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November 19, 2010
Hold our elected officials accountable

"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it..." - The Declaration of Independence

This month, citizens throughout the United States and here in New Hampshire exercised their inalienable right to alter the current form of government.  In a historic election on Nov. 2, citizens altered government by transferring responsibility from one party to another.  Republican candidates, who campaigned successfully on conservative principles, must now be committed to deliver on their promises.  It is the civic duty of the citizens, however, to see that they do so.

The deeply rooted desire for fundamental, conservative reform expressed on Nov. 2 arose because the people have awakened to the reality that we are a state and a nation in crisis.

Nationally, we are in crisis because "we the people" let our guard down and too often sat idly while watching the growth of an ever-encroaching federal government usurp power in areas of domestic and foreign policy well beyond the four corners of the Constitution.  The metastasizing Washington power grab, which occurred under both parties, is precisely what led to unsustainable deficit spending and a crushing national debt against which the people have revolted. 

In New Hampshire, we are in crisis due to years of outrageous spending increases funded by dozens of harmful new taxes and fees on families and entrepreneurs.  Accounting gimmicks, federal "stimulus" money, an LLC tax, one-time or highly speculative funding sources and unconstitutional money grabs like the one on the Joint Underwriting Association cannot mask the severe budget crisis we face in the next biennium.  Whether in Washington or in Concord, it is time for sustained, principled conservative leadership with the backbone to take on these difficult challenges directly.

Fortunately, there is reason for optimism with the clarion call for reform expressed on Nov. 2.  Nationally and in New Hampshire, we have elected new conservative leaders who appear ready to take on this generation's challenges.  It is now incumbent on the people who are the sovereign in our republic to become ever-vigilant citizen activists and hold elected officials accountable to serve faithfully within the guidelines of the Constitution and to represent us as servants, not as rulers.

The price of freedom must be paid by each and every American who, while endowed by his or her Creator with the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, has consented only to be governed within the framework of a constitutional republic.  The people must remain vigilant and demand that elected officials honor their conservative pledges by delivering the structural and policy changes to our state and federal government that we demand.

I intend to do my part to ensure that the pledges taken by conservatives over the past year are honored and that the will of the people is honored.  Tea Party activists, 9-12 organizers and citizens throughout our state need to challenge government officials at every level to assure that the constitutional charters from which they derive their powers limit their reach and preserve our freedoms.

We need to demand an open and fair government - one free of corruption and undue influence from special interests.  We must insist upon transparency and procedural integrity.  No more Cornhusker Kickbacks, no more JUA takings and no more campground or LLC taxes snuck into the budget in the middle of the night without a hearing.  Together, we will insist upon accountability as well as substantive performance.  The hard work begins now to assure there is a reversal of course in America and in New Hampshire now and through the 2012 and 2014 election cycles.

Together, let us take a "Granite Oath" to our friends, neighbors and families to rededicate ourselves to the authentic American and uniquely Granite State "can-do" spirit of rugged individualism, personal liberty and freedom.

Nov. 2 was not the last chapter of the "second American revolution."  If we remain faithful to the underpinnings of the constitutional renaissance and awakening we are experiencing throughout our country, we can be assured that this year's election results are not the end of the story, but just the preamble to a multi-chaptered book whose end should never be written.

Ovide Lamontagne ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate this year.  He is a shareholder and business lawyer with the law firm of Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A,.     





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