Is democracy in danger? Have the various political factions made the determination that they must prevail at any cost, even if that means discarding the truth, a licentious and biased media, and abandoning democracy if the faction does not get their way? It sure seems so. Donald Trump, a political novice by any standard, defeated a political machine with decades of success, armed with members of the political class whose collective experience stretched into scores of years. Immediately, Trump’s detractors began plotting to remove him in what could only be described as any means possible.
Not to go too far into the history of presidential elections, but the presidential election of 1796 had an Electoral College vote of 71 to 68. The presidential election of 1800, because of a tie, went to the House of Representatives, who took 36 ballots to decide who would be the president. Close presidential elections are nothing new to the democracy of the United States. But now, the losers, instead of directing their efforts to win the next election, and trying to connect with the American people, are initiating investigation after investigation in an attempt to legally remove the president. My prediction is that after millions of dollars spent in a frivolous fury of moil, none of their objectives will be realized.
Of greater concern, it would seem, would be the problems facing the United States. We have eleven million people in this country who are here illegally, and yet, no one pretends to step up to the podium of responsibility and accept responsibility. The defenders of those here illegally reiterate their apothegm that they are only here to work, to seek a better life. A better life, it often seems, at the expense of the American people. Speaking of expenses, we have a federal deficit that we lost control of years ago, and a Congress that appears to be making little or no effort to mitigate the encumbrance. I might ask, as well, why do our representatives think that they should be addressing the interests of those who do not even have the right to vote? The problems of the constituencies of our representatives who vote should be their priority, and if that is indeed the case, why are they allowing tax dollars to support non-citizens to be drained from the public funds? We are all aware of our crumbling infrastructure, and yet, does no one understand that more people mean more stress on that infrastructure? If our representatives are interested in serving non-citizens, they need to do that on their own time, not on the public dime.
It seems that as a democracy, we have people who are willing to do almost anything to gain power, and yet their efforts seem to be focused simply on power and not, as they were elected to do, address the problems of our republic. The promises are never realized, and their trajectory seems to be to accomplish their own ends, and not the interests of the people. Add to that their contentious nature and unwillingness to compromise and we see the deadlocked Congress that we have had for some time now. If the solutions are a compromise, isn’t a compromise a better solution than remaining loyal to an unattainable goal? Was not this nation, and our Constitution, a compromise?
It would seem that our representatives should be addressing the problems of the people, and not the problems of their party. The wealthy will always be well-represented, as they will always get that for which they pay. The endless investigations and attempts to impeach someone not of their ilk has become a pertinacious encumbrance on the responsibilities of our representatives. If our representatives are not fighting to impeach, they are of the opposite party, fending off the impeachment aspirations, both of which are wasting precious time and, as our economy sinks, and dwindling resources. Loyalty is an honorable characteristic, certainly. But loyalty to one’s constituency should take precedence over loyalty to one’s party, or to those whose ability to vote remains uncertain at best. They were elected to represent the people, and they need to meet that obligation. If our representatives cannot pursue the interests of their constituencies, they need to resign and pursue the desideratum of their choice, without taxpayer funding or government support.