I was intrigued to find the back of my Crunchy Granola Raisin Bran box delving into the foundation of the US government. You’d think this sort of thing would come out around July. But then I realized this box of cereal might just be that old. Well, it tasted good to me.

What caught my eye was this one line:

“This is called a system of checks and balances and it guarantees that our government always represents the people and never the government itself.”

As a Conservative, I really had to stop and ask myself, is this really true of our current administration, and of those over the last two decades? Are they truly representing the people, or are they representing the special interest groups and lobbyists that, in affect, feed their own hunger for power? I’ll let you comment on that can of worms at your leisure.

But on a deeper note, is this concept true of my life? And of yours? Are your representing yourself for your own self’s sake? Or are you representing those you are called to serve? As a spouse and a parent, are you selflessly promoting, covering, shaping, and laying down your own life for that of your spouse and your children? As an employee, are you out for your own well being, or do you actually have the company’s best interests in mind as a representative of them? As a church leader, are you really dedicated to advancing the Kingdom, even if your church name–or your personal name–isn’t ever remembered?

It strikes me that the very issue our founding fathers sought to protect the people from is the very same issue that tempts the core of every individual. Are your representing those you are responsible to? Or are your own interests what everyone else sees?

Heavy questions for a Monday. I know. But a good “check” to see if you’re “balanced” at the top of your work week. ch:



Seth · 14 Dec ’09 at 12:54 pm

Hmmm, “RE” “TU” Interesting, could this be what we’ve been looking for?

On another note: I agree, I am very conservative and I’m actually going to YIG(Youth in Government) tonight. It is very sad what’s going on. I do not support Obama by any means with what he’s doing, but even Bush and the other last few presidents weren’t really doing all that much good for the people. I’m not saying I don’t respect what Bush did, but I’m just saying I feel like we’re slowly drifting away from what the Founding Fathers intended for us to be doing. We need another George Washington to step up to the plate.

Sam · 14 Dec ’09 at 1:10 pm


Twould seem I missed something is Seth and ST are correct. πŸ™ Back to the grindstone πŸ˜‰

Good post
Steadfast: I agree that a “George Washington” stepping up to the plate would be great. Only, *hehe* I doubt people would elect him, as the president is simply the heartbeat of the nation. And bush was the heartbeat for awhile now tis Obama.


Christopher Hopper · 14 Dec ’09 at 1:19 pm

Seth & Sam: thanks for the comments. You’re getting closer. And as for George Washington, I think I could at least be his hair double; just need a wig on the sides.

Sam · 14 Dec ’09 at 1:35 pm

You go Hopper :P,

Now who is getting closer….Twould seem that the “You’re getting closer” was of sorts πŸ˜‰ an ambidextrous comment, now I must ponder what it means, for… I dinnae think I twas close to anything.


Sam · 14 Dec ’09 at 1:37 pm


I can think of a word that may come out of the next post. But nothing asides.

Storyteller · 14 Dec ’09 at 2:09 pm

What people? I do not see any people! At least, that is how it feels sometimes. I fear our government is indeed fighting to preserve itself, not necessarily us.

Good thought, Sir Hopper… even on a Monday morning. *laughs*

Seth · 14 Dec ’09 at 3:11 pm

Mr Hopper,

Is the next clue ready to be solved yet? Or are we right now just collecting notes that will help us in the quest to come?

Sam · 14 Dec ’09 at 3:36 pm

Tis a Good question Steadfast,

I just hope that this slick guy gives us an answer. Beware the Spray oil (OO)

Nathan Petrie · 14 Dec ’09 at 3:38 pm

Once again deep thoughts from Mr. Hopster ::laughs:: We’ve been discussing this very idea in Social Studies. I’m actually writing a paper on whether or not the US deserves the title of a democracy. it’s been fun to write πŸ™‚

And now I don’t feel quite as smart ARG wise πŸ˜› Since Everyone just posted the answers lol. I so had that part πŸ˜› lol

Billy.J · 14 Dec ’09 at 4:23 pm

You’re right, our government really does seem to be consumed with promoting their own image and power, while things are being added to our laws just to distract people from their rulers laziness. Obama is a perfect example of this. Spending more than any other president, showing off his new health-bill which will just hurt us more than help us. Defiantly a lot to think about on a Monday πŸ™‚

Sam · 14 Dec ’09 at 4:28 pm


The US is not a democracy……dis true man. Check this link out,

Seth · 14 Dec ’09 at 11:26 pm

Yeah, we’re actually very unique, a combination of several ideas.

Sam · 15 Dec ’09 at 12:58 am

This is true Seth:),

I shall await the post morrow!

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