Standing up and Speaking Out
America will never be destroyed
from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we
destroyed ourselves. ~Abraham Lincoln
We the People
by Sandy Long
The United States government is like a huge corporation with the elected
officials being the board of directors and we the people being the shareholders.
The board is elected by the shareholders to represent the interests of the
shareholders. The dividends are not clearly monetary, but are more in the areas
of job availability, border and civil security and the tools needed to live a
good life such as affordable health care and housing, reasonably priced goods
and services, and a good infrastructure. We shareholders pay the dividends and
the salaries of the board through taxes, that is our contribution to making sure
we have the dividends mentioned above.
Our duty as shareholders goes beyond just electing the board of directors and
paying our taxes to support them. As in a corporation, the shareholders need to
keep track of how the corporation is running, and if the dividends fall off or
the corporation goes off on a tangent, then it is the shareholders’s duty to
bring this to the board for resolution. If the board doesn’t address the
problems to the satisfaction of the shareholders, then the shareholders can and
should elect new board members that will do what the shareholders want.
Unfortunately, the American people have forgotten that they are the
sshareholders in the corporation of the United States and put too much trust into
their board of directors. Most are apathetic and do not vote in elections or
pay little attention to what the board is doing unless it strikes them directly
and forcefully. Our board of directors has become bloated to the point of
unhealthiness and does little to provide dividends to their shareholders, but
why bother, the shareholders have let things go to where the board feels
We the people need to return to watching the actions of the government and be
vocal in government issues and concerns. To do this the first task to be done is
register to vote. This can be done online at register to vote . Once registered, VOTE!
States offer absentee voting, and the ballots can be gotten with a letter to the county
clerk where you live or you can vote early. The availability and time periods
for early voting vary based on jurisdiction and type of election.
To use your vote wisely, you must keep current with issues. To do this you
can listen to talk radio, TV, read the paper, join organizations or go online. There are many reputable sites available for truckers to stay informed.
Another way to make your voice heard is by contacting your representatives
directly. This can be done by phone, snail mail, email or fax. To find your
representatives you can go to Congress or call the US Capitol switchboard @
202 224 3121.. Remember to be civil, have your thoughts organized and it is
better to stick to one issue per contact.
To get this huge corporation that we live in back on track, every American
shareholder HAS to get involved and take the reins back into we the people’s
hands. We the people need to make ourselves heard over the din of the special
interest groups so that we can exercise our right to the dividends promised in
the Constitution and Bill of Rights that founded this country. If we do not, it
will not be long until we lose all of our rights to dividends and our identity
as Americans. Who will we have to blame? We the people.
Sandy Long is a long time truck driver who is also very active within and without the
trucking industry. Her articles can be found online easily, she is a life member
of OOIDA, member of the Women In Trucking Association and a published author.
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