A Great Farce

In a few more months, we Americans will engage in an empty exercise, we will vote in our mid term elections. There is an expectation that the GOP may suffer large scale erosion of voter support. There is the possibility that Democrats may even gain one, or even both houses of congress. And so what?

This election, like all others is not about changing the system, or any great issue, it is about which faction of our one party state gets first dibs on the trough of corruption we call our capitol. Both party’s pander to special interests, and both are corrupt. Neither party proposes any useful national action.

We need to address really national issues, like education, income, fiscal prudence, health care and so many others. But neither party offers more than condemnation of abstract and vague issues of morality and each other. Each party poorly advances the cause of various special interests that are wealthy enough to get heard, but nothing ever really changes.

That’s why we need a new government.

We need a national system of elections, with integrity and accountability. We need to vote for larger ideas and not the ‘man.’ We need to put the Supreme court and Presidency back in their constitutional boxes. We need a National Legislature with plenary authority that is truly representative. We need to give up the illusion that the executive branch can coordinate anything, and break national functions down and make them accountable to elected representatives.

We need coherence in policy and implementation and we need to eliminate the duplication of services and functions between Federal, State, and Local governments.

But, this forthcoming election will provide none of the small list of forgoing items.

The government is corrupt, the systems is corrupt, the elections a farce and it needs to change.

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One Response to A Great Farce

  1. […] You can read more of Tom’s post here. It rather reminds me of another line from the brilliant comedian Bill Hicks: – “I’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. ‘I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.’ ‘I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.’ ‘Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding out both puppets!’” […]

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