Here we go again, another election cycle yet its the same ol’ song and dance. Like any typical job applicant the Presidential candidates are telling the American people what they want to hear in order to get elected knowing full well that the promises they are making will never come to fruition. Four years ago the candidates were saying the same things they said eight years ago which are the same things being repeated today and will be stated again four and eight years from now.
One thing we can count on is the choice for President has already been predetermined by those who control the Democratic and Republican parties. They throw in a dash of Bernie and some spice of Trump to deceive the people into believing that anyone can be elected but the fact is the two parties’ leaders decide who gets funding; who gets public exposure; who gets placed on primaries and into the conventions.
Once elected to office the President, like all Senators and Representatives, is beholden to his/her respective party leaders. The party leaders are beholden to special interest groups comprised of a small minority of the people dictating to Congress what legislation will be enacted and what laws will not.
From this point on the left attacks the right and the right attacks the left but its all for show with the result ineffective and harmful policies. Both parties fill the air waves with biased and incomplete information in order to secure public support for their legislative proposals rendering the masses dazed and confused as to what to do or worse, misled into supporting public policy that is harmful to their own interests.
Charley Reese was a nationally respected, syndicated columnist known for his plainspoken manner and conservative views. His last article for the Orlando Sentinel in 2001 was titled: “545 v. 300,000,000 People” or “The 545 PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF AMERICA’S WOES.”
Mr. Reese very amusingly describes the manner in which America’s elected officials have run America into the ground. His solution, “vote them out of office,” is not nearly as insightful as his ability of identifying the problem. What Mr. Reese failed to ascertain is the U.S. system of government coupled with electoral process prevents the people from voting out the ineffective and corrupt alike for in reality the system has only two representatives, that being Ms. Democrat and Mr. Republican.
There are many faces to these two politicians but every two, four and six years that is all the people are provided to select from to represent their interests when neither truly does. Like the strong men in the middle east, if you remove one you get three, four or five more that are worse than the one before.
The current system is structured to prevent citizens from electing fellow citizens who are capable and willing to represent their citizens’ interests. And even if such Representatives were to be elected the system’s hierarchy coerces said Representatives into the party line even if that means going against their own constituents’ interests.
Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution states:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…”
A Republican government is one in which a group of People with shared interests and needs appoint one person from among the group to represent and advocate for all of the others members of the group in the government’s system.
Article I Section 2 of the Constitution states: “Representatives…shall be apportioned among the states…according to their respective numbers….” “The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand.”
Washington vetoed a prior version of the Bill stating that, “there is no one proportion or divisor which, applied to the respective numbers of the States will yield the number and allotment of representatives proposed by the Bill,” and thereby violated the Constitution.
In 1911 Congress enacted Public Law 62-5 that fixed the number of Representatives at 435 effectively eliminating the Representative form of government that was created 120 years earlier contradicting the founding fathers’ Constitutional precept on how and how many Representatives should be elected.
In 1792 there was one Representative for every 33,000 persons.
In 1811 there was one Representative for every 42,613 persons.
In 1911 there was one Representative for every 238,230 persons.
In 2014 there was one Representative for every 733,333 persons.
One Representative cannot possibly serve the widely varied interests of all 733,333 persons.
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports:
1) “Just 26% of voters think their own representative is the best possible person for the job which is the highest finding since March 2011”;
2) “65% of voters think it’s because the election rules are rigged to benefit incumbents.”;
3) “Fifty-nine percent (59%) of all voters think most members of Congress are willing to sell their vote for either cash or a campaign contribution”;
4) (9%) of Likely U.S. Voters think Congress is doing a good or excellent job overall, while 63% rate the current Congress poorly.”
According to Gallup’s Polls:
In 2010 83% of Americans disapproved of the job Congress was doing.
In 2012 86% of Americans disapproved of the job Congress was doing.
In 2015 83% of Americans disapproved of the job Congress was doing.
(Note: yearly highs)
Will electing new candidates to office rectify the inability of Congress to do a good job and improve America in the future?
If not then some other remedy should be implemented in order to effect true representation. Perhaps it’s time to repeal Public Law 62-5 and implement the founding fathers’ Apportionment Act of 1792 increasing the number of Representatives to 1 for every 33,000 persons.
Where is the candidate who wants to increase democracy, representation in government and the Republican form of government instituted in the Constitution? That would be the truest public servant and most legitimate candidate.
“If, then, the control of the people over the organs of their government be the measure of its republicanism, and I confess I know no other measure, it must be agreed that our governments have much less of republicanism than ought to have been expected; in other words, that the people have less regular control over their agents, than their rights and their interests require.” Thomas Jefferson