There has been a lot of power
demonstrated in this country in the last six or eight years. We have seen
the power of control the government has taken on itself. It would seem
that our elected officials now believe that the simple act of getting
elected gives them unlimited power to do what they wish with the treasury
of our country. Those who have had the ability to get re-elected seem to
feel even more power has been given them and they have now reached the
position where they can do what ever they wish without regard to those who
sent them to Washington.
Many CEOs have taken their power base to bigger heights and have drained
the treasury of their companies while at the same time bankrupting the
very institutions that made them who they are.
There is an old, old adage that says, power corrupts, and absolute power
corrupts absolute." The power was given to all the above people, not
because they were expected to use or abuse the power given them, but
because the people who put them in the positions they hold, put their
trust in those people to do what was expected in order to run their
companies and this country in a way as to pass on to our children and
grandchildren a better life and a better place to live than what we now
have. To expect anything less would not only be a mistake on their part,
but also place distrust between those who hold office and those who have
put them in office.
We are now faced with the biggest rift between government and itís
citizens and business and its customers in the history of the world. We
have reached the apex of distrust that goes from Wall Street to
Washington. We have no one that we can turn to and say, "we have a problem
and we need you to fix it." There is no one who we can turn to and say,
"we have been wronged and we need you to right it for us."
We are alone. If we reach out to business they will tell us just spend
more money and they will right the ship. If we reach out to government,
they will tell us, they have it all under control, just let them spend
another two or three trillion dollars. We speak, but they do not hear. We
cry and they laugh us to scorn. What are we to do and where are we to
turn? If we protest we are nuts and idiots. If we if we speak out we are
drowned out by the bully machines who run interference for those who are
supposed to look out for us in the first place.
I guess its time for us who feel this and know something must be done to
look to our own power. You remember that power donít you? It has laid
dormant for years. You set it aside because life was treating you so well
that you felt no need to try to push your personal power upon anyone else.
That power that was once kindled in you and you used it for your purposes
to get that job you wanted or to get that deal done that would make you
financially strong. That power you used to get people to do as you wished
and to get the results that you wanted. Its there. Oh, they will try to
tell you that you no longer possess it or you gave it away when you
elected so and so to office or you transferred your proxy to the chairman
of the board when you put him in office. They tell you these things so you
will leave your power laying dormant. They will try to persuade you that
you will be shamed or you will be scoffed at if you try to resurrect it
now. Please donít believe that. Get it out of the mothballs and dust it
off. Try it out on a neighbor or a friend. There are those who say that
there are no limits to those who use their power in the right way.
Your power is there and you can pick it up and use it. You can join your
friends and your neighbors to consolidate your power into a power block
and then you can join others who will help make a power grid and the first
thing you know what you say will mean something. What you do will get a
reaction and the first thing you know changes will start happening.
Those people you elected and then forgot about you will be at home looking
in the want ads for a job and the people who you replaced them with will
be doing a job for you, because they know you are watching and listening
and if they donít do as you wish they too will be back home looking at the
want ads for employment. Those CEOs who are taking the business world to
ruin will be back trying to sell vacuum cleaners door to door.
You have the power to change government, you have the power to change Wall
Street, You have the power to make this country the country everyone
believes in their heart that it should be. Power is used by people who get
no resistance from those who gave it to them. Why not use it for your
purposes. It is said that only ten percent of the people really get
involved in the power process. What if the other ninety percent decided to
get in the game?