Dear Editor:

We can beat to death in these pages Pagosa’s many problems. But the real dilemmas facing everyone are the ones coming out of Washington D.C. Maybe a widening discussion about what our recourse is will enlighten.

 Yes, we do have recourse, and the Framers gave this to us. Sometimes I wonder if the majority knows that it exists. Because people are frustrated. But we can aspire to something more than the supposed inevitable destruction of the nation.

 If we could start to discuss these things at town halls, in communities, in churches, synagogues, over the dinner table, and so forth, you never know what will happen. I’m not a Pollyanna. I know this is going to be very, very, hard, because the people who have designed the current governmental system — not the Framers, but the people who are running it right now — are going to dig in, as they have, and they’re going to oppose every single effort.

 The voter could turn this battle into a grassroots, bottom-up battle over state delegates, and state senators, and taking control of state legislatures. The governors aren’t even involved. Over time, the more progress that’s made, the more Washington is at least going to have to consider, if it doesn’t adjust what it’s doing, that it is going to be changed in ways that those who are entrenched don’t like. Even in dark blue states, they don’t necessarily have to be dark blue forever.

 I don’t know how long what the federal government is doing can last. I can’t see how, with the constant monetizing of the debt, the expansion of the debt, we survive this. The government itself is issuing report after report every year telling us this is unsustainable. I believe them. It is unsustainable! Well, what does that mean? It means it’s going to collapse. When? We don’t know. But one day it will, and when it does — and hopefully before it does — the voters will have their plan.

 I can’t predict what’s going to happen, but I do think it’s time for the American people to reacquaint themselves with their own Constitution, the power that’s been handed to them by the Framers of the Constitution. It’s time for the states to again do more than accept their role as the whipping boy of the federal government. Together, they have enormous power.

 Make no mistake, this country’s headed in the wrong direction. There is a force pushing this, with a Republican Party that doesn’t know what to do about it, is incapable of addressing it, and has essentially surrendered to it. We the People have to make a decision about what kind of country we want to live in.

 Bottom line, this is our country, this is our government, this is our Constitution. Even though it may be a long road, we must take the first step in this effort to restore the American Republic. If there’s another way, I’d sure as hell like to hear it, because I can’t think of one.

 Jim Sawicki

This story was posted on October 10, 2013.