It is one thing to gripe and repeat the constant rhetoric about how corrupt our government is and how all politicians are in the pockets of Special Interest Groups, Banks, and Big Business's, it is another thing to actually do something about it. You can talk about electing new leaders and voting out incumbents but all your doing is changing one set of Politician's for another and things will never change.
If you want things to really change. If you want the Politician's to start doing what their supposed to be doing, representing the People of the United States. Then you need to stop talking about change, believing the rhetoric the politician's are constantly spewing about change, and make the effort yourself to start change.
You can't reform politicians.
Once they've learned the rules of the game they're not going to change. Electing new politicians, without changing the rules of politics first, just means you end up with more politicians learning to play by the same rules, nothing changes!
Politician's Love Power. Politician's Love Money. Politician's Love Publicity, or maybe I should say good publicity.
They Love feeling like their better than everyone else, are above the law ,and deserve special treatment because their serving the public. They will never give up that power, glory, and money unless they are forced to. Why else would someone spend 730 Million dollars to get a 4 year job that only pays $400,000.00 a year. www.opensecrets.org/pres08/summary.php?cycle=2008&cid=N00009638
The politicians will not shoot themselves in the back and stop their gravy train from chugging along the way it is. They will not change the Laws and enact the change they keep promising. Until you accept that fact , start ignoring there old song and dance, and stop waiting for them to make the changes their never going to make, nothing will ever change.
The only thing that's going to fix this country, our government, and our political system is for the People of the United States to stand up and demand that our government and the rules of politics be changed to serve the people of the United States. To draft measures and gather the required signatures to place the initiative on the ballots of upcoming elections of your state. Change your State constitution to force your representatives to represent you and follow the rules you set, not the rules they've written for themselves.
Would you trust drug companies to write the safety requirements and testing requirements for new drugs before they can be sold to the public? Would you trust the auto makers and airline manufacturers to set the safety standards for cars, trucks, and airliners? Why would you think politicians can be trusted to write the rules that govern their behavior and how they conduct business and represent us?
Here are a just few of the things I think need to be changed to give our government back to the people;
#1. No more Pac's.
#2. No more Lobbyists.
#3. Politicians and their family members and extended families are not allowed to own interest or be vested in any private company or enterprise in which they could have an influence. If there's a chance there could be a conflict of interest then that representative is not allowed to vote on the issue or write legislation for it.
#4. Politicians Pay taxes just like the rest of us. Then let's see how they feel about raising and paying taxes and balancing the State and Federal budgets.
#5. Their retirement plan becomes Social Security just like many Americans have to rely on. Then see how fast they get it fixed. And let them get out of it what they pay into it just like the rest of us.
#6. Their Health care plan becomes Medicare just like many Americans have to rely on for their health care. Then see how fast Medicare and Medicaid get fixed. Let's see how they like it when they're on Plan D and in the Donut hole.
#7 Make them fly commercial and pay for the own flying expenses. Then we'll see if they work three days and Fly back to California every week costing us 5 Mil a year. I bet we'll start seeing the FAA and Transportation Safety start to increase tenfold instead of 500 people having to die before something is done about a safety problem.
If each one of us starts to demand these things then there will be change. I'm not going to wait for election time and hope the new guy is better than the old. I'll sign all the Grass Roots petitions and ballot initiatives that are bound to pop up soon. I may not have the time to get them started myself but I have the time to sign my name and make sure my voice is added to the many others that feel the same way!
If you can get a movement started to demand change, if you can represent the many people that cant, Awesome! You have my support and my signature. And if you don't have the time or ability then I hope you will add your voice to the many and help support those people that are trying to get the rules changed!
I want change. I know it's not our politicians that are going to change it. It's going to be The People of the United States of America. We give them the power and allow them to govern over us and we have the right to tell them how they are to represent us and govern our country.
Preamble of the constitution of the United Sates of America.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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."