You know what we need as Americans? Crimes specific to politicians. We need some way to hold the members of our government to a higher standard. Not the Constitution, which just lays out what they’re supposed to do. I think we need some method of being able to just fire them when they do or say certain things, such as creating segregationist laws, abusing legal loopholes to their benefit and the detriment of Americans, something.
I know that Congress has ethics rules and such… but you know what happens to people that violate those? Practically nothing. Many resign, and many get voted out that don’t, but too often are there politicians that say things in direct counter to what their jobs are supposed to be. Members of the science committee decry science. Members of the ethics committee get caught having sex with underage people. Representatives of the people suggest using humiliation as a tactic to target specific groups of people.
Basically, there needs to be a much easier way to fire people in government instead of letting them rake in money for two to six years doing jack-all or actively harming this nation.
Yes, I know a lot of this comes from me being a liberal and finding conservatives like Representative James Lankford blaming gun violence on welfare moms and suggesting we humiliate homosexuals until they lose equal protection rights repugnant to the utmost degree. It’s disgusting to think that there are people, voters, that agree whole-heartedly with Lankford. But I have faith that every time one of these politicians spouts out some awful, ridiculous, shameful thing, their constituency doesn’t want them saying or thinking what they’ve said or thought.
Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, getting that person out of office becomes a herculean task. If they’re a senator, you have to wait six years for their term to be up. By then, people have forgotten all sorts of sins, which is just a sad reminder of the state of our national attention span. If they’re a representative, they’ve only got two years, but that’s still enough time for many to forget or to obfuscate the issues.
I don’t have a real suggestion for a solution, unfortunately, other than a recall vote that can be triggered by a certain number of people petitioning for one. And maybe that is a possibility that can be used in the real world. I recall governors facing that problem before… never any senators or representatives in my memory, but maybe it’s possible. If it is possible, that option needs to be used far more often and people need to be made far more aware of it.
Our nation’s not in the greatest position it could be. One of the places we need to start cleaning up is with our politicians, kicking the ignorant, vicious and lying out as soon as they reveal their true colors. Let the people keep them on a short leash. We need to start working on an oversight from the population that isn’t just voting them out next election. We need a way to oust them, deny them their pension and try someone new that might actually try to do the right thing.