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Mrs. Pelosi has mistaken "We the People" for "I the Speaker." Instead of listening to the people and allowing drilling, Mrs. Pelosi is out hawking her book and issuing dictates.

The Speaker has a constitutional responsibility to maintain the Republic; however she is going out of her way to destroy it. There are things she can do constitutionally and things she cannot. All the items listed in this interview do not fall within the constitutional powers of the Speaker or even the government.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is saying, "I'm trying to save the planet; I'm trying to save the planet." She was responding, of course, to pressure that she and her fellow Democrats are experiencing to suspend a Congressional ban on offshore oil drilling in the face of skyrocketing energy prices. It would be really wonderful, however, if the liberal Congresswoman could get as energized about saving our once great republic.

Someone needs to remind Representative Pelosi that it is not her duty (nor does she have the power) to "save the planet." Nancy Pelosi can talk about saving the planet all she wants to: her duty, however, is to preserve, protect and defend the US Constitution.

Our public servants are not charged with saving the snail darter or other so called endangered species, saving the profits of the international bankers or Wall Street in general, saving Freddie and Fannie or saving the peoples of the world from all the bogeymen, or even saving humankind or the planet itself.

What our public servants are charged with, however, is preserving (saving) our constitutional republic.

We are not the slaves of any king or despot. Our elected leaders are public servants, not private masters. In a nutshell, they work for us. They are contracted to preserve our liberties and our way of life. When they fail, they must answer to us.

Mrs. Pelosi has been corrupted by power; as Baron Acton said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." She has taken a two-year temp job and turned into a lifetime appointment. She is an elitist that only represents powerful factions, and could care less about the average citizen or "little guy."

After being in Congress for almost a quarter of a century, she has no idea what it is like to be a citizen of San Francisco or America. She has never had to undergo humiliation at the airports, because she has a government-paid for private jet; she has no idea what it is like to try to buy something from a person that does not understand English, because her staff does that for her; she does not get stuck in rush hour traffic or have any interactions with common folk. In fact she has not even debated an opponent in over twenty years. Most election she spends time going to the opera instead of the town hall meetings used to decide representatives.

Our Founding Fathers wanted constant change; that is why the President's term is four years, a Senator's is six and a Representative's is two. However, our system has been so corrupted and biased in favor of incumbents that 90 percent of the time, the only way they are removed from office is when they succumb to an illness and die.

Representatives like Pelosi have lost touch of what it's like to live in America, and need to be voted out. As Robin Williams says, Politicians should be changed as frequently as diapers, and for the same reason.