Politicians are Like Dirty Diapers

“Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.” ― Mark Twain

Your husband hears your five-week old baby crying. You know the problem. She has a dirty diaper. You know what needs to be done. Her diaper needs changing. You're tired. The baby's been cranky all day, and you need a rest, even if it's only a short one. Your ever-loving husband is in his workshop. "Honey," you call out to him, "would you be a dear and check on Julie?" He returns with baby in tow and passes her off to you and says, "Her diaper's dirty, so I can't change it."

Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Dad was sent to change what was dirty, a natural and necessary thing to do. If his response is so foolish, why is it that when we get into an area like politics, some can justify their inaction by making a similar claim?: "Politics is dirty! I can't get involved."

If you view politics as something dirty, then view it in terms of this bumper sticker: "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often." Maybe then we can dispense with the charge that we should not be involved in something as dirty as politics.

Civil government is established by God, therefore, it is a legitimate area of activity for Christians (Matt. 22:21; Romans 13:1; 1 Tim. 2:1-4; 1 Peter 2:13-17). There was a need for civil government when man sinned and became a threat to other men (Gen. 4:23). Politics is the process of electing the best men to office to protect law-abiding citizens against the lawless (Ex. 18; Deut. 1:15; cf. 1 Tim. 3:1-7). To speak out against the principle of political involvement is to call God's wisdom into question and to allow the despots and tyrants to rule.

It's been said that clothes make the man. In biblical terms we can assert that the character of the people will determine what type of political system a nation gets. Our nation was founded on the belief that religious man undergirds a society. "In the last resort, our civilization is what we think and believe. The externals matter, but they cannot stand if the inner convictions which originally produced them have vanished."[1] Dirty (sinful) politics is simply the reflection of sinful men and women--politicians and voters included. Or, to put it another way, we are getting what we deserve. We are reaping what we have sown.

So when a sleazy candidate gets elected, or when your local newspaper or TV station seems to favor the abortionists, or when a jury in Cincinnati says an abominable set of photographs isn't legally obscene--when any of those things happen, don't leap to the conclusion that someone did a number on us. Consider instead the sober likelihood that the sleazy politician really represents the values of the people who voted, that most subscribers to the paper and those who watch TV really don't care about--or even prefer--abortion, and that precious few jurors are willing to sit in judgment on anything.[2]

Politics is only as good as the people who make it their calling and those who put them into office either by voting or refusing to vote. The maintenance of good government is dependent on good people. Of course, this is true of everything--from the local grocery store to the family restaurant down the street. George Washington, in his Farewell Address (September 17, 1796), gave this advice to the nation:

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.

No governing document can create freedom, national stability, or security by using compulsion to induce compliance to a set of ideals. The best political intentions are no match for the will of the people. In purely human terms, people determine the goodness of a nation's political system. John Adams wrote: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."[3] When self-government is abandoned for self-serving opportunism, we should expect a decline in the health of the nation. Politics will indeed become dirty and infect all of us with its poison.

Why is politics left out of the clean-up process when politics plays such a significant part in our lives? Who else has the means to clean it up? If Christians do not, who will? Generally speaking, Christians have stayed out of politics, making its corruption even more pronounced. The answer is not to consign politics to even more corruption by ignoring its potential as an area for redemption and restoration. Mark O. Hatfield, former United States Senator from the state of Oregon, relates the following on the question of corruption and politics:

I have often been asked: "How can you be a Christian and be in politics?" There is inherent in this question the popular idea that politics is dirty and that no honest person would get himself involved. Have you ever heard a doctor or a lawyer asked that question? Yet certainly there are as many cases of professional or ethical misconduct in their occupations as among politicians.[4]

Sports is a dirty business, from Little League to the Olympics. Ben Johnson of Canada was suspended after his world-record-breaking performance at the 1988 Olympic Games, because it was learned that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Pete Rose, holder of the all-time hit record and former player and manager for the Cincinnati Reds, was banned from baseball because he gambled on the sport. Mark McGuire, the first baseball player to hit 70 home runs in a season, was accused of taking performance enhancing supplements. The 2001 Little League World series was tainted when it was learned that Danny Almonte, the pitching star of the series, was 14 instead of 12. There are now frequent reports of parents and players fighting at youth sports games.[5] In 2003, Kobe Bryant, a guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, admitted he had committed adultery and was charged with raping a nineteen-year-old woman.

