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Back You are here: Home Columns Weekly Columns For Your Consideration For Your Consideration: Straight Talk Part I

For Your Consideration: Straight Talk Part I

By CHARLIE ALLO
Contributing Writer

One often finds themselves at a loss to interpret what’s happening in an environment, the state of the nation is one good example of this condition.
The observer is told to rely on the facts, but this is difficult to do when agencies or groups that are responsible for presenting the facts to the public distort the information that portrays a favorable picture rather than a realistic view of conditions within the environment.
The individual often needs to disregard many of the so called facts being presented to them and apply some reasoning, which requires one to draw some conclusions that depend more on the basic information that is supposed to be represented in the facts presented by the various groups or agencies.
The problem with this method is that one needs to have a grasp of the wide range of factors that are involved in the evaluation, and their interactive connections.
There are a number of aspects that one needs to be aware of that influence how information is presented; this understanding is essential element for the individual’s ability to view the environment realistically.
This preamble should be of some help in processing the information that will be presented in this series.
Now for the straight talk; most of the information that the individual receives is designed to get the individual to buy or buy into something, and the benefits of the acceptance of the sales pitch are often greater for the seller than they are for the buyer.
The seller seldom tells the buyer of the shortcomings of the product that is being sold; this statement is true for many arenas within our culture, such as commercial products, a legislative bill being sold by a politician, or a stock being sold on the big-board. 
The individual should question the motivation behind any sales pitch; this is especially true when it comes to a legislative bill the politician is trying to sell to his/her constituents.
The reason for exercising greater scrutiny on any proposed legislation being proposed is because of the wide range of impact that a legislative act can have on each and every individual.
The politician does not inform the electorate of the additional cost a legislative action is going to put on the taxpayer, or how it may cut down on an individual’s freedom of choice, all these things are important, but they are seldom, if ever, presented during the effort to pass the legislation. The Constitution was originally designed to give the individual maximum freedom and still maintain some reasonable amount of stability within our society, while limiting the actions of our government.
What has been happening in our society over the generations is a complete reversal of this basic principal as outlined in the Constitution, the government is gaining more power, and the individual has been gradually losing the freedom that our Constitution grants to the citizenry.
It’s bad enough that the government, in general, has gained more power over the intervening years, but now there is a move to make the Administrative Branch the major power center in our government, at the expense of the other two Branches.
The Administrative Branch, with the President at the head of this branch, is supposed to carry out actions that ensures the legislation passed by Congress functions as Congress has proposed, but it would seem that the current President has his own ideas about what needs to be done, and does not concern himself with any of the limitations that the Constitution has put on the office that he holds, and it would seem that Congress is not concerned with the loss of its power as a result of the President’s actions.
It might be a good idea to go to the Island Gazette site and copy this series, so you can follow the reasoning in this series.