Our Leaders are Often the Cause,
With the Exception for Our Leaders, of High Integrity.
Along with Deficient Aspects
Of Our Government’s Structure
Lying as a StrategyLying, as a political strategy, is entrenched in our political system. We need to stop it and confront leaders who lie. One solution is to add the legal requirement to – speak the truth – to their oath of office, with repercussions when it is broken. Money Corrupts Politics Over $3 billion is spent yearly on lobbying, over $55 billion since 1998. This corrupts politics. $6 billion is spent during our general elections, and if you are not sure that this is too much, imagine a pile of $1 bills over 400 miles high, twice as high as the International Space Station. We spend 120 times more than is spent during England’s general elections. We could learn from them. It must be our priority to take 95 percent of political spending out of politics. Lack of IntegrityWe must become intolerant of low integrity and speak out each time it occurs. Are we expecting that good government can flow from electing people of low integrity? False Ideology Replaces FactWe must not run our government on ideolgy. It is folly to make decisions based on ideolgy, rather than accurate information. Gerrymandering & Voter SuppressionWe still have leaders who think it is proper for our Republic to control who can vote. This is the best indication that term limits and recall are necessary to restrain and remove corrupt leadership.
Unlimited Re-election Fosters DysfunctionIn 1947 Congress pushed for and passed a Constitutional Amendment to limit Presidential terms after Franklin D. Roosevelt served 4 terms. They wanted to limit Presidential power, and we should do the same for them. Term limits are necessary to encourage our leaders to focus on serving the people, rather than the special interests, who are funding continuous re-election. Lack of Term Limits46 states have Term limits for State Supreme Court judges, from 6 to 14 years. 15 states have Term Limits for elected officials. National term limits for Congress, Federal Courts, and the Supreme Court, would promote better governance and weigh more power toward the people. Lack of Recall20 states have Recall for state officials. 34 states have Recall for local officials. Our Republic’s responsiveness to the people would be enhanced by a National Recall law – to remove Congressmen, the President, and Judges. 14% Congressional ApprovalIt is hard to imagine that Congress has a 14 percent average approval rating. No other organization could continue to operate with such a low level of approval. They would be removed from their job. Stop Revolving DoorThere is a revolving door between government employment and business employment. This serves to further increase the influence of business in government. It must be stopped.
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