How many parents will remove their children from participating in sports because of the dirt? The International Olympic Committee has been working hard to clean up those sports where steroids are the drug of choice for athletic enhancement, especially in track and field and weightlifting. These officials recognize that there is dirt, but they have not abandoned sports because of it. Roberto Alomar spit in the face of an umpire because he didn't like a call. A parent of a young hockey player killed another parent after a hockey match. Instead of abandoning sports because of these horrible events, parents and officials are working to clean up youth sports by requiring parents to take classes on how to behave and sign "good conduct codes." The problem is with people who bring the "dirt" (sin) with them to the game not with sports themselves. The same is true about politics.

Abandoning politics because of dirt won't stop it from affecting you. Every law passed and every policy implemented affects each of us. There is no avoiding politics even if we decide not to involve ourselves. We are involved. Every vote not cast is a vote for the opposition. Politics does not go away when we decide not to participate. Your taxes still go up, homosexuals will teach your children "It's OK to be gay," and abortion calls down God's wrath on the nation as a whole even if we remain silent.


Notes:
  1. Paul Johnson, The Enemies of Society (New York: Atheneum, 1977), 117. []
  2. Joel Belz, "Evidence Mounts: We Are Still a Small Minority," World (October 13, 1990), 3. []
  3. J. Howe, "The Changing Political Thought of John Adams." Quoted in Wayne House, ed., Restoring the Constitution: 1787-1987 (Dallas, TX: Probe Books, 1987), 10. []
  4. Mark O. Hatfield, "How Can a Christian be in Politics?," Politics and Politics: Christianity and Contemporary Affairs (Greenwood, SC: The Attic Press, 1968), 7. []
  5. Jennifer Brett, "Parents conduct turns kids' sports into brawl games," Atlanta Journal-Constitution (June 29, 2003), C1. []

  • http://Godfather/politics Little time

    What a wonderful quote from Mark Twain. This is becoming more true than ever before. Almost forgot he's a Great Uncle of mine. Kinda fun when I reflect on this.

    • hardscrabblemary

      Aw, come on! I'll bet you never forget it for a minute. But, he was right!

    • dolagibb

      Mark Twin was a great man!! I sure do like that quote. Love DG <><

  • Insurgent

    Washington, DC used to be a place of respect for our federal government; today, it is merely a cesspool for liars, whores, and thieves.

    • John Stewart

      When? I'm 71 and don't remember that era. All I remember is they used to be civil to each other. We were the common enemy.

      • hardscrabblemary

        bingo!

      • Steven

        Your problem is you are ONLY 71. You would have to be about twice your age to remember that era.

    • Mike

      Actually, it has been this way back to the early 60's. It has just been accelerated over the past 10 years and it is going at light speed under the current administration and Congress. They all need to be "changed" in 12.

  • dragonfFIRE01

    very enlightening article. however it gets more than a little discourging and stressful when you do try to change things on a local level and then get slammed hard for trying to root out the corruption

    • hardscrabblemary

      Really inspirational work. LIke your column, Godfather.

  • bearlyme2

    Unfortunately, one has to read Romans 13: 1-2
    While i'm as eager as anyone to get rid of Obama, it's far worse to call on scripture selectively to bear witness to your point only to find that it actually contradicts you. I think these two verses give faithful Christians severe heartburn in today's political environment but test the metal of the faithful to OBEY His commands. And i mean REALLY test your obedience.
    Romans 13:1-2
    (1) Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
    (2) Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

    • Tom Morofski

      Very good bearlyme2, however please feel free to read the entire Bible which sez of it's self that ALL Scripture is inspired by God. You'll find; --- several passages encouraging each of us to seek God's approval rather than man's.
      --- several verses encouraging each of us to properly decern the activities of ANY human breing. --- In Eph. 6, St. Paul is inspired by our Lord to explain to each of us what we are up against.
      Bearlyme2, your Saviour NEVER meant for you to follow loc-step with the prince of this world...NEVER!

