Do We Really Care About Our Own Country?

We voted (or didn't); what do we do now?

Does writing, calling, emailing, or faxing our representatives and senators make any difference in how we are governed?
Does writing, calling, emailing, or faxing our representatives and senators make any difference in how we are governed? | Source
Is time already running out for self-government?
Is time already running out for self-government? | Source
Even getting heard at the state level has become more difficult as the population has grown and entrenched money and special interest groups have the louder voices.
Even getting heard at the state level has become more difficult as the population has grown and entrenched money and special interest groups have the louder voices. | Source
The flag still waves, but how equal is your voice as represented by your state's star on the American flag?  If you are in the minority there, too, it may come across as a whisper.
The flag still waves, but how equal is your voice as represented by your state's star on the American flag? If you are in the minority there, too, it may come across as a whisper. | Source

Who speaks for you? Labor? Business? NRA? AARP? Common Cause? Political Parties? Our individual voices are lost in the noise.

In America, and in other countries around the world, deep holes of national debt have been dug while doing little more than attempting to please the people, or (alternatively) attempting to keep them under control.

In recent months we have seen what happens when the people as a whole have finally had enough. Governments, and even systems of government, change. When that happens, a whole new effort to please the people or control the people begins.

In the American system of representative government such an upheaval is never supposed to be needed. That system is supposed to make everyone feel that they have a voice in how decisions are made, money is spent, and laws are written and enforced.

Today's issues of "unemployment," "drone warfare," "cuts in entitlements," "immigration," "tax laws," and "the National Debt," are simply issues at the top of a very long list of very troubling issues, and they come at a time when representative government is itself an issue.

Americans have always been troubled by the effects lobbyists and their big money sponsors have on how Americans are governed. Each of the groups in the subtitle to this article have their paid and strident lobbyists daily attempting to influence the people's representatives and senators in Washington, DC. Their money and their words seem endless.

I contend that there is no representative American government any more, except for government composed of dealing with truly organized and funded special interests including the prominent groups I have mentioned.

Surprisingly few clear promises were made to American voters in the 2012 national elections.

To test that statement, how many promises do your remember as coming clearly from all the rhetoric and advertisements?

Gun control was avoided. How a candidate proposed to balance the budget lacked concrete specifics, as did the pressing question of how quality jobs could be created to put unemployed Americans back to work, or how to restore law and order to America's neighborhoods in which gangs and slum lords seem out of control. The education debate, to the extent that it was debated at all, was filled with platitudes, justified concern, and, here at least, promises of more money, higher standards, and improvements which are now lost in the clamor over other signature issues.

Americans have entered the era in which "the fat cats" have enough private money to create ongoing Super Political Action Committees which take on the camouflage of popular opinion, when in fact they are only money speaking and not even close to a ground swell of public opinion.

Money donations are so important to the present American political system of governance that it has become true that the appeals for political backing in the form of money never stops. One election has not even been evaluated before the drive to refill campaign chests is underway.

In this mad, mad political world, it is so rare for public voices to be heard in the halls of Congress, that the public seems left out of the process and confused as to how to regain the control it perhaps never had in the first place....short of going off to war when we could be persuaded to agree that something was "in the vital national interest."

Frankly, truly representative national government is "in the vital national interest" and finding our way forward to something more like it should be at the top of today's list of issues.

Everything else will reflect how close we come to solving that one, key issue.

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Copyright 2013 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

I for one care about what happens to this country. As your hub indicates, we now have the best government money can buy.

There should be huge banners hanging in Washington announcing "Votes for Sale." Our government is now owned and controlled by big money, pure and simple.

It is reported that over 2 Billion dollars were spent on this last election! If you think of all the good that could have been accomplished with this money it makes one a little bit sick to their stomach. For that money, we mainly got to watch a years worth of dirty smear ads on TV, many of them outright lies or stretches of the truth.

The first thing that needs to go to fix government is the Lobbyist's. They buy and sell Politicians like they are used cars.

