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America's Representative Aristocracy

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March 24, 2010 – Comments (4)

www.dictionary.com   defines "Aristocracy" to mean:

1. a class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, esp. the hereditary nobility. 2. a government or state ruled by an aristocracy, elite, or privileged upper class. 5. any class or group considered to be superior, as through education, ability, wealth, or social prestige.

Hmm.... Does this sound like America to you?

A)  To run a political campaign you have to be RICH...or have RICH backers to your campaign.
Except for some few exceptions Senators, Representatives, and the President of the United States must land the job by generating millions of dollars from the Upper Class through fundraisers.

B)  The Rulers get their own version of Healthcare and Retirement Benefits not available to those they rule over.  Thus they are priveledged.

C)  Obamacare?   Not going to apply to the President or Congress.  They are the only ones exempted....

D)  What?  You say we are still a Representative Democracy?

How is that so when Congress has the power to change the entire economic system with a single vote?

Think about this..... Since all financial, retirement, health care, etc. benefits are all packaged and delivered to you for your ENTIRE LIFE at the very SECOND you are seated in office....  Then you are much like a Supreme Court Judge with no concerns about being voted out of office.

Vote out a congressman/woman  and he/she won't care.... they get everything anyhow!  They are set for life from day 1.....

That is not a system that motivates Representation.....  Which is why there is no real Representative Democracy.....  The Health Care bill passed only because of this very real problem.  What exactly does anyone have to lose if they vote against the WILL of the American people?

The excess priviledges and elitism and nobility only begins there....

Why is it Congress decides what their PAY is?  they can raise their pay......American people don't decide it!

Why is it Congress gets to police themselves in terms of Ethics?  It is THEIR ethics committee.....!
Run and managed by the majority.  Which can let obvious, unethical behavior slide....

Alcee Hastings is another problem..... This man was impeached...!!!    Why does that mean he can still run for office and still end up getting a seat in Congress?

There is no ZERO TOLERANCE policy in Congress..... 

And America calls themselves a Democracy???  representative democracy?     lower case R...Capital Aristocracy.....in my opinion.

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On March 24, 2010 at 9:40 AM, Evlampius (< 20) wrote:

We dont have a democracy in USA, we have a republic.

in republic we elect people to represent us.  It is sad that people who we want to represent us actually doing the opposite. But it seems as a human nature to change for the bad with influence of power and money.

I dont think theres a sollution to what you call representative Democracy, it is still better than any other form of government, plus even if everyone get booted from the office are there going to be more qualified people for the job? Are they going to do what they speak/promise to do? Not in a million years....

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#2) On March 24, 2010 at 9:54 AM, Dow3000 (< 20) wrote:

Well, we HAD a Republic, and it was the greatest experiment in the history of mankind.  Unfortunately, back more than 100 years ago the Progressives decided to destroy it.  Currently, we are practicing Fascism, which Mussolini described as the merger of state and corporate powers.  It is truly sad that we have gone so far off the correct path, but I refuse to believe that the people have no fight left.  They are waking up and the revolution is quite near.  Remember, it's "a Republic, if you can keep it."

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#3) On March 24, 2010 at 9:57 AM, RagnarRedbeard (< 20) wrote:

"Since all financial, retirement, health care, etc. benefits are all packaged and delivered to you for your ENTIRE LIFE at the very SECOND you are seated in office....  "

 

Nope, not even close to right.

 

Under the current federal retirement system, members of Congress get the same benefits as other federal employees.  This means they get retirement benefits after 20 years and some benefits like the 401k vest after 5.

http://www.opm.gov/retire/pre/fers/index.asp

And contrary to other internet rumors, Congress does pay into Social Security.  They have done so since 1986.

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#4) On March 24, 2010 at 12:54 PM, Varchild2008 (83.79) wrote:

1 term for Senator is 6 years....

The benefits, except pension, happen immediately as I say...

The 5 years rule is actually just means that they become vested..... But so what?  Senator = 6 year term.

1 term in office....and you get all your benefits including pension!

And you have your facts wrong...It is 1984 not 1986.

So don't ridicule me about getting my facts wrong.  For I have not.  Every benefit except pension starts accumulating Day 1.

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