Frank Bernheisel: The View From Here
Frank Bernheisel
Frank Bernheisel
Posted 01.23.17
Just Outside Washington


What Do We Do, Now?

We, in the United States, have a government "of the People, by the People and for the People," which is aimed at helping the peoples of the nation and the world. We the People have just completed a very long process of choosing new leadership in both the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch of that government.

This past weekend, we installed that leadership in its offices. Come Monday morning and we discover -- similar to the discovery we make after a long weekend drunk -- we have made a horrendous mistake.

"OMG, we the People must pull ourselves together, but we are so sick we can't think straight. OK, OK, we got it. We will look at the Constitution

The Constitution: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government..."

We think: "That's it, a new Government."

But how is that to be done? The next elections are two years away. And those elections only impact a minority of our leadership. And, two years is a long time. What do we do now?

1. Pay attention and pick our issues.
2. Support the groups that support our issues.
3. Make our views known to each other.
4. Contact our elected leaders from town to Washington by phone call, email, tweet, and letter; over and over again, and
5. Do not give up

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

So today, I will contact my Congressmen to get President Trump to release his tax returns. And contact Marcus Simon, my Virginia Delegate about the non-recorded votes in the House on ethical issues. Tomorrow, send money to Planned Parenthood.