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For Your Consideration: Selecting A Representative

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One often gets the impression that the electorate puts very little time and effort when selecting a person to represent them in government, the electorate may make their selection by party affiliation, by how the candidate classifies themselves, by the candidate’s looks, by the sound of the name, by the candidate’s stand on a single issue, by what the candidate can do for a group that the electorate is associated with, by sex, or by the color of the candidate’s skin.
These methods of selection have brought the nation to its current condition, if the reader is satisfied with the current condition of the nation, then there is no need to read any further, the suggestions that will be presented in the remainder of this article are aimed at changing the condition’s that have brought the nation to this point.
The emphasis will be placed on the belief that the Constitution our Founders set forth for this nation set us apart from all previous governments; in the introduction to the Declaration of Independence, the first three words standout in a bold declaration of the intent of the governance of this nation, these three words are “We the People”, this is a clear statement of intent, that is reinforced by the original draft of the Constitution.
Over the centuries our representatives have managed to depreciate this central aspect of our Constitution, this trend needs to be corrected, and the best method of accomplishing this task is to
educate the electorate on how to select representatives that will free individuals from the bondage of the yoke that our elected officials have been putting on the citizenry. 
 The electorate should run any prospective candidate through the mill, don’t allow the candidate to use rhetoric that does not tell you how he/she would address the problems facing the nation, but they need to go much further and describe the principles that they are using to guide them in their decision making.
The paradigm that should be used needs to be based on the basic precepts within our original Constitution, not the warped version that we have created over the centuries, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court.
These principles should tend to eliminate or reduce the size of government at all levels; the action taken should move a function
down to the lowest level of governance, to place the control close to the citizens that are being impacted by the function; any action that is proposed should fall within the government’s ability to pay for the function in real time, the only item that may possibly be exempt from this rule, is national defense; the accumulation of power in the Administrative Branch of government needs to be drastically reduced; the power in the Legislative Branch, needs to realize that it is made up of states that have their own sovereignty, and
that sovereignty needs to be protected within each of the states; the states need to decentralize their power in the same manner as the Federal government; all budgeting government systems should be on the accrual accounting system, and made clear enough for the average person that understands budgeting to comprehend it; when legislation is drafted it should state the purpose of the legislation and impose limits on how much the various bureaucracies can make changes to the legislation, keeping in mind the stated purpose of the legislation.
The electorate should stay clear of any candidates that try to enhance the power of any political party, rather they should look for individuals that are interested in resolving problems, and use the basic principles that are in our Constitution.
Don’t get carried away with candidates that look to support a given group or class of people, legislation should be designed to support all citizens equally.
Avoid candidates that spend most of their time telling the electorate what is wrong with their challenger, and give little or no information as to how they are going to govern on your behalf.
If the electorate could avoid using the flawed procedures of selection in the beginning of this article and applied some of the suggestions in the last three paragraphs, we may have a chance to turn this country around and show the world what makes this Nation exceptional, “We the People”, or to put it another way, the individual set free from abusive government.