Watching the clowns of our current congress run around during this impeachment debacle, has really underscored the fact that our political system is
In our current 2 party system the only candidates that get elected are those that appeal to the fringe elements of their party. Ultra liberal for the
dems and ultra conservative for the GOP. The reason for that is that the system has evolved so that the only candidates that can win a primary are
those that pander to those elements of the parties because - and this is important - THAT'S WHERE THE MONEY IS!
Our democratic republic has been very successful for the most part for over 200 years - but it's starting to rot from the inside out.
Over time, the system has evolved such that the special interest groups (those with most of the money) have taken over our system. I think we allowed
it because in the beginning the process was slow and incremental so it wasn't very noticeable, but it's now gotten to the point that the results of
that evolution can no longer be hidden behind slogans and nice sounding phrases and the average american is starting to see it for what it is - we
have allowed ourselves to be bought. Simply put we sold out.
So now that enough people recognize that there is something rotten at the core of our election system, can it be fixed? Or is it already too late?
Maybe one of the following approaches is worth a try:
1 - Scrap the current 2 party system and start over? - There's not a lot of successful precedent for that.
2 - Try to fix the current system from within? - Well, how's that working out for us so far?
My thinking is that neither of those approaches has a prayer of working so rather than attacking the problem head-on, let's attack it obliquely.
First off - and this is important - WE NEED TO GET THE OBSCENE AMOUNTS OF MONEY OUT OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM!
No more private money allowed in *our* public elections. Give each candidate a reasonable and fixed amount of money to campaign with in both the
primaries and the general election. In that scenario, the candidate with the most money (special interest or otherwise) no longer wins. The
candidate with the best *ideas* - ones that appeal to the majority of the people voting in that election, wins.
That's a tough sell in today's climate, so rather than attack the problem head-on, maybe we should approach it obliquely. Start with re-instituting
the term limits laws that we used to have. At a minimum, that gets rid of the asshat lifers we now have masquerading as our representatives. Once
that happens, maybe we as a country can begin a dialogue regarding how to recapture an election system that was originally envisioned by our
forefathers 200+ years ago.
It's either an approach like that or violence. Because at the accelerated rate we're declining there may not be anything left worth saving if we
don't do something - now.
Otherwise, I believe this will be in our future:
edit on 10/4/2019 by Riffrafter because: (no reason given)