Skip to comments.How to Save the Republic: Throw the Bums Out!
Posted on 05/26/2014 6:41:45 AM PDT by Kaslin
Reasons irascible Nick Gillespie has summed up whats wrong with our political system in one chart:
Apparently everyone hates Congress, but no one hates their congressperson. Im here to tell you that, contrary to what you may believe, your Congresscritter sucks too!
Congress just watered down a bill that would start to begin the process of maybe thinking about re-establishing our Fourth Amendment rights. Guess we dont need those after all. But aside from our eroding civil liberties, the economic situation is even more dire. Theres a reason only 28 percent of Americans think the country is moving in the right direction.
Heres the problem. Our elected officials have been writing checks to voters without the cash to back them up. Were out of money, but Social Security and Medicare costs just keep rising and rising.
This state of affairs is entirely predictable. In fact, the founding fathers predicted something very similar in the Federalist Papers. The fact of the matter is that American government as set up according to the Constitution was far less democratic than it is now. There was no direct election of Presidents. The people didnt even elect their Senators or Representatives. Instead, we had what could most accurately be called a Representative Republic, where the (land-owning, white, male) people elected state Representatives, who elected federal Senators and Representatives.
This wasnt an accident. The reasoning was laid out clearly in Federalist Number 10. In it, James Madison explains that democracy enables the majority to vote away the property of the minority. He feared a large majority of relatively poor people voting to levy a heavy progressive tax on the rich.
That hasnt really happened. While the rich do pay a larger share of their salaries in income taxes, the uber-rich have figured out how to get out of paying the vast majority of their taxes. Really, progressive taxation just squeezes the middle-class.
What has happened is actually far worse. Entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are, essentially, wealth transfers of the kind that worried Madison. But theyre actually more vile than he anticipated, because instead of transferring money from the rich to the poor, they transfer money from the young and relatively poor to the old and relatively wealthy.
Why is this worse? Well, the problem with wealth transfers, besides the immorality of taking someones hard-earned money, is that they thwart wealth creation. Entrepreneurs and investors use their wealth to innovate, making them wealthier, while also raising standards of living for everyone. Taking their money from them takes money out of that process, slowing it down. James Madison knew this, and thats why excessive direct democracy scared him.
Now, todays young people arent all entrepreneurs and investors. But we are the future. Stealing a third of our income from us is stealing from the future of this country. Contrary to what many people think, and Congress wants you to believe, Social Security and Medicare arent funded by the taxes its recipients paid while they were working. That money is long gone, spent on other programs, which is why theyre broke.
Nope, Social Security and Medicare are funded by the payroll tax. This tax takes 30% of the first and every dollar every working person earns. Those dollars, plus the up huge bills Congress is racking up for entitlement programs, are dollars we Millennials are not able to invest in ourselves. Were not building businesses, getting new skills, or saving for our futures, because were paying for programs which will be bankrupt long before we need them.
Why is this allowed to happen? Because thanks to the baby boom, old people outnumber young people. And because they have money on the line today in the form of their entitlement checks, they are motivated to vote. This is democracy in action: The majority stealing from the minority.
Every one of the 139 incumbents had a chance to do something about this. And every single one of them chose not to. And every single one got re-elected anyway. The system is broken. The first step to fixing it? Throwing every single one of them out.
That’s the problem. Everyone wants everyone else to get rid of their congresscreeps, but they want to keep their own. And almost all of them suck.
Merely "throwing the bums out" won't change a thing, not long-term, anyway. We have to have a fundamental sea change in the American mindset. We have to reach and deprogram millions of young and middle-aged "Americans" who have no idea what it means to be an American. Otherwise all we're doing is slapping a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Can’t happen with voting machines, computers, etc. But there is a way, a way that probably cannot be discussed openly here on FR.
Since we are not operating under the Constitution anyway, why not have a national election whereby we vote “keep them all” or “throw out every one and forbid them from ever being elected to any office again.”
Fact is, a commuter van could carry every single person in Washington that is worth the oxygen they breathe and they might even have room to stretch out.
We could do better randomly picking 535 people out of a phone book.
Oh yeah! Let’s start with Harry, Mitch, and Lindsay....oops....
I live in a ‘Rat state, in a ‘Rat district... I’m all for throwing the bums out, but I only hear this call seriously in Republican circles.
Doesn’t help much, IMHO, to throw ALL the republican ‘Rats out, while the ‘Rat voters keep voting the ‘Rats IN.
Much of the populace is brain-dead and more suffering is required before people wake up.
It’s unfortunate. I blame the liberal stranglehold on the news media.
I have been trying to get rid of Pete DeFazio for decades, I think this is his 16th re-election which he will win, I am certain. We have a global warming scientist denier running against him for the third time, Art Robinson.
Every time I’ve voted to replace my Congress people, I am overruled by the rest of the population. I’m doing my part, to no avail. I am close to staying home for the next election, but probably will vote. Haven’t missed a local election since I got out of college some 30 years ago.