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

PART IV: The Peoples’ Actions

—   What we 99% must do? —

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.

Our problems of concern are a direct result of one fundamental root cause: The rules and laws our political leaders have provided themselves. The key persons to blame for our problems are Career politicians who have developed their rules and laws leading to the U.S. Oligarchy. Key actions “we the people” must take that form a framework for further discussion and to develop an expanded list are:

1.   Prepare for a non-violent war. An oligarchy is not easily overthrown since they “own” many citizens now dependent upon government checks. Our path forward is to use:

  • Knowledge as our weapon — provide facts to the 99%.
  • Ballots as our bullets — use our voting “democracy” to challenge the oligarchy.

2.   Require new career politician “rules:”

  • Eliminate all politician special perks, e.g., retirement, healthcare, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, and no payments to social security and other payroll taxes.
  • Require politicians to abide by all laws that apply to the people, e.g., insider trading, corporate intelligence, healthcare, and other laws.
  • Require “real time” transparency for all gifts, donations, tickets, transportation, and anything else of monetary value where:
    • Transparency means information is available to the public within one week.
    • Monetary value includes anything over one dollar in value.
  • Establish new laws with stiff penalties for politicians, e.g.,
    • Penalties for insider trading
    • Penalties for failure to report gifts, or abide by any of the other new rules.

3.   Get candidates on the record by asking them in public meetings or through the media if they will introduce and support the above (and other) rule changes. Ideally, several citizens working together should each ask about one topic. These might take the form of questions like: Do you believe Congressional rules and law exclusions that allow you to increase your personal wealth must be eliminate? Will you initiate and support making these changes?

4.   Analyze every political speech to determine if claims are accurate and logical. Expose the rhetoric for what it is using all available means. Determine if what is said is simply what we want to hear or addressing an issue with a token solution. Become aware of the politicians’ tactical tricks.

5.   Communicate facts by any and all means including:

  • Word of mouth through family and friend discussions, media, TV/radio, and meetings.
  • In writing on Twitter, Facebook, email, texting, newspapers, blogs, and magazines.
  • March on Washington, D.C. and state capital streets — like citizens in other countries.

By taking actions focused on politician’s rules and laws we can expose those who truly want to represent us rather than themselves. Career politicians will fight using scare, seduction, and misleading tactical tricks to divert our focus to divisive socially sensitive issues such as entitlements, equality, abortion, gay rights, etc. Also, related topics not covered in this series are: (1) who will identify when rules are being violated, (2) who should investigate and prosecute, (3) who should be the judge, and (4) what should be the penalties. These too are important issues since under present rules, fellow Congressmen do these functions. They have demonstrated they cannot or will not do what needs to be done.

In conclusion, this four-part analysis of our present problems indicates our government has changed, we have common problem concerns, and corrective actions can be taken that can and should unite all of us to achieve real (not rhetorical) objectives. It is up to each of us to learn and act before it is to late. 

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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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