"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Death of Democracy - Special Interest Money

"THE SECOND charge against the House of Representatives is, that it will be too small to possess a due knowledge of the interests of its constituents. . . . The House of Representatives as above explained it seems to give the fullest assurance, that a representative for every THIRTY THOUSAND INHABITANTS will render the latter both a safe and competent guardian of the interests which will be confided to it."

- - - - The Federalist Papers #56

"The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative."

- - - - Article One; Section Two.  The Constitution of the United States


American Democracy is Near Death 
Candidates of both parties no longer represent local voters, they are bought and paid for by Billionaire Cartels of Labor Unions and Corporations
  • Our elections are a sham.  Because of the massive size of districts only candidates who are millionaires or those funded by wealthy interests have any chance of being elected.
  • And those wealthy special interests want to be paid back out of the US Treasury. 

By Gary;

Massive Corruption  -  The Constitution is on life support and the prognosis is not good.

Our Federalist Founding Fathers wrote a Constitution for a true Republic.  The state legislatures would elect US Senators to represent their interests and small House districts would allow the common people to have a real voice in government.

This system worked well for the longest time.  Many different political parties from the Greenback Party to Anti-Masonic to Free Soil were rapidly created, won elections and often vanished just as fast.  People really did have the power to influence their Federal government.

US Senate Corruption  -  The adoption of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution gave the people the right to directly vote for US Senators. 

But over time the unintended consequence of the amendment was a need by the candidates for almost unlimited campaign money to buy TV, radio ads and pay for millions of pieces of direct mail.  Candidates now come on their knees like beggars to labor unions and big multi-national corporations to get funding for the endless and ultra-expensive media wars. . . . . and those who give the money want to get repaid out of the US Treasury in the form of direct cash, protection from competitors, special laws for their industry or tax breaks.
Congressman Charles Randall
He represented the Prohibition Party
in the House back when the US had
truly free elections.

House of Representatives Corruption  -  Our Founders insisted on small Congressional districts of 30,000 persons in order to have a true "People's House."  But by 1910 Congress decided to no longer add new members as required by the Constitution.  Because of population growth district size began to massively mushroom to the current 700,000 people per seat.

In 1914 the House had five different political parties representing the people - The Democrat, Republican, Progressive, Socialist and Prohibition Parties all had elected members. 

Even as late as 1944 there were four parties in Congress.  But the election of 1948 was the last of the old free elections when a single smaller party won one seat. 

Since 1948 because of massively large districts elections have become "Federalized" with endless big money buying the seats for the two major parties.  Not one single smaller party has won a seat in the House since 1950.  The US is the only "democratic" nation in the world where the same parties win 100% of all elections. 

What the voters in the districts want becomes increasingly meaningless as their voices are drowned out in a sea of corrupt special interest money centralized in Washington D.C.

The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves.

The answer is election reform with a major increase in House membership.  House of Commons districts in both the United Kingdom and Canada average about 100,000 people, not the 700,000 in America.  Only when average people can again afford to run for Congress will we get a return to a Republic.

A 19th Century Political Stump Speech.
Unlike today, true democracy existed in 19th Century America.  Because the size of House districts was small the main expense a candidate had was to open a few kegs of beer, jump on the nearest tree stump and explain his positions to voters who may or may not have been sober.  It is the opinion of many that a candidate sounds better with every additional beer.

The Corrupt Elections of 2012

The massive influx of outside special interest money into local House races is staggering.  No matter who the winner is he has become a Congressional-Serf to the Masters that funded his campaign to the tune of millions of dollars. 

Local voters have almost no say in the election of their own representatives.  Power brokers in Washington D.C. decide for us lowly citizens who will get the funding needed to win elections.

So far in 2012, Democratic groups have generally been able to keep pace with the competition. Outside groups have spent about $60 million trying to help GOP candidates since June 1 and about $49 million trying to help out Democratic candidates.

Overall, outside spending for House races is expected to at least double what took place in the 2010 elections. Then, outside groups spent nearly $94 million on House races. This cycle, outside groups have already spent $151.5 million,  reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Theodore Sedgwick
Speaker of the House of Representatives
representing the Federalist Party.  His district
had about 30,000 people.  Voters could easily
meet their candidate without millions in
corrupt special interest money being spent.
The Labor Department data show about 3,000 local unions, their national parents and labor federations reporting at least some spending on politics and lobbying each year since 2005. Just 35 unions accounted for more than half of it, according to the Journal's analysis.

The top political spender, counting both what is reported to the Labor Department and what is reported to the FEC, was the Service Employees International Union. Unlike most unions, the SEIU has seen its membership grow—to 1.9 million last year from 1.5 million in 2005. It reported labor unions spending $150 million on politics and lobbying in 2009 and 2010, up from $62 million in 2005 and 2006 reports The Wall Street Journal.

Republican support groups are just getting started.  Crossroads GPS, one of the deep-pocketed groups co-founded by Karl Rove, is launching a three-week, $8.1 million broadcast campaign in 11 House districts in New York to Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Nevada, Indiana and California.
The Chamber of Commerce launched an $8 million ad campaign on behalf of 20 GOP candidates in close House races in California, New York and Illinois. It also weighed in for two Democratic incumbents.
American Action Network and the Congressional Leadership Fund, two Republican support groups led by former Republican Senator Norm Coleman, have spent about $3.1 million so far on House races. They said they will spend at least $13.5 million more during the campaign's final month.

Read more at: The San Francisco Chronicle.

92% of labor union spending goes to Democrats.
Countless millions in corrupt campaign money have been poured into local races by centralized power brokers for both unions and corporations.  The so-called "winners" no longer represent the local voters.  The winners are nothing but Serfs to their Money Masters. 

The Founding Fathers wrote into the Constitution that there
be small House districts to ensure true democracy.
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"It is not enough that your Legislature should be numerous; it should also be divided." - - - Ben Franklin

"Ambition must be made to counteract ambition." - - - James Madison

"Divided we ever have been, and ever must be." - - - John Adams

"Divided we stand, united we fall." - - - Thomas Jefferson

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