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Originally posted by Flatfish
I believe that the real problem is the manner in which our elected officials are influenced by corporate lobbyist. The lobbying of congressional members by anyone other than individual private citizens, by it's very nature, corrupts the whole idea of a government that is Of, By and For it's People.
Regardless of what the supreme court has ruled, Corporations are not people!
Last I checked, people were born of a live birth whereas corporations are created through a legal process with the sole purpose of providing profits to it's shareholders. It is a violation of fiduciary responsibility for a corporate official to make decisions which would do anything other than enhance their ability to generate profit.
Take corporate money out of congress and I am confident we will see the return of a government which is indeed, Of, By and For it's People.
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
You're right. It should be simple. It was intended to be simple. The problem is many faceted, and you guyes have hit on a lot of the facets.
Having no set term limits fosters a bed of corruption...more time to sink the claws in...lobbyist claws and other claws. The jobs in Congress were never meant to be careers at all, never mind full-time ones. The whole idea was to refresh these seats regularly with common folk close to the issues.
Passing bills that are 3000 pages long that no one reads is a travesty and should itself be outlawed. Same goes for passing bills that lobbyists and think tanks write. And passing bills that hide other things. The entire bill process needs to be simplified and addressed.
The problem is also not so much the parties themselves but what some people have turned them into...what they've been allowed to become. Parties can be a good thing. Thing is, with a nation as diverse as ours, we probably should have 6 or 7 parties by now to represent all the views.
Whoever propagated the myth that a vote for a "third" party is a wasted vote did this country a great job but an even greater disservice. Many, many people still remember this myth today and vote accordingly.
On the flip side, parties might not even be necessary...their absence might force people to evaluate candidates by their merits and platforms rather than by a letter after their name.
We have virtually one party now anyway. The "parties" simply vary in a few economic and social issues designed to fool people, and not even they actually stay true to themselves.
The thing is, we need a radical quick change if we are ever hope to see a difference. Waiting for election cycles, is a waste of time...far too slow. As for the issues killing us, the problem is, who's going to pass bills that affect their very way of life and livelihood? A sitting Congress? I think not.
It should be easier to fire them. We're in a pretty big mess here. I keep asking people if there's a way out of it. No one sees an end to it.
Maybe pressure at the state level is a good place to start. More letting the legislators know what you think. More public votes on state issues that take back what isn't federal territory anyway. Some states already do this. More should.
Our elected officials exist to impose the will of The People. But this does not happen. Currently, we elect people based on their stated ideals. Often, this is simply a party platform. Then we trust them to just do whatever they want. Most people don't even know how their representatives vote on laws, or what laws they write.