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Congress Caught Defacing Wikipedia
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Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 08:14

By now, you're all probably aware of the flap surrounding Wikipedia and how bogus information sometimes finds its way into the content.

What you may not be aware of is that your fine representatives in Congress, the people whose salaries are paid by YOUR taxes, YOUR hard work, YOUR sacrifice, are somehow finding the spare time to go surfing on Wikipedia and make changes to entries in order, NOT to correct factual errors, but to HIDE the truth.

As reported by CNET News, the problem got so bad that at one point, IP Addresses known to belong to Congress were blocked.

This is childish behavior from people who should know better.  This is childish behavior from people who are supposed to looking out for YOUR interests.  This is childish behavior from people are supposed to be looking out for the future of our nation.

Far too many people will look at this and say "Well, it wasn't MY representative" or "It wasn't someone from MY party" and conclude that it doesn't matter.  It DOES matter.  It matters in a very fundamental way.  When your elected representatives are liars, cheats, and scoundrels; people who rather lie than tell the truth even when the truth sounds better, then you cannot expect to have a system of government in which the needs of the people are met.

Our form of government is not broken, but our leaders in government are.  It's time to replace them.  When a vote on practically any issue can be counted on to go straight down party lines, you don't have a government 'of the people, by the people, and for the people'.  You have a government that is controlled by a very few, and that has no interest in serving anyone but those in control.

How long are you willing to continue allowing people who have no interest in your life and hardships continue to rule you?  When Strom Thurmund died in 2003 at the age of 100, he was the oldest serving Senator in the history of the U.S.  He had served 47 1/2 years in Congress.

Why?

When our government was established, the guiding principle was that of the 'citizen statesman'.  Those who served and created the laws would then go back home to LIVE under those same laws.  Is that true today?  Do you live next door to your Congressman?  Do you even KNOW your Congressman?  Better yet, do you even know who your Congressman IS?  For our government to work, YOU have to take part.  That means casting an INFORMED vote.  The first question you have to ask yourself about anyone that you are thinking about voting for is "Can I trust this person?"  These days, the answer to that question seems to be "No" if they are a politician.

Why?

Ultimately, the people we choose to lead us say something about the kind of people we are.  I know a lot of good, decent, hard working people, who are just trying to get from one day to the next.  Yet, the people we have elected to lead us suggest that we are lazy, lying, childish ingrates who are only interested in our own gratification.

I think we are better than that.  It's time we proved it.

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