Celebrate January 8, 1835 as much as July 4, 1776.
To win our independence from King George and the British Empire, our budding nation required money. Funds to support our separation, cash for weapons to be used to gain our freedom, and the continental congress added debt for foreign troops to assist us. Borrowing monies from France and Spain we became a nation, a free nation, with debt.
The War of 1812 against the British to win the Northern Territories added to our national debt. We as a new nation borrowed money to provide for our future.
In congress at this time (1830's) we had several political parties. The Jacksonian's, Anti-Jacksonian's, Nulifiers, Anti-Masonic, Whigs, Democrat-Republicans. It was through these parties that our debt was re-paid to a $0 balance on January 8, 1835, the day of financial freedom. Through a thoughtful and fiscally responsible multiparty congress, our debt was paid in full, for 1 day, January 8, 1835.
From that day forward, we as a nation have acquired debt, and a 2 party political system. Our debt has arisen from wars, depressions, entitlements, and (sic) "too big to fail". The 2 party systems gave us an issue far worse than our national debt. It has given us political party power. Whichever party (R) or (D) is the flavor of the month, the power resides in the party, not the people. Each election cycle we see the seats in congress turn blue or red and the favored party takes control.
The founding fathers of our great nation set up a governmental system of checks and balances. The 3 branches of government was established so that no one branch can over take the power of another branch.
Somewhere is our history we have forgotten the meaning of "checks and balances", in congress and the senate. As a party retains control of the house, they have no reason to consider the oppositions view points on any issue. With the majority party's votes alone, any bill can be passed. Had our continental congress been a 2 party system, our debt would never had been paid.
It is time for America to remember our history and the great feats our early government obtained and learn the lessons they gave us. Balancing of power within our legislature can result in another January 8th celebration. Working not as RED or BLUE, but working toward a goal as a team, coloring our legislative seats as....PURPLE? Common ground.
For us as a nation to continue down a path of partisanship, leads only to additional deficit's, debt and disillusionment. The time has come for us, the Citizens, to stand and have our voices heard about what is important to our national future. If we neglect finding common ground and working hand in hand towards a COMMON goal, we will stagnate our future and our children's future.
In 1960, President Kennedy stated, "ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY". With this in mind, I am DOING for my country. I am standing tall as a Citizen and working toward a common AMERICAN goal.
As I work towards the 113th Congress, Colorado, District 5, I will share with you my opinions and ask you to share with me. We as a team, with a common goal can and will achieve success.
Have a Happy 4th.
Remember those that gave their lives for you, so you can assemble on such a holiday.
Always look FORWARD.
Pirtle for US Congress
Gold Star Dad