Obama has so depreciated the word “change” that we need to start by defining: What is “real change”? There’s a two-part answer to the question: Real change is change…

            (1) In the way we do things; and change…

            (2) That is people-based; that is, change that grows out of the concerns, ideas and energies of the great American majority.

In light of a new book by Ian Mitroff, Obama’s election as President was a solution to the “wrong problem.” A majority of Americans had been led to believe that a change in President is all that is needed to set the country on the right path. Wrong. The President is head of only one branch of government, the Executive branch. It is not his job to represent “We the People.” That job falls to the Congress, especially the House of Representatives. Yet, the people do not feel well-represented. No surprise here. Congress has been corrupted by big money and media. “Power to the People”? -- What’s that? -- when money talks louder than people’s voices and the overwhelming majority of people have little or nothing to contribute to political campaigns -- hardly more than snippets of time!

Thus, the key to real change is changing the way Congress does the people’s business and transforming the House into a People’s House. This election year is historic because it provides an opportunity to pursue such an agenda -- a chance we have not seen in decades and which we may never see again if we drop the ball this time. Why? Because a significant cross section of the great American majority has finally reawakened from decades of political slumber, like a sleeping giant, saying “We need to take back our government.” More specifically: “Congress is broke, and only “We the People” can fix it“

The danger, however, is that the majority will again be fooled into “solving the wrong problem” -- into believing that the “problem” is that “the wrong party is in control.” Wrong. The real problem is that both major parties keep nominating the wrong cast of characters -- candidates who are go-along/get-along [GA/GA] types who are either wealthy or good at“dialing for dollars” and who refuse to fight the growing, now dominant influence of big money in politics and government. In ’06 and ’08, for example, NH Republicans put up the same-old/same-old [SO/SO] GA/GA candidates. They lost. Voters in NH CD 1 thought they were electing an activist, but the so-called activist hasn’t been seen since the day after her election. She (Rep. Carol Shea-Porter) proceeded to play the SO/SO, GA/GA game, voting 95-99% with her party and party leader.

Ironically, the good people of the 1st District really do need an activist to represent them -- someone who is definitely not SO/SO, GA/GA; rather, a candidate who is a change-agent willing to raise some hell in the Congress and work with others both in and out of Congress to: [1] Push for changes in the way the House does “We the People”s business, and [2] Fight to reform so-called campaign finance “reform” (which has failed) so as to really UP people and DOWN big money.

Any candidate that does not offer both a strategy and a program to accomplish these goals is not worthy of voters’ support. For the ills of Congress, if unaddressed, will drag down our Republic into oligarchy and our country into bankruptcy. Institutionally, Congress is now like a dinosaur; but we can’t let it become extinct, for our precious democratic Republic will follow. The last time a people-based politics, called “populism” was powerful, it was taken over by the so-called “Progressives,” elitists who feared “We the People.” Glenn Beck is right. The Progressive Era was largely regressive and the Obama-ites are their descendents. Now that the American public is really coming into its own, Congressional District voters need to look for real populists, not pretend prophets or Republican-conservative retreads. That is why candidate Peter Bearse’s book is entitled WE the PEOPLE: A Conservative Populism.    


            PETER BEARSE, Ph.D., International Consulting Economist and Independent-Conservative Reagan Republican Candidate for Congress to represent NH CD 1.