This holiday season when so many are traveling to visit loved ones and there is such a hue and cry about airport security, consider that many congressional members–who oversee the TSA–don’t have to be screened before getting on an airplane. These same congressional members don’t have to purchase their own health insurance through the same expensive, convoluted system they’ve set up for us to try to negotiate and afford. They also set their own salaries, determine their own raises, and their own (non)term limits. They don’t need to try to make ends meet on unemployment, because they can become lobbyists when they lose their jobs, which is why we don’t have laws against those deep-pocketed special interests, either. And they declare wars in which their children don’t fight and die.
Worst of all, every election season, they come to us, pleading with us to help them fix the system, when they are the system. They are the very ones who make the laws they so convincingly want us to fix.
I like our system. I like the three branches of government. I like the two-party system. But two hundred and thirty-four years into this experiment of democracy has pointed out a few bugs that need to be addressed, and they will not be addressed in any significant way by those who benefit from them.
There is a movement afoot to stage a new Constitutional Convention, but I also know there’s a book in the works about how that can go horribly wrong, too.
What’s the answer?
You tell me. I’m not a political person, but I will work tirelessly to fix these wrongs.