2012 will be a year for the American political machine. 2012 marks another presidential election, which typically means “the fur will fly” during the race to Washington. It is my hope the candidates put before the American people during this election will look seriously at the economy and promote less government intervention in the private lives of our people.
The status of the American economy is not a big secret. Between bailouts for companies and banks deemed too large to fail, large unemployment rates, and the threats of higher taxation for many employers there is little room for the American tax payer to feel comfortable spending their money on goods not considered necessities.
Congressman Ron Paul has a plan to cut the budget and at least an idea of the entity which got the American people into this economic mess. Having served in congress in the 1970’s and 1980’s as a representative for the state of Texas, Congressman Paul has served on the House Banking Committee and is currently serving on the Committee for Finance and the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Congressman Paul is also an advocate for a limited government as stated in the U.S. Constitution. For those who are not well versed the U.S Constitution provides a Federal government which serves to protect the citizens and keep diplomatic relationships with other countries. State governments are to determine laws in keeping with the will of the people.
For instance, California has legalized the use of medical marijuana. Due to the way the law was written in 1996, the will of the people has been largely ignored and the people who would benefit from marijuana use (critically ill chemotherapy patients) are subject to confiscation of their medicine and possible arrest even with a prescription. Recently, the DEA has been involved in killing several marijuana farms that were raising crops for medical distribution, thus overruling the will of the people in California.
Other incidents of government intervention against the will of the people consist of government agencies removing children from their homes because parents refuse to medicate them. These medications are not antibiotics which would keep the child from dying or becoming gravely ill. The medications officials are trying to force parents to give their children are behavior altering or have adverse effects which concern many parents. Maryann Godboldo of Detroit is one of these mothers.
2012 will be a year to remember in politics. Many look forward to watching the elections this year and hope for a candidate who will put the will of the people before their personal goals.