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Guest Editorial: ‘We the people’ ... Our heritage has been hijacked

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Fred Orr

Former Texas House of Representatives member

As we listened to the recent speech by President Obama regarding the jobs debacle, the question came to mind … is he screaming into the wind?

In my generation and the ones immediately following, person after person is surrendering to cynicism about our government. 

People are passionate about our state and country; who are believers in the ideals they have historically espoused and adhered to. 

Currently, it seems everyone believes our system of government is broken. 

It seems everyone is far more focused on politics and “my way or the highway” mentality.

I was taught in my early years in public office that you entered each opportunity to solve a problem or espouse an ideal with a gentleman’s attitude of courtesy, respect and addressed each problem amicably and with ultimate attitude of compromise in order to keep the eye on the big picture and ultimately solving the problem and keeping one’s goal … that of serving the best interest of our citizenry and ultimately that of the government we represented.

Somehow we have lost civility and the ability to organize around ideas and we are only organizing around parties or factions therein.

Imagine, as hard as it is, that during WWII if the kind of non-compromising and hyperpartanship being demonstrated and exercised currently where our leaders can’t get things done … and the country needed to address the actions of Hitler … where would we be today?

When we examine the issues that are going unaddressed and unresolved, my generation is in a crisis like none since WWII. 

While we won’t be storming the beaches of Normandy, my generation is facing a great crisis of making our government work again.

The hijacking of our government institutions is the greatest crisis going on in the nation and state right now. Perhaps, even greater than foreign-terrorists threats or whatever lies ahead that will destroy us.

President Lincoln once said “we are a house divided about our fundamental mission and character,” amen.

Some elected members of our government institutions talk about government as if it were something foreign, alien or extrinsic when in fact the Constitution says it simply: “We the people.” 

Government is us.

Fred Orr is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives representing Dallas County. Fred can be reached via jagobtexas@aol.com. 

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