As I said yesterday, there is no shortage of opinions when it comes to the subjects of politics and religion. But oddly enough, few care to share their views, and even fewer care to hear yours. I play games on the internet at a site called POGO, and you should hear the responses to comments concerning these two subjects. On second thought, you shouldn't. I thank God people don't know where I live, because I am afraid that many would like to do me harm. Fortunately, the gun control lobby has been unable to change the Constitution. Which reminds me, my gun cleaning has been kind of lax lately.
Most people believe our country is a democracy, but it is not. In a democracy, every decision is voted upon by every voter. Ours is a republic. In a republic, voters elect people to represent them. The legislative and the executive branches of our government are elected by popular vote. The judicial branch is appointed by elected officials on the federal level. State and local officials are usually elected the same way, but some states vary. While it would be impossible to get anything done if there had to be a national election on every issue, that idea certainly has merit. With representatives, two sayings apply: "You get what you pay for," and "Buyer beware!" Once you elect a scoundrel, you are stuck with him or her until the next election. Of course, there is always the possibility of impeachment, but like capital punishment, it takes forever. By the time all of the legal debate is finished, it would be time to elect a replacement. Illinois is an exception.
Because running for political office requires so much money, our representatives need to befriend the wealthy for support. The result is that politicians owe allegiance to their contributors, especially if they want to stay in office. So, when they vote on bills, they are most likely to vote the way their financial supporters would if they themselves had a vote. Where does that leave the vast majority who are unable to contribute enough to persuade their representative to vote in their best interest? It leaves them unrepresented.
That brings me to another point. In order to get elected, politicians need to ride the fence between the "fat cats" and the rest of us. Politicians are said to "speak out of both sides of their mouth." They tell each audience what they want to hear. When the two views are diametrically opposed to one another, they lie.
They lie about what they are going to do; they lie about their opponent; they lie about their past; they lie.
In a country that votes for their representatives based upon what they know about them, lying is tantamount to treason. It is literally stealing the votes by deception. As a result, our government is not really ours.
While the United States of America has the best government on the planet, it is certainly flawed by having elected officials that are often less than honorable. As long as human beings are involved, there will be corruption. My choice of government is a Theocracy. When Jesus returns, the Millennium Kingdom will be totally run by God. Bribes, lies, and threats will no longer be an issue. Come Lord Jesus!