Replacing the inbred political class with “Bipartisan Vigilance Voting”

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I have written that the most fundamental problem our nation faces is that representative government has been displaced by an inbred, self-serving, self-perpetuating political class. Further, that this class serves as handmaiden to what has become the nation’s most powerful interest group: the government class, comprised of the permanent welfare/regulatory state bureaucracy and the legions of direct beneficiaries who sup at the same tax-laden table.

 

The fact that the so-called “stimulus” package is so heavy in expansions of bureaucracy and government programs, and so light on bricks-and-concrete infrastructure projects makes it a perfect demonstration of that handmaiden relationship. The measure makes no sense even under the flawed logic of Keynesian “pump priming,” but it makes perfect sense as an exercise in expanding the power and resources of the government class.

 

The report that 40 percent of the 9,000 “earmarks” in a $300 billion follow-on spending package are intended to benefit Republican office holders is a perfect illustration of how the disconnected political class is bipartisan.

 

Both of these bills are examples of the kind of thing that happens when people lose control of their government.

 

How to get it back? I don’t know, but I’m quite sure that just electing more Republicans will not in itself bring about any fundamental change. If that is your goal, making this your focus is allowing yourself to be trapped inside a sterile conceptual box.

 

Montie Rainey, a guest columnist at the Jacksonville, Florida Daily Sun, offers a suggestion for getting outside the box:

 

“The key to victory for this first of its kind rebellion will involve an innovative strategy: Bipartisan vigilance voting. With one vote, voters could potentially remove from office all of Washington’s corrupt and entrenched ruling class – without Democratic voters having to vote for a Republican, or Republican voters having to vote for a Democrat.

 

“. . .  America’s second revolution, if it is to be won, must be fought in our primaries. Republican voters, in 2010, must pledge to replace their entrenched congressional incumbents with a new generation, or breed, of Republican representatives. Democratic voters must pledge to replace their entrenched incumbents with a new breed of Democratic representatives.

 

“. . . Should voters decide to take full advantage of their newfound power in next year’s primaries, the most important outcome won’t be which candidate, Democrat or Republican, goes on to win in the general election. It will be the fact that our nation will be rid of the hundreds of politicians who have directly or indirectly been sustaining Washington’s culture of corruption and keeping our nation’s capital the unethical cesspool it is.”

 

Frankly, it seems a bit pie-in-the-skyish, and I don’t think it really gets at handmaiden-to-the-government-class issue, but this guy is at least thinking outside the box and correctly analyzing the nature of the problem. Read the whole thing here.

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3 Responses to “Replacing the inbred political class with “Bipartisan Vigilance Voting””

  1. quigonjames Says:

    Amen, it’s not Republicans or Democrats ruining this country, it’s politicians. Until We The People stand up and do something about it nothing will change.

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