Saturday, February 07, 2009

Dispensing with Democracy, Really?

I came across another commentary about the lack of “democracy” concerning the vacant US Senate seat selection in Illinois, New Hampshire and New York. RealClearPolitcs’ Steve Chapman is upset with the situation and of course his solution is what, more democracy. While I agree with him that the situation in these states is questionable, Mr. Chapman’s solution will only add to the big money politics that has infected the US Congress, and will not provide the “people” with any more power than they have today, which if there is any remaining is rapidly becoming absent.

Comment: This country is not a democracy, it is a republic. This is one of the painful facts that neo-liberals fail to understand. This country is a collective group of “states” that grants limited power to the federal government, not the other way around. Power is first derived from God and given to the people and then given to the state; from the state to federal government. In the federal government the people are represented in the House of Representatives, and the States were supposed to be represented in the Senate. This all changed with the enacting of the 17th Amendment. The constitutional answer is not to provide for direct elections or governor appointments, but to allow for the state legislative body to choose their representative to Congress.

There will be many that are unhappy with the true historical process, but it is as the Founders intended. Certainly the Founders never intended for the US Senate to become this bloated viral infectious body where favor is given to the highest bidder or where a Kennedy can instantly buy a seat. Maybe if we moved back to the original intent the Founders developed through serious deliberation and reflection we wouldn’t have the ridiculous sums of money driving campaigns and silly appointments by lap dog governors, not to mention the moronic narcissistic oligarchs that inhabit that chamber. No one system is perfect, but give the Founders some credit, they recognized human weakness and created a form of government that was meant to protect the people, not the empowering of a central government as Mr. Chapman is advocating.

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