Thomas Jefferson penned these eloquent words in the Declaration of Independence 240 years ago:
That to secure these rights, governments are instituted…, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it…
Many Americans agree that our governments have become “destructive of these ends”, for which they were instituted. Special interests, the power of money in politics, and the two-party political system have combined to make a mockery of our democratic ideals. The U.S. Congress is an example of how “politics as usual” has corrupted an honorable institution. The political duopoly of the Republican and Democratic parties has created a two-headed monster that engenders gridlock and partisanship, instead of reasonable solutions and cooperation. Our problems will only get worse until we the people retake control of the political process, ending the entrenched two-party system, and electing independent thinkers to important offices. Congress is now an embarrassment to the American people, with approval ratings in the low to mid-teens.
Paul Harrington believes that it does not have to be that way—he’s convinced of it—that’s why he’s trying to change it! Why bother? Because he believes that governments do derive their powers from the consent of the governed. Because he believes that we have the right to alter or abolish bad government. And because he truly believes that the future of our country and the well-being of our children and grandchildren hang in the balance. If elected to Congress, Paul will be a true independent, not beholden to any special interests and not controlled by Party bosses. He will not caucus with either Party, but will work independently and tirelessly to change the culture of Congress and enact nonpartisan, sensible reforms and solutions.
Currently every one of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives is a Democrat or Republican. It’s no wonder they spend their time supporting their political parties instead of the people who elected them. They seem more concerned with making the other side look bad than actually accomplishing anything worthwhile. Many of them spend more time making fundraising calls* than working on behalf of the Americans who elected them. We need to end this politics-as-usual. We need some independents in Congress who will be willing to stand up for the interests of the people instead of the interests of their Party. Paul will go to Washington and do just that, even if, for now, he stands alone—until more can join him. But we have to start somewhere.
Send a message to Washington: we won’t take it anymore! Send an Independent to fight for your interests in Congress! Send Paul Harrington!
*To read a transcript of the 60 Minutes expose on Congressional Party fundraising, click on the highlighted “making fundraising calls” above (or to watch the video with a 60 minutes subscription).