IN THE USA . . . When Congress was first created, it WAS NOT supposed to be FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT for ELECTED people to serve in Government. It was designed to give delegates chosen by the people in FAIR ELECTIONS, the responsibility to speak on behalf of their Constituents to form policies on a part-time basis.
IN CANADA . . . It’s no different, but in some respects even worse, since the people really don’t choose who represents them as much as it is the Parties. And once elected, the Members of Parliament ONLY SUPPORT their PARTY, which becomes nothing more than government by decree.
FDR . . . After being elected to 4-TERMS in Office (1932-1945), where he died, and was replaced by his Vice President (Harry Truman), who in my opinion was a far better man than him . . . On February 27, 1951 – the Congress, with the SUPPORT of the American People, ratified by the requisite number of States, the confirmation of the TWENTY-SECOND AMENDMENT . . . limiting the Presidency to a MAXIMUM of 2-TERMS per man or woman.
Politicians, who are elected in the TRADITION of Governments Of the People, By the People and For the People . . . have all but raped this concept by making Government in the 21st Century an OFFSHOOT of an OLIGARCHY, where Government has little to do with service to the people, nearly as much as it has to do with service to themselves.
John McCain has already served 6-TERMS in the Senate (36-YEARS), and now, at 80-Years Old, he’s running for yet another Term of 6-MORE Years, it DENIGRATES by a HUGE MARGIN, the original intent of a LIMITED GOVERNMENT, as President Lincoln so aptly articulated at Gettysburg, during the wind-up of the Civil War – when he said that the American Government must be . . . Of the People, By the People, and For the People.
The Fact that BIG GOVERNMENT has become . . . Of the Politicians, By the Politicians and For the Politicians; instead of . . . Of the People, By the People and For the People . . . Big Government has STRIPPED the American People of any real control or input into their Government, that now . . . more than ever before, TERM LIMITS for Congress must become an Amendment no less important than the 22nd Amendment.
IT IS A FACT PROVEN BY HISTORY AND STATISTICS . . . that once in Power, a Politician gains access to all that is needed to STAY IN POWER, until he or she decides to call it quits, or until he or she does something extraordinary to bother the Media or Party Insiders, since even avowed CHEATS, THIEVES, & LIARS get reelected as long as they RUB THE RIGHT PEOPLE THE RIGHT WAY.
I think it’s easier to eliminate an INFESTATION of COCKROACHES from a FLOPHOUSE, than it is to remove a Politician from any Riding, rich or poor . . . and regardless of how well or poorly he or she has performed.
And that contravenes the essence of what we believe to be our “Democracies”.
Judges should NEVER be appointed or elected for life. But rather, should be ELECTED by their Peers and by the People for designated periods of time, based upon how they’ve ruled.
Teachers shouldn’t be guaranteed a job for life. And neither should be Bureaucrats.
ESPECIALLY POLITICIANS . . . who should be elected as they currently are . . . Of the People, By the People, and For the People, instead of forever . . . TO A LIMITED NUMBER OF TERMS.
Politicians should be elected, as they are in Texas, to meet in session, as in the case of Texas, on the Second Tuesday of every other ODD YEAR, not sitting for more than 140 Days, where a Texas Legislator earns a GRAND SUM OF $41,000 for two terms.
The Texas Legislation’s Job is to set the Budget and Agenda for two years, to be carried out by select Committees, which can be headed by Members of either Party.
And if the State needs extra time Legislating, the Governor can call the Legislature back to Austin for NO MORE THAN 30-DAYS, and only to Debate and Vote for SPECIFIC MATTERS, where the Legislators will be paid for the extra time Served, to a grand SUM OF $190 per day.
THIS WAS THE WAY THE FOUNDERS . . . imagined Government should be. But, rather than being like Texas and several other States that are as Conservative in terms of how their Governments work, and pays so little in terms of income to their Legislators, Washington (and Ottawa) has made their Legislators RICH through unbelievable Salaries, Obscene Perks and Pensions, that it is not even close to being a Part Time Job, but in effect, has become a MEGA TRILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY that virtually no one is willing to give up. And how can you blame them?
I focused on Texas; because Texas is a Growing State with an already Massive Population that is knocking on the Door to 30-MILLION People, close enough in size to Canada.
Yet, it has a really small Legislature that meets only when required, a Balanced Budget, and an influx of people from all over the USA and beyond, for which it must accommodate.
And because of new and ever increasing demands on the Texas Infrastructure, especially with dwindling revenues from Oil and Natural Gas, instead of INCREASING the Budget, this current year’s Texas Legislature is demanding that all of it’s agencies reduce their budgets by 4% with the exception of a few programs that are unassailable.
Which means that Texans might have to pull in their belts a bit, but won’t get skinned otherwise. And when the times get better again, Texas won’t be mired in debt forcing them to raise taxes and catch-up to the rest of the country.
AS YOU KNOW FROM MY WRITINGS . . . I have nothing but disdain for Big Governments and Professional Politicians, and that I am 100% convinced that all of our societies would be MILES ahead without them.
Not only do Big Governments and Professional Politicians add nothing to our National Welfare, they in fact DETRACT from the progress of our Societies.
We have become so DEPENDENT and FEARFUL of our Governments . . . that the days, when we have been as free as we thought we were, are long gone, and maybe that’s the reason people are moving to Trump before it becomes too late.
And it is probably the reason, which will ignite the next Revolution, in one way or another, since the Government will never SURRENDER its Power, and enough of the people will never succumb.
I THINK TRUMP IS GOING TO WIN . . . But win or lose; it almost doesn’t matter, since we are at a critical crossroad in our development, that won’t be settled strictly by debate.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov