To the editor:
Thomas Paine once wrote, "Consenting to leave the legislative part to be managed by a select number chosen from the whole body, who are supposed to have the same concerns at stake which those have who appointed them :"
I know this quote seems a strange way to start a letter to the editor, but at times when a thing might seem out of place to say, or do, it is the precise moment to say or do.
So I write this letter to ask the voting population of this city, county and state to find a candidate in the coming years, and in the next election in particular, who shares our interest as Thomas Paine wrote.
You see, today we are plagued with representatives and Congressmen who have little to no knowledge of what the common citizen truly wants or needs.
We have lawmakers like Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Frank, Mr. Specter, or the late Mr. Kennedy, etc., who have sat or are planning to stay in office as long as possible.
I mean no disrespect to the Kennedy family in this time of loss.
But, this plague of professional lawmakers has gone from a rarity to the most common occurrence accepted, with no thought in this nation of ours.
Paine argues in his book, "Common Sense," that only a true government for and by the people can succeed with what would be called success.
"And as this frequent interchange will establish a common interest with every part of the community, they will mutually and naturally support each other :"
This statement, made in the most influential book of the American Revolution, tells us in plain English to keep the power of the officials rotating, and in fact, the officials themselves rotating, so that there is never a build-up and corruption of power.
Now there are many more quotes in "Common Sense" that should be put here, but space is scarce and time is short.
In closing, I would ask you, the citizen reading this, to please vote in the next election, not for a name that is plastered all across town, or because you belong to some party, but when the time comes, vote for those who have had the sweat on their brow, which came from an honest day's work.
Vote for the candidates who have seen the government take 30 percent of their pay for programs they may neither use nor understand.
James R. Reiman