Sunday, November 02, 2008

A Quiet Revolution

I have been reading about the founding of the United States, and about some of the founding fathers in an attempt to find out where things went awry. As one author said the founding fathers were in an enviable position, even those with no aristocratic background had a chance at the formation of the new government. It is probably the first and most likely last time in our history where a person from a humble background, or at least one viewed as humble by British standards would have a true place in the formation and running of our Republic. Talent was the key to success, those with wisdom and the ability to communicate their ideas had the best chance of rising in the newly born government.

I believe that along the way the United States has developed its own aristocracy, a political class made up of the wealthy few. True some possess a talent for governing and leading, most depend on family fortunes and their place in society for their position – no longer can one of the lower or middle classes rise to any prominence in the government. Precious few make it past city councils, if they even have a chance at that. The countless millions thrown at the presidential race prove that point, and in accepting this money a representative is now owned by those donors, vice the public.

We are about to elect a president, and despite the rhetoric on how the candidate will change things, he or she in fact is only one person and must still answer to the system of checks and balances. Unfortunately the deck can be stacked, a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives, the amount of power the executive office has gathered for itself since Truman, and a house and senate dominated by one party negates these checks and balances to the detriment of all.

What is needed is a quiet revolution where those possessing the wisdom necessary, whatever their class, slowly integrate themselves into the government. Money plays a big role. It will be tough to buck the banking industry, big oil, big coal, and other special interests. If it wasn’t so tough we’d already have an American made Hydrogen car on the road, production of which would put thousands back to work and our power would be coming from renewable resources – instead the hunt for more fossil fuels continues unabated.

The best course is to arm yourself with knowledge. Turn off the TV and start becoming engaged in the governmental process. This goes for citizens in every country. Even small change affected by an educated populace is a large victory in the revolution. Taking the government back from the CEOs and special interest groups and restoration of individual liberties remains a paramount goal for this revolution.


At 11:30 AM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

Not everyone will be happy with who the president turns out to be.

At 11:42 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

ll: Fortunately one man does not a country make...

At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good thots, phos,
but if i were in position
of owning everything and controlling
all means necessary to keep on owning everything, then there's no way in hell i'm going to let someone else come up and jeopardize my holdings -- in short, i ain't going quietly


At 2:23 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

/t.: Time to put the guillotine out in the town square...

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Deep thought here. I likes the
reality of the Founding Fathers bein' men of insight and energy , not jes' the silk britches bunch.

But I reckon I'se been thinkin' all along that it is still that way. I mean, Eisenhower wasn't no rich man, or Jimmy Carter, nor was Reagan --his background was rather modest. I think Nixon's was too. An we all knows the Bill Clinton was ah, (sorry) trailer trash.

Lots of these modest ones is a problem. Think Dennis Hastert, whose family owns a fried chicken joint. ALcee Hastings? Ick.

Some of them senate millionaires is jes' regular self made men--Corker of Tennessee laid brick an' started a construction company--I reckon a fella like that knows a thang or two about what it means to be a workin' man and a workin' CEO who knows he's gotta make payroll, fend off the nuisance suits, try to keep the unions honest. In fact, I is thinkin' the best recommendation we might have fer leadership is a self made rich person.

Thang is, ter mah mind, honesty doan know rich or poor, common of royal.

A poor man is vulnerable to temptations of perks and graft. A rich man is tempted by how much power money might buy...seems to me, a body is honest--or not, an' money ain't the measure of honesty.

At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


ha ha ha -- maybe :)

hmm, i like aunty belle's
considered thoughts here, too


At 3:43 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

AB: For every self made man there's a Roosevelt, or a Kennedy, or a Bush. I realize not all the politicos had wealthy backgrounds, but damn sure had money behind them when they ran - the source of that money is what leads to the part of the problem. Even the race for sheriff of our county has run into almost $400k for the incumbent to try to win his a 90K a year job. Makes you wonder doesn't it???

/t.: AB makes a good point. Not all politicians come form wealthy backgrounds, yet are rapidly assimilated into a culture of greed and corruption - they all receive campaign money, and the folks handing them that money are going to want to get their money's worth. It is well to look into who your candidate is beholding to prior to voting for him or her. The other problem is we vote for the president, we don't have a say in his running mate, advisers, and the rest of the cronies and big campaign contributors he "rewards" for their help.

In Canada's case I'd tend to vote for someone who would privatize the liquor sales business, because dude, you are being raped for a six pack of beer up there.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger ANNA-LYS said...

Hi Phos,
Thank You!
PS I can't find the post You refer to in my comments DS

// Anna-Lys

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Indigo said...

Indigo Incarnates

I think our political system has failed the people on so many levels and in so many ways that it would fill an entire library to describe it all.

At 8:50 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

anna-lys - should be on the boneman link on my sidebar

At 2:23 AM, Blogger Alok said...

One of the astounding features of Indian Democracy is how people from poor backgrounds (Laloo Prasad Yadav, for example) have risen up in power. Then there are the intellectuals (like the current Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, who's a known authority in Economics).

But does that make India any better? Nope.

That's because a Democracy is what its people are, and people in India are nothing but lazy. When faced with a problem, they will say, "Let the Govt. handle it".


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