, Newburyport, MA


July 4, 2013

A message from a proud American

To the editor:

I am a proud American. I have a stepson with a Purple Heart and I have personally received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. But today I am weeping at the death of outrage in this country I call my home.

I just re-read the part of our Declaration of Independence that states, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men [and Women, to update to a politically correct rendering of this historic document] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the Consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.” Let’s pause right there, because I think it’s time to alter things.

Here’s what I’m proposing to fix our broken government and it’s a two-step process. First, we, the people, ought to form “The People’s Party” — a party whose sole objective is to voice our outrage at one thing: the present two-party system of government that is failing us so miserably. “The People’s Party” has but one charge, to write in someone other than the Democrat or the Republican candidate on the ticket. Consider it a protest vote, if you will, protesting our current dominant political parties whose mission has been so eroded by the influence of money, lobbying and capitalist-oriented policymaking that they no longer take into full consideration the negative impacts of those policies upon the 99 percent of “the governed.” Perhaps if Washington gets a true no-confidence vote in the next election, it would serve as a wake-up call to both parties that change in Washington really does need to happen — and fast — and that the present logjam in Congress must cease and be replaced by well-reasoned policymaking that truly takes the best interests of the people to heart.

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