When this country was founded, it wasn’t meant to be run by career politicians. ‘Of the People, by the People, for the People’. To me, that means electing men or women who are willing to do their civic duty for the people…. present and future…for one or two terms, then let those people return to their ‘normal’ lives. Their livelihood wasn’t supposed to come from doing that civic duty, it was supposed to come from their actual profession: doctor, lawyer, businessman, farmer, etc..etc… Stipends to cover rent and food are one thing, but making politicians rich off the tax payers is NOT what was supposed to happen.
We’ve seen the stagnation that is the result of career politicians. Positions have become more about the perks, prestige, and paychecks than about doing the job of keeping this country running smoothly, safely, viably, and healthily. So now we see where the greed has led and is continuing to lead: disregard of the Constitution, of the checks and balances our forefathers developed to keep theocracy, dictatorship, and greed in check. The desires of the few over-riding the needs of the many. And the break-down of society in general.
How did we get to this point? The two party system isn’t helping, that’s for sure. Yes, I am aware that there are technically more than two political parties in the US, but let’s be honest… all the power resides in two: Democrats and Republicans. How many times over the last four decades have I seen a candidate running on more than one political ticket? I’ve lost count, but it should NOT be allowed.
Disenchantment with the entire system is another part of the problem. It often seems we are forced to choose the lesser evil rather than being given a real option for positive change. People get discouraged, and think their votes don’t count, because nothing changes, no matter which party is currently at the top of the food chain.
There are ways to fix things, but I doubt those changes will ever be implemented. Career politicians don’t want to give up their paychecks and perks.
Limit terms. No one really needs to have three or more terms in office to make positive changes and work for the people. Do away with the ‘salaries for life’, the Secret Service for life assignments, the retirements paid for by tax payers.
One of the president’s titles is “Commander in Chief”. The President of the United States MUST have some sort of military background: active duty, reservist, a degree from one of the military academies, experience in one of the military-connected departments of the government. SOMETHING that gives them at least a basic understanding of the military, and the problems facing our men and women in uniform and their families.
Also, the President should not be allowed to appoint people to positions which they lack the qualifications for. Betsy DeVos is not an Educator, she is a politician. Appointing a businessman in charge of our National Parks or Environmental Protection is a joke. Supreme Court Justices aren’t supposed to kow-tow to whoever is in the Oval Office. The same holds true for the Attorney General. The President is NOT above the law; any law. And Executive Orders should be a last resort, not a despot’s method of avoiding debate.
Until the checks and balances are restored, and respect of people, law, property, and the planet gains ground again, this country is terminally ill.