George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt are honored on a mountain top in South Dakota. They were great men who led our nation through difficult times and conquered the problems both natural and man-caused changes were creating within our nation.
The politics of these great men is as interesting as their accomplished lives. Washington was an Independent. Jefferson considered himself a ‘Democratic- Republican.’ Both Lincoln and Roosevelt were Republicans.
My question is; “where are Republicans today?” Those who claim to be members of the GOP do not share the principles of any of these great men. The Republican Party has moved so far to the right they can no longer see the center. All four of the aforementioned men would be, by their beliefs and actions, considered Democrats today.
Personally, I do not believe in political parties. I support legislators who have ideas and are willing to debate them with all of their constituents. The very word ‘politician,’ is egregious, and ‘professional politician’ is alarming when they are associated with one group who seeks power over another.
The purpose of government is to serve the people, not rule them. Our leaders must be reminded of that fact daily. They continually reject the polls which reflect the wants and desires of the majority, and pass legislation with the sole purpose of advancing their careers. What once was a Democratic Republic has become an oligarchy: “A government in which power is held by a small group of people.” That number is 535; 435 members of the House, and 100 Senators.
It the American voter continues to follow a dangerous trend, the future of our nation is in jeopardy. Voting for a party is not democratic, it perpetuates the evil in Washington. In my humble opinion, very few of those in the Senate are qualified to perform their jobs, and even fewer in the House. After a Representative is elected, he or she spends most of their two years in office running for their next election, not working for the people.
Without term limits the situation will only worsen. If they continue to receive outrageous wages, and benefits which rival those of CEO’s of major corporations, nothing will change. The example of the presidency must apply to all elected governmental officials, and forbid multiple terms in office.
In addition, Congressmen should receive the same benefits as the people they are intended to serve. If Medicare and social security are acceptable for the majority, these should be the only benefits received by our legislators.
I abhor “professional politicians” who ‘take up space’ without representing the people. The power and money amassed after ten or twenty years in office is abominable.
You have the power; incumbents must go. If a candidate has an “I” next to his or her name, and you cannot recall a single achievement by that elected official in his or her last term, vote for someone else. You are failing to care for yourself and your family if you allow these individuals to become wealthy and do nothing.
By James Turnage
Photo Courtesy of Kurt Magoon