Protecting the People
Meaningful political reform is less possible in our current political environment because the foxes are guarding the hen house. Systems always tend toward self preservation and political systems are no different. It's a natural tendency, so we just need to try to deal with it. Corruption in Washington and in the state legislation has reached a level that no matter how good a person is when the entered the political arena is, the system itself has become so degraded that in order to get anything done at all, compromises that one might not normally make become proforma just to make a little progress. The horse trading and bill stacking means taking the good with the bad on a regular basis. This does not serve the needs of the people or the nation and must be stopped to the highest degree possible as quickly as possible. When good people are forced to make bad decisions to such extent, then good people will eventually stop running for office completely, then what is left?
First, we have to clean our own house. Hurricane Katrina and its before and aftermath and how our government handled it is an excellent example of how a president represents the truth to the people.
Warning: The following paragraph is a run on sentence which is designed to give you the feeling that it, runs on and on... sort of like the political rhetoric we have been subjected to by those who are more expert at word crafting and re-characterization, than they are at management and administration that has, as its heart, honor and reason.
As long as the two main political parties are in power, and able to manipulate the system to their own favor and survival, over and above the needs of the people and the nation, without healthy competition, reform is and will continue to be merely a phrase they will use in their campaigns to pretend to care enough about the issue to make proposals, to reshuffle the cards, so that they can attempt to impress the electorate for at least one more election cycle, and then, when it doesn’t work, again, they will do it all over, again, the next time someone cares enough to complain about low voter turnout or political corruption and stagnation along with gerrymandering, voter fraud, intimidation or special interests influencing elections and legislative policy...
The American public has grown tired of broken campaign promises and empty legislation that does no more to reform the system than a 50% less fat cookie which is twice as big. If more spending with fewer solutions is the answer, then we can all relax, because our government has accomplished this.
If, on the other hand you believe that we can do more with less through increased efficiency, open mindedness, strength, conviction, and accountability... then let's get this party started! Together we can renew our institutions and foster an environment of cooperation and healthy debate among our representatives with the aim of serving the nation and not the special interests.
Political reform is not just a big cookie being baked in the two party system, now it has sprinkles on it, it costs more and has less value. That cost is leading to a tragic level of national debt and the increased potential for runaway inflation. Bold and decisive reforms are needed to reduce special interest influence and preserve political liberty and socio-economic opportunity for all Americans.