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Forum Post: I looked up the term "public servant"

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 23, 2011, 2:09 p.m. EST by Keepitsimple (110)
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I looked up the term "public servant" public servant - someone who holds a government position (either by election or appointment) election - a vote to select the winner of a position or political office; "the results of the election will be announced tonight" employee - a worker who is hired to perform a job caseworker, social worker, welfare worker - someone employed to provide social services (especially to the disadvantaged)

There was a time when the government worked for the people, not the corporations. Perhaps we could now call the public servant a corporate servant.

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[-] 2 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 2 years ago

until we force a public audit on the pentagon and DHS, any victory will be temporary.

[-] 1 points by Occufridazzle (-19) 2 years ago

Get rid of special interests and they will serve "We the people" again. If not we will continue down the road we are on. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

[-] 1 points by TIOUAISE (2526) 2 years ago

At the very HEART of our political system lies the idea that "WE THE PEOPLE" ARE SOVEREIGN.

The ONLY legitimacy of the President, Congress, Supreme Court, Pentagon, FBI, various police forces and other "public servants" is that they FAITHFULLY SERVE us the people.

If they serve us poorly, it is up to us - the masters, according to the Constitution - to upbraid our servants or even dismiss them for incompetence.

But - EVEN WORSE - If they fail to serve us the people and instead covertly serve the interests of a tiny minority, that is much worse than incompetence: it is CORRUPTION AND TREASON, for all public servants - including the President - are sworn to UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION "in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." (Preamble).

The President does NOT rule over us like a king or an emperor; WE RULE OVER HIM as "THE PEOPLE". We waged a Revolution over that very point back in 1776, remember? Are we now going to sacrifice that tremendous leap forward we made as a nation 235 years ago? WHY WOULD WE? Would it not make us accomplices to treason against ourselves? I say to you, it would be BENEATH OUR DIGNITY.

[-] 1 points by orz (83) 2 years ago

The constitution was written by a few mortals who agreed on principles. The living didn't write it. Few consent to the document in the US besides naturalized citizens. And that consent isn't without the carrot of citizenship.

We get the stick, however, when we don't recognize enforceable legislation and case law, in which more living people have participation, by proximity. So its debateable which documents represent us.

Though it may benefit us to cherry pick the ideas we value today, it is not without interpretation. Subsequently, we have the opportunity to write the new language however vague, clear, or redundant as we want. But we decide, and insofar as we don't (and tacitly follow), authority has been de facto vested in others, dead white men or otherwise.

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[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 2 years ago

He used to, I don't know what happened - I thought I had chatted with him once...

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[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 2 years ago

I think he was one of the greats.. I feel he was a "prophet" in disguise. He needed to use foul language to get the attention...He was a messenger, no doubt...I take his approach, I have a front row seat to the freak show in the USA, and have no stake in its outcome....I wish I had the stage skill, amongst my friends and family I get some laughs. There will be no replacement for George...He was one of a kind

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[-] 1 points by Keepitsimple (110) 2 years ago

Thanks, I accidently do it myself at times.