CREATING A GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE – Of the people, by the people, for the people; those are the immortal words of the U.S Constitution but unfortunately those words have long been assigned to the history books.
Today the U.S Constitution could be rewritten to state; of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations for it is clear that lobbying by corporations is what now truly changes so-called ‘public’ policy.
When a population becomes frightened of its Government due to the power it wields, then it is time to take back that power and make those in Government understand exactly who they work for; which must always be for the taxpaying public.
Republican, Democrat, Liberal … what is it that we really want? Again, it appears unclear and the choice appears to remain limited; it could be said that people will simply vote for the lesser of the evils that present themselves at the time of the elections.
One thing that the U.S public will rule out is any type of dictatorship or communist regime but this is mostly brought about through centuries of fear through indoctrination; such regimes according to western political figures carries too many suggestions of totalitarianism control and therefore the lack of free will and the ability to make a choice.
On the other hand we have almost begun to accept that our politicians are able to get away with almost any type of crime without punishment. Indeed there are many who feel that the war in Iraq was illegal and yet in the U.S and the UK there are politicians who are continuously suppressing information that could or would reveal the truth.
According to the U.S and British Governments, certain documentation regarding the war in Iraq cannot be released due to issues of national security; this is being interpreted by growing public opinion as being little more than the Government’s ability to cover up the truth and protect former U.S President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair from prosecution in a court of law.
Transparency is not something the people are afforded, for there is not a day that goes by that some document or another isn’t leaked that uncovers more fraud, theft, spying or other immoral act by someone in a position of power.
So how can we stop it? How can we once again bring back ”of the people, by the people, for the people?’
The answer to this doesn’t so much lie within the realm of who we elect but rather the laws in which forces them to govern in a way that is more attune to the morality and standards that the average taxpayer considers acceptable.
Let’s take a look at Singapore; which is officially the Republic of Singapore founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading post of the East India Company with the permission of the Johor Sultanate.
Today Singapore is governed under a dictatorship but one that works for the people and has strict laws to dissuade any government official from straying outside of their remit.
Like any other country, Singapore has its own set of problems and indeed earlier this week there were reports of rioting on the street; however this is almost unheard of and the Singapore authorities have declared that they will seek out and punish those responsible; a statement you can take to the bank.
Socially, Singapore also has issues; this time with the growing divide between the rich and poor, such an issue is certainly not unique to Singapore.
What Singapore appears to have is a dictatorship Government but one that is run in accordance to the interests of the people; again issues exist but it is not often that a government official’s conduct is brought into question and when it does the full force of the law is applied.
It remains unquestionable that the U.S public would ever conceive or allow for such a political system but clearly what is currently in place benefits no one other than the corporations and the politicians.
There is only one possible solution to bringing back the constitutional aspect of, ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’ and this is a radical change in the laws or rather the enforcement of them.
It should be illegal for any corporation to lobby their interests to government figures for such is neither moral nor democratic.
We need to change the way in which politicians conduct themselves by ensuring that the legal system will severely punish any politician who engages in any form of corruption, theft of public funds and indeed anything that is in direct contravention to the public interest.
Such offences must be punishable with the charge of treason and anyone found guilty should, depending on the severity of the crime, face the death penalty, life imprisonment and the stripping of all assets.
It is time that the American public took back control through a democratic voice and put the fear of God in to the politicians by declaring that the tree of liberty must indeed be refreshed from time to time with the blood; not from patriots but rather the tyrants that feel they have the right to rule without consequence.