      • bearlyme2

        <div class="idc-message" id="idc-comment-msg-div-201534435"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(201534435)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgodfatherpolitics.com%2F1237%2Fpoliticians-are-like-dirty-diapers%2F%23IDComment201408604#IDComment201534435&t=I%20just%20commented%20on%20Politicians%20are%20Like%20Dirty%20Diapers%C2%A0%7C%C2%A0Godfather%20Politics&quot; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(201534435)">Close MessageObeying God is not following Satan. Please be clear on that. I would never encourage anyone to follow lock-step with the prince of this world. Help me to understand how Ephesians six can be used as justification for engaging in politics. That is not to say we should not engage in politics. But, politics is the affairs of men. On the other hand, putting on the full armor of God in Ephesians is a personal exhortation to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. It appears to me to be prodding us to prayer so we can be strong in the Lord no matter what our circumstances, no matter who is in charge. You are correct to say we are to seek God’s approval rather than man’s. But to "stand", as it says in Ephesians, is a passive gesture, not an aggressive one. It suggests that we stand firm, lock arms and hold back the torrent of evil (taking up the "shield of faith" with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one). It’s not your involvement in a particular political activity that will change the outcome, it is your behavior. Nor am I suggesting that we not vote. That is our right granted to us under the constitution. So please vote. But, you will be hard pressed to find God’s commandment to vote anywhere in the Bible. God’s commandment is to be holy, for I am holy (1 Peter 1:14-16). That is much, much harder than being combative.
        Ephesians 6:10-18
        (10) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
        (11) Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
        (12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
        (13) Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
        (14) Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
        (15) and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
        (16) in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
        (17) And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
        (18) With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
        1 Peter 1:14-16
        (14) As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
        (15) but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
        (16) because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY." 1 Peter 1:14-16
        (14) As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
        (15) but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
        (16) because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."

    • natkra90

      Our governing authority is the Constitution. If we really obeyed our governing authority, we'd kick Obama out.

      • bearlyme2

        You are correct. We are governed by our Constitution. If you have the opportunity to read the Declaration of Independence, you will probably note that the second paragraph in that declaration says, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…Thus it is from God that we receive our Rights through The Declaration of Independence. So, one could legally argue our governing authority is God.
        Now, rather than quoting the Bible in search of our authority, the Declaration goes on to say (and I think this is what you’re looking for) “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security…
        IT IS THEIR RIGHT, IT IS THEIR DUTY, TO THROW OFF SUCH GOVERNMENT, and to provide new guards for their future security...
        Thanks for your response.

    • http://biblestudydownloads.com Rick

      When Paul wrote Romans 13, the emperor ruling the Roman Empire was none other than Nero. Thus, Paul was telling the church to obey Nero. If they had to put up with Nero until God let him run his course and commit suicide 11 years later (in AD 68), then I suspect 21st century Christians can (and should) obey our government and exercise our God-given right to remove President Obama from office legally next year.

    • wlee

      Our governing authority is the people. We have a nation that was set up "of the people, by the people, and for the people".
      So the people are the governing authority and those in power only rule by our consent.

      • bruce brinkmann

        Yes, but so many of the people have now become just as corrupt as those in the Govt. I believe we're out numbered and should just remain watchful and vigilant, awaiting the return of the Master.

        • Raider-Fan

          Yes, we should just retreat with our tails between our legs, waiting for the Rapture. Good advice! What used to be called laziness and indifference is now sanctified with dispensational jargon.

    • InjusticeRules

      You are quite wrong but apparently the administrator of this site does not want people to know it.

  • W Smith

    Applies new meaning to; "No one messes with Joe".

  • http://www.ignoredrealityblog.com tony

    True ... very VERY true.
    My recent post Nobody Really WANTS to be Called Stupid

  • John Stewart

    The whole tone of this is morality, diapers being an excellent example. When you put the diaper on you expect it will get dirty, unfortunately the same is true of the new four letter word "politician". The only side issue is not all diapers get put on dirty, but some politicians come in pre-soiled._The saying that all politics are local also coincides with morality and fact that you bring it with you._And then there is pandering!

    • Carol Gerber

      Right-On John Stewart When OUR President Can Not Get A E-Verify Card, I Think We Thru-Out The Baby And Kept His Dirty Diapers. God Bless America And The Tea Party Patriots.

  • Donald Mc Guigan

    I beg to differ with this comment .Unlike politicians at one time you could wash a diaper and it became clean. When can you remember washing a politician and it became clean?????

  • Bernie

    To complete the anology........do not throw out the baby with the bath water.....recognize and support those representatives who are trying to clean up the Washington elitist corruption.........throw out those in 2012 who are the "business as usual" creeps....including the RINO repubs, and especially the Obama maffia administration,..........

  • samtman

    Civil Government is established by God, so whly is it that all you religionists ate an elected Government.

