A Failed Political System

 As much as I hate to say it, the United States has lost its way. Harsh words? Yes, but clearly true!

The greatness of any endeavor can be measured by the principles upon which it was founded. In our case, those principles were framed in our Constitution by men who sacrificed all to bring about a unique form of government that recognized that liberty is a blessing of God.

Consider the Preamble: ” We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense,  promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Over the last 50 years we have experienced political decay and a reversion to a European class system that has rapidly erroded the greatness of this wonderful country.

We have seen the rise of a political class who’s only aim seems to be its perpetuation. Our politicians, for the most part, have political careers that span decades. Many merely move from one office to another. The opiate of personal power has corrupted their judgment and every decision is predicated upon furthering their political career. The largess of Government dollars and social programs that enslave their constituent’s initative are designed to buy the votes of those willing to be bought.

A labor class has long been a reality but not socially acceptable to recognize as a social class. The role of trade unions in the private sector has diminished as enlightened management grew in its understanding that labor is a valuable resource that needs to be nurtured and invested in to assure high productivity.

On the contrary. public sector labor unions have dramatically increased since President John Kennedy’s Executive Order allowed unionization of public workers in 1960. Government employee unions now represent the largest and most rapidly growing labor movement in the United States.

The seeds of run away government labor costs have begun to show their effect since the politicians saw assured re-election by pandering to government worker unions like the police, fire, correctional officers, teachers, and public service workers with outlandish pay and pension programs. Government workers now, on average make $79,500 per year as opposed to private sector worker total compensation of $48,700 per year. The interesting thing is that economically speaking, industrial workers are a productive use of labor whereas government workers are a non-productive use of labor!

The devastating effect of this political phenomena has now emerged. Vallejo, California has gone bankrupt with nearly 80% of its budget required for police and fire protection, the City of Los Angeles insolvent and within weeks of bankruptcy and the States of New York, California, and others are insolvent.

 But don’t loose track of the basic problem. Self seeking politicians will do anything to perpetuate their political power! Is there any hope to turn things around? I think so, but it will meet tremendous resistance from our politicians, political parties, and special interests who have profited by the current system, and yes, those of us common people who have their hands in the public trough.

 The revolutionary solution is simple! Eliminate political office as a career!  The rationale is obvious, if there is no possibility of a prolonged career in politics, then there is no incentive to compromise principles to gain the support of special interests. Presumably, those who would seek an office would do so to solve or address issues and then go back to a productive career in the private sector.

Are there problems with this approach? Of course, but with proper deliberation, I feel this approach will work.

Simply stated, one term only and one political office only. The strictest of term limits! One and only one term and office!

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