Reform America
Giving Americans a Voice in the World of Politics.

About Us | Mission Statement | Book Project |Statement of Purpose

subglobal1 link | subglobal1 link | subglobal1 link | subglobal1 link | subglobal1 link | subglobal1 link | subglobal1 link
subglobal2 link | subglobal2 link | subglobal2 link | subglobal2 link | subglobal2 link | subglobal2 link | subglobal2 link
subglobal3 link | subglobal3 link | subglobal3 link | subglobal3 link | subglobal3 link | subglobal3 link | subglobal3 link
subglobal4 link | subglobal4 link | subglobal4 link | subglobal4 link | subglobal4 link | subglobal4 link | subglobal4 link
subglobal5 link | subglobal5 link | subglobal5 link | subglobal5 link | subglobal5 link | subglobal5 link | subglobal5 link
subglobal6 link | subglobal6 link | subglobal6 link | subglobal6 link | subglobal6 link | subglobal6 link | subglobal6 link
subglobal7 link | subglobal7 link | subglobal7 link | subglobal7 link | subglobal7 link | subglobal7 link | subglobal7 link
subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link | subglobal8 link

Election '08

See more articles, tell us what's important to you and become a part of the debate. Visit Voice of the Voter today.
Frank McEnulty - Presidential Candidate

An Independent View From the Campaign Trail

Personal Responsibility:

In the Thursday, March 15, 2007 Wall Street Journal there is an article titled: “Congress Primed to Act on Risky Home Loans”. The basic tone of the article is that Congress is trying to figure out how to bail out all of those people in trouble because they took on a risky or too large home mortgage in the last few years. This is a perfect example of politicians using our money to bail out people for their own (often greedy) mistakes. Chris Dodd, the Senate Banking Chairman said, “I’m determined to do everything we can to allow people to stay in their homes”.

I’m sorry, but where is the personal responsibility in buying too large or too expensive a house, getting involved in a "bad" mortgage in order to qualify for the payments and then crying when things go bad. It is not my fault, your fault or the government’s fault that someone bought a house they really couldn’t afford. But Congress feels they have to do something because it isn’t their money and why should people be responsible for making mistakes. For those of you who have visited my website at you will recall that I wrote the following brief statement about Personal Responsibility:

Personal responsibility is just that - personal. If you do something stupid and you get injured or hurt, then it is your own fault. It’s not McDonald’s fault if you get fat, it’s not Phillip Morris’ fault if you smoke and get lung cancer, it’s your fault. The second biggest problem facing America is that people want to find someone to blame for everything that happens to them. Well sometimes it's your own fault, sometimes it’s just bad luck and sometimes it is truly someone else’s fault, but let’s get away from this victimhood mentality and back to standing on our own two feet and taking responsibility for our own actions.

I would now like to expand on that statement to give you more of a feel for how I would lead the country as your next President.

John F. Kennedy, in his Inaugural speech on January 20, 19 61 made the following, very famous statement, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.” To me this is one of the greatest calls for personal responsibility made in America in the last 50 years.

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government." "A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury." "From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

Based on how our politicians operate today I would say that we are getting closer and closer to fulfilling Mr. Tyler’s prophecy.

In today’s pandering to the electorate by politicians of all stripes, no one ever calls for people to think about what they can do, as an American citizen, to make the country a better place. Rather, today’s politician wants everyone to look upon them as their own personal savior and make them totally beholden to them for whatever they think they can get from the government for “free”. That’s how politicians buy the votes. It’s gotten to the point where a lot of people believe they are entitled to having the government take care of them whenever they make a mistake or are just too lazy to do what is right and work hard.

As President, I believe that the individual has the ultimate responsibility for his or her own welfare. Most of what happens to almost everyone in their lives is a direct result of what they do to themselves. Having kids when you are a teenager will mess up your life. Drinking too much or taking drugs, will mess up your life. Dropping out of school will mess up your life. Smoking and eating way too much will mess up your life.

Unfortunately, our politicians try to make most of the above seem to be someone else’s fault. The politically correct will tell you that if you tell someone they are doing things wrong you’re being unkind. Who are you to judge them? Who are you to tell people how they should live their lives? Well, I think the American people have the right to judge people’s actions when they result in those very same people asking (demanding) that the government spend our tax money to support and help them because of their bad decisions. If you mess up, you are not entitled to having the government bail you out. You made the mess, you fix it.

As President, I would vow to never pass a law that takes responsibility for ones bad actions away from the individual and makes it someone or something else’s fault. The biggest problem in America today is the failure of individuals to take responsibility for their actions and the feeling of entitlement so many people seem to have today. As an American you are entitled to act freely as a person desires. However, no one should be allowed to go begging to their elected representative when their bad choices, bad decisions and just plain laziness catch up to them.

One of the major reasons I decided to start this Presidential campaign was that I felt a personal obligation to do something to try and make America a better place to live for my children and all future generations. That will only happen if this slide towards victim-hood is reversed and people start to take more responsibility for their own actions and the results that occur.
Frank McEnulty - Independent Candidate for President - Give your feedback on this article.| Visit the campaign website.

What Have the Politicians Done For You Lately?

"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country" - John F. Kennedy

Unfortunately, that is the mindset of the politicians when it comes to serving the people. They are asking what they can make the people do to serve their country in the form of taxes and loosening restrictions on business to make people work longer and harder to earn the same pay while the politicians live in the lap of luxury and cater to the wealthy.

