, as well as the overwhelming power of government.
It is now time that we the people start holding our Government representatives responsible for their overzealous actions in trying to put forth ill-thought, knee-jerk legislation that might satisfy some people, but are in fact unconstitutional because they infringe upon individual rights that are guaranteed protection by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As well as those public employees using their government positions for self gratification and financial gain.
If a person is in the military and violates the military code of conduct they can be given a dishonorable discharge, losing all of their benefits, pensions and denying them positions in many government agencies. Corporate managers have been held responsible and imprisoned for allowing dangerous products to reach the marketplace. Why shouldn’t politicians and other public officials be held to that same accountability that they have placed on others in the rules, laws and regulations that they have passed and enforce.
We firmly believe that our Governments representatives should be held accountable for proposing unconstitutional laws, and if any bill is later found to be unconstitutional both the sponsor and cosponsors should be punished. They should be immediately barred from any type of public service, from serving in the Congress to working as a clerk in some DMV office somewhere. We also believe that because of the cost of fighting these unconstitutional laws, these said lawmakers should lose their pensions and any benefits that they might have received while in office. The same should also be true for any public employee who steps outside the lines of their authority. They should be banned from any further public employment.
To some these penalties might seem harsh, but these people chose to become politicians or public employees and in doing so took an oath before God to uphold the Constitution and protect our individual rights. If they are unwilling to do this then they should face the consequences of their actions, as they have passed laws expecting others to do. If not they should not have run for a political office or applied for government positions. Their jobs are to represent the rights of the people of this country.
We believe when a person chooses to work for the government that they should be held to a higher standard of accountability than ordinary citizens and that accountability should include the highest possible penalties when those public employees disregard others individual rights guaranteed by our Constitutions and Bill of Rights.
Holding people accountable for their actions has long been viewed as the best way to have a stabilized society, to create the best products and services and to create a moral conscience. why should our Public Officials be exempt from that accountability.