  • http://www.wastewatchersinc.org Richard Ahern

    "Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other"
    Ronald Reagan
    God
    People
    Government
    However, let's see where Americans are taking the Constitution today. Our forefathers purposely omitted two words in our Constitution Democracy and socialism. Thet gave us firm warnings and explicit explanations in the eighty-five Federalists Papers -writings by John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. One of the most corrupt department in the Fedral Government is the Justice Department . The Constitution they have been takeing and end around for years
    Waste Watchers inc http://www.wastewatchersinc.org
    Richard Ahern-Vice President

  • jIM

    Washington is full of Chicago style politicians. Americans had better wake up and smell the roses. Start finding out what you politicians stand for and you will have to read between their lies and mis-statements. We have the power to change what is going on in this country but we have to get up off of our lazy asses and get involved. We are bankrupt and the democrats have never seen a dollar that they didn't want to spend. We also have some RINO's in the republican party that should change to the socialist party. If you are on the public dole and you think democrats will save you, just remember one thing, if the world stops loaning us money we are all screwed. All free money will end and the depression will start. The democratic party is responsible for Social security's mess. They voted under President Johnson to rob the trust fund and continue to rob it to this day. Politicians are responsible for the irresponsible decisions made that have gotten us to this point and they should pay by giving up their overpayed positions. WE NEED TERM LIMITS BADLY TO GET THESE CLOWNS OUT OF OFFICE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joyceann

    For evil to flourish, all that is necessary is for Good to do nothing!

  • ARMYOF69

    Politicians should be "FLUSHED" out of our system on a regular basis.

    • applepickers

      Yupper.

  • http://Godfather/politics Little time

    Rick, Well put. Keeping the context of the Bible and God's commands in mind, God is above all others that stand before man. God has giving man freewill which has given us our trials and layed on us responsibility for our choices. As you said vote out Obama in 2012

  • Harold Clark

    YES! YES! YES! I will be the first to flush the toilet.

    • bob

      constitution has term limits but no one pays attention to them but for president. congress get in there and makes a career out of it. some have been 20, 30, 40 years and thats to long.

  • Bob Marshall

    "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of congress. But i repeat myself." Mark twain

  • Bob Marshall

    "When the government fears the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny." Thomas Jefferson.

  • Insurgent

    The sad thing is as I read these comments, it is very evident that we need term limits.
    We need them for Congress and for the Supreme Court. Unfortuneately, only Congress can change that and none of these professional, political freeloaders want to give up their "tax-paid gravy train."
    How do we eradicate these liars, whores, and thieves?????

    • jetsteam

      How? We need to get out and do the footwork: Investigate prodedures for getting petitions signed and referendums on the ballot. And VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kate

    The sad part is once they are removed from office, we still continue to support them financially. Their lifelong benefits are great.

    • shirjay

      They voted themselves these benefits and they get them even when they are in prison for breaking the laws that they try to exempt themselves from following! Nice gravy train! Where can we find true men and women of integrity who refuse to be seduced when they get to DC????

      • Dara

        Re: How do deal w/lifelong 'Congressional Benefits.'

        Okay... the Government is - to all intents and purposes - bankrupt... right?

        In a bankruptcy all 'contracts' are deemed 'null and void' in order to 'reorganize' the organization... right? (remember the GM stockholders? ie: We the People - took a 'bath', while the unions - OZero's buddies - 'cleaned up'?)

        Lifetime pensions and healthcare are in Congress's contract... (which they wrote - themselves - sweet deal!) ... right?

        Sooo.... as we now spend about $2.00 for each $1.00 we take in - (through taxation of We The People) why are WE 'stuck with the tab' of supporting (for life) the 'people' who

        a) made themselves wealthy - through graft and outright dishonesty?
        b) created the bankrupt situation we find ourselves in?

        Just sayin' ---

  • SEAN MURRY

    Washington at one was a place we use to take pride in now it is a cesspool of crooks liars theves greedy politians.

  • http://Godfather/politics Little time

    @Bob Marshall, thanks for the Thomas Jefferson quote, this message to the American people, now once again of the utmost importance. As the balance of power has become detrimental to us as a nation.

  • frank moffitt

    what a comment all at once the poor little dumie just can not take.I paid more for heating oil this year than i ever did i havent herd nothing said.the poor little dumie just do not understand.

  • joe

    Politicians are lower than whale sh_t!!

    • Doff Trolio

      Yes and it is in the bottom of the ocean, They are so low they have to look down to look up

  • Linda

    Bernie, Thank you for speaking common sence and the truth.. The reality is there are those who are trying to clean up the mess in Washington. Then there are the Rinos and we know who they are.

