a government NEEDS people to govern over. the people are in charge of the government.
In a democracy the people should govern themselves... They are not in charge of the government... They are the government... The fact that the people are neither the government, nor can get the government to respond to their needs is significant... Property, which is to say those with property have priority access to government... We can send any number, but they can corrupt more people than we can send... We can change parties or people in government to a point, but we are working at such long distance in trying to fix anything it is like trying to thread a needle with a fishing pole...
We say: We are a government of laws and not of men... What the hell does that mean??? Are we not supposed to have a government of the people, for the people, and by the people??? Does it mean that people long dead serving the interest of class did bind us with laws we cannot change because we have no power??? Every year has added to the inertia and intractablilty of government... Parties were a curse in England, but they were never considered in the constitution... It was thought enough that the wealthy class could check the popular democracy through the Senate, the Supreme Court, and the Electoral College... Parties are an unofficial arm of government, and to move government the people must first move the parties...The question I have is: Does it work???
The parties limited our democracy... They fixed the numbers of members in the one democratic part of government... Where once we had one representative for every thirty thousand we have now one rep for every 600K+... On top of that, three quarters of those districts have been divided into safe districts, and gerrymandered to stay safe... The parties are doing their best to turn this nation into a land of rotten bouroughs... What sort of government results from the manipulation of the people... My question is: Does it work???