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How do we compel our politicians to truly work for us?

We hear that most polls indicate that politicians are not trust worthy. Politicians are described as being in the pocket of a union, a lobby, a special interest. Every day and week and month and year, there is yet another story of HUGE GOVERNMENT waste of our precious resources, usually meaning money and the things that it will buy.

Politicians generally don't go to jail for their misdeeds and their crimes. The public would like them to repay society but we rely upon the "thieves" to patrol themselves. And they don't do it.

Politicians have their main focus as being in office and then from day one in office their focus is reelection. They seem to forget the part for which they were elected.

Surveys show, for a great many years, that most Americans favor term limits. Every year, many politicians promise to institute term limits, BUT IT NEVER COMES TO PASS!!!!!!

We vote out one "crook" and another seems to take his place.

We tell our congressman, senators, mayors and president exactly what we want and they promise to give it to us, and 4 years later, they haven't.

Should we demand a referendum on say, Term Limits, to take place within 3 months time, with the warning to each of our Congressman and Senators that failure on the part of any representative will cause the voters in each state to initiate a recall of that representative.

How do we really get these so called representatives to represent us, directly and honestly?

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    Dec 4 2011: I think it is more than voting people out. You have to pick your issues and organize people who care about these issues to be vocal in there support or condemnation of certain politicians. basically form your own lobby. With the internet it can be done on the cheap, and it can have an effect on the local level. As for the national level that is a bit more difficult.
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      Dec 4 2011: I agree with you wholeheartedly that the internet is a hugely valuable tool in this equation. But I also know it is realistic to KNOW that most politicians don't care what we the people think. Their only concern is staying in office or getting there in the first place. After they've achieved office, their next goal is to stay in office, not serve you and me.

      Politicians including Presidents, Senators, congressman, mayors, etc have little or no regard for what you or I or political groups think unless or until we truly make an impact on their plans on getting to or staying in office. THAT IS IT!!!!

      It is not headline news when politicians don't keep their word. It might be if they kept their word. That's a shame. We vote for our politicians for terms of 2,3, 4, and 6 years generally. If they are not doing what we need them to do NOW, then we need to do more than speak to them as a voting group. We need to hold the THREAT and REALITY of immediate recall over their head, and we must use it quickly where called for.

      If we use RECALL quickly a significant amount, we will have a responsive politician who listens to the group formed by our internet. Otherwise, it will be business as usual.

      He will simply court our organized internet group while seeking election and then after obtaining office, do what he would have done had he not known of our internet group.

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