Do we have the courage to fight what Teddy Roosevelt called the “unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics”? Let’s find out! Some thoughts on providing revenue for the government.
Democracy will not succeed until we recognize that there are many among us with the ability and the integrity to improve our lives. We must devise a way to seek them out and raise them to public office.
The danger is not in partisanship, it is in allowing partisans to control government. The question is how do we accommodate partisanship in our political infrastructure, without allowing parties to control the process?
When we adopt such a truly bottom-up, democratic system of representative government, it will be meritocratic naturally because the people will decide which of their peers have the merit to serve as their representatives.
The most fundamental reason that voters cannot elect officials who will represent them is that political parties dictate the voter’s options. George Washington warned us of the danger of factions in his Farewell Address.
Those wishing to affect pending legislation should present their arguments, publicly, in hearing rooms provided for the purpose — and that should be the absolute limit of their personal contact with our elected representatives.
Why is our political infrastructure a shambles that produces so few trustworthy candidates for public office? The answer lays in the foundation of democracy and the edifice we’ve built on that foundation.
Academics are slowly coming to realize that the US is more an oligarchy than a democracy, but it will take time to loosen the grip of the democracy myth on the people.
There is an enormous difference between what Abraham Lincoln called “government of the people, by the people, for the people”, and the pseudo-democracies that engulf us. These pseudo-democracies are actually oligarchies.
Our political system in the U.S. failed, not because of our Constitution, but because we allowed those “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men” to build the party-based monstrosity that controls us.