Fixing America’s Woes

I’m not a huge fan of Mark Towner but he caught my attention with THE 545 PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR AMERICA’S WOES. My first reaction was “you know what, he’s right.” Further reflection helped me realize that it can never be as simple as voting out those 545 people. For one thing, 75 of those people are not up for reelection in any given cycle (at least 66 Senators and 9 Supreme Court Justices). Second, the justices on the Supreme Court serve for life – as they ought to – so throwing them out is not an option. Third, there is an entire federal court system below the Supreme Court that has a more continuous and immediate effect on the nation than the Supreme Court. I think you would have to count all those other federal judges as well. And fourth, what happens if we simply vote out all those who are up for reelection? We would get lots of new names in the federal government, but no real guarantee of significant change.

That fourth issue is the real sticking point against Mark’s declaration. The solution is hinted at by the work of Newt Gingrich (I’m not a real fan of Newt either) when he talks about the 513,000 elected officials throughout the country. In order to fix the problems we face, what we really need is for the millions of voters to educate themselves on the issues and elect people at all levels of government who will put government back in it’s proper place. The leaders of cities and states should demand that they be free from a federal government which would dictate the minutia of their responsibilities.

Each city and state would be free to find the solutions that best meet the needs of their citizens – which was how our country was designed to function – rather than ceding that responsibility to, or having that responsibility forcibly taken by, an overreaching federal government. We should not expect that every city and every state will look the same or act the same.We cannot expect that every person should be equally at home at any place in this vast country. Instead we should allow our more local governments the freedom to express the culture of their own citizens without fear of offending people who have no interest or connection to their locale.

Maybe we could even learn to practice a little more tolerance by doing this.

About David

David is the father of 8 extremely organized children (4 girls / 4 boys) who is constantly seeking answers to tough questions related to parenting, education and politics while moonlighting for 40 hours each week as a technology professional. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and sports.
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2 Responses to Fixing America’s Woes

  1. Reach Upward says:

    It’s always much easier to point the finger of blame at others (i.e. those 545 people) rather than looking in the mirror (i.e. the electorate itself) for the real culprit.

    The seeds for centralized government were sown in the Civil War. The price of keeping the Union together was the trouncing of state sovereignty. Lincoln believed it was a necessary tradeoff to achieve a higher good. I do not argue that it should have or could reasonably have been otherwise. But this made possible the expansions of centralized control during the 20th Century. Those expansions helped establish a pattern that made possible Bush II’s recent expansion of big centralized government.

    It’s nice to think that we have sovereign states, but we really have not had any such thing since 1865.

  2. David says:

    After 143 years isn’t it about time we started moving back in that direction? I’d say that we have had too long leaning one direction and it’s time to find some balance between the levels of government.

    Was Lincoln’s tradeoff necessary – probably, and even if it wasn’t it’s too late to reverse that. What we need is to establish a better mix rather than heading toward even more centralized control.

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