reply to post by whatukno
Those were great questions Wuk and you've done a nice job of illustrating just how difficult it can be for an elected official, but let's take a
look at this example as I think it is realistic enough in what a Representative faces and yet also realistically illustrates much of the problem.
Let's imagine that you do run for office in your district, and that not just Endisnighe is a constituent in that district but I as well. Let's say
that I voted for you, not because I agree with all of your politics, but because I viewed you as the more principled of those campaigning for office,
and Endisnighe did not even bother to vote at all. Even so, both of us will be affected equally, one would hope, by any bill you vote to pass. I
would hope that these bills affect each constituent equally as I would like to believe we are equal under the law.
So, I suppose, being the principled man that you are, you would not vote for any bill that would affect your constituents adversely. I would count on
the fact that you would not vote for any bill that seeks to abrogate or derogate the rights of all people, which would then necessarily mean your own
constituency as well. However, let us imagine that there were a number of people who voted for you with the expectation of receiving some form of
government hand out, some form of welfare program that in effect, would benefit some while adversely affecting others.
Just what would you do in such as situation? Let's assume you've grown fond of your new position and would like to keep the job for as many terms
as allowed by the State of Michigan. However, here you're confronted with a bill, and if it is a bill that would offer some a benefit and affect
others adversely it would almost assuredly be a bill that is written on thousands of pages, and a good majority of your constituency wants you to pass
this legislation because they are "social progressives" who believe this "legal plunder" will affect some imagined greater good.
Yet, that this bill comes written on thousand of pages becomes the very first clue that no greater good is accomplished, and that only plunder is the
game. Why must any valid piece of legislation take thousand of pages in order to get passed and work as evidence of law? Why can't those laws
necessary to govern be written in pages at least as few as the Constitution that established a nation?
So, let's assume the first thing you are able to accomplish as a Representative is to convince your peers that legislation should not come at the
expense of so many trees. That there is no need to write a bill that takes thousands of pages to communicate what can be better said in just a few
pages. Or, let's say you've attempted to convince yours peers of this and they've laughed you out of the chambers, sure that you'll learn the
priest class lawyer ways or not come back as your own constituency will vote you out for failure to give them the hand outs they demand.
However, let's stay with the assumption that you are a principled man and being the confident orator you are, you stick by your guns and refuse to
pass needless legislation written on thousands of pages. You go back to your state and you campaign using this problem as a platform to explain the
very real problems your constituents face. You will no doubt anger those progressives who expect you to pass legislation that further legalizes
plunder, but I feel confident in my guess that you would have impressed Endisnighe and even convinced him to fore go secession for the time being.
Now your biggest problem is convincing those progressives that it is not your job as a legislator to pass legislation that would hurt people, even if
there is the appearance that it will help others. You stand tall and rely upon your gifts as an orator and accept the mantle of leadership and
actually lead, doing your level best to inform your constituents that you have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and that such an oath
prohibits you from passing bills that would only further the debt, raise taxes on people who can ill afford them and unjustly plunders the few in
order to redistribute that plunder to others.
So, now let's say you're unjustly smeared as a fat cat legislator who is in bed with your corporate masters. Let us even say that many corporations
want to contribute to your campaign for re-election. However, you being the principled politician you are, you have endeavored to investigate
corporate malfeasance and are now working towards having certain corporations charters revoked, so even the fat cat corporate masters now hate you and
instead fund the campaign of a less principled opponent.
Even so, you stay the course, and you find some success in revoking a few charters to corporations that have endeavored to usurp the Constitutional
process. In doing so, you've managed to sway some of your disgruntled progressive constituents that you really are the right man for the job, but
also, since you have eliminated a few corporations in your state, have cost a few constituents their jobs. What to do, what to do, what to do?
Well, you are a smart man and understand that small entrepreneurship is the key to rebuilding a stable economy in Michigan so you begin by fighting
for needed tax breaks for the small business man, using your gift for oratory to convince those who are jobless to create new businesses and
convincing investors to invest in those unemployed who show the acumen for business to turn the situation around, and as you do this, more and more
liberals and conservatives alike begin to view you not as a Democrat, not as a Republican, not as a Republicrat, or Independent, but as a man of
principle and one who cares about the greatest good.
You continue to fight this uphill battle, constantly campaigning and acting as strong leaders do and informing your constituency that freedom means
taking responsibility and that hand outs are for children and that children are not allowed to vote, only adults. You scold when you need to, you
praise when is appropriate, and you stay the course. Slowly but surely things begin to improve. Not all unemployed become business owners but some
do. Not all corporations are bad and those that aren't have come to recognize your principles and genuine ambition to bring the great State of
Michigan back to a state of greatness.
Those corporations that recognize your worth invest in your campaign and because you had smote the evil corporations fewer are inclined to unfairly
label you a slave to corporate masters. You continue to find ways to bridge the unemployed to self employed or employed by someone else in the
private sector, loathe to create jobs in the public sector because everybody knows that only means more taxes. Even so, you have those pesky unions
to deal with, but you're a clever soul and a great orator able to use your gifts to convince that the days of out of control capitalism are long
over, and we now live in an age of out of control government with too damn much regulation. You use your gift of oratory to convince these unions
that if they truly expect to survive, they had better learn how to become more business friendly, and if those unions intend to survive, they will
elect clever representatives themselves wise enough to know the truth you speak.
Thus, you are re-elected and triumphant you return to Congress and continue your campaign to reign in and control needless legislation, slowly but
surely reminding other principled politicians why they ran for office to begin with and inch by inch gaining more and more allies, as you lead a new
revolution of legislative restraint and respect for freedom and rights. This leads to two terms as Senator before you finally accept the nomination
for Presidency, and you continue to lead with honor and distinction.