The government of the United States was originally founded on the ideal of a government by the people, for the people. The American constitution was drawn up with basic freedoms in mind to ensure that our government was not modeled after other restricting governments already in existence. In those early days of America, people understood too well the importance of personal freedoms or lack of them, and wanted to ensure that future generations of Americans continued to enjoy those freedoms. The original laws of branches of government with checks and balances, along with a two-party system and rules of election prevent one party from controlling the country indefinitely.
The ideology of the American government has been lost over the past few decades with the onslaught of do-nothing candidates who use false rhetoric and unfounded accusations to win elections. They promise to make changes that the previous people’s representative failed to complete. The new candidate is elected, but does nothing he or she promised to do. The newly elected official could not keep his/her promise because ……. Does it really matter why? However, that official asks us to re-elect him or her, so that the promise can be fulfilled.
Again, we re-elect these do-nothing candidates. Why, you may ask? Because in this new campaign, everyone is hurting and now these office holders promise to clean up the problems that everyone has swept under the rug. They want to be re-elected, they want your continued support, so they will promise anything, and will actually fulfill a few of those now urgent promises. Over time, perhaps one-fourth of the original campaign promises have ever been brought to fruition. The do-nothing officials increase their office staff and budget, vote themselves raises while earning fees outside the public sector, and court wealthy benefactors and lobbyists who will fund future campaigns. Major legislation is tabled, sent to committee for review and never heard of again.
The premise of a government by the people and for the people has now become a government based on pandering to high interest groups that are not representative of the masses. Perhaps we need a new amendment limiting the length of time a person can serve in office to only two two-year terms. The elected official needs to accomplish at least one campaign promise during that time, with no excuses for not doing so. If that candidate cares to run again, he or she has to wait four years before campaigning again. Just as the President of the United States is limited to a lifetime maximum of two four-year terms, our elected representatives should be limited to a lifetime maximum. Then, perhaps we can find representatives who actually represent their constituents and not the financial backers who put them in office.