What we should do with Government
Let’s say that you’ve elected Joe the Plumber to your state legislature. He was a good, honest and principled man when in his home district, but when he gets to the legislature, he begins to vote against his districts interests, and taxes and regulations begin to rise back home. The people who once supported him gets together, and the inevitable is asked; “What do we do?”
How about we stop the cycle that continues this nonsense? How about you, We the People, get together and monitor your elected officials votes? How about you make him be accountable to you? How about you call him if you don’t think that he voted according to your wishes or what he said he would do? Should you put up a new candidate to run against him and back him, if your current elected official continually defies We the People?
Well, I must say, it all sounds nice, and it is what we should be doing. However, I would like to point out that we, currently, have a corrupt system that is basically driven by lobbyists and special interest groups. Centralizing government is an obvious fail. It happened to Parliament in England, and to many other such legislatures for all time, and now our Federal and State governments, even down to our local governments, have suffered the same fate: Corruption! A form of lobbying obviously occured, even in Ancient Rome, with the First and Second Triumvirates, influencing the Senate and other governmental powers in their favor, using money, and later on, their military power.
Why is lobbying is so effective? Why do special interest groups have so much influence in our governments? Imagine that you have two or three different representatives from your special interest group, lobbying in Washington. That’s bad, but imagine if every single organization who has money and thinks it can benefit from lobbying, has sent one or two, nice, trim, smart men and women up to Washington? Then, you have our current 5:1 ratio between lobbyists and legislators. Imagine the pressure that your elected representatives have when they have a relationship with so and so, who goes and plays golf with them every Wednesday, and who asks them to vote for a bill! And, imagine when a mere 435 representatives (currently) are representing 729, 273 and a half people (2013 estimate being 317,234,000)! How can they accurately represent you?
But, imagine if there was no, one central place where there was the organization of absolute power? In other words, no Washington D.C., no state capital. Imagine how hard it would be, and how much money it would take, for a special interest group to send lobbyists to every single center of power, like a city? Then, imagine how hard it would be for them to benefit from something so costly, so big. It is in these groups best interest to have a large, centralized government above all surrounding governments for them to put their effort into, instead of hundreds of small sections of power! And, then imagine if your local representative was always being lobbied to by YOU! He is still living in the same house, and has his own job! If he got corrupted, his supporters could immediately vote for somebody else!
So, as you can see, it is much better to have small, non-invasive power structures, and the smaller they are, the better. Why? Because, as the state becomes smaller and smaller, the power of the people becomes greater and greater. And, if one city or county becomes too tyrannical, you can easily move to another city or county. It is much harder to move from North Carolina to Virginia than it is to move from Raleigh to Charlotte, and so on and so forth. You have greater freedom of movement, freedom from stifling, mammoth governments that are easily corrupted.Wikipedia: United States, Wikipedia: United States Congress, Wikipedia: County (United States)
This entry was posted on December 10, 2013 by Stephen Huband. It was filed under Ron Paul Curriculum Essays, Uncategorized and was tagged with candidates, Charlotte, city, Congress, corruption, county, district, Free market, freedom, government, honesty, lobby, lobbying, lobbyists, local, North Carolina, political theory, principle, Raleigh, real world, Senate, small government, special interest group, special interest groups, state, State Legislature, Virginia, Washington D.C., We the People.