    • T Lady

      And the RINOs, along with the GOP Establishment are just as bad as the Democrats. They're only interested in their own careers. I truly pray the T.E.A. Party will continue to strengthen and eventually overtake these charlatans.

  • Doff trolio

    Talk is cheap time to take action. Read the Declaration.

  • LittleFartBert

    Unfortunately, you can not have good without bad. God without the Devil. You have to have one in order to have the other, that is just the way it is. If you don't like something, change the channel. My Mother told me to RESPECT everyone, no matter what. And she meant to respect their beliefs, their religion, their race, what they liked or disliked (and that even means is they believe in the God, the Devil, Buddha, etc.). She also said even if they liked or disliked pornography. She told me, "Whatever you do, you do not discriminate against anyone. I still believe that to this day. She taught me to turn the other cheek and let people believe in what they want to believe in.

    • Raider-Fan

      So, if we encounter an individual who likes child pornography, a sociopath or fanatic who believes in slitting the throats of "infidels", do we still respect them? And as far as racial discrimination, we abhor it. But, we rightfully discriminate daily. We choose who we let into our house, which part of town we walk through at night. We choose to give our money to one business/charity and not another. We exercise judgment and discretion and we follow our intuition around strangers. We do NOT have to tolerate the abuse and oppression, despite some of the religious nonsense posted on this forum!

  • hijinx60

    The businesses can say in all truth thet "Government is like a baby diaper, always on my ass and mostly full of shiit!!"

  • Hunter

    All I ever hear is yack, yack, yack a lot people who know what they're talking about, no one doing anything about it who has the ability and another bites the dust!

  • BIG KAHUNA

    Where I come from. The word Politician means=A person who is EXPERIENCED in the SCIENCE of LYING. Some lie in the beginning. Some lie in the middle. Most of them lie at the end to keep their job. That goes from big government to small government. THEY ALL LIE!

  • Old Soldier

    The thing you need to get this country back on track and off the road to socialism isn’t going to happen. Not unless some miracle happens that gets a lot more people to vote.

    In the past elections, less than 50%, of those eligible, even bothered to vote. A politician’s worse nightmare is if everyone eligible voted. Then they would have to work for their constituents and there is no money in that. The big money is in supporting special interest lobbies. That is true for Republicans as well as Democrats. We have the best politicians money can buy.

    The people that don’t vote all have their reasons. Some say the elections are fixed so their vote means nothing. Others say that they didn’t like any of the candidates so they didn’t vote. And my favorite. Still others say they don’t vote so you can’t blame them for the situation the country is in. WRONG! Many people I talk to seem to have an ostrich mentality. They stick their heads in the sand hoping it will all go away. They don’t vote or pay attention to what is going on and they refuse to talk about it, because it is too depressing. So they grab a beer out of the refrigerator, sit in their easy chair, watch sports and stay home on election day. They are part of the problem and an accessory to the fact. They deserve the government they got.

    We need a complete house cleaning in Washington and vote out all incumbents. You don’t have to cross party lines to do it. Encourage the right people to oppose the incumbents in the primaries and vote them out. Then you don’t sacrifice party loyalty. That can work from the President down to the local level.

    Next you need the right kind of people. Bold people who will not be afraid to make the tough decisions in spite of what the media says. Rude people who will fire the dead heads and foot kissers. Tell the business as usual, seven carbon copy idiots, special interest groups and the media to go jump in a lake. Forceful people who will push through the changes we need to get back on track. Most of all they have to be young people because we need to be a young country again. If we get that kind of people, we just may be able to make it work again.

    For this to happen, we need to get a lot more than 48 or 49% to get out and vote. It would take a miracle for that to happen. When the American people put aside their differences and work together they can accomplish almost anything. That is why we were on the winning side in two world wars and that is what made this nation great.

    I’m not saying anything new here that I haven’t said many times before. I’m saying the things that need to be said over and over and we all need to get out there and say them. Get out there and vote America. Leave that beer in the refrigerator, set your VCR or DVR to record that big game so you can get back to it. It won’t kill you and you just may help to make a difference. Obama is praying that you all stay home on election day.

    To those who don’t vote I have one thing to say. If the day ever comes that the minority of voters have voted all our rights away, don’t come complaining to me. I will have one question. Where were you when there was still time to do something about it?

    APATHY, NOT OBAMA, IS THE GEREATEST THREAT TO OUR LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS. WAKE UP AMERICA!

