It’s becoming difficult to put into words the rage I feel every day when I wake up and our “leaders” in Washington still have not come to an agreement on raising the debit limit. As politicians continue to jockey along party lines, “We the People” are once again swept aside as our supposed representatives of the people play homage to the political action groups and bankrollers that put them in office in the first place. I am the “silent majority” that is fed up with Washington’s tomfoolery and my patience is rapidly wearing thin with our elected officials’ unwillingness to compromise (Zickar, 2011).
The majority of Americans aren’t caught up in the circus act that has come to define the “far right” and the “far left”. Most Americans don’t have time for that kind of extremism. We simply fall somewhere in between and we go about our business accordingly. We expect our elected officials to serve with our best interest because…well…that’s what they’re getting paid to do dammit! Our elected officials are adults. We trust they will act like adults and we afford them the means to do so without excessive oversight.
The problem is today’s politicians aren’t acting like adults. Like spoiled little brats, they’ve abused the means we’ve afforded them. Unsupervised, they have allowed themselves to be unduly influenced by grassroots organizations such as the Tea Party. Like little elementary school children, they have blindly signed pledges and pacts spearheaded by political action groups like Grover Norquist’s “Americans for Tax Reform”. Finally, they have prostituted their souls (and votes) to any big business willing to finance their election, and re-election, campaigns. These actions are not the actions of adults. Despite the belief otherwise, these actions do not represent the expectations of this country’s “silent majority”.
Drastic changes need to be made to the way in which our political system is structured. The status quo isn’t cutting it anymore. While some advocate yet more commissions to develop and oversee change, the reality is we already have too many damn commissions that do absolutely nothing to invoke change (Zickar, 2011). Two changes which would bring our elected officials back in line with the expectations of this country’s “silent majority” include the abolishment of political parties and the elimination of campaign monetary contributions by political action groups and businesses.
Abolishing political parties would accomplish two important things. First, by abolishing political parties, elected officials would be forced to concentrate and vote on the issues rather than party line ideology. This would force elected officials to pay closer attention to their constituents’ expectations. In addition, this would eliminate the deadlock which has come to define today’s federal government. You can’t vote strictly along party lines when there is no party.
Eliminating campaign monetary contributions by political action groups and businesses would go far in cutting down the amount of influence these entities have on today’s politicians. No longer would our elected officials feel “obligated” to vote in favor of an entity that helped bankroll and secure their election or re-election. Nor would these entities have the means to strong arm our representatives into voting in ways that are beneficial to the minority goals of the entity and not the good of the nation. As with eliminating political parties, this would place control of our politicians back into the hands of the people and force our “leaders” to pay closer attention to their constituents’ expectations.
I have been told my ideas for change are “naively simple”, unrealistic, and not attainable. I agree they are simple. However, they are anything but naïve and are quite realistic. What I propose is attainable…but if only our elected officials grow up and act like the adults we expect them to be. If change is to occur, our elected officials must be willing to put the good of the people above their own personal greed. It’s what this country’s “silent majority” expects and our “leaders” are running out of time to take heed.
Zickar, L. (2011, July 23). CNN Opinion. Retrieved July 26, 2011, from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/07/23/zickar.silent.majority/index.html?hpt=hp_t2