I don't do politics. I am not a political person. I hate politics because they confuse me and because I can't get over the feeling that everyone in office is working far harder on deceiving me or at least hiding things from me than helping me. The inaccessibility of political figures makes it far worse. One cannot just go up to the white house, knock on the door and expect a sit down with the president or the vice president. The local level is not much better. Emails and letters are answered by impersonal form letters and aids if they are answered at all. The impersonal nature of politics breads distrust in me. And a relationship without trust is not successful.
There are also the scores of politicians who make no secret of the fact that they have an agenda despite what the people have expressed they want. Some have publicly said the Constitution stands in the way of things they would like to accomplish. That is alarming.
That is not to say that all politicians are bad. I know there are politicians out there who work tirelessly for the people and to defend their liberties. They are under-appreciated and deserve recognition for their effort in the fight to keep America true to itself.
So when a politician says he believes he would have the backing of the founding fathers in their ideas for our country, how are you to know whether or not their claims are true?
I've chosen to start by finding out what the founding fathers had to say for themselves on issues.
In my recent quest to make up my own mind on certain topics I decided to start with the good, old-fashioned book, upgraded to the new e-reader addition.
I found myself on the Kindle Store downloading a dozen free books.
The Beginnings of New England Or the Puritan Theocracy in its Relations to Civil and Religious Liberty by John Fiske
The Critical Period of American History by John Fiske
The American Revolution by John Fiske
The War of Independence by John Fiske
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
Washington and His Comrades in Arms; a chronicle of the War of Independence by Wrong, George McKinnon
The Federalist Papers by Hamilton, Alexander, Jay, John, Madison, James
The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America by United States
United States Bill of Rights by United States
The United States Constitution by United States
Even if you aren't interested in politics. These are good pieces to read if only for the purpose of learning about your own history and what the founding fathers wanted for this country and the struggles leading up to our declaration of independence and in forming a new, globally recognizable government.
You may not think you are of a political mind or want anything to do with politics (like me) but as Hickok45 said, if you own a gun or you want to own a gun, you are involved. The first step to being involved is to be informed.
And don't forget the Jan 19 and Feb 8 State Capitol meets: