More Than Just Musings #15

CRISES OR A CRISIS

Do we have CRISES involving poverty, homelessness, housing, drugs (illegal and prescription), mental health, justice reform, immigration and demographics, wage/wealth disparity, legacy versus meritorious rewards, social security, public education, morality/situation ethics, health care, fair and adequate tax reform, gun violence, climate change and campaign finance reform?

Or, do we have a CRISIS of our Democracy, a crisis that if resolved would make all CRISES above solvable?

Despite our efforts to screen and support our candidates for office, we end up with elected officials who ignore our concerns and support special interests -- all designed to protect their incumbency, garner power, and enhance their financial status.

Do we elect the wrong people?

Do the tribes, Democratic or Republican, funnel our choices?

What role does our semi-mindless allegiances play?

What role do the rules and restrictions play in limiting our choices?

Do we elect the "right" people but place them in an impossible situation?

Upon arrival in D. C. do the tribes exert absolute control?

If so, where do the tribes get this power?

Are the lobbyists -- who represent individuals, companies, and associations with their treasure and promise of future rewards - legitimate advocates and consultants or bagmen?

Short of complete campaign finance reform with RICO (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) penalties, the CRISES will remain unresolved.

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