To the editor:
The fourth branch of our government, the electorate, lacks power to limit our executive, legislative and judicial branches of governments except through 2 or 4 or 6-year general elections. Our public officials are not accountable for extravagant spending and increase in $18 trillion our debt ceiling climbing except when they run for re-election.
We, the electorate, consent to being governed and are powerless to control our governments. Our government was designed to have a checks and balance system to ensure a limited government. However, most of us within the electorate branch recognize the powerlessness of our vote, voice and control over any local, county, state or federal government. Thus, low voter turnout, low public input at meetings, and feelings that our vote means nothing.
There is a fear in the electorate. Fear of criticizing the government, or communicating over the telephone or internet. Fear of arrest for speaking out in protest. How did we get here, powerless and fearful?
It is my opinion; it is a time to develop citizen generated legislation to take back the power given to our governments. It is time to change city and county charters using the citizen petition process and introduce Florida constitutional amendments to protect our 2nd Amendment rights to carry arms and term limits. It is time to fund our police, fire and military before we fund shrimp on treadmills, golf courses and costly hugs from our mayor for a disgraceful president.
It is time for ballot decisions on limiting taxation, spending, balanced budgets, recall for all elected public servants and sobriety in government. It starts with local government because we have lost the power to recall at the county and state levels unless these governments are charter governments and we do not have the power to recall any federal public servants.
So, ask yourself, do you want power in your vote? Do you want your country back? Do you want freedom? If your answer is yes, there is a Cape Coral city charter amendment being developed by citizens while you read this letter and will be circulated for signatures.
Jack Mattachione, MRC