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Politicians Are Literally Our Duty-Bound Servants

Getting elected should be seen as a demotion, points out former congressman

So this summer, Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter—who had been a rising Republican star—resigned amid a ballot fraud scandal. It was a big time screw up, but that doesn’t negate the fact that the guitar-playing, book-writing McCotter was one of the most perceptive, intelligent members of the House. I just discovered this statement he wrote upon resigning:

“The recent event’s totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family. Thus, acutely aware one cannot rebuild their hearth of home amongst the ruins of their U.S. House office, for the sake of my loved ones I must “strike another match, go start anew” by embracing the promotion back from public servant to sovereign citizen.”

He writes like he hails from the days of the Civil War, and naturally he’s trying to put a positive spin on a dismal event, but still he makes a brilliantly powerful point about the nature of public service:  By returning from the public sector to private life, he is actually, literally, promoting himself—“from public servant to sovereign citizen.”

Don’t forget that, America. We who are not public servants are sovereign citizens. And we each get to exercise that sovereignty—the same “secret power” held by, say, the Queen of England and the King of Spain—this November 6 at the ballot box. Take it seriously, wield that power well, and ensure that those for whom you vote realize by putting them in office, you are demoting them to the status of your servant—a servant bound by oath only to devote himself or herself to protecting your liberties.

Maybe they can do other stuff as well, but first and foremost, they swear to God upon taking office that they will serve you by upholding your liberties. If you don’t think they’re going to do that, don’t vote for them.

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