"Mode Than Just Musings" #17
Tribal leaders are not absolute. Most
of the time elections leave the tribes, Democrats or Republicans, with
a small margin. Within the tribes, sub-tribes (The Freedom Caucus or
the "the far left") take root with ten to fifteen percent of the tribes.
Their power is in extorting the tribal leaders for their essential votes.
With these votes the tribal leaders in the majority do not have to negotiate
and compromise with members across the aisle to control the agenda and
pass legislation. Without the sub-tribes votes and with the unacceptability
of "reaching crossing the aisle," Congress becomes non-deliberative
Two tribes occupy one territory, one
controls the water and the other has all the cashew production. All
members of both tribes have a genetic defect that requires water and
cashews, and both tribes recognize the need to work out a fair solution.
In the process a sub-tribe demands that the accordion become the national
instrument but a sub-tribe from the other tribe opposes this demand
and proposes the harmonica. Everything stops to iron out this issue
and they settle on the piccolo. (A hundred years later a contestant
on a quiz show is asked to name our nation instrument and responds
"We have a national instrument?" When told it is the piccolo, says
"Really, what's a piccolo?")
Work on the cashew/water bill begins
anew, but is again delayed to settle the issue of Ugs or Rockport
Walkers as the national footwear. Months go by before barefoot becomes
the "people's choice." (Like prohibition, the law is ignored.) Meanwhile,
all legislation to fund and solve the nation's problems -- security,
infrastructure, education, health care, etc. dies in committee, never
making the floor. All to the joy of the lobbyists and their patrons
who just might have had a hand in the accordion and Rockport Walkers.
The solution to the problem is to take
the power away from the lobbyist with serious campaign finance reform
and from the tribes by promoting transparency, eliminating gerrymandering,
scrapping the electoral college, requiring a sixty-vote majority for
lifetime appointments, and encouraging and protecting voter rights.
All will encourage open-minded bipartisan candidates, inspire citizen
participation, depoliticize the Supreme Court, and ban "legal bribery."
The 28th Amendment to the Constitution
is a good place to start.
Contact: Jim Hamm at... 1776
Contact your Representative--
......Proposed 28 Ademendent