wnyjim wrote:Ok forget your party lines for a minute and answer this question.
Taxation without representation. Are we experiencing it now? If so what does it mean to you?
To me the answer is YES! We have a government (Both parties) That takes more intrist in who is handing them cash and favors than the people (US) that they represent.
Question 2. AM I (Or you if you agree) now considered to be a terrorist? Un American? or enemy of the state by speaking up about this?
Ok your turn. And dont forget to write your representitives as often as possible.
No on #1. You have representation. (that's what you are writing your representatives about.) They may not be doing what you want them to do but, they do represent you. If you recall, the colonists were subjects of the King's will. British commoners in England had some form of rudimentary representation as laid out in the Magna Carta, or something like that, but the colonists had none.
You are correct that they are swayed by lobbyists and donations. I would prefer that all funding for office come from the federal government on a equal basis, after all primaries, for the election for president. States, of course, have the right to manage their elections as they see fit.
You have the rights of the first amendment:
Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.