Time to run ‘system restore’ on government

David Stuckenberg of Portales offers this view on how the government has been “infected.”

Without updating outmoded hardware, performing software updates, and deleting cookies and remnants of files obsolete programs; your computer will waste your time and money.

Today our Congress and Senate are analogous to such a computer. Lobbyists, special interests, and corruption have begun to crash our critical operating system, rendering it ineffective as clandestine processes operate in the background and siphon off efforts needed for the basics — governing effectively.

The core of our government system is the Constitution. This document is the Bios (fundamental services required for operation) of our operating system, but over time, new programs have begun to attack core processes that sustain a free society.

The Congress just voted down another spending bill, this one with more than 6,000 earmarks and “special” programs tucked within. These have little or nothing to do with our “operating system,” but rather like a virus, they are seeking their own purposes. I need not tell you the outcome if this continues. However, I can tell you of one possible solution. A rule proposed on Capitol Hill mandates that any newly proposed bill or resolution must directly refer to the Constitutional provision that allows it and which it supports. Clause 7 of rule 12 might help us to begin the restoration process that must take place for our government to remain “by the people and for the people.”

It is time to run a system restore on our government. We need a comprehensive look at all government programs, what they support, their funding, and the whether or not they are in keeping with the Constitution. This is a start and if we want to do more than sit and stare at the screen in frustration, we should take action — it’s our government let’s make it work for us not them.