I am concerned about the lack of concern that permeates throughout our elected representative government. Their uncontrollable thirst for power, money, and special privileges through gerrymandering along with their love of donations from special interest groups (legalized bribery) has turned our Congress into a corrupt cesspool.
Some, if not most, politicians will do anything for a chance to be on TV acting like they really care or even had some viable alternative solutions to existing problems. There is no doubt that “career” politicians have a much greater probability of producing bad outcomes for our country. Politicians who view their “career job” as being members of Congress are much more likely to feel comfortable selling out the country to special interest groups (after all they contribute to their campaigns and it benefits them personally).
A recent good example of this is when over 95% of Americans desired more stringent background checks of assault rifle purchases that were opposed by assault rifle manufacturers and the NRA, then Congress sides with the NRA. Just as Congressional term limits with a consistent 90% approval rating. I am afraid our representative democracy is being greatly influenced and controlled by big money and funded by selfish special interests and corporations. Remember “corporations are people too”, or money has a voice same as an individual (Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court), that literally gutted our hard fought for campaign (McCain-Feingold) finance laws.
One of the 14 primary identifying characteristics of fascism (Dr. Lawrence Britt, “Fascism Anyone”) is allowing corporations, (the industrial and business aristocracy) to dictate policies, such as which leaders are put in charge of federal departments that could/would exercise power over its citizens thereby creating a mutually beneficial business/governmental relationship controlled that only by the powerful elite few.
I fear we are seeing that today. Needlessly lowering corporate tax rates at the long-term expense of the vast middle class is just another example of a country leaning towards fascism. Another major characteristic of fascism is pushing conception of enemies, trying to rally people to the need to eliminate a perceived common threat (racial, ethnic, religious minorities, news media, and etcetera).
Sound familiar anyone?
It is time for an independent commission made up of Indiana scholars, not politicians, to draw up new rules to ensure Indiana’s way of drawing congressional district boundaries are fair and non-partisan. It is time for citizens to demand elected representatives to support congressional term limits.
Funny, I have a feeling most politicians will not like the idea. Oh, the taste of power and money is so sweet.