Due to journalistic integrity, I have agreed to keep the anonymity of this Independent source. Here are the transcripts from the exclusive interview. (The initials “CR” represent this Examiner. The initials “IS” represent the Independent source)
CR: What is the purpose of your desire to speak to me today?
IS: I feel that the word needs to be spread that Independents are gaining ground in what has become a very polarized America due to infighting amongst the Republican and Democratic parties. A grass roots movement is afoot, and Americans are speaking out – many for the first time – about the way their government has been representing them.
CR: Can you explain this idea? IS: This Independence Day marked a time in history where Americans are finally finding their voice. It isn’t just independent voters. Many voters are disenfranchised and disappointed with the way their parties are representing the country. Talk has even been public about a possible third party creation in the U.S. I think that this movement, if you want to call it that, is due to Americans realizing that as the government gets larger and larger, their freedoms are slowly eroding.
CR: What do you feel are the freedoms that are eroding?
IS: First off, our country has been misled. Over wars. Over intelligence. Over who our government is willing to reach out to in foreign policy making. Our Constitution is in danger every day. The rights that Americans enjoy are being taken from them. Our children are being taught lessons that are designed to serve the sole purpose of maintaining the status quo and encourages them not to be free thinkers, but to accept the ideas of the government. The eduction department makes sure what is being taught to our kids, even if they are schooled at home.
CR: Where do you get this information?
IS: I cannot say what political office I hold. I would rather remain anonymous at this time due to these ideas. I can verify that I meet with disaffected Americans every day who tell me that they are worried about the state of our union. I am not talking about speeches made by the President. I am talking about the path that our country is taking, the path that our state is taking, and the path that our leaders are taking.
CR: Are these ‘disaffected’ Americans conservatives, or followers of the Tea Party movement?
IS: Yes, some of them are. Many of them are Democrat and Republican (registered) voters. It is not surprising to me that many of them are jumping ship from the ideals that these two parties are touting. Both the Democrats and the Republicans share equal blame in why our country has become polarized, and why states are fighting against the U.S. government for their rights to act independently of the federal government. You will witness this in the November general election.
CR: Are you saying that a lot of people in Iowa will not visit the polls on election day?
IS: No, I am saying that many people, longtime registered voters, are no longer going to vote straight party in the polls. Americans are realizing that it is better to vote for people they trust to represent them rather than vote down party lines. They are tired of not having their voices heard. They are tired of the government suppressing their rights and their freedoms.
CR: Why do you believe this is true?
IS: I don’t just believe it is true. I have evidence that it is true. The Tea Party movement is not the only movement in America today that is screaming for reform. A lot of Americans want more transparency in government. They want those responsible for poor decisions to acknowledge those decisions and put them right. You can go online and find many groups who are basing their movements on freedom and a return to what the Founding Fathers built our nation on; a strong and sound foundation of liberty. FreedomWorks is one of those organizations. People are paying more attention to what liberty in America means.
CR: What does ‘liberty’ in America mean?
IS: True liberty is based on Biblical ideals. The Founding Fathers were inspired men who knew that America could dissolve into a tyrannical government, and that the people could be suppressed by it. That is why they wrote the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence. They were inspired that if the voices of the people were suppressed, then citizens would lose their ability to control the government instead of the other way around. Our public leaders have a responsibility to represent our true voices.
CR: Can you give me a specific example?
IS: Yes. Healthcare reform. Millions of Americans are screaming that they do not want federal healthcare, yet the current administration and leaders in both the Senate and the House are playing into the hands of a way to deny Americans the right to choose what kind of insurance they carry, and even whether they carry insurance or not. If the current governors and representatives of our citizenry decide that healthcare should be mandated, they will enforce it with force. They are already talking about hiring more Internal Revenue Service workers to do just this thing.
CR: Do you feel that the federal government has a responsibility to care for the general welfare of its citizens?
