The Arrogance of America’s Ruling Class

by Richard H. Frank

Daniel Webster once wrote “I am committed against every thing which, in my judgment, may weaken, endanger or destroy (The Constitution)…and especially against all extension of Executive Power; and I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this Country by the power and patronage of the Government itself…”

What gift of foresight did the Founders such as Webster possess that gave them the ability and wisdom to predict the ever-present temptation for those that would be granted the power to govern to raise themselves to a position of aristocracy?  The very structure they created for the Federal Government having “enumerated powers” subject to checks and balances through equal branches of government was envisioned as the means to suppress any attempt to rule by power and patronage of the Government itself.

Notwithstanding all their warnings against unlimited power vested in a central government, professional politicians and political ideology usurping the values and principles so eloquently stated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, we find Government today viewed as the “Ruling Class” in America.  The Representative Republic created in 1787 has evolved into a body closely resembling the European parliamentary system populated by arrogant, ego-driven individuals more intent on personal status that upon representation of their constituents.  The title of Congressman, Senator or Justice has replaced that of  Baron, Duke and Earl holding power over their serfdom in ancient Europe.

If the average American would devote one tenth of the time spent viewing television sports or situation comedies and devote that time to viewing “CSpan”, they would be shocked at the level of competence of which We the People are represented in Congress.  Today the level of debate has degenerated to spewing the political talking points of the day.  Little attention, if any, is spent reviewing the facts surrounding legislation concerning the economy, healthcare, the Federal budget, immigration or our national security.  Talking points set forth by the special interests having the loudest voice or the most money  to obscure the growing issues our government should be addressing.  With each passing year we move closer and closer to the “nanny state” or even worse the state envisioned by George Orwell in his Novel “1984.”

Politicians stand up and shout “Washington is broken!”  In truth “Congress is broken” and has abdicated their pledge to represent the people of this nation.  Fix Congress and we will have taken the first step in returning to the values and principles upon which our nation was conceived.

Consider the following:

  • Term limits:  12 years only, one of the possible options of a) two six-year Senate terms, b) six two-year House terms, or c) one six-year Senate term and three two-year House terms.  SERVING IN CONGRESS IS AN HONOR, NOT A CAREER.
  • No tenure/no pension:  A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.  SERVING IN CONGRESS IS AN HONOR, NOT A CAREER.
  • Congress (past, present and future) participates in Social  Security:  All funds in the Congressional Retirement Fund move to the Social Security System immediately.  All future funds flow to the Social Security System and Congress participates with the American people.  FUTURE LEGISLATORS MAY THINK TWICE BEFORE RAIDING SOCIAL SECURITY FUNDING OF $2.4 TRILLION.
  • Congress can purchase their own Retirement Plan (401k, etc.) just as all Americans.
  • Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
  • Congress looses their current healthcare system and participates in the same healthcare system as the American people.  HOW MANY WILL SUPPPORT OBAMACARE UNDER THIS SYSTEM?
  • Congress must equally abide with all laws they impose on the American people.  UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.

The foregoing “Congressional Reform Act of 2010” is being circulated over the internet as “How to fix Congress and the Senate” and is written in plain English contained on one page not 2300 pages.  There is no excuse for our “elected representatives” not to read this proposed legislation. I suggest you read this and ask your candidates for the mid-terms whether they would either abide by these covenants or bring it up for a vote.

The prospect of ever having such a bill introduced is slim at best since finding a Senator and Congressman to introduce such language is viewed as political suicide within the Halls of Congress.  Outside of those walls, such men would be viewed as patriots and raised to the stature of our founding Fathers.

Introduction of such a simple bill would immediately separate the true patriots from those that hang on to their aristocratic career positions in Government.

How refreshing to our liberties and the Nation should we have representatives willing to live up to the statement in our Declaration of Independence that states in part “…with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor.”

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