ELECT THE PEOPLE'S LAWYER: David Van Os, Democrat for Texas Attorney General

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Government Belongs to the People

I don't know about you but I'm sick and tired of corporate government. The Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution (Art. 1, Sec. 26) proclaims that monopolies 'are contrary to the genius of free government and shall never be allowed.' When it's in the Constitution that means it's a permanent guarantee to the people. Don't you think it's high time somebody looked the Big Oil and Big Insurance monopolies straight in the eyes and told 'em NO MORE and meant it? Don't you think it's way past time somebody stood up and said NO MORE to all the sleazy combinations of political power and corporate money power that have been ripping off our democracy for way too long? Wouldn't you for once like to see the people instead of the corporate lobbyists running the government?

If you're a Texan like me, who loves this State and its proud history, I'm sure you feel partial to our Constitution, and that you don't feel kindly toward power elites who think they're too high and mighty to follow it. Our Constitution says, 'all political power is inherent in the people' (Art. 1, Sec. 2); it does NOT say that powerful soulless corporations who the people don't get to vote for get to dictate public policy. As one of our greatest public servants, James Stephen Hogg, declared long ago, in words that are just as true today as they were when he was whipping the railroad barons into line, 'Texas belongs to the people, not to the corporations!'

Texans have always believed that government belongs to the people. They've lived for that belief and they've died for it. At this very moment, all over this state people from all walks of life are fed up with the ripoff of their democracy and they want it back. The Texas Constitution (Art. 4, Sec. 22) directs the Attorney General of our state to protect democracy from corporate special-interest government and gives him the tools of office to do it. I'm nobody special, just a lifelong Texan and 29-year lawyer who was lucky enough to get a legal education from one of Texas' great public universities; and I've vowed to honor the education and training Texas gave me by answering the moral imperative of our time. Those coming before us who founded self-governing Constitutional democracy intended that it last forever. For my part, I will not let it go down, and my part is clear to me. This state belongs to all the people, and they are entitled to a people's lawyer who will fight to restore it to their ownership. The fight is on and there is no option but victory.

posted by snarko! at 4:29 PM


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