Becoming Rich in America, The Career Politician
Prior to the 1960’s, if you wanted to become wealthy, you were told to work hard. In the 70’s and 80’s, the quickest way to fortune was to invest in real estate. Today, the fastest route to fame and fortune is to become a career politician. As soon as you let it be known that you are running for a public office, no matter how bad your platform is, someone is going to want to contribute to your campaign. They know that by sliding a little money in your pocket, if you get elected, they’ll have you in their pocket. The farther up the political ladder you move, the more money you can make.
Our state and federal governments are loaded with career politicians who have never known what it’s like to put in a hard day’s work. They come from wealthy families that don’t have to struggle to pay bills or put food on the table. Do you honestly believe that a career politician, such as Ted Kennedy, knew what life is like for the average American? Yet we elect these people over and over again to represent us, because they tell us that they understand what we are going through and they will make a change in government. What they neglect to tell us is the changes they have planned is for their benefit, not ours.
Politicians will not serve the common people of this nation until they are common people of this nation. Politicians are rich to begin with or else they could not afford to run as an “effective” candidate. They do not relate to common people and speak only in euphemistic idealism and platitudes of popular ideals. None of which they have any intentions of following through with. They have no idea what it is like to be a common American.
“By the people, for the people”; our founding fathers tried to create a form of government that would be a representation for all the people, by all the people. They envisioned true citizen legislators that would come from all walks of life, not just the wealthy that could afford to be elected representing those that couldn’t. These citizen legislators were meant to serve their time in office, and then return to their normal lives. A perfect example of this scenario would be the legendary American frontiersman, Davy Crockett. A courageous American from the frontier of Tennessee, who served the people of his state as a congressman, then returned to the frontier and voluntarily gave his life for the freedom of another territory, Texas, simply because it was the right thing to do. This was a true citizen legislator. How many of our politicians today would be willing to leave office and fight for Libya’s freedom?
Serving your country should be an honor, not a career, unless you‘re a soldier. We need term limits for all politicians, because apparently Americans are not smart enough to realize that things won’t change by putting the same politicians in place year after year. We keep making the same mistakes by re-electing the same people, but expect a different outcome.
The time has come for us to get control of our incredibly dysfunctional form of government and set the things straight. This will require an effort equal to what happened in Egypt and Tunisia, and trying to happen in Libya. Until we have common people in the legislature and running the government, we are never going to solve the problems in this country. Real change will only happen if and when we make it happen.
This is Part I of a multi-part blog about the problems in America forced upon us by career politicians.
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