By Chuck Lambert
In 1776, we threw off the reins of an all-powerful, tyrannical system of government that wasn't functioning. In the 21st century, the time has come to through off another tyrannical system of governance that isn't functioning. No, I am not trying to foment the overthrow of the government of the United States of America. What I am suggesting is that we disable the force that has taken over and is rendering that government impotent.
The country is not being run by statesmen, politicians, heroes; it is being run by Money. Period.
There must be members of both formerly viable parties who are disenchanted with the machinations of the majority of their political masters. I know many Democrats and Republicans who feel that their "leaders" have abandoned the fight to preserve the nation as established by those brave men who sacrificed all to bring to birth the most workable, equitable, prosperous nation the world has ever known. The opinions expressed by the American public show that they are becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of performance of politicians of both parties.
Why have the parties become so polarized? It's not because of intrinsic philosophies or political ideologies. It's because if they buck the official party line, they stand to lose the gluttonous diet that they have come to believe is their due. What would happen to proposed legislation that would bring the salaries of all elected officials in line with those in the private sector? It would never make it to the floor.
I once asked a congressman, in private conversation, how a person who is living on the equivalent of $250,000 or more (considering perks) can possibly relate to the problems and concerns of people who make thirty, forty, fifty, or even seventy-five thousand dollars a year? His reply was, "Are you saying I don't earn my money?" My reply, "In all honesty and with all due respect, no, sir, I don't, but that was not my point, and you know it."
Of course, the liberal media has fueled the wildfire of polarization by the very simple process of making every issue one of Republican opposition to all legislation. Go back and look at political reportage before the Clinton era (although the media's own bias took flight during the 1964 Goldwater-Johnson election) and compare it to what has been printed and pronounced since 1994. Issues were debated between members of congress; not always between Republicans and Democrats. And now they love to poke fun at the divisions in the Republican party while the Democrats continue to march forward in lockstep with the dictates of Reid, Pelosi, et al, whose pathetic posturing would be comical if it weren't so destructive.
By the way, God didn't move away from America. . . .