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Democratic Dereliction of Duty

The current behavior of lawmakers in Wisconsin is a despicable dereliction of duty. And unfortunately, it seems our own Democrats in Indiana are joining this profligate party. Our entire political process is based upon the biblical premise of a representative government designed to express the general will of the people. This results in both a majority and minority party to express the diverse views of the electorate. We end up with differing viewpoints which leads to healthy debate and an open democratic legislative process. If the people don’t like the outcome, they change the majority in the next election cycle.

What we are currently witnessing by elected officials is a complete dereliction of duty. Instead of respecting the rule of law and the American political process, we see “let’s just take our ball and go home” approach which shuts down all meaningful discourse and destroys the democratic process. If the minority party is allowed to leave their legislative seats, and their state for that matter, every time they disagree with the majority party we would never get anything meaningful accomplished.

I suggest that we call it what it is – a dangerous, reckless, irresponsible dereliction of duty – and that we impose daily fines on those who choose to act as refugees, when in fact, they have been elected to be our representatives. Those who want to abandon their post for weeks on end should be promptly impeached.

Will someone please pass some meaningful legislation to make sure this ludicrous behavior doesn’t happen again? Unfortunately, our current set of leaders would probably transform into refugees before they’d allow that to happen.

  1. February 22nd, 2011 at 21:02 | #1

    Absolutely correct, especially on the issue that is confronting Wisconsin (as well as most states)which is fiscal implosion. I like the fining idea. Unfortunately, the fine would probably get passed to the taxpayer somehow!

    In fact, while I am basically a theonomist and I fit into much of the conservative political philosophy, this one in Wisconsin needs a debate. I agree that unions in recent years have been a problem, especially the public sector unions. Federal and state budgets need significant and real spending cuts. (After all…God has something to say about debt and living within your means)However, I am also under no illusion that corporate America is all of a sudden benevolent as it hands out off the chain bonuses and posts profits without regard to the people working for them (Many of whom paid taxes to bail them out). God’s Word also speaks to nations and employers who function out of greed. I am a capitalist and I think profits are biblical, but both unions and corporations need to see beyond their own noses for a change.

  2. Kerry Drake
    February 23rd, 2011 at 14:26 | #2

    Spot on, as usual Pastor!
    Here’s the problem Kevin, in our capitalist society, there should not be laws governing profits by ANY corporations, evil (as the news media names them) or righteous. This is a country that is supposed to be run by the people, for the people. If “the people” don’t like the business practices of a certain corporation, they can just stop buying their goods or services and make a dent in those “profits” you are concerned with. If you feel you can’t help but purchase their goods or services, start your own business in competition with theirs and put them out of business! Let’s not fall into sync with a secular news media who’s influence steers far too many weak minded individuals into thinking all corporations, companies, small businesses are just in it for the money. Are there some, yes, but that’s where our freedom to choose comes into play as stated above. If you’re truly a capitalist, then this will make sense.

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