How did we get here? Our Founders, after pledging their lives, fortunes and sacred honors to each other in the Declaration of Independence, set about the business of gaining their independence from the most powerful and oppressive force the world had ever known: England and its King.
Against all odds and with an incalculable loss of blood and treasure, they secured their freedom with an unwavering commitment to one overriding principle: that life, liberty, and the pursuit of property were unalienable rights granted by their Creator to all men, and living under a tyrannical King, who sought to constantly suppress and limit these rights, was no life at all. Through this sacred commitment Freedom was won, and The United STATES of America was born.
Our Founders then sought to institute a NEW and UNIQUE form of Republican government that would keep history from repeating itself, a form that would insure our unalienable rights were protected for all time. They did NOT form a Democracy because all democracies in the pasthad had short lives and violent deaths! A democracy is where everybody votes and the majority rules.
In a democracy, where there are three wolves and two sheep; When they vote on "What's for dinner?" The majority decides it will be LAMB CHOPS!
There is NO PROTECTION for the minorities in a democracy - - the majority will ALWAYS take from the MINORITY.
They formed a Republic A Republic elects REPRESENTATIVES - that are charged with protecting the RIGHTS of ALL the citizens - not just the Majority.
In forming a more perfect union, Our Founders designed our Constitution, the Supreme Law of our Land, around a model of Federalism that explicitly defined and limited the Federal government through specific enumerated powers. Thus, they insured the greater governance within the United States of America remained as close to the people as possible: the States through consent of the governed, “We The People”.
We know this as the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
In order for this greatest experiment in long term freedom to endure, our Founders asked just one thing of us. It was nothing compared to the significance of their collective sacrifice or the measure of their pledge. No, the single responsibility they asked of us is much simpler and considerably easier than their struggle.
They asked us to PARTICIPATE. They asked that, with the Constitution as the Supreme Law of our Land, we participate in the process periodically by giving our consent to be governed. They asked that we VOTE!
Why are we here? Yet, WE The PEOPLE have abdicated this singular responsibility and allowed the National “mechanism” to operate virtually unchecked.
In the last 40 years, covering ten complete Presidential election cycles, only 1 in 2 US Citizens (only 53%) has felt a responsibility to VOTE!
Even worse, in the last four Presidential cycle primaries, where change can be most affected, Georgia has averaged less than 20% Participation of its voting age population. In the elections that really support our Federalism model of checks & balances to Federal authority, where people can truly impact their State and Local entities without the burden of a national ballot-the “non-Presidential” cycle -only 1 in 3 Citizens (37%) has felt the responsibility to PARTICIPATE. Many theories exist as to this lack of participation amongst the Citizenry. Some believe it is complacency or contentedness. Some attribute it to a lack of connection with elected officials, or a general malaise about the impact of their individual vote. There are many more. However, Wake Up Georgia feel(s) it is largely due to a lack of easily understood, direct, objective information available to the individuals and families who WOULD vote.
Whatever the reason, this lack of participation in honoring our singular responsibility is what has allowed the balance of power to shift so dramatically. The politicians discovered that we weren’t paying attention! And, that they can do whatever they wanted. And that, IN FACT, they are NOT responsible to us - So, they passed law after law that was GOOD for THEM! WE allowed our bloated, irresponsible, and largely UN-CONSTITUTIONAL Federal government to happen. WE allowed our States to become secondary entities and largely inept.
Therefore: If we are to save this greatest of self governance experiments, If we are to return to the more perfect union our Founders sacrificed everything to establish, If we hope to pass on to future generations these unalienable rights as endowed by Our Creator, One thing is absolutely certain:
Our government will only respect The People when we consistently and Constitutionally vote in large numbers. When the government fears the People, there is LIBERTY.
With a firm commitment to the Sovereignty of the State of Georgia, WE BEGIN.