For a united democracy demands a united electorate with the vision and intelligence to hold their representatives to the task of guiding our ship of state through troubled waters. But if the public knows not the perils within the waters, how can they hold their representatives to the task of navigating around such perils?
Yes, it is the Republic in our democracy which is failing. For without the democratic capacity to hold representatives to account for basic survival skills: like top notch education for all, like fiscal responsibility, and insuring means constrain policy, like guaranteeing domestic tranquility and unity of national purpose and resolve, the Republic is doomed to fail for the very reasons our founding fathers foresaw and fretted over.
Our founding fathers fretted over greed with access to the public purse, concentration of power into the office of one, and propaganda which cloaks reality and truth in secrecy and laws designed to protect the office holder, not the nation and the public. Yet, the fears of our founding fathers, despite their best efforts to design checks and balances to protect against them, are being realized and witnessed everywhere we look throughout our political system.
Perhaps my grandchildren will be part of the new Constitutional Congress. Hopefully, my daughter will teach her children what I have taught her about politics and it will be incorporated into the new Constitution as follows:
We hold this truth to be self-evident: that money and individual power corrupt politics and governance. Therefore, in order to provide a more perfect union in which enlightened national and self interest may flourish without corruption, we lay these constraints upon office holders and those seeking office: ________________.
To be completed by some future generation.
How would you fill in the blank?