IS: Yes, they do. However, they cannot hide behind the general welfare clause and use it as an excuse to mandate oppressive legislation. It would be like me telling my constituents that I believe that it would be in their best interest to not eat sugar because it can cause tooth decay and that I may have to use taxpayer money to send them to a dentist. If they don’t obey my beliefs, then I will send someone to incarcerate them. The fact is, Americans should have the ability to decide if they want to eat sugar, what the personal cost is to them, if they indeed believe that tooth decay would become a serious issue, and whether they should pay for it or the government should pay for it. The fact is, our government has no business demanding, legislating, and then enforcing laws that suppress the ability of Americans to make independent choices.
CR: What about gun control? Or terrorism? Isn’t the government responsible for keeping people safe?
IS: Safety is relative. From one person’s perspective, a gun may protect them. From another’s perspective, a gun is harmful. Should one person’s ideas be imposed upon the other for the sake of general welfare and safety? No. I am not saying that crimes committed by those who use guns is not heinous or illegal. People should be punished for not obeying the law. I am saying that the reason for laws is to allow people to take personal responsibility for their actions. As for terrorism, it depends on how you define it. Foreign terrorism on American soil – it’s an affront on our liberties. It causes fear. That is the point of terrorism. However, our own government participates in terrorizing its own citizens when it legislates by putting fear into American hearts.
CR: How does the government legislate using fear?
IS: If you feel that your government is not transparent, is not honest with the public, do you not fear them? Americans should fear any form of government that is intent on removing freedom rather than supporting it. Hitler, for example, used propaganda on the citizens in Germany. He then spread it across other nations he took control of. What started the propaganda machine? Suppression. Suppression of free thinking. Suppression of the ability to speak openly against his government. The use of military or police forces to absolutely control the population. Our own country could easily do this as well. In fact, every time a censor blocks free speech, they suppress ideas. Tipper Gore once said she would like to censor music. She found some music offensive. Did she have the right to do this? No. She didn’t have to like the music or listen to it, but why did she believe that her husband, as Vice President, should encourage action be taken? Control. Plain and simple.
CR: I would like to expand upon your ideas, but I am limited to time. Is there any other topic you feel that is important for Americans to know or understand?
IS: Yes. Border control is necessary to protect the sovereignty of our nation. Notice it is enforcement that needs to be done. Arizona was right to put their foot down and say “no more”. I believe that people all over the world want to come to America because of our democracy. That being said, once they enter the country, they need to become citizens to receive the benefits of that democracy. Our government should never use the money it has collected from legal citizens to turn our country into a welfare state. Illegal aliens who receive benefits from our government is wrong. It is immoral. It is an affront to our civil liberties. Why? Because the rights of the Constitution and Bill of Rights are not inherent to those who are not citizens.
Also, states should be standing up and demanding that the federal government release its stranglehold. The states were expressly given autonomy by the Constitution for a reason. It was to keep the federal government honest and keep it from growing so large that it consumed the rights of the states. State leaders need to read the Constitution and then act accordingly. It is time for state leaders to get out of the pockets of the federal government and their sweeping policies. It is time for them to represent those who elected them.
Finally, I would like to add that gays and lesbians are human beings. They come from all walks of life. The come from different religions, different upbringings. They have the same Constitutional rights as any other American. However, they do not have the right to demand that they are represented any other way than any other citizen. A civil union is legal to both gays and lesbians, just as it is to heterosexuals. Why must we amend the Constitution to change something that is already in place? Are we to change the Constitution every time a social issue comes up? Should we change the Constitution to serve one group of people over another? No. Gays and lesbians love whom they love. The same for heterosexuals. It is the same for any human being regardless of their gender identity or preference. However, if we make amendments to the Constitution based on social popularity or political correctness, then we do a disservice to others. Again, suppression.
No citizen should be legislated into suppression. Likewise, no one group should have the ability to dictate the freedom of another group. Those who sit in our Supreme Courts need to make decisions not based on logic or emotions, but based on law. That law is meant to be impartial.
Thank you for taking the time to let me share some of the ideas I have, as well as the ideas that many, many Iowans and Americans are expressing.
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