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How Can We Reach We the People?

During the November Liberty Dinner in Pocatello, there was a comment on how little participation there was in public forums. I have observed this to be true in City Council meetings, County meetings, School Board meetings, and many others. Since the mid-term elections are concluded, I heard many ask the question, “What is the Price of Freedom?” There are various responses, but it narrows down to the eternal vigilance of the people. The Founding Fathers of our Nation have affirmed that it is our civil duty to watch over our government. If that is true, then, it explains why we are losing our freedom.

The busy life that we live and the prosperity at hand have lulled us into believing that everything is well. Americans have stayed away from participating in government affairs. However, times are changing. Many have predicted an imminent decline of our nation. The American people’s re-engagement is necessary for a turnaround. If the last election tells us anything, is that more effort needs to be done to reach out to the People.

The First Amendment tells us that we have the right to “peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government.” But what is the medium that we could use to accomplish it? The following is a comprehensive list of how citizens can petition their governments.

First, Public Comment Section within a government meeting. These are times set aside for the citizens. Typically, the officials conducting the meetings announce that their bylaws prohibit them from acting on items not listed on the agenda. Comment periods are not the most productive medium for citizens’ participation.

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Second, submitting written comments or phone calls. These are gathered by an administrative assistant, filtered, and assigned to various departments for response. I believe that government employees do their best to answer inquiries, but many of them cannot address deep-seated structural issues that plague many of the local governments. Additionally, in some places, elected officials rarely get to see these comments.

Third, contact our elected officials directly. Elected officials are known in their communities, people can contact them directly via emails, phone calls, letters, social media, etc. From my experience, special interest groups do the majority of the outreach, and the true will of the people is left out.

Fourth, Town Hall meetings. Town hall meetings have been around for quite some time. We have records indicating town hall meetings in the Colonial Era. These are informal meetings where dialogues can take place between citizens and elected officials. I have attended several of these meetings, and I like them. But they are not happening frequently enough, and there is always the danger of special interest groups’ infiltrating a town hall meeting. Nevertheless, the goal is to reach out to the People and reengage them, whatever the medium.

With that said, what can we do to reengage the American People? I would start with Town Hall meetings, perhaps monthly. Additionally, I would like to emphasize three things.

First, these Town Hall meetings need to be regularly scheduled.

Second, the meetings could be conducted by as few as one elected official, but with government employees in attendance. To run a government organization–such as cities, counties, school boards, or special districts–employees will be necessary. The Federalist Papers refer to them as Magistrates. An updated term for Magistrates is Public Administrators, Staff, or Government Employees. Note that too frequently, policies are produced and promoted by staff. Both elected officials and government employees need to show accountability to the People. That’s the reason why staff presence is needed.

Third, technologies can be used for outreach. Covid taught us an important lesson: virtual meetings can be productive. To avoid outside influences, such as special interests from outside the area or even outside the state, participants would need to be identified, registered, and screened through a moderation process. Trying to engage the people will not be easy. Along the way, we will find disinterested individuals, frustrated voters, and people with narrow special interests. But, to restore American values and ideals we will need an active citizenry. I also believe that more Americans will learn of this new opportunity and be reminded of their civic duties. They will participate because the future of America depends on it.

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4 replies on “How Can We Reach We the People?”

The “People” can watch over “The Government” all they want, all the live long day even. But unless the “People” are empowered with some REAL way to actually change “The Government”, they will continue to see it as an unruly adolescent child, a psychopathic son, armed to the teeth with all the latest weapons aimed Right at the “People”. The “People” know that they have ZERO chance and so they just Go along to Get along with the EVER LYING Government. And there is another KEY to the puzzle: LYING! That is what the US Government does best LIE! Change that and well maybe. Then there’s the FACT that all voting machines are controlled by foreign owned companies and they can swing the vote any way they want, any time they want, so again the “People” know they have ZERO chance to change anything. So STOP Blaming the “People” and instead provide a viable way to get rid of the Lying Criminals that infest the halls of government!
And that’s all I got to say about that!
Steve Nelson
(I am NO Relation to that man in SLC!!!)

I agree with your assessment 100 percent! The corporations have destroyed everything! The Supreme Court allowing corporations to donate to campaigns now makes the politicians the lap dog to the corporations that donate to their campaign/s. But don’t worry…the entire financial system is going to collapse and everyone will lose their bank accounts, their property, and their privileges soon. They will wake up! Will it be too late? We shall see.

There is plenty of blame to go around; the Justinian Emperor, the Lord Mayor of London, the former Queen of England, the Holy Roman Empire, District of Columbia, Abe Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Masons, and many others too numerous to mention here.

It all starts with the Birth Certificate in America these past 160 years! You have been trafficked and your Mother was tricked into giving back to the hospital to send you in to be Registered! You were born FREE but once you were Registered you became a debtor and ward of the state and a U.S. Citizen. You are now a slave.

Change your status to American, learn the truth and how to be a free man or woman living on the Land and soil in America. Stop playing their game! The gig is up and knowing the truth will stop all the chicanery!

A much more consequential question is How Do We Reach God?

Part of the answer to that question is found in repenting of We Peopleism, aka every man (via their “representatives”) doing what’s right in their own eyes, per Judges 21:25.

Judges 21:25 is what today is commonly known as humanism, aka We the Peopleism.

For more, see Chapter 3 “The Preamble: We the People vs. Yahweh” of free online book “Bible Law vs, the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at https://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt3.html

Then find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the sidebar and receive a free copy of the 85-page “Primer” of “BL vs. USC.”

What can you do when your city government removes the “public input” time from the city council agenda? Now, we have to ask to be put on the agenda and the powers that be decide whether or not they want this. Unfortunately, our city attorney is complicit in this and backs our poor excuse for a mayor who wants to hold all of the power himself. Any ideas?

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