We all know votes are being purchased on a daily basis through the work of Lobbyist's. A simple paragraph slipped into the middle of a seemingly good bill before congress makes some company billions of additional revenue. And the Politicians didn't even realize they voted for this because they rarely read any of the bills they vote on.

It is apparent that this vote selling for campaign funds has become an accepted way of life in Washington. Perhaps we should set up an auction type program for this vote selling wherein 50% of the money received is applied directly to the National Debt. At least that way we the people would realize some benefit from these shady deals most of us are aware of.


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Conversely, the 50% benefit would be "ours" at the expense of further indebtedness exceeding the 50% benefit. "Cut the goodies" or accept that only an even deeper crisis will bring a resolution to today's problems. It is time for a Constitutional Convention, but imagine the money that would be spent on influencing the outcome of that!


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

I would imagine money is already rolling in to influence that convention.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

We have lost our way, that is for sure. What amazes me is the inability of Washington to learn from the mistakes of the past. As for the electorate, I am astounded at the number of people who see no connection between what happens in Washington and their own lives. Up and interesting and awesome, too.


Sanxuary 3 years ago

We quit caring a while ago. The day your Union Leaders sold its employees out. The day your jobs were shipped over seas for cheap labour. The day Social Security was spent, instead of put in savings. The day all public holdings were made private and still we are 16 trillion in debt. Soon your rights will be gone not that they can not arrest for nothing right now. The day all the farmers to small could no longer participate in free trade. Soon we will all have nothing to live for and maybe we will finally do something about it. I am an optimist I bet everything gets better tomorrow.


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for the comments. Have you heard this one before: "Divide and conquer." We are getting divided into sub groups. Are we Americans or just union members, teachers, members of NRA, seniors, the 1%, the poor, the unemployed, the female vote, Latinos, youth, etc.? When we get pigeon holed, we get marginalized, and government no longer sees us as the individuals who make up the whole, but rather as individuals who make up groups to be played off one against another. Don't buy into that. You've heard this one, too: "A house divided against itself cannot stand."


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Of course we are divided. There was a planned effort to make this happen, and it worked. While we are busy fighting and arguing with each other, we pay little or no attention to what is really going on.


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JON EWALL 3 years ago from usa

Hubbers

2/15/13

Sequestration and the National Debt are todays issues.

Since Jan. 2007, the Democrats have had 2/3s control of our government. In 2009 and 2010 they had 100% control until Jan 2011.Today only 1/3, the Republicans have accomplished passing 2 budgets and a bill to stop Sequestration. Where have the other 2/3s been and why do they continue to blame the 1/3 who are working to solve the jobs issues and the debt crisis? OBAMA’S National Debt Crisis ‘’Cut, Cap and Balance ‘

http://hubpages.com/politics/PRESIDENTBARACKOBAMA-...

Senate Democrats Vote No To Extend The Payroll Tax Deduction

http://hubpages.com/hubtool/edit/2851288

FISCAL CLIFF, why? 2/13/10 Pay Go Law

The President lied?

http://chicagoconsultant.com/page2.php?category=2&...


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

In the American system of representative government such an upheaval is never supposed to be needed.

That is about the only thing here that I disagree with. Jefferson envisioned that citizens needed to constantly conflict with the government in order to maintain liberty.

He and the other founders were very suspicious of government even the one they were putting into place.

I'll admit I have been too complacent until recent years and took too much on faith in the government and the press whose duty it is to be a watchdog for us.

Good hub, good reminder. sharing with followers.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

What are the actual chances of a Constitutional Convention? Nearly zero (0)! Congress can call for it, but will not. Why? They would lose power. A BIG enough majority of the states can call for one, but will not. Why? There are enough states that could, so why wouldn't they? Because Congress has to allow them to do so! And, Congress won't allow that when they themselves could do so, if they had the will and perceived the need to do so. We need a hero, but one who is not a danger of becoming a Caesar; a real leader, a George Washington-like leader, dedicated to the future of the Republic. May God give us such a leader, honest, brave, self-sacrificing, and true to the dream we all can have of what America can be, if someone verbalizes it, and causes us to believe.

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