Published March 2017 – updated December 2017
If you watch a town hall meeting you can literally see and hear that many of our representatives have no problem lying to our faces. For example, there are countless instances of representatives telling constituents ” yes, i agree with you – we should not repeal before we replace”, etc. But then, when you follow their vote, you find they actually voted for repeal. Knowingly saying one thing and doing another is a textbook definition for lying.
Lying to the press or to constituents does not violate any law. But maybe it should be illegal. These people do swear oaths. But today, these oaths apparently mean nothing. Let’s face it. Our government was formed in the 1700’s. Words had meanings that were more sacrosanct back then. So let’s get basic.
REPRESENTATIVE. Why did the founders use that word and not a word like Duke?
An elected “representative” RE-PRESENTS an idea or bill. That means the original idea or bill is not necessarily theirs to create. That task could rightly belong to the constituency – which is all of us – which is what a real democracy should be like. But to do that, we need to be engaged, not so much in government, but in the actual issues!
And what actually happens after a person gets elected to office and goes to Washington? They all quickly discover there is a pre-existing and entrenched system where big business is paying big dollars to sitting representatives for getting the goals of big their businesses done, not the goals of the constituents.
Hence, we now see the GOP advancing the idea of repealing healthcare, or fixing taxes to be less on the businesses – so they can get their kickbacks. There are DEMS that probably have their kickback issues too, I am sure.
The biggest issue facing the USA today is the ability of elected representatives to get kickbacks through lobbying and hide them in undisclosed foreign bank accounts. Without these kickbacks or graft, as it’s called sometimes, a president like Trump could never have happened.
And unfortunately, the current US president is not only sold out to big business, but also to Russia. A fish rots from the head. Selling out is rampant and its not just the president! It’s our senators, representatives and all those that work with or for them. And so, the real goals of the US citizens get totally overlooked. We couldn’t get gun laws changed after Sandy Hook. What does that say about the people in charge? Senseless bickering continues because this is what big business wants. And that’s where we are today – and have been here since the 1970’s. Our president embodies the swamp creature that selling out is. But at least, we can at least see the monster clearly now. It’s on TV every day.
A divided country allows big business to continue doing its thing, taking from the poor, giving to the rich. Big business wants profit only. They don’t want the common man to get ahead or even to get an education. Stupid consumers are good for big business. So un-christian. So greedy. And yet, there they sit in Washington, doing their own business, not the people’s business.
This cannot continue. It has to end and end soon. On this, even the Tea Party and I are in lockstep. Business knows what will happen if consumers get organized. Incomes will get spread around more evenly, and people will be empowered financially and spiritually to strive for more. That’s not the ideal of Wall Street or K-street, so they pit us against each other. FOX vs. MSNBC , etc. Make America Great Again” will happen when we share more – not less. That’s the biggest lie Trump is perpetuating – that by handing funds to the greedy we will all be better off. What a crock. Who believes that anyway?
So is the real war folks! It’s an internal war. It’s “we the people” vs. “our sold-out representatives” in national government. So many have to go and 2018 is the next big step. And yes, they are not all sold out. We can tell by the way they vote.
So these are the two easy fixes that can save the US democracy. First, we need place to find our common ground. I personally think we don’t 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 to the opinions of others. But where can we have this discussion? Twitter? Facebook? Not the way they are today. We need a real place to have civil discussions and then decide what the majority wants via mock voting on the issues, not on the representatives. The reps should be bots for the majority.
#1 A Perpetual Town Hall. An online site where the issues that need attention are posted. There are expert opinions, stats, chat rooms and mock voting on the first Tuesday of every month. This can easily be done by the folks at Google or Facebook. (link to my letter to Google and please check it out after you finish this) But they will need to create new sites reserved just for civil political discussions and voting.
Once we have our minds made up on the issues, we tell the representative, sworn under oath, to do exactly what we ask them to. If they don’t do what we have chosen, they are breaking their oath and can be fired. This is not hard to do. Right now the tax scam/bill has about a 25% approval rating. It should be illegal to vote this is in. But they are doing it.
#2 We have to end the ability of an elected national representative to have undeclared foreign bank accounts! This is how so many, Trump, Maniford, Wilbur Ross – et. al. find a way to hide their illegal payoffs. How dumb is it that we allow this? Very stupid folks. It allows criminals and even spies to get inside our government. It has to end!
This is the only kind of representative governmental system that will actually 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 reigned in to curtail their essential greed.
It will be our fault, not the politician’s fault – if we don’t fix this flaw in the machine we call the US government.
These two simple ideas, once implemented, cannot fail . And it can’t possibly make things worse than what we have now, which is – “say what you need to get elected, then do what you want for yourself and friends once elected”.
What are we waiting for? 2018 is coming soon. We have the technology to do this right now. 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. TownHall247.com is fine too.
This is a link to a newer blog on this perpetual town hall idea. If you know someone up the chain at Facebook or Google, please pass the link on.
firstname.lastname@example.org Get me here. I’ll support this idea with dollars too.
P.S. There is a political faction called The Pirate Party, that advocates for something like this. Good idea. Bad name.