Is Washington DC elected empire, up to the task?
To summarize current American political challenges:
- Middle America has two fronts of domestic conflict to manage, the radical wealthy elite and the radical desperate poor in North America.
- Middle America faces eight elephants: war, immigration, ecology, recession, foreclosure, joblessness, tax, and debt.
The third millennium promises immense challenge as well as opportunity for middle America.
America’s love affair with democracy weakens. Over 234 years, the representation ratio of congresspersons to citizens has gone from 1776, one congressperson per 26,666 citizens to 2010, one congressperson per 573,831 citizens. This is a 21.5 multiple decrease in congressional representation over 234 years. (573,831/26,666) Democratic leadership fails when representation fails.
In 1776, Americans refused to be governed by the British empire without representation. In 2010, why should America be governed by a Washington DC elected empire at less than 5% the representation of 1776? British empire or Washington DC elected empire, where’s the difference?
Reform of American government is necessary to restore civic faith in government’s ability to solve challenging problems. It is required to bolster person-power in government to levels capable of dealing with more difficult and sophisticated local and international government challenges.
Part of political unrest in America is citizen suspicion and distrust of government. Greater citizen government participation dispels suspicion and bolsters trustworthiness and legitimacy in government. The first task of government is to firmly establish consent of the governed. How better than to include more of the governed in the government to participate and view first hand government workings and challenges. Everyone has something to contribute. All hands on deck!
Bad service requires more waiters. Fires everywhere requires more fighters. Crime requires more police. Elected oligarchy requires more congresspersons. Elected monarchy requires more presidents. America lacks governance? Keep the congress and add 11k more. Keep the president and add 8 more. Democracy disperses power. Autocracy consolidates power. Step it up, America. Be proactive. Check out plan-b.
Citizen is coach to team democracy. Coach is responsible for success. It’s your call, coach.
Seeking presidential candidate (for one of 9 elected executive branch presidents) 2016