TimV wrote:The only time they bother with us is at election time.
See, now we are getting to the crux of the problem.
This representative republic was supposed to be a "government by the people, for the people", not "by the politicians for themselves and their cronies".
In my mind, when the government fears the people, you have freedom... but when the people fear the government, you have tyrrany.
Tyrrany - In modern usage, a tyrant is a single ruler holding absolute power over a state or within an organization. The term carries modern connotations of a harsh and cruel ruler who places his or her own interests or the interests of a small oligarchy over the best interests of the general population which the tyrant governs or controls. However, in the classical sense, the word simply means one who has taken power by their own means as opposed to hereditary or constitutional power (and generally without the modern connotations). This mode of rule is referred to as tyranny. Many individual rulers or government officials are accused of tyranny, with the label almost always a matter of controversy.
The word derives from Latin tyrannus meaning "illegitimate ruler", and ultimately from Greek τύραννος tyrannos, meaning "sovereign, master, or despot", although the latter was not pejorative and applicable to both good and bad leaders alike.
In ancient Greece, tyrants were influential opportunists that came to power by securing the support of different factions of a deme.
So tell me what each branch of government has done lately that really benefited the population. Bailouts? Like giving more crack cocaine to an addict. Auto industry regulation? Forcing manufacturers to produce something nobody wants... seems pretty stupid to me. The war? lots of controversy there... some think we are safer over the past 7 years. Some just want to moan about the billions being spent (but don't seem to mention the trillions given to bankers... Hmmm). How bout education... wow, we could start a whole new thread discussion all that's wrong there. Maybe environmental policy... let's run away with CO2 limits on manufacturing and bring down the economy and capitalism... all in the name of the myth "man made" global warming.
Does this sound like ligitimate governing?
I won't go so far as to say that our leaders fit this definition of tyrant... but I really don't think that we are that far off. Tell me when a politician put the people's interests before his own. Barney Frank? Sweet deal... let's ask the boyfriend who's interests were served.
I like to think that we are more like ancient Rome right before its fall. The populous was fat dumb and happy. As long as they had food and entertainment... (TGI Fridays and NFL)... they didn't give a hoot what the politicians did. Besides, as long as losers like Murtha keep bringing home the pork, folks will keep on voting them in.