"More Than Just Musing" #11

ROOT OF THE PROBLEM

Health care, mental health care, gun violence, racism, wages/wealth disparity, poverty, education, the environment, foreign policy, the electoral college, gerrymandering, lack of transparency, free and fair elections, individual freedoms, and a host of other important issues - are the problems but not the root of the problem.

What if we sent Representatives and Senators to Washington who were intelligent, sincere, compassionate, knowledgeable and had strength of character. (I think in many cases we do.)

What if these representatives were not immediately compromised by their tribes, Democratic or Republican, by being assigned to a telephone bank to raise funds, by being placed on committees irrelevant to their mission, and by being beguiled by lobbyists with money, promises of future rewards, and more money.

What then would be on the legislative agenda in the House and Senate.

Would the legislative priorities change. Would issues of importance crowd out the forty-three votes to terminate ObamaCare.

What legislation would be passed into law before the next round of elections.

What if we passed a 28th Amendment to the Constitution (THEYCANTWECAN.COM, a rough draft) that would invite these types of candidates, demand transparency, eliminate gerrymandering, encourage voter participation, and take the money out of politics.

So, why fight the fight on a dozen, or two dozen, or five dozen worthy issues on a range from the environment to gun violence, when we could focus on the root -- a non-deliberative Congress -- corrupted by corporate America and other self-serving interests.

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