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Some men are born believing that they can make life better for others. To pursue that goal, they become politicians and policy makers who become the caretakers of our affairs in Washington. They then decide what is best for us, and what is best for them. Of course, since they know that they have the capacity to make decision that will affect our lives, and that they must be supported by us, rather than the sweat of their brow, they must do so in a manner that they consider consistent with their abilities.

What they do not seem to understand, though, is that it is the person who works to produce and provide for them and the entire community all of what they need, is far superior to the man who thinks that he knows what is best. He cares about his work; he cares about his family; and, he cares about his community.

Unfortunately, the time that it takes to produce detracts from the producing man's availability to take the time to care for his community. In so doing, he is willing to compensate the man who, by being selected as the caretaker of the community, assumes an aura of false importance, to tend to the matters of the community. He does so with a contract that sets limits upon the authority of the caretaker, assuming that the caretaker's professed integrity is sufficient to assure honest and conscientious performance.

Over time, the caretaker begins to realize that he can manipulate his position in such a way as to provide additional comforts to himself, without the act being detected, if he is slow and cautious in effecting those changes.

In time, the producing man realizes what has come about. He realizes that the caretaker has managed to enact rules to protect himself, and those like him. He finds that he is being burdened not only with providing for the caretaker, but the caretaker's friends, and, eventually, even for other communities.

At this point, the producing-man has to choose between continuing to produce even more to satisfy the demands of the caretaker, or confront the caretaker with a demand to return to the original intent of the contract that provided the caretaker a position and the responsibility to maintain the community.

It is at this moment in time that we find ourselves. Are we to continue to allow the care-taker to pursue his goals that conflict with the original contract, or are we going to demand that the caretaker abide by the contract, undo the damage that he has done, and provide additional assurances that he will in the future abide by that contract?

If we, wisely, choose the latter, and we find that the caretaker is not willing to comply with our demands, we need only to void the contract, based upon breech by the caretaker, and issue the same original contract to a fresh group of caretakers, perhaps with some revisions, to assure that we can go back to our productive lives, assured that we, our children, and their children, can enjoy the fruits of their efforts without having to concern themselves with the mundane duties of caring for the community.

It is for that purpose that the You Have Tread On Me - Petition has been created. It is the demand to be served on the caretakers that they abide by the contract and that they provide assurances that will remove the abuses and safeguard our contract, for many years to come.

After all, isn't our responsibility to let them know that they have gone too far?

Let your voice be heard by signing and delivering the You Have Tread On Me - Petition to your Representative and Senators


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