Outstanding piece. I am struck by the following..." Too often, our political leaders are just enablers, co-conspirators in a disingenuous and greedy silence. Our children are unrepresented. The future is unrepresented."
I believe this change has slowly occurred over the past 50 or so years, but seems much more apparent given the past 3 elections. The elected officials seem to believe they are accountable to the PARTY, not their constituents. Recently, a long time Republican Senator just decided to "change parties". I found that odd since as a US Senator, he should care only for his constituents, not his position within the party. Yet, these party leaders act as heads of organized crime families and their sole role is to make sure their incumbents get re-elected.
Yet, the real enablers to me are the voters who are either ignorant to this reality or are so "loyal" to the party that they accept whatever is handed to them. The elected officials know this and act accordingly.
This has everything to do with fiscal responsibility as the budgetary focus is on TODAY. "PASS THIS SPENDING BILL ON MY PET PROJECT BECAUSE YOU OWE ME". Since their is that sense of entitlement within the elected officials and no accountability to the people, we have what we have today.
Moving forward, the current Administration will be challenged to change the current philosophy of the US Senate. Without passing judgment on the policies of the Obama administration, he will have his hands full trying to gain any semblance of fiscal order, especially in the House of Representatives.
Therefore, it must be up to the voters to actually st aside their party affiliation and objectively grade the performance of their representatives. I would like to see all contributions from special interest groups, political PACS stopped. Only individuals should be able to contribute to their representative campaign. People must stop relying on media, be it print, over the air or internet blogs for their information. Most voters should be able to decide just by looking at their own personal finances to determine f their representatives are doing the right thing.
Excellent topic. Hope I contributed to the debate.