January 17, 2011 by Bob Livingston
The United States House of Representatives and Senate represent many things, excluding the American people. But these two bodies are needed by the elite establishment to keep up the aura of democracy and so-called representative government.
Members of the House and Senate are manipulated puppets in the paid service of the establishment which owns and runs the U.S. government. The House of Representatives and the Senate have great value, as a matter of fact incalculable value, as symbols of liberty and representative government. But they are hollowed out and gutted symbols, a facade and a myth that serves to keep the American people hoodwinked and blinded to widespread deceptive political chicanery.
Americans mistake the symbol of representative government for the thing symbolized. Representative government has evolved into privilege, prestige and wealth. While we slept they carved themselves out an ivory tower of untouchables by prostrating and selling their souls to the money power.
The time is long gone when Americans could go to the polls and vote for representative government. The great tragedy is that they still believe that they can.
The Founding Fathers absolutely saw our day and how representative government would be usurped by the money power. The concept of prohibition of privilege (nobility) in public office was written into the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8.
Members of Congress and the Senate have surreptitiously acquired the status of nobility and privilege because they have prostituted themselves to the system unequivocally. This proves so well that Congress and the Senate have evolved into nobility and privilege in substance and in fact without the title.
The election process in America has become a disguise for corruption that attracts the corrupt. When men and women go to Washington, they quickly learn that they are paid by the Federal government and therefore they are in the hire of the Federal government. No allegiance to their constituents is necessary and, as a matter of fact, there is very little pretension.
If Americans could restore their power over so-called elected representatives, this could cut out the smoke and mirrors of politics. I think the hour is late, and maybe even too late, but let’s try to reverse all the perks that our “elected representatives” have bestowed upon themselves, such as: Voting themselves pay raises; tenure and pensions; liberal, free healthcare benefits not available to citizens; immunity from the laws they imposed on citizens; retirement plans paid for by the government; Congressional retirement fund for themselves instead of Social Security; and no term limits.
From A Reader
The following was sent to us by several readers. It is a bill that should be offered NOW in Congress:
Congressional Reform Act
- Term Limits. Twelve years only, one of the possible options below…
- Two Six-year Senate terms.
- Six Two-year House terms.
- One Six-year Senate term and three Two-year House terms.
- No Tenure/No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay from government when they are out of office.
- Congress members (past, present and future) participate in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.
- Congress members can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
- Congress members will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of the consumer price index or 3 percent.
- Congress loses their current healthcare system and participates in the same healthcare system as the American people.
- Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
- All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.
This will have to be done by the American people. Citizens need to force their elected officials to introduce the Congressional Reform Act.