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Complicit Politicians and Special Interest Predators are Destroying America


By a faction (interest group), I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.  
- James Madison – Federalist 10

Complicit Politicians and Special Interest Predators are Destroying America

Paul Ryan, the Republican Vice-President candidate, has forced a debate concerning America's outrageous debt.  Sovereign debt is primarily the destructive force of most civilizations and imperils America.  Ryan, through rigorous study and political savvy, is forcing politicians and voters to discuss this critical issue.  

Elected officials -Democrats and Republicans – are responsible for America's debt, and We the People must engage in deliberations to force politicians to reduce and restrict government's reach and spending.

America has another political corruption that is equally dangerous; complicit politicians and special-Interest predators are destroying America.  AARP, government unions, Wall Street banks, energy giants, and thousands of other special-interest groups give enormous sums of money to politicians and receive gigantic favors in the return.  

This mutual corruption – between industries and politicians  – restricts innovation and the expansion of products.  Additionally, it increases bureaucratic control and the cost of government, which reduces personal freedom.  Higher taxes and reduced consumer choices diminish the personal freedom of all Americans.

ObamaCare is the most vivid example of this corruption.  The Obama Administration made deals with all the industries associated with health insurance; doctors, hospitals, governmental unions, pharmaceutical companies and the like.  These industries agreed to cut costs or actively support their legislation, which includes millions of dollars in promotional advertizing, in order to ultimately receive preferential status. 

For example, healthy, young Americans will be forced to buy insurance and government unions will provide tens of thousands more government employees to enlist – additional IRS agents, healthcare providers, etc.  By legislative and bureaucratic edicts, these industries will have a quasi monopoly of power.  Without competition, innovation will be reduced and costs will be increased.

America's Founders were aware and feared the universal problem of factions, i.e. special-interest politics.  From the beginning, America has witnessed plenty of factional fights.  However, it wasn't until the New Deal when alignments were permanently formed. George Will writes in the Washington Post:

Under FDR, liberalism became the politics of creating an electoral majority from a mosaic of client groups. Labor unions got special legal standing, farmers got crop supports, business people got tariff protection and other subsidies, the elderly got pensions, and so on and on.

Of course, Republicans rushed to counter Democrats in cultivating special-interest partners.  Today, according to Joel Kotkin of New Geography, Democrats are aligned with financial interests, technology, green energy, education and trial lawyers.  Republicans are complicit with large banks, oil, gas and small businesses.   Most of these industries are heavily regulated by government. 

Again, laws and bureaucratic favors distort the efficacy of the products consumed by Americans.  Two other examples are the American educational system and energy produciton.  Our educational system is declining but our government and teacher unions resist innovation, which would improve our system.  In addition to education, America has a huge potential for energy production, but government is so concentrated on promoting windmills and solar panels that they're missing everything else that can be utilitzed.

Tragically, in the 20th and 21st  centuries, government has stopped protecting the natural rights of Americans – the freedom to believe, think, work, exchange and own the fruits of their labors - and has only worried about itself rather than the people it governs.   Politicians and bureaucrats have joined in complicit alliances with big banks, big unions, big energy and others.  All of this is adversed (sic) to the rights of our citizens or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.  

President Madison believed America's great diversity – geographic and cultural - would prevent factions from controlling.  Unfortunately, special-interest politics is destroying America.  Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard asserts that the Tea Party is the only organization actively seeking to end this corruption. 

Hence, it is absolutely imperative for the Tea Party Rebellion to expose these corruptions and seek structural restraints on government.  Similar to Paul Ryan, We the People must force America to debate this political subversion. Until this corruption is stopped, America cannot regain greatness.

Nina Maan

a lot of food for thought here. Who do you think promotes factional politics more - Dems or Republicans?

West Coast Patriot

I say both parties are the same anymore, we are no longer a two party system, but a one party system. It is clarified in what happened at both Republican and Democratic conventions. Here we see the Democrat chair ignoring the will of their delegates. Go to youtube and type in: Amidst Boos And Multiple Votes, DNC Reverses Position And Reinstates Jerusalem. Now we see the GOP convention chair doing the same thing in Tampa: Go to youtube and type in: Did RNC "Scripted" Rules Change Start A Civil War In The Republican Party? When will all of us wake up and stand firm against tyranny? The way we do this is to vote third party and send a clear message to both Democrat and Republican Parties that we will not take this type of tyranny anymore. The third party in this election that has freedom on their platform is the Libertarian Party. research Gary Johnson and see that he will not take our freedoms away as the apparent violations of both the status quo parties.

Let us listen to the President that we can all agree on that was one of the best Presidents we ever had: "If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is." - Ronald Reagan

Carrie Jones-Powell

I think it's fair to say that the Tea Party represents the part of the GOP that does bring values to the platform. And sometimes you gotta be divisive when you disagree strongly with other views.

Lysander Spooner

You're absolutely right, Ted, and they're ALL beholden to the Federal Reserve. Without the Fed they wouldn't be able to create the debt-fraud to bestow these favors.

I liked the article overall, but there's a couple points I take issue with:
-Ryan has only "forced the debate over Americas debt issue" by voting for every increase and bailout Obama asked for as well as every despotic act that's come before Congress.
-Although Obamacare is mentioned, nothing is said of it's Romneycare replacement should Mitt win the election.

This leads me to believe that the author is a Tea Party Republican, somebody that thinks the RNC can be changed from within. I think I should remind him that our Founding Fathers tried working with their aristocracy, too. We don't have the time to waste on such folly. The dirty tricks and new rules the RNC railroaded through has virtually shut the door to "his type".

The only way to reverse this trend is to boycott all those candidates running as Democrats and Republicans.

Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party are the only choice for positive political change. They're on the ballot in all 50 states and are a true grass roots association. Unlike the Republicrats, Libertarians have an underlying philosophy of self-ownership and non-initiation of force. All their positions are based on this principle. Republicans and Democrats have no principles guiding their positions, nor any scruples, either.

Ron Paul was the Libertarian Partys first presidential candidate to achieve 50 state ballot access. I've been supporting them since 1992 when Andre' Marrou and Nancy Lord won in Dixville Notch, NH

By continuing to support unprincipled politicians we not only approve of their actions, we're complicit in them

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Ted Abram

As stated both parties - Republican and Democrat - actively solicit special interest donors. Presently, government workers unions are the most powerful and harmful. Usually money is taken directly out of the worker's check, and is sent – all most invariably - to the Democrats. When the Democrats are in the majority, they bestow high wages, medical benefits and exorbitant retirement plans. In Wisconsin, this was the core issue in the attempted recall of the governor.