Posted on | February 5, 2013 | 40 Comments
There are two possible ways to address this problem. One is to elect people that everyone trusts. The problem with that is that there aren’t any politicians that everyone trusts — and, alas, if there were, the odds are good that such trust would turn out to be misplaced.
The other option is to place less power within the political sphere. The less power the government has, the less incentive for corruption, and the less that can go wrong when the government misbehaves. The problem with this approach is that the political class likes a powerful government — it’s one of the reasons that the Washington, DC, area, where much of the political class lives, is beginning to resemble the Capital City in The Hunger Games, prospering while the rest of the country suffers.
Maybe it’s a variation on the second option, but I predict that the 22nd Amendment is expanded upon to cover Congress, and perhaps even the SCOTUS, in the next couple of decades. As Director Blue pointed out a couple of years ago, incumbency has bred a Ruling Class, and substantially corrupted the Founder’s idea of self-rule. This is disastrous on at least two fronts:
- There is no way, given a 300 million+ population, that the number fit to hold office is that small. We can’t be that hurting for talent.
- There is no excuse for our system of government to overgrow itself to the point that it takes a professional cadre with a lifetime of knowing where the bodies are buried in order to operate the thing. No. We keep it simple, and we swap out the people in charge at a reasonable frequency so that the playing field stays level.
The bad news is that the voters chose to run us hard aground last November. The good news is that the goal for what to do, restore our Constitution to a representative state, is a straightforward. The exact path we take to get there, whether through or around the GOP, remains to be seen.
Update: linked by Jackie Wellfonder.
Update II: linked by Bob Belvedere.