A revolutionary change is needed to fix our broken democracy. But don’t expect either of the two major political parties to provide that change. The Republicans really protect the rich and powerful’s freedom to dominate everyone else. (They are probably fans of the Marquis de Sade). Their record while they had control of our government here in the United States has demonstrated that. Yet the Democrats seem to have forgotten what inspired that so called Republican Revolution.
Can you remember why Newt Gingrich was able to rally the nation behind the Republican Party? The answer is that people were tired of the secret deal making and favortism of the Democratic Party’s ‘good-ol-boy’ network. Their way of spending federal money has been based on a racket administered by senior lawmakers. Democrats have rewarded junior lawmakers for passing special interest legislation that benefits senior lawmaker’s campaign contributors. In return for their cooperation, junior lawmakers would be given ‘pork’. That ‘pork’ is essentially a bribe disguised as funding for local projects and public services. The Republican Revolution’s ‘Contract With America’ has promised to stop that kind of corruption.
Unfortunately the Republicans are at least as intoxicated by power as the Democrats. During the time they controlled our government, they have created a ‘Pay to Play’ system for lobbyists. That system allowed powerful special interests a way to bypass the formal leadership structure of Congress and go directly to the Republican’s rank and file members of Congress. (This system became known in the media as ‘K-Street’, for the name of the street where the most influential lobbyists kept their offices.) Rather than reducing corrupting influences over Congress, the Republican Pary hid under the bedsheets with them.
Now, instead of a revolution, the wheel of progress has rolled backwards. This is not referring to the election of Barack Obama. This is about Congress. The Democrats have taken back their control. And they are on a mission to save America’s economy. But like the Republican Party’s use of the ‘War On Terror’ as an excuse to help the clients of influencial lobbyists hoard wealth, the Democrats are using the resulting financial crisis as an excuse to create a pork barrel bonanza.
The very smug faces on leading Senate Democrats during passage of the most recent bailout package are suspicious. Those are the looks of people enjoying a feast; they are not sacrificing. And they know that despite America’s overwhelming disgust with Congress, voters usually support their local representatives. So, they will probably not be held accountable for their contribution to this financial fiasco. President Barack Obama will probably take the blame for Congressional dysfunction. And then Congress is going to welcome back a member of their inner circle.
If history is an indicator of what the future will bring, then we cannot depend on either of the two dominant political parties to correct the way our nation’s government is changing. The Great Depression and more recent economic downturns demonstrat that both Democrats and Republicans allow greedy market manipulators to undermine our economy. And we know that both Republicans and Democrats eagerly use government to create for themselves influence pedeling rackets. The Democratic and Republican Parties have a proven recornd of corruption.
We, that is us individual voters, don’t need to wonder about who the Republican Party or the Democratic Party really represent. It is obvious that both Political Parties represent very elite groups of very wealthy people. And those groups have more wealth invested in this rut we are in to leave it behind. Only a fool believes that wealthy people represent the best interests of regular Americans. They care about their wealth. For a full revolution of the wheel of progress, the dominant political parties need to be replaced.
Replace them by voting only for candidates from established political parties that are not one of the two dominant parties. Do this for each election. After only six years, there won’t be a Republican or Democrat left in office. And after only four years, a new decentralized political establishent will begin to run our country as our founders intended.
Oh… Please bless America again.