When our government was formed in 1776, words had specific meanings. REPRESENTATIVE.
What that word says is that someone first presents an idea or bill, and then a representative re-presents that idea or bill to congress. The original idea or bill is not ideally the representatives to create. It should be created by the constituency. – That’s us!
But what actually happens is that when people get elected to the congress they are immediately greeted with an entrenched system of dollar paybacks from big business for getting the goals of big business done, not the goals of the constituents. And their personal greed sets in usually.
We now see the GOP advancing the idea of repealing the ACA so they can get their kickbacks from the Koch Brothers and their billionaire friends. They have even put tax breaks for billionaires into their health care bill! On the day after the election, Trump was caught in a NYC restaurant on a cell phone video and said to his billionaire friends, “don’t worry, your taxes are coming down.” He did not know he was being taped. He was being honest. And now we see the fruit of that sentiment.
The current GOP bill has an 18% approval rate with all Americans. How on earth can that be representing Americans? It does not! It should be illegal for a representative to support or advocate for a bill that their constituency does not approve. So they are NOT representatives at all, are they? They are just old out individuals trying to fatten their own wallets. And we can see this. That’s why politicians are as a group, so distrusted.
And unfortunately, the current US president is the biggest sold-out businessman of all. This fish rots from the head. He sold his very soul for dollars long ago, in the casino business. And then he sold out his own country by avoiding taxes and working with Russian money-launderers and bankers.
And so, we are basically stuck with 4 more years of nothing meaningful getting done again – as our interests get placed on the back burner. Endless bickering ensues because this is what big business wants anyway.
A divided country allows big business to continue doing its thing, taking from the poor, giving to the rich. So un-Christian. So greedy. Why can’t we see this? Business knows what will happen if we get organized as a people. Incomes will start spreading out more evenly. Good for average people but bad for greedy billionaires. So, they pit us against each other. DEMS vs. GOP. FOX vs. MSNBC , etc. They break up our unions for the same reasons.
This is the real war folks! It’s an internal war. It’s “we the people” versus greedy billionaires and the people we vote into our government who do their bidding.
I personally don’t think we need a wall. I don’t think we need to beef up our military – already the most expensive on the planet. But I am willing to listen and learn from my neighbors. We need a place to have civil discussions on issues, get informed and then decide what we want via a vote on the issues, not on the people to represent us. Because they don’t represent us.
What someone needs to do is create an online political discussion site. Post the ideas that need reforming.
#1 Health Care. #2 Border Security. Tax Reform. #3 Voting Reform. #4 Budget Allocation. #5 Environmental Issues. #6 State vs. National jurisdiction – who has the last say on what? #7 Foreign Policy. #8 Russian Investigation Two more. Ten at a time is plenty.
There, we have blogs for civil discussions. – No profanity! We can have professionals weigh in to educate us. What makes a congressman an expert on healthcare? Nothing does! We need doctors, patients and insurance people to weigh in.
Then, we set a week when we vote on the ideas, not on the people. I guess we vote online. 90% of people can get to a computer. The other 10% will have to try another way. But some ID to make it one vote per person. And you can change your vote up to a date certain. We post the votes as they come in.
Once we have our minds made up on the issues, we instruct the representative, sworn under oath, to do exactly what we have decided is best for us. If they don’t, they are breaking their oath and are immediately fired.
This is the ONLY representative governmental system that will work in these trying times. All else is doomed to fail owing to the essential greed of human nature. Politicians are human beings and politicians must be reined in to curtail their essential greed. It is our fault, not theirs – if we don’t set this up, or some system of accountability in place.
This idea, if implemented decently, cannot fail. And it can’t possibly be worse than what we have now, which is – “say what you need to get elected, then once elected, do what you want for yourself and friends”.
We have the technology to do this right now. What are we waiting for? 2018 is coming soon. Will someone with programming skills please set this up ASAP? It feels like a one day job by one smart guy. This would change everything. MOCKDEMOCRACY.US is available. DemocracyLivesHere.com even better.
And yes, if GOP or DEM representatives won’t vote for our interests: