While I generally agree with William Redmond’s answer that it isn’t possible to create a bribe proof government, I would also assert that this is only true within the current duopoly framework we have where we’re limited to voting and letter writing as our “options.”
Protest, demonstrably, doesn’t work either. The OWS protests, the KXL Pipeline and the now reauthorized Keystone Pipeline have amply demonstrated that our government doesn’t really give a damn about protest and WILL actively ignore the 7th Amendment, BIA/US Corps of Engineer regulations, and violations of 18 U.S. Code § 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law by oil companies and cops. The Black Lives Matter protests, and the police “responses” of tear gassing, beating, kettling, and arresting journalists and non-participants, just confirm this fact.
Here’s the problem. Whenever this discussion comes up We Citizens are constantly told by the media to blame the massive faceless corporations, which we can do absolutely nothing about because the game is rigged in their favor such that we’re powerless. This is called Newspeak because it completely ignores the core of the problem.
The true core of the problem is that for the Congresscritters bring bribed, the benefits of being bribed clearly out weight the costs of refusing bribes. This is true whether they’re grey haired old dogs or newbies.
I assert that the problem here isn’t the bribery itself, but rather the intentionally inverted cost benefit ratio from the perspective of those betraying Us for those bribes.
The answer isn’t controlling dark money. The answer is for Citizens, of both partys, to get MAD and get active and flip that cost benefit ratio so that it costs them more to betray Us than any potential benefits accruing from taking the bribes.
This is the only thing they can hear over that roaring waterfall of corporate money thundering into their outstretched hands.
See, there’s two ways to break this cycle
- Control corporations
- Control our legislators
We’ve proven, since SCOTUS overturned the Congressional Campaign Limits of 1973, that trying to control the flow of money at the source doesn’t, and can’t work. So if we want a solution we MUST control the legislators so that it costs them more than they’re willing to pay if they take bribes.
I’m not sure exactly where that line is, but I can guarantee that it falls at something less extreme than masses of outraged Citizens showing up to knock on their doors with freshly sharpened pitchforks. I’ll also guarantee that this line falls at something more extreme than simply writing outraged letters and emails.
I y’all doubt me on this look at the history of what Citizens were DOING right before each major advance we won from our government.
The New Deal was preceded by marches upon DC and encampments of angry and starving Citizens in DC, NYC, and across the nation.
Our very freedom from the despotic rule which birthed our nation came from the same sort of direct, non-negotiating change by outraged Citizens.
The Civil Rights Act was preceded by the same sorts of actions.
So was the end of the false flag Vietnam War. By folks like Fred Hampton who united blue collar crackers and the Black Panthers to provide folks protesting that heinous war some armed protection from the police who were beating, falsely arresting, and tear gassing them for simply demanding redress of wrongs.
Even the creation of the EPA by Nixon was in response to Citizens fed the fuck up and literally ready to fight over chemical companies poisoning our entire world.
Now, yes. Most of these protests were generally peaceful in nature because ordinary folks dislike violence, but violence against the government if the transgressions continued was never off the table.
If we want change, REAL change (instead of the good cop bad cop/divide and conquer act we get from Democratic and Republican Party Brass) then it needs to be clear that nothing is off the table.
Like I said… I don’t know exactly where that critical line between OUR representatives screwing us for bribes and them rejecting those bribes lands.
I do know that a man whose hide is at risk is nearly unbribable. I also know that the voting and letter writing isn’t working.
How do I know this last? Fucking Obama who ran as the great reformer, as his FIRST acts cosigned the Bush administration banker’s bailout instead of telling Justice to enforce RICO. He also cosigned the Orwellian named, utterly fascist, Insurrection* and Rebellion* against our Constitution known as the USA “PATRIOT” Act
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the ^Constitution^ of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection* or rebellion* against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Here’s more of his legacy.. I want you to read each one and then try to tell me that these aren’t classic Republican corporate fascist positions. I dare you.
Do you recall him trying to ram TPP down our throats for five fucking years, in exactly the same way Slick Willie did with the Republican written NAFTA? I do.
If we want change here we must take it. No holds barred. Asking won’t get it done because right now they literally don’t give a flying fuck what we think, nor do they need to.