posted on Oct, 16 2011 @ 12:33 AM
reply to post by Xcathdra
After reading through this entire thread, this is my opinion. I believe your contention is that the majority of Americans do not understand how their
government works. I would agree with that for the most part. We, as citizens, have failed miserably by not being engaged in our government. But all
the blame cannot be levied upon the voting population alone. Some of the responsibility falls upon our elected officials as well. For anyone who has
studied our founders at all, we know that the intention was for our representatives to be chosen from among us. They should be made up of people from
all walks of life; they should serve the term and then resume the life they were living prior to being elected.
For many reasons, human nature, laziness, ego, power trip or whatever most don't leave their office willingly. So then the responsibility falls back
to the voter. On the surface, it is a simple system that should work, but it's not so simple. The problem is, an elected official (or party)
entrenches itself. This is done in a number of ways. Just as an example I used to live in a county in NY that was run by a party machine for many,
many years. I did some serious research into the size of the local government and found that nearly 25% or 1 in 4 of the working population worked for
the government in some capacity. Then there is the pandering and corruption to solidify another voting block. Since the percentage of eligible voters
who actually votes rarely exceeds 50%, they don't have to convince too many people.
Back to your what rights have been taken away question. We have not lost any "rights" as per a right being removed. What we have lost are liberties
through legislation. Bills and laws are passed that infringe upon our rights. When people complain, it is these infringements they are complaining
about. Because so many people don't understand how our government really works they don't see where these laws originate.
Just for a quick example, an insurance company lobbies for a mandatory seatbelt law or a helmet law or a smoking ban. This is the way most bills come
about, politicians getting wined and dined into supporting a bill that will benefit some company that has spent millions to make that happen so they
can then make more millions. It is naive to think that some congressmen are lying in bed tonight thinking about a bill to benefit the people. I know
there are exceptions, but exceptions are what they are.
Things are changing though. What we are witnessing now is a revolution of sorts. The tea party was the beginning and OWS is a continuation of the
same. I realize they are different but the catalyst is the same, people are fed up with a system that is not working. The great thing about all of
this is these groups, and others to come, will be voting blocks and they will be heard, or at least I hope they will be heard. I do wish they would
target the real problems. An educated voting population would be our politician’s worst nightmare.