, Newburyport, MA

July 4, 2013

A message from a proud American

Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

In the elections that follow, “The People’s Party” could then present candidates who pledge to take zero money from any interest groups and represent the majority interests of their constituents. I’d love to see what that election might accomplish. It’s time to heed the voices of our own forefathers and alter our government so we don’t end up abolishing it.

Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis made a statement many years ago that is as true today as the day it was penned: “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” I think it’s time to ask ourselves whether we have the former or the latter, because I agree with Justice Brandeis that we can’t have both, and if it’s the latter, it’s time to take real action for real change.

Happy July 4th and let’s remember why we declared our Independence in the first place!

Paul Keller