Kate Dalley is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives morning show on Fox News 1450 AM 96.7 FM. The opinions stated in this article are solely hers and not those of St. George News.
OPINION - There are over 300 million citizens in our country and only 535 politicians that we elect to govern us. Each year, we cast our personal vote and let these politicians hold the reins of power over our nation for a few years at a time. What kind of men and women do we want to hold that sacred power?
Our leaders have been busy enacting thousands of new, cumbersome laws that only strengthen the government and its power; they seem to forget that America’s strength comes from its people.
Have we forgotten that we can demand and expect more from the 535 leaders that we elect into office? If we could start over and design the perfect politician, what would our criteria be?
Who would be worthy of our vote?
If I could design a politician, he would have the ability to define himself, through his ideas and values, instead of party membership. The two-party system, which thrives on strength in numbers to divide and conquer the 535 members of Congress against each other, would cease to exist. There would be no party agendas; only the will to restore liberty and to govern with wisdom.
If I could design a politician, he would be completely disinterested in ego and title. He would worry less about legacy and care more about instilling back into our government the principles of the Constitution. He would understand that our founding fathers designed a governing document based on values and principles that intended to give people more responsibility to govern themselves.
If I could design a politician, he would promise to spend his time in office repealing the laws that have stifled our individual liberty and not propose more laws just to see how many bills can be passed with his name on them. He would know that seniority and power are worthless because he would not have the job long enough for influence to matter.
If I could design a politician, I would not give him the ability to spew campaign rhetoric or tell us that hope and change are all that we need. He would tell us the uncomfortable truth and then seek to change that truth. He would not make promises that he cannot keep.
He would not need my constant applause; he would only want my constant respect.
If I could design a politician, he would understand the cost of socialism and the horror of becoming indentured servants to a system that does not work. He would have the passion to restore life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness because he will understand that without liberty, we cannot have the other two. He would know that if the government takes away our chance to succeed through overreaching regulations, we would no longer have the drive to pursue our happiness. He would know that America is built on the determination of those who have endeavored to succeed and have had the opportunity to do so without infringement.
If I could design a politician, he would desire the job regardless of personal sacrifice.
He would seek to govern in servitude over profit. He would receive the same salary to serve the people as our educators; so that those drawn to govern would do so out of the sheer drive to make a difference.
If I could design a politician, he would merely laugh at the lobbyists that seek to control him and would be willing to stand on his own; he would be confident in his ability to govern without favors or advantage.
If I could design a politician, he would fight for our right to bear arms, our ability to say what we want to and to worship as we wish.
He would not trade freedom for security – he would realize that our freedom enables us to be more secure.
If I could design a politician, he would have as much faith in us as we place in him; he would be a man who recognizes we are intelligent enough to govern ourselves. He would be a person who believes that we will rise to the occasion and care for our neighbor without a government committee to intervene.
If I could design a politician, he would have a keen awareness that if the private sector has the ability to offer value, services or commodities, then the private sector will always be able to do it faster, cheaper and better than the government.
Finally, I would design a politician, that started and ended each day with a prayer, whether it was politically correct or not, and pray for the strength to do what is right; always choosing integrity over influence. I would hope that he would be a humble servant to God and to those whom he serves and realize that he, too, must live in the world system he is creating.
Copyright 2012 St. George News.