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    • Kathleen Brotherton

      Columnist/Youth Editor
    • July 3, 2014 in Columnists

    Power to the people!

    When I was the small child of teenage parents, I would run around with my arms in the air fists pounding declaring “Power to the People!” My parents found hilarity in having a 3-year-old be their personal beacon for change in the early post Vietnam Era.

    “Power-to-the-people” — say that in your head. Roll those words around in your mouth like a sip of wine. I challenge each of you today to stop sitting on Facebook bitching about Hobby Lobby, the abortive properties or lack of abortive properties of IUDs. Stop bitching about Obamacare, student loans, or who’s standing in line in front of you at the supermarket pulling a food stamp EBT card from their Michael Kors bag while they chat on an iPhone 5 about their plans to go to the club.

    Don’t like the way things are? I challenge you to get up off your complacent asses and be a beacon for change. (I mean complacent asses in the literal and figurative).

    Are you sick of welfare fraud? REPORT IT! The United Council of Welfare Fraud has a link to connect you with the agency in your state to report individuals violating the system.

    http://www.ucowf.net

    Don’t like the decision the Supreme Court Justice’s made about birth control? Let me make this even EASIER for you.

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/contact/contactus.aspx

    That website is all the contact information that you need for contacting the U.S. Supreme Court justices to voice your displeasure with the decision they recently made in favor of Hobby Lobby.

    Don’t like the job President Obama is doing? Obamacare has your panties twisted in a bunch?

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

    Call the White House, write the White House, contact the White House so much that Homeland Security shows up at your door like the Men In Black and glares at you through their fashionable Ray Bans for being such a pest!

    If you don’t feel like you’re getting satisfaction from written or verbal communication, it just might be time for you to RUN FOR OFFICE!

    The qualifications to run for president of the United States are so simplistic a large percent of Americans qualify to run for office. In fact, a woman with the Michael Kors committing welfare fraud in greatest probability qualifies to run for presidential office!

    Qualifications for the Office of President

    Age and Citizenship requirements – US Constitution, Article II, Section 1

    • No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

    Term limit amendment – US Constitution, Amendment XXII, Section 1 – ratified February 27, 1951

    • No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. (http://www.presidentsusa.net/qualifications.html)

    Not setting your political aspirations that high? How about House of Representatives or the Senate?

    “No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.” — U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 2, clause 2

    Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution sets three qualifications for senators: 1) each senator must be at least 30 years old, 2) must have been a citizen of the United States for at least the past nine years, and 3) must be (at the time of the election) an inhabitant of the state they seek to represent. The age and citizenship qualifications for senators are more stringent than those for representatives.

    So there you have it! Here are the tools to invoke change. Do something! Be a voice! Be the first domino in the reactionary movement of thousands of dominoes tipping over. Whatever it is you choose to do, make sure it’s something, because change does not occur when everyone does NOTHING.

    Power to the People!



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