At my weekly Rotary Club meeting, I heard a talk by a political analyst who discussed the upcoming runoff in the 10th Congressional District between Dr. Paul Broun and Sen. Jim Whitehead. The speaker described Sen. Whitehead as a "status quo" guy and Dr. Broun as someone more inclined to "shake things up." With this comment, I recalled that Sen. Whitehead had been favored to win the 10th District race because he had the "Republican Establishment" behind him. (Fox News Report, June 17, 2007) For most of the past decade, this Republican Establishment has been in charge of a Congress that presently has an approval rating at an all-time low. And they deserve it. The Washington Post as well as the major television news agencies reported recently that our Congressmen have placed over $52 billion in "earmarked pet projects" in pending appropriation bills, including the now infamous $223 million bridge to nowhere. If that is the status quo politics of the Republican Establishment, then maybe it is time to shake things up. George Archibald asked the question best, "Who will stop Congress' spending obscenity?" (The Huffington Post, November 16, 2006.) The answer can only be, "An informed and involved electorate."
On July 4, 1776, a Congress of representatives of the people met to sign a great declaration. That Declaration of Independence provided that when a governing body committed a long train of abuses and usurpations, it is the people's right and it is their duty to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security. American government and American freedom can only coexist when American citizens remind politicians that the government still belongs to the people. This July 4, 2007, we took a day away from work and celebrated our freedom with fireworks and food. On July 17, 2007, will we the people of the 10th District exercise our freedom by doing what is our right and our duty and take a few minutes to vote?
Mark M. Wiggins