We The People

 

The Missouri Constitution is a document we revere and hold close to our hearts. We, the people, should take these words very seriously in Article 1.
Article 1 Sec.1 That all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.
Sec 2 That all constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people; that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry; that all persons are created equal and are entitled to equal rights and opportunity under the law; that to give security to these things is the principal office of government, and that when government does not confer this security, it fails in its chief design.
Sec.3 That the people of this state have the inherent, sole and exclusive right to regulate the internal government and police thereof, and to alter and abolish their constitution and form of government whenever they may deem it necessary to their safety and happiness, provided such change be not repugnant to the Constitution of the United States.
I have bolded the parts that should matter the most to all of us.
When we think of how we have been treated in recent years by our elected leaders it makes me wonder how many of us have read and understood these words. It is a disgrace that we let such people influence us and be elected.
                We, the people, are not going to listen to the Religious Right Wing Extremists’ views and mandates. Those Christians intent on using Christianity as a basis for persecuting or slandering others in our society is unconscionable. It seems that we, in many ways, have become the Al Qaeda.

We need to change Missouri politics in a big way, too. The politics of deception must go.

                We, the people, know that when Kinder, Mayer, Wright and the Missouri Republicans tell us they are for Education, that is not so. They vote to give public school money to private schools causing our taxes to be raised at the school district level.  Refusing to put enough money in the Departmental budgets causes our taxes to be raised through increased fees. I like the straight forward approach. What else do they tell us that is not so? When talk occurs about budgets, if it’s good for people, just tell me why it’s necessary, what it costs and how we are going to pay for it.
I don’t mind paying my fair share, but I take exception to Peter Kinder’s solutions. I don’t believe we should give $100 million in tax credits to one individual, as Kinder did, without real scrutiny.
I recall in the year of 2000, in Missouri, there was approximately $100 million in tax credits to corporations and I am told today by one source that we now have $800 million in tax credits.
                I would prefer a locally raised man to be our Lt. Governor.  Dr. Sam Page was raised in Van Buren, Missouri and is a great young man with our Southeast Missouri values. Sam Page is married and has a family, quite a contrast with Kinder. Is Kinder still in the closet?
                We, the people, believe we should support our troops but should get them out of harm’s way as quickly as possible. We also believe our US Government should do the very best they can to achieve success in Afghanistan by eliminating the terrorist factions.
                We, the people, believe that a clean and balanced environment is crucial to our survival. That means Global Warming does exist, George! Global Warming affects us every day. Remember Al Gore, former Vice


     

We, the people, are sick and tired of being told that we need to “bailout” the wealthy Wall Street bankers, unscrupulous traders and mortgage bankers. It is only fitting we need to be frugal and all of us pitch in to help, but let’s examine why we are in this mess. This week the Republican nominee for President has now decided to place the blame. He said that we were facing a $10 Trillion debt brought on by the Bush administration’s policies. He cited the Iraq War billions spent monthly, the unwise tax cuts and other spending by the Bush administration.       
I wonder about our so called “Republican leaders” elected and appointed in our nation and state. Do our sound thinking Republican Party leaders now have the common sense to defer to real conservative, intelligent and reliable leaders?
Why is it we find it necessary to vote for someone by associating them with a six pack or as a beer drinking buddy? We, the people, want someone like Joe Allen. Joe Allen has good common sense and intelligence.  I have a great respect for Plumbers, but Joe Allen is no “Joe the Plumber”. Joe Allen is the Democratic Candidate for Congress in the 8th Congressional District. He grew up right here in Missouri. And, he actually lives in the 8th District! Wright County was his home and he still works and resides in Missouri. Joe is an Attorney, pro-life and pro-gun from Forsythe, MO. He was raised with good old fashioned ideas. He is about home, family, and people values like, “Do unto others”, we learned in Sunday school.
                I just read an email from a friend in which he said “Ross Perot was right: We are hearing a giant sucking sound from the jobs lost, adding the Emerson’s have been in office”. You can find this huge list of plant closings on my web site www.jerryhoward.com Monday afternoon October 27, 2008.

President?
The world leaders in science and the Nobel Prize Committee saw fit to give Al Gore a peace prize for his work on the environment; specifically on Global Warming.
            We, the People, find the Democratic Senate candidate in the 25th Senatorial District a refreshing change for Southeast Missouri. He’s not a lawyer and he talks straight. Shane Stoelting is from Clarkton, Missouri and a remarkably intelligent young man. Shane is a computer technician and has a good grasp of the issues facing working men and women in our District. He is a conservative Democrat and does
not believe we should be giving our tax dollars away to Private and Charter Schools. He believes we all should have access to affordable health care and finds it without reason that Senator Mayer would help the Republicans take thousands of children off health care.
            We, the people, are for electing intelligent, thoughtful, practical people to office who do have some common sense
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FORMER STATE SENATOR
        JERRY T. HOWARD