Dysfunctional Government? — Let’s Fix It! — PART III

PART III: Common Concerns Of The 99%

— Are diverse concerns symptoms of a bigger cause? —

PART I concluded our government is now an oligarchy ruled by a handful of career politicians who are enabled by a few wealthy and/or powerful. PART II answered the question: How did this government change happen? Here the concerns most of us have are shown to be the result of a key root cause, and that blame is often misplaced.

We can develop solutions to our problems and action plans necessary to reclaim our republic if we “the 99%” recognize our problems’ root causes. Today political rulers blame others for every problem. This tactic is an attempt to mislead, confuse and divide us. Some Wall Street Occupiers and Tea Party members have fallen into this trap. Collectively, their concerns reflect the general public’s concerns. All of us need to focus on root causes, unite, and work together to eliminate the causes. “Occupiers” and “Tea Partiers” fingers’ pointing blame suggest their concerns differ, but looking at implied solutions shows they are similar.

“Occupier’s” concerns have not yet coalesced, but two seem to dominate:

  • Distribute wealth and power. — Eliminating our present oligarch system and returning to a republic will change the balance.
  • Individual opportunities and freedoms for all. — Setting priorities, and electing leaders who represent us over the long-term rather than themselves in the short-term can address education, jobs, and other individual liberties concerns.

“Tea Partier’s concerns:”

  • Government’s size and control. —  Again eliminating our present oligarch system and returning to a republic will reinstate this principle.
  • Individual opportunities and freedoms for all. — Again setting priorities, and electing leaders who represent us rather than themselves reinstate these principles.
  • Curb excessive spending (deficits and debt). — Solutions to the preceding bullets solve this problem too.

The problems of concern to all of us are caused and embedded in the present “US Oligarchy.” This oligarchy of career politicians exists because of career politicians’ need for power and control that have resulted in their:

  • Doing whatever it takes to keep their jobs.
  • Developing self-serving “rules” that allow
    • Bribes and favors from the wealthy and powerful
    • Increasing their personal wealth and power.
  • Providing return favors (laws, exemptions, etc.) to the wealthy and powerful who support them at the expense of the 99%.

Our problems of concern are a direct result of one fundamental “root cause:” The rules and laws our political leaders have given themselves. The key persons to blame are Career politicians who have developed their rules and laws leading to the U.S. Oligarchy. Caution: Oligarchies are difficult to change, our career politicians will fight to retain their oligarchy in some form.

Many argue that our problems are a result of greed and dishonesty by a few percent of our private sector citizens. Ask yourself these questions then decide who is really to blame and why:

  1. Do you believe 1-2% of the U.S. citizens are doing illegal things or simply working within the law for personal gain? Are they greedy if they’re working within the law?
  2. Would you, a group, or a business pay for a favor that is legal and yields a big return? Are you greedy?
  3. Are political leaders responsible for our laws and oversight of these laws to ensure the laws are implemented as intended?
  4. How do career politician, who are generally disliked, manage to rule the masses and continuously get reelected?
  5. Who is guilty, the person who accepts a bribe or the person who offers it in return for a favor?
  6. Who is guilty, the politicians’ who makes laws that allows them to receive bribes and other favors or the persons who offer bribes?

Conclusions: Our (oligarchy) career politicians are to blame for every problem we face today except for natural disasters. Most politicians likely sought public office with good intentions, but once elected their rules and corresponding laws provide temptations that few can resist. We must unite and work to change their rules.


Read more….. What to change and how citizens can make them happen are the subject of PART IV.

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Dr. Cleland’s Ph.D. is from Purdue University where he specialized in complex systems theory. His technical training and experiences includes analyses of many types of systems, involvement with numerous federal, state, and local agencies, and management of a broad set of set of professionals, services, and trades people. He has managed scientists, engineers, policemen, firefighters, environment, health, safety and emergency planning experts, building trades and maintenance crafts personnel, and others.

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