- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 18, 2010


To our newly elected government officials, I offer you congratulations on a successful campaign in November’s election. As you know, this election represents a dramatic shift from previous elections.

We the people are appreciative of your willingness to represent us and your willingness to serve the American people. Our future lies in your hands. Our motivation for electing you was not based upon party loyalties or confidence in one party’s superiority over another. Our motivation to elect you to this distinguished office was based upon our extreme disappointment in the functionality of our government. We have essentially fired your predecessors with the hope of changing Washington culture.

We expect our government to make decisions for the good of all, and not the good of a few. We want you to provide leadership and inject intelligence into the decisions you make, just as our forefathers did. We want to feel like we are one country and one culture, which works collaboratively for the benefit of all the people. To achieve this, I think there are four fundamental reforms you, our elected officials, must commit to:

1. Change our national attitude. Respect the needs of the people, the different philosophical approaches to solving problems that the parties represent and the challenges our president must face in unifying our country’s position to itself and the world. Listen to the views of all, strive to understand opposing logic and work diligently as a unified body of elected officials to arrive at meaningful solutions to the critical problems we the people are asking you to resolve.

2. Keep it simple. The practice of writing complex documents that are not read, that are not understood and that include unrelated benefits for the few only convinces we the people that we are being disrespected by our government. Complexity is not a solution. It simply provides a cloud for corruption.

3. Minimize the corrupting influence of power. Your position provides you with a tremendous amount of prestige. Special-interest groups have flourished, and your predecessors have become wealthy and corrupted by catering to the few. Show us that you can rise above this enticement and eliminate special-interest influence. Find solutions for the good of all, and do not exempt selected groups, including yourselves.

4. If it’s broke, fix it. While government cannot be all things to all people, it was designed to manage the basics, and it’s time to get back to basics. More clearly define governmental boundaries, make clear the problem, involve knowledgeable problem-solvers, identify solutions that benefit we the people and work to achieve solutions that are long-lasting and effective.

We the people are asking you to make a personal commitment to abide by these new standards, to review your commitment daily and to communicate with support groups to raise up these standards. Perhaps then we can regain what we the people so emphatically are asking of you. We want to be proud of our government and our country.


Grand Haven, Mich.

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