Authored by William Robert Barber
Within the grand political scheme of things power beckons an insatiable appetite for more. Political power is an intoxicating elixir. Possessing such power is not a phenomenon that stands alone as if in a vacuum. Having political power is associated with social privilege, distinguished rank, unilateral respect, and financial opportunity. Collateral to the preceding benefits power is sexy. In our ubiquitous media culture political power has celebrity standing and for our politicians, political power feeds a seemingly limitless measure of narcissistically enriched tendencies for private expressions of self-deception.
With two exceptions, the first, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus who was called by Rome as Dictator to fend off an invasion by hostiles and upon his success immediately resigned his title and authority. The second is George Washington, other than those two I personally do not know of another example where power once attained was set aside for the common good.
Contrastingly, I have often heard of politicians declaring a calling (as if prompted by a sublime force) to serve. Or members of the political class declaring that in the interest of the common man (now days I guess that’s the middle class and the underclass) a politician runs for office again, and again, and then a few more times, because he or she is personally pledged to defend the interest of the underrepresented, the unprotected, and the disenfranchised.
Whatever the reasoning, be it prompted by a sincere desire to serve the public, ego gratification, or solely for a tangible personal benefit, clearly, the Congress has professional politicians who are as affixed within the bowls of government as cement to water.
Evidence has exhibited multi-examples of government corruption; as I have stated beforehand, no government can operate free of corruption. Knowing that corruption is intrinsic with any form of governing the goal of the governed is to insist on the least. As a working component of positioning the government to experience the least amount of corruption the following is essential:
1. Term limits are an absolute must.
2. The process, terms, and condition wherewith federal funds are distributed to the States must be revamped wherein State sovereignty is the highest order of merit.
3. Because of the rascals in Congress a balanced budget amendment to the constitution is mandatory.
None of these essentials has the slightest hope of passage into binding legislation unless the conservative ideology prevails in the 2012 election. The current maneuvering in Congress over extending the nation’s debt limit is a perfect example of our elected representatives kicking the can down the road. And this is if (I’m sure they will) the elected reach an accord; in other words, even their solution does not actually address the problem.
The politicians that wield power have lost their sharpness. Until just recently, they have been dulled by the established convention of political precedence. This last election, (aided immensely by the governing behavior of Obama and his progressives) brought in a new exuberance, a recommitment to traditional constitution ideals, a renewed spirit one could describe as a Tea Party ideal. It’s a let’s get back to the basics approach to governing. Hopefully, power will not abate their commitment to constitutionally administered righteousness and just maybe their ideal of limited government will prevail.