  • dolagibb

    This was a very good article! Right on. We need to keep uptodate on what is going on in congress and how our own congress men and women are voting on any thing that comes up. AND we need to tell them how they should vote. If they don't vote the way we want, tell them they will be fired the next election! It is very easy to e-mail them and they should respond. I know for that is what I do. So I agree, get involved with congress and the president and all state leaders!! you don't have to be the president or a congressman, just make sure they do what you thought they would do! Love DG

  • paul

    this is one of the best article that I saw in Godfather for politics. The author is fair and balanced.
    Term limits are needed for the congress, the supreme court and district courts.
    Campaign finance law should be changed too. The election cycle may be shortened to six weeks to
    eliminate many distractions and expensive campaigns.

  • Bimbam

    So it tells me politicians have never changed. Uhhh... no pun intended.

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  • el_loco_jp

    There is a simple effective solution to rid ourselves of these professional deadbeats that can be summed up in 6 words; "Term limits, term limits, term limits".

  • auhunter

    Dragon Fire - One battle won or lost doesn't win or lose a war. You just dig your trench deeper and wider, resupply and start over. Once you give up, YOU HAVE LOST, not only the ground you won, but the ground you could have won along with some of your self respect and dignity. You may lose the battle, but at least you will have known you gave it your best, learned from your mistakes and be better prepared for the next one.

  • http://adrianvance.blogspot.com adrianvance

    We've tried everything else: Why not give them one term? All we have to do is consistently VOTE OUT! If they are in put them out. Anybody is better than some jerk that has been there long enough to learn how to steal. When they come home give them a parade or a rope depending on performance.

    The Two Minute Conservative at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com has political analysis, science and humor. Now in the top 3% on Kindle.
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  • Christiantrying

    I don't remember Jesus lobbying the Roman government very much. I do read in the Bible that he was out in the world helping the poor, sick, hungry and not worrying about the governments roll. I believe that instead of 100,000 christian showing up at Washington and protesting, it would be much more "Christ Like" for them (and me) to show up at Washington with food, water, for the homeless and sick helping out in anyway possible. That would be a modern day miracle that the general population could get behind and at lead our politicians by example.

  • Jennifer

    October 1, 2011, Dear Herman Cain, Thank you very much for your article. You made the points very well. I especially like the Bible references that you have put in here. I hope you will continue to give us your thoughts along with some Bible quotes that I believe this Nation needs now more because too many people think that they can just do whatever they want without ever having to pay the final cost. I just read an email where a man was trying to justify the use of his Marijuana use. I told him that before the U.S. Constitution and the Founding Fathers there was The BIBLE and before that there is GOD ALMIGHTY and His Holy, Divine SON, Jesus Christ and that GOD told Adam and Eve not to touch or partake of the FORBIDDEN Fruit and I said, that Marijuana is one of those FORBIDDEN Fruits that if you mess around with it you will surely die and/or they will go into selling their SOUL to Satan and never come out of that.

  • Another Rex

    I can only hope that one day the citizens of the United States wake up and realize the vision for this country was lost many decades ago. The Founders created a template to empower the individual by restricting the government. "Citizen legislators" were expected to bring their knowlege and experience to Congress in an attempt to guard their constituents from government overreach. They knew power intoxicates and every intervention into the private lives of the citizens is a usurpation of freedom. They also knew that a populace that looked to the government for sustenance would become subservient and powerless. In other words, we no longer run the government, we've been bought off and they run us. And, in turn, the politicians have been bought off by the money changers. "We the people" have become nothing more than a source of revenue or a collective signature on a promissory note. The American Experiment is over. It's been over for some time now and what we are watching is a band of self-aggrandizing fools trying to prop up a house of cards that they themselves erected. And, sadly, we keep buying the BS and sending them back to fix what they only know how to break. It's just a matter of time.

    • Will

      DON'T EVER GIVE UP,WE HAVE TO STAND AND WORK TOGETHER ON THE SAME GOAL .

  • luvmyusadoyou

    It only takes one dirty diaper to stink up the whole diaper pail. Sadly with this administration we have entire pail of dirty diapers.The stench is so bad, its time to fumigate!

  • Korean Vet

    Old Quote--where Truth said it all--about Honesty..."If Your Word's No Good--Then Your Signature on a 'worthless sheet of
    paper'--Is Not any Good, Either-!" (And--One More) If all of your speeches are B.S--then "Clean Your Corral & Leave the Bull--Alone-!" What you've got--"Is Catching"-!