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Do We Really Care About Our Own Country?
We voted (or didn't); what do we do now?
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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