Let’s say you want to build a new house for you and your family. Trouble is, though, that you’re working all the time and just don’t have time to build it yourself. So you hire a contractor to build it for you. You have the plans drawn up for the house you want, then you review those plans with the contractor, and he agrees to build exactly what you want. So work begins, and you promise to check on the progress from time to time.
After several weeks, you finally have time to go check on how the house is progressing. To your surprise, the foundation isn’t at all like the plans you reviewed with the contractor. You try to find him, but only his workers are there, and they have no interest in giving you any information, but keep telling you to call the contractor. You tell them to stop work, and call the contractor’s number repeatedly, to no avail. In the meantime, the workers have gone back to their tasks and are continuing to build. “Stop working!”, you cry out, but they just glance at you, smile knowingly at one another, and continue working.
Frustrated, you leave and drive to the contractor’s address, where you meet him coming out of the building. When confronted with the fact that he’s not building the house you wanted, the contractor is very pleasant and agreeable, and assures you that he’s tried repeatedly to contact you but could never get through. Since he “knows what you want,” though, he went ahead and made a few minor changes to the house design, figuring you’d be OK with them. “But it’s nothing at all like the plans we talked about!,” you protest.
“Sure it is,” the contractor coos reasonably, “Why, in fact, it’s even better,” and begins to explain how the new design is really what you wanted all along, but just didn’t know enough about construction to realize it. “With our expertise, though, I’m sure you’ll like this even better than what you had envisioned,” he calmly explains. “But it’s not what you agree to, not what I told you clearly that I wanted,” you again point out.
Now the contractor is getting a little testy, and mumbles something about people who don’t know anything about construction trying to tell him how to do his job. “What did you say?,” you ask, incredulous. “Look,” he explains, “I’ve gone to great lengths to create for you something better than what you had in mind, brought in all sorts of exotic woods and materials to make the house more attractive, so that everyone will think it’s a perfect house…why are you questioning my expertise? I’ve been doing this job for almost two decades, now, and I know better than you how to build a house!”
OK, let’s stop right there. First of all, regardless of his expertise, or even of the quality of the construction in the house, what would be your response to this situation?
If you don’t say, “Why, I’d fire him on the spot!,” then you can stop reading now, because the rest of this essay won’t make sense to you. If, however, you respond to the contractor’s arrogance and blasé attitude about what you want, and what you are paying for in the manner of most reasonable people, you’d fire him immediately. With all the money you’re spending on this house, certainly you’re entitled to get what you want, not what the contractor decides you should have. Right?
OK, then why haven’t you fired your congressmen and senators? For what they’re doing. . . and in our name! . . . is precisely what this contractor did. Oh, sure, they make some half-hearted attempt to contact you for your opinion, but they’ve convinced they know better than you and I what we want our “house” (i.e., our nation) to be. So they take our money, and ignore the plans we gave them and simply start building something else. And let me make it clear that it really doesn’t matter if their vision is “better” than ours or not. . . we’re paying the bill, so they should be doing our bidding, not theirs!
But in every issue that comes before them – from amnesty for illegal aliens to a boondoggle “stimulus” bill they didn’t even read to the current health care “reform” (by the way, any time you see the word “reform” in a piece of legislation, you can be sure it’s going to cost you in more taxes, less liberty and more government control over your lives), the people who you and I “hired” (by electing them) to represent us are choosing their own path and ignoring the interests of their constituents. Just like the contractor, they “know better than us,” and are arrogant enough to continue building the house they want, rather than the one they’ve been hired to build.
The utter arrogance of the people we’ve elected is breathtaking. Given our indifference, why shouldn’t they think they can take it upon themselves to decide what type of house/nation to build, based on their own wants and desires, their own philosophies and agenda? Only one reason: that’s not what we hired them to do, and they took an oath to stick to the “plans” we showed them. . . i.e., the U.S. Constitution!
The American Revolution was fought because powerful elites far away claimed the right to tax us and dictate to us, without any input from us (i.e., no representation). Less than three hundred years later, we now capitulate to the same kind of self-aggrandizing arrogance with barely a whimper, as if the parasites who’ve been sucking the lifeblood of this nation for decades are the only ones qualified to “serve” in Congress!
This past Saturday the Democrats bribed and browbeat their members in order to get the necessary votes to bring the health care reform bill before the whole senate for debate and a vote. Senator Landrieu of Louisiana stands to get over $100 million in “aid” for her state in exchange for her vote, and that’s just one example of the now-normal bribery involved. Character, integrity, the best interests of the people of this nation…there’s no place for that with career politicians who “know better” than we do what we want.
Fellow Americans, it has come to this: you have one final chance to reclaim what the Founding Fathers established, a government “of the people” and not of career elitists and Socialists. If this bill passes, you will never again have that chance, for government will control too much of your lives, of your incomes, for you to stand against them. Contact your senators and demand – yes, demand, for this is supposed to be our government, not theirs! – they vote against this bill. Then in 2010 vote against every single incumbent in the House and the Senate; do it again in 2012, and again in 2014.
If you do not, then you’re not deserving of liberty. As Founder Samuel Adams wrote, “Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
Formerly a liberal and an atheist, Paul E. Scates served as a Marine in Vietnam and is a lifelong student of American history, politics and culture. A former contributor to national website TooGoodReports.com, he writes his staunchly independent Conservative and informed Christian commentary for his fellow ordinary, working Americans, the “we, the people” who are ultimately responsible for preserving our Constitutional liberties.