"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Monday, September 16, 2013

America Broken Beyond Repair?

Will Malven
9/16/2013

It's Time:  Impose Term Limits, Repeal Apportionment Act of 1911, and Repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments

Our government is broken and I'm not certain it can be fixed.

We could make great strides in fixing what has been broken over the years were we to reverse many Congressional and Executive actions of the early 20th century.  During the first couple of decades, when "progressivism" was the catch phrase for all "enlightened" people, Congress passed a number of reforms and amendments that undid much of what our Founding Fathers created and that went against their intentions.

By granting themselves the power to tax income, they assured themselves of unlimited funds to pursue their pet projects.  This has led us to where we are now, with a 17 trillion dollar national debt, a trillion dollar a year deficit (even though federal income is at an all time high), and Congress and the Executive screaming for more money and more spending.

Another part of the problem is the 17th Amendment and the direct election of Senators. Rather than them being representatives of the individual states, they merely replicate the functions of the House now.  The Senate was intended to be the "House of Representatives for the states."  It was to represent the interests of the individual states, not be another democratically elected house of the people.

Then there is the Apportionment Act of 1911 when the House membership was locked down at 435. Being the elected representative of 30,000 citizens is a whole lot different than being the representative of 700,000 citizens.  Perhaps if the House now had 10,000 members and held session in a small arena, their egos wouldn't be quite so inflated and they wouldn't be so alienated from their constituents.

The most feeble argument these evil bastards make is that term-limits might lead to a "brain-drain" of our "brightest and best."  Having observed Congress for the past several decades, I vacillate between rage and laughter at the arrogance and presumption contained in such vapid argument.  Some of our elected representatives have a rather inflated image of their own importance.  Apparently they can't imagine that our nation could prosper without them . . . I CAN.

Our Founding Fathers had none of their "valuable experience" in the halls of government before they came together to create this nation. Certainly, some were politicians, but the bulk were professional men, businessmen, and farmers. Somehow those poor inexperienced neophytes managed to cobble together a document of some use.

In fact, those amateurs only managed to create the greatest governing document in history and then they managed to build an exceptional nation on the principles it enshrined.

Now I admit that the men of today are but a shadow of those brilliant patriots, but I'm sure we could muddle through without all of that "experience" (taking bribes, accepting "donations," sucking up to lobbiests, sucking up to the MSM, wimping out due to public pressure . . . how much ability can it require?)


Our Republican "leadership" (a questionable usage) is out of touch with the people they are supposed to be representing, spineless when we need them to be tough, and apparently just as venal and dishonest as the Democrat Party leadership.

Had they the wit, they would be out front on forcing Congress to live under Obamacare just as all (non-specially exempted) other citizens must.  They would be demanding that Democrats live by the same laws as those they purport of represent.  They would be going on every talk show, every news program, and giving daily press conferences attacking Democrats for their hypocrisy and for trying to force the American people into a healthcare system that they themselves aren't willing to put up with.

They would be doing right and they would be trumping Democrats . . . but they're just too venal and corrupted to see the opportunity and take advantage of it . . . Why, they might lose some of their precious tax-payer funded perks.

Term limits (with no allowances for a return to Congress either as an elected representative or as a consultant or lobbiest) appear to be the only hope we have of "draining the swamp."

Repeal the Apportionment Act of 1911, strip our elected representatives of their unprecedented power, and return the House to it's original function of representing the people--local people that know their Representatives personally and can take them to task.

Repeal the both the 16th and 17th Amendments and return government to it's original charter.

Implement solid, unavoidable term limits.  No chance of return, no chance of becoming a lobbiest, no possibility of becoming a paid "consultant" or in serving in government or any entity under government contract . . . EVER.

Strip away their power and with it, their arrogance and disconnect with the citizens and return power to the people.  Remind them that they are our public servants, not our rulers

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