Working Americans spend less time at home than ever before and corporations expect more and more productivity from fewer and fewer workers. What are our public servants doing to bring some balance between corporate interests and working Americans? Not much it would seem. They are certainly taking a lot of money from everyone though. They host ten thousand dollar per plate dinners for the corporate fat cats and then send out urgent e-mails begging for the hard earned money of working folks who can't actually get a face to face meeting with these same politicians because they can't afford the entry fee.

After they ask for our donations and take the fat cat money, they raise the taxes on the middle class either directly or through service cuts that we suffer for and give tax breaks to the fat cats who didn't need them in the first place. What are we getting for our money? We give to the campaigns, pay billions of dollars in taxes and they still ignore us. We want the war ended in Iraq. They stall and make barely symbolic gestures of shaking their finger at the president over the war. We want education funded. They use spending bills to load up the coffers of special interests and still our kids don't get a decent education because there's no money left for education. We want outsourcing stopped so we can feed our families. They sign trade agreements giving away nuclear materials for mangos and soften the regulations on importing goods so more manufacturing jobs go to Asia and Mexico. For the icing on the cake, they fight for the Constitutional "rights" of illegal immigrants who aren't citizens so they are not supposed to be subject to our Constitution because they have a government of their own back in the country they are supposed to be in right now. All the while ignoring the homeless war veterans who risked their lives for this country and are out on the street because they are so messed up from Post Traumatic Stress that they can't be assimilated back into our society and the government has given them nowhere to go to find help.

So why are we still voting for Democrats or Republicans? Niether side has proven themselves to be trustworthy. Both parties take millions from special interests and use our hard earned money to repay the donations. Why not go to the other guys and see what they can do? When a star ball player gets past his prime and can't make the shot anymore, the team drafts a new player to replace him. Well, we are the owners of the team called America and it seems like the politicians on both sides of the aisle just can't make the shots anymore. Maybe it's time to draft some new players from smaller schools that are a bit hungrier to play for the team.
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer - Give your feedback on this article.

Congress Sets Deadline For Iraq Withdrawal Despite Bush Vow to Veto

In a 50-48 vote, well short of a 2/3 majority needed to override a veto, the Senate passes a budget plan that calls for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Iraq before the end of 2008.

Despite Republican attempts to remove the withdrawal language from the bill the Democrats used their slim majority in the Senate to pass the House Budget that is doomed to veto on President Bush's desk. While realistically only symbolic in nature, the bill does send a message to President Bush. If he wants to have a budget he is going to have a fight on his hands over Iraq.

Considering the amount of special interest spending in the budget, the veto may be an overall win for the American taxpayer. The amount of compromise needed to pass the bill in the House of Representatives required that the spending bill be laden with useless and unnecessary spending to appease the supporters of certain fence-sitting politicians in order for them to support the withdrawal timeline language in the bill.

This will undoubtedly mark the beginning of a war of words between the White House and Democrats in Congress. The one unexpected turn in this is that two Republicans broke ranks to support the bill's withdrawal language and one Democrat broke ranks to side with the Republicans. Joseph Liberman in an expected move sided with Republicans. Since winning election as an Independent in November after being ousted as the Democratic nominee for his Senate seat, Liberman has consistently sided with the Republicans on the war and some speculate he will join the Republican party before the next election.

The next step will take this bill to the desk of President Bush where he has already vowed to veto it. That will send the process back to the House for a new budget drafting. It is not clear at this point if the Democratic leadership will endeavor to include the timetable language again but it is unlikely that they will back down easily on this issue as it carries much weight in the next presidential election.

Staff Writer - Give your feedback on this article.

Justice Department Probe Leads Staffer to Plead the Fifth

A lawyer for Justice Department staffer Monica Goodling said that the senior counsel and liason between the White House and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will invoke her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination when called before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Citing a belief that some on the committee had "already reached conclusions about the matter under investigation and the veracity of the testimony provided by the Justice Department to date". Ms Goodling's attorney said that she felt that there was no way she would be able to get a fair hearing given the statements already made regarding the case.

In a somewhat predictable response hinting at Democrats being on a witch hunt, White House spokesperson Dana Perino said that "It is unfortunate that a public servant no longer feels comfortable that they will be treated fairly in testimony in front of Congress,"

While the Justice Department has been told publicly to cooperate with the Congressional proceedings, it has been made clear that President Bush wants the scope of who is to be questioned and the questions being asked to be limited and not include White House staff except in closed session with testimony not being given under oath. The White House has already threatened to invoke Executive priviledge in the matter if certain White House staffers are subpoenaed to testify which would likely lead to a Constitutional showdown before the Supreme Court. With the court leaning to the right politically, it is hard to say if the President would prevail in that arena or if the justices who cannot now be removed other than for judicial misconduct would put aside politics to rule solely on the Constitution in this issue.

With the details of this situation only now beginning to be revealed, this issue may intrude on presidential politics and will certainly impact the effectiveness of the White House as a support tool for Republican candidates in the coming months. As for what will become of Alberto Gonzales, it is anybody's guess.
Staff Writer - Give your feedback on this article.

Contact Us | E-mail us your ideas for future stories! This is your site! |©2007 Reform America
All written items received by Reform America become the sole property of Reform America. Reform America reserves the right to publish or otherwise disseminate (with author acknowledgment noted) the contents of any written materials received by us at our discretion. By sending written materials to Reform America, the author agrees to these terms and holds Reform America harmless for any use of the items they submit. | Views expressed in articles submitted to Reform America by our readers do not necessarily reflect the views of Reform America or its staff.