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For Your Consideration: Questioning Government

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It is becoming clearer to many constituents that our government needs to undergo a greater degree of scrutiny than it has received in the past.
One big problem is that many representatives are disinclined to speak
their mind in fear of offending some special interest group, and consequently losing support from the offended group; the actions that may have to be taken could be designed to protect some aspect of the offended group, but this fact is not made clear in its presentation.
The inability of large portions of the Nation’s population to grasp the unintended consequences that many of our representatives create with much of the legislation that is created suggests that our educational system is failing to teach good analytical practices.
One gets the impression that this failure of our educational system is not entirely accidental; the development of this ability to think
analytically should be integrated into as many courses as possible at the very early stages of learning.
To be fair to our representatives, it would be unreasonable to expect that a candidate would have a well laid out plan for all the issues that he or she will be required to address during their tenure; however, they should be able to give a reasonably clear approach to the various problems that they are expecting to encounter. 
It would be nice to know if the candidate is looking to resolve a problem or bestow benefits to a special interest group; too frequently the latter appears to be the prime objective. The generalities that are frequently presented to the electorate give little insight as to how the candidate is going to approach a problem, or what the ultimate goal is. The electorate needs to develop a set of principles that the candidate should be able to address if he or she is expected to get the electorate’s vote. The Nation is currently faced with two diametrically opposed positions; the question of a big centralized government or a limited centralized government as it is envisioned in the U.S. Constitution is one aspect that should be considered when evaluating a candidate’s position. The candidate should also make it clear that adherence to the word and spirit of the Constitution will or will not be his or her objective; this position will give the electorate a base for evaluating the candidate’s reasoning and approach to the issues being addressed, if there is an inconsistency between the stated basic position and the solutions that were employed to resolve a problem the electorate should view the candidate with skepticism.
The Nation has reached a critical point in its development; it has been drifting towards a centralized government ever since its creation. This movement has just about reached a point when it is going to make it impossible to get back to its original design without a revolution. Our nation need not follow the route that every other nation has followed throughout history. The Founders gave us a system that would allow for the most individual freedom, and we are very close to losing that freedom. Some citizens have very strong feelings about the system that was designed by our Founders, and they are unwilling to give up the individual freedom that was bequeathed to us. It’s going to take a strong resolve over many years to get back any symbolism of the system that was originally designed for this nation. Let’s start to question our government and its motivation.