I really don’t know when the governments switched from using rhetoric to use the system of bribery to get their ideas across to each other, but more importantly to the people in general.
There are 435 Representatives in the House and 36 new Senators. Their salaries should be less than the president, which is $200,000.00 a year which comes to $400,000.00 for two years, which is the term of office for a representative, who then tries to get re-elected. This is a total salary of $188,400,000.00. Then why would they spend over $4,000,000,000.00 on advertisements on radio and TV? Just to make so little money or to help all the people who elected them or is it the unannounced benefits that they receive from all those “benefactors” who contributed to their election.
This last advertising/shows were one of the dirtiest (meanest/underhanded/lying) things the campaign managers did, I believe, in the history of the pre-election campaigns. That a “mentally disturbed” person shot so many people was a direct result from these advertisements. I was always taught that if you couldn’t say anything good about a person, you didn’t say anything. You especially didn’t lie in public about the other person. I am sure that the campaign managers will be called onto the carpet (told off) as to what is true and what is not.
Maybe it’s just that the politics in the world have gotten to the point where the politicians no longer think that they should be held accountable by their constituents (voters) as the only ones they have to worry about is the person who lines their pockets with “contributions” (?bribes?).
There are now a few countries in the world, Sudan, Tunisia and Egypt where the people are taking things into their own hands to change the way the people in charge are treating them. Isn’t this one of the ideas behind the American Revolution in 1774 and the reason behind the Declaration of Independence?
I am not condoning or asking people to revolt against the government, but I am asking them to start requiring that those people who they elect start to listen and do the things that the “people” would like them to do. I know that in the 60’s that a Senator from Colorado would send a survey out to all of his constituents about what THEY thought about items that were coming up for a vote in the Senate. I have always thought that this is what ALL Congressperson’s should do at least 4 times a year. And then publish what the majority thought and prove that they voted the way the majority wants.
- Cellphones Track Voting in Southern Sudan (spectrum.ieee.org)
- Obama Optimistic but Wary About Vote on Southern Sudan Secession (politicsdaily.com)
- Senior US envoy presses for democracy in Tunisia (alternet.org)
- Sudan Vote Sets President on Path – Wall Street Journal (news.google.com)
- Sudan’s Turabi held after ‘Tunisia’ revolt warning – AFP (news.google.com)