True power is being able to let go of it.
With all this talk about sexual abstinence as a birth control, political abstinence is the cure to corruption. For those who pursue a life of public service, thank you. But do not for a second think that your position is your job it is not. Being a career politician is antithetical to the intentions the founding fathers, most especially Thomas Jefferson. Longevity in politics is a sickness that cripples democracy. Get new blood in not just Washington, but all State Capitols and City Halls. Wait, things have always been done this way. Nope, not anymore.
The very people we trust to uphold democracy are the ones who can also kill it.
As Marco Rubio pandered an explanation to one of the Parkland high school students last week, explaining to him that his values and voting are determined by his constituents is all too altruistic in a cynical world. I want to believe that. I think he wants to believe that, but it is just not true. He refused to refuse to take money from the NRA. The Koch brothers have a laundry list of policy changes and are just checking off the boxes. Super PACS of course make this slight in our system both acceptable and necessary. The idealogical issue is that well, on one hand, why shouldn't they be allowed to use their money in a capitalist society to influence our democracy, they've "earned" it but on the other, that's the problem and the little guy continues to be bewitched by the prospects of unattainable wealth. Corporate interests dictate the thoughts and actions of our leaders more than the people, which begs the question… are they even leaders? No.
How are we supposed to progress into the next century when the median age of our leadership hovers just under 60. Democrats however have an average age of 72, making this Congress one of the oldest in history. Those men can’t fly a plane. They can’t do open heart surgery. So let’s stop empowering them to make the decisions of our future. Term limits are a big answer to our corruption problem. But who will have the courage to cut themselves off at the legs. Well, a leader would do that.
We as a country need to refocus our agenda to the common good.