Letter: Hold those elected accountable

From: Steve Daley


I’m frequently reminded to think back to the winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge and of the members of the newly formed Continental Army, who faced the likelihood of either dying of starvation, freezing to death or being killed by the most powerful military in the history of the world. And for what?

For an idea. The idea to be self-governed.

They could have easily abandoned their seemingly hopeless cause for the warmth of their homes, but they stayed. They stayed for me. They stayed because this revolutionary idea of self-governance is the foundation on which our country would develop into what we should be today. But we’ve let them down.

We have allowed a small group of people to dictate to us how nearly every aspect of our lives should be lived. I’m talking about the representatives who have been elected and re-elected and have not put the interests of the people above their own political ambitions.

This Election Day I’m asking for you to honor those who faced almost certain death that winter, as well as all of the brave men and women who protect the freedoms that were secured for us, by holding those who were elected to serve you accountable with your vote. It will certainly remind them that they are not in charge. We are.

If you’ve never read the Constitution of the United States before, you should. You’ll notice right away that it begins with the words: “We, the People.”