Impeach: YOU

What if we held our citizens accountable rather than our politicians?

Think about it. The mandate of elected officials is to enact the will of the people, and in the end, these officials are only accountable to their electors. When Enron implodes, we don’t blame the men and the women on the ground – perpetuating the daily operations of the company. We blame the leadership. Those who give the orders. Those with the power to set strategic direction, and with the ability to hold others accountable for failing to successfully implement the mandate they have passed down.

In a Republic, it is ultimately the people who set the direction for the country by virtue of their votes. The people of the United States are, in a sense, a big board of directors. They have a fiduciary duty to collect facts, to maintain objectivity, and to uphold the values of the constitution. They are not to be judged on their intent or their morals, they are to be judged based on results.

Why not punish American citizens who negligently fail to do their duty as American citizens? If men and women, boys and girls, die because of collective acts of negligence on the part of these individuals, shouldn’t these individuals be asked to make sacrifices of their own?

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5 Comments

  1. Amber Moonrising
    Posted January 6, 2008 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    YES!!! That is IT!!!
    People hold themselves responsible for their actions as individuals that makes up the group!! That way the group can express as individuals how to correct the problems or praise the successes! I do so hope I got the understanding of what you said. I have a tendency to ‘nutshell’ , or at least try to, so that I may keep it in my mind to grasp a complete understanding and not just the surface truth.

  2. Essex
    Posted January 7, 2008 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    …because you would also be incriminating those who took no part in the offenses against our nation’s better judgement. if it were, figuratively, the republicans who caused the damage by voting only republican, why should the democrats be included in the blame? you also have to take into consideration those who do not vote a straight ticket, and those who take no active part in politics whatsoever! this idea is rediculous for it’s ignorance…think about it.

  3. reasonmrsmith
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Essex, you said, “…because you would also be incriminating those who took no part in the offenses against our nation’s better judgement.”

    Essex, that is my point. It is precisely these people who took no part that I blame the most. They allowed Bush to win by not fighting hard enough, by not electing the right candidate in the primary, by not being outspoken against Bush’ist rhetoric. At one point President Bush had a 90+% approval rating. You can’t have an approval rating like that without support of both Democrats and Republicans.

    I believe that if you blame your enemy for beating you, you are being too easy on yourself. If someone beats me at any contest, it is not their fault for winning, it is my fault for losing.

  4. reasonmrsmith
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    You got it Amber

  5. Posted February 21, 2008 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    People who have determined that they will work within a process that is dysfunctional have abdicated causality. Why trust in their judgment in the first place? The dysfunctional process-accepting mob rule in place of individual liberties, with citizens willingly submitting knowing and intelligent waivers to their rights in law as a normal course of commerce. Don’t let yourselves off the hook as you rush to condemn your neighbor.


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