Last year less than 4% of rule and law were crafted and passed by the elected members of congress. Despite that fact early voting is under way, people are lining up to cast their ballots. It’s a presidential year preceded by too many months and years of non-stop campaigning. Donkeys and elephants have been stomping all across the country, joined by a few stray breeds chasing at their tails.
Promises are made by many for favors and special interest requests of government funded projects and programs. Some will gain a little to help them survive while a select few will gain power, money, and vanity as an elected part of the Iron Triangle. This while people fight and argue about the politicians vying for a vote and place at the trough.
We are under an illusion voting gives our voice some level of importance. We even argue with friends and neighbors, people we love, and total strangers over plans for casting a personal vote. Reality teaches, as do our high schools, it takes lobbyists, committees, groups, associations, lots of money, media, and many members to raise to a level of importance strong enough to move a bureau’s will or rules.
Bureaucrats largely stay in place or move up the chain after each election cycle. The top brass may change but there really is only so much they are able to do beyond suggestions or a few laws providing even more rule-making authority with increased resources to carry out the process. Courts also persist in the same judges overseeing rules but most adjudication of rule violations are done within the oversight bureau.
This is by no way a reason not to vote; we must use any little voice and effort we can. Demanding elected officials reign in bureaucracy has done nothing but create a graveyard of dead campaign promises rising from the grave each time elections come back to town. Yet each election it is still necessary to shout approvals and disapproval’s loud through voting, so go well educated to the polls.
We simply have to understand what we demand should be laser focused on controlling the rules and regulations, ending bureaucratic rule where 96% of government is created. Those creations, by experts far removed from the people’s accountability, cause a hidden tax now greater than the income tax for the first time. We paid $1.88 trillion dollars in compliance costs for rules and $1.82 trillion dollars in income taxes for 2015. Another trend transforming our ability to self-govern into an ability to comply and be governed. Fundamental transformation is nearly complete, is it possible to halt the progress when we are holding less than 4% of the legislative ability to create and implement laws?
Voting has little impact on 96% of governing, a fact easy enough to verify. Accepting this fact as the way it works under our laws is taking us to a point of 100% administrative rule, total transformation. Administrative Law through democracy is a failure. Using Supreme Law we can peacefully end Iron Triangles and Issue Networks, restoring order as a federalist republic. Is restoration something you would vote for or is bureaucratic rule acceptable?
“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature … If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”
President James A. Garfield