I think that Congress can be saved, but if it will not act in the best interests of the country, we may have to revise the Constitution to eliminate the legislative branch. That will leave the Federal government with an executive branch and a judicial branch. Laws, treaties and confirmations would be subject to approval of the people by referendum. The Founding Fathers gave us a representative democracy partly because the technology was lacking then to permit a large-scale direct democracy. Now we have that technology in the internet. Direct democracy will require an informed electorate, willing and able to participate in government on a daily and weekly basis. It will require laws that are understandable by the average voter, and it will save money by eliminating a costly branch of government. Let’s insist that Congress clean up its act or we the voters will do it for them.
Income inequality is a danger to democracy and it makes social problems worse. In nations with great disparities in income, social problems, poverty, crime, drug use, etc., are worse than in nations with less income inequality. Great concentrations of wealth are a threat to democracy. Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939, Louis Brandeis, said that you could have democracy or great concentrations of wealth, but not both at the same time. I agree. There are two models for the organization of society, the Democratic model and the Republican model. I support the Democratic model.
Under the Democratic model, income inequality is lessened by taxes and safety net programs. Republicans oppose both. I am not advocating total income equality. I am saying that having millions struggle to survive on or near the minimum wage while a few receive billions of dollars is morally wrong. In my opinion, no one is worth a billion dollars annually or cumulatively over a lifetime.
The Republican model is a patriarch one buttressed by religion. Not every Republican embraces this model, but the leadership of the party do as they channel the wishes of the 1%. Under the patriarch model, father knows best, children speak only when spoken to, women are silent and minorities know their place. Democracy is given only lip service at home and is used as a cover abroad to support the establishment of unregulated free market capitalism. Nominally Christian, the patriarch model worships profit, no matter how it is denominated, dollars, rubles, pesos or yen.
- Economy: Inequality – “The Defining Issue of Our Time” (ionglobaltrends.com)
- Obama has done nothing to address income inequality. Right? (dailykos.com)
- Pay of richest ‘increasing faster’ (bbc.co.uk)
- How income inequality hurts every Canadian’s chance of building a better life (downes.ca)
Whenever the US goes to war, our fighting men and women are told that they are fighting for freedom and democracy here and abroad. That is untrue. What they are really fighting for is free market capitalism and profit. Once free market capitalism and profit are established, those on the Right no longer give a darn about freedom and democracy. If the GOP cared about democracy, they would not be trying to restrict voting rights here in the US.
- Don’t Confuse Free Market Capitalism with Crony Capitalism (yevala.com)
- Democracy and Freedom according to Atatürk (marcusampe.wordpress.com)
Technically, the US is a republic, a representational democracy with protections for minorities. Most people shorten that to a democracy, which is majority rule. Both definitions are true when the Democrats are in the majority. When the Republicans are the majority, the democracy definition still holds true. However, when in the minority, the Republicans still try to rule under the definition of a republic, but they then try to eliminate protections for the majority.