posted on Nov, 2 2011 @ 12:37 PM
There are those that openly ridicule the mere idea of voting. 'They're all the same', 'It won't make a difference', etc. are the common
excuses. The problem is, that is the last bastion of our country and unless we are already prepared to flush the entire thing we need to do something
about getting this country back on-track.
Recently, we have seen several cases of sixties-esque 'people power' in action: The recent backing-down of BoA over the debit card fee that just
last week they said was a sure thing; the admirable dedication of the various OWS demonstrations; the upcoming move-your-money protest; the various
international uprisings over government corruption and inequities. The sentiment for real, fundamental change is there but the question remains,
OWS has gotten alot of flak for not having a cohesive 'plan'. That's not the intent. The protests are demanding that our government do their job
and fix the corruption, malfeasance and cozy special treatment of big business and monied elite that punch their collective meal ticket. Of course,
government knows on what side their bread is buttered and is hoping winter will remove the thorn in their side known as OWS. They tried to ignore it
and are now trying to wait it out.
I believe --- and I'm hardly alone --- that the root of the problem lies in the nature of representation. Politicians and Congress are by-and-large
millionaires. They identify with the elite to whom they coddle and have a real problem understanding the needs and interests of the rest of us ---
the 99% if you will. It comes out in their actions and the things they say all the time. Obama tells us to take fewer vacations and not eat out as
much. Pelosi says the poor should have fewer children. Cain says get a job. And so on. It's the 'Let them eat cake' syndrome. They are simply
detached and clueless. And all the political discourse here on ATS is arguing over which of the next crop of millionaires do we put in charge next
time. And somehow this is going to change anything?
So, I propose a different tack. I say we make it known to TPTB that we will not vote for any candidate that does not share our experience. I'm not
saying we elect some underqualified 'Joe the Plumber' type (it does take some skills to run a government --- another reason to change the way we do
things in case you haven't noticed). Instead, let's make it known that we will ONLY vote for people whose income falls within 15% of the median
household income --- about $39,000 to $52,000 per year. The candidate must hold at least a BS, preferably an advanced degree, in political science,
economics, finance, engineering, agriculture, or a similarly related field. And we want to see proof.
It's far from perfect. I doubt there is a perfect solution. But we need to end the age of professional politics and the industry of lobbying,
special interests, campaigning, etc. that has grown up around it. If we are, as we keep saying, a democratic republic then we need to return the
country to exactly that. We can force this change. People far less equipped than us have done it right before our eyes. In my view, either we get
the country back on-track or there is a very good likelihood that things are not going to end well for us.