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May 22, 2007
A representative who does not champion his electors exclusively is not the elector's representative. This is the most dangerous of all scenarios. It creates taxation without representation, ignores the will of the people, which fosters rebellion and ultimately civil war placing civilization in peril.
An elected representative who chooses to represent any type of special interest group or individual over his electors has betrayed the trust put in him by his electors. This person has chosen to resign from his sworn duty as a representative of his electors in favor of representing his chosen special interest groups and individuals. But he has not informed his electors that he no longer represents them and therefore holds the elected office by deception and fraud.
In many cases the prospective elected representative actually runs for office with no intention of ever representing the electors. He plans his candidacy as a charade and seeks the support of any type of special interest group or individual who will supply him with money or votes as long as that support does not create a public uproar. Once elected, he represents these special interest groups over his electors. This is elected representative fraud at its worse and defeats the intent and purpose of democracy.
When elected representative fraud occurs there is a breakdown in the elector's satisfaction with the elected. This is followed by a general disbelief that the electors' interests are aligned with the representative's best interests. If elected representative fraud is allowed to continue the electors' stop participating in elections in progressively larger numbers as general apathy sets in.
Over time more electors begin to commit elected representative fraud as elector participation continues to decline. There are little or no current punitive consequences for elected representative fraud with only increasing benefits for the representatives. These benefits come in the form of a wide variety of financial incentives, special privileges and general abuse of power combined with a general lack of apparent common sense in how government spending and management is enacted. It all makes sense to the insiders because for each management decision or government disbursement somebody is profiting - it is just not the electors or civilization.
As this corruption sets in the government begins to pay above market rates for labor and material as a matter of general course of business and eventually makes no attempt to rationalize its behavior to the electors because the electors are totally disengaged from the political and government processes and there are no punitive consequences for the representatives.
There is a general breakdown of ethics among civil servants as they see first hand that the elected representatives have increasingly fewer and fewer controls on them and corruption is growing at an almost unchecked rate. The civil servant's level of service plummets for all but the politically connected or those who one way or another have ingratiated themselves to the civil servants.
Over time civil servants begin to earn more than many of the taxpayers in the district they serve with benefits that in most all cases far exceed that of the citizenry. There are senseless rounds of increases in local, state and federal taxes with a corresponding failure of the civil service ranks to deliver services to the citizenry on favorable terms and conditions at a similar level of service that the citizenry expects and demands from private industry.
These are the early signs of a general breakdown of democracy and civilization.
As elected representative fraud continues to devolve, criticism of elected representatives and civil servants are met with rapid and harsh denials in most cases backed by no tangible proof, and in many cases successful character assassination of critics.
Critics also experience the negative attention of government agencies that have both enforcement and arrest powers. Critics also receive threats from a wide variety of outside sources that have a vested interest in the elected representative fraud.
When facing reelection perpetrators of elected representative fraud appear to the disengaged electorate to be making conflicting promises to different groups. The citizenry incorrectly believes that the broken promises made to them are also broken to the special interest groups. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The special interest groups have paid for their promises in the form of campaign contributions, massive book purchases, favorable stock purchase, artificially low real estate prices and direct cash payments, either funneled through third parties or directly to the elected representative. The disengaged electorate has not paid the perpetrators of elected representative fraud so it is they to whom promises are broken.
These broken promises help foster further elector apathy and continues to devolve into a seemingly endless spiral of elector disengagement and official corruption.
No punishment is too great for the elected representative who holds his office by fraud.
When the elected representative chooses to represent a foreign government or power over his electors he has committed treason.
The only cure for elected representative fraud - short of civil war, is for the citizenry to engage in the political process. The perpetrators of elected representative fraud know this and do whatever is in their power to discourage the citizenry from participating.
The strategy is to wait out the electors with the belief, and in many cases it is true, that the electors have short memories. The technique of raising issues and non-issues in fast succession while rarely addressing any issue to completion divides the attention of the electors.
The techniques to discourage citizen participation include:
The technique of limiting elector choice becomes wide spread and is accomplished by people moving the media behind the scenes in secret. They make the general impression that only a select group of individuals are qualified to run for a specific office or even are running for that elected office. In the US this process is currently in full swing.
- Making it difficult to register to vote by having registration handled by civil servants who deliver either poor service or are only available at times and places that are an inconvenience for a wide variety of potential voters.
- The writing of laws that require a law degree to understand.
- Features and conditions inserted in laws that have no context or purpose to the law, which has been enacted.
- The requirement of freedom of information petitions.
- The use of antiquated or suspect voting machines.
- Non-public vote counting.
- The inclusion of last minute terms and conditions into laws as they are passed without time for public debate or knowledge before they are enacted.
The US Presidential candidates are in the process of being presented to the citizens. The first step is for the politicians to bribe the media with the promise of spending huge sums of money advertising their candidates.
The media then explains to the citizens that it takes huge sums of money to become President with much phony lamenting exhibited by the broadcasters themselves. The broadcasters have a huge vested interest in the candidates advertising budgets being as large as possible. They are the people who receive this money with television getting the majority of the money.
The next step is to deceive the citizens - on endless talk shows, in news reports, and in newspapers and magazines that it is impossible for a third party to ever expect to have a winning candidate for President. The reason that this is so stressed is two fold. First, no third party has agreed to pay the media for a huge advertising campaign. Secondly, the reality is the US does not have a two party system, it has a one party system. Any outsider who is not part of that system is viewed with great suspicion. They could affect some type of social change that could bring an end to the current system. Neither the Republican nor Democratic parties were original parties when the US Constitution was signed.
The campaign rolls out with staged interviews on television where the candidate makes broad-brush statements waiting to see if any special interest group supports or opposes their position.
The chosen candidates begin to form positions on a wide variety of topics followed by surveys and polls that give the impression that many citizens are part of this process. The reality is almost no one outside the media and the political parties are really participating at this time.
Next, staged debates are televised where the candidates are posed questions with no consequences for either not answering the questions or answering the questions with party propaganda. This is followed by staged television interviews where the candidate is never challenged to divulge specific strategies and techniques to bring any of their plans to fruition.
There are more polls to show that candidates with huge advertising budgets are the true peoples' choice. All of this happens before one public election has taken place. But it does not matter that no caucus or primary has happened because now only the chosen few are even viewed as viable candidates. The whole purpose of the process was to eliminate all outsiders and any insider without a sufficient advertising budget.
Hence the choice is limited. The only outcome possible is presenting candidates who support and are controlled by campaign contributors, not the now disenfranchised electors.
Elected representative recall is almost impossible to accomplish. The firing of civil servants in all levels of government is an extraordinary long, expensive and complex process. Except for the most well financed groups or a public outrage, recall is a process that bears very little success. The elected official has the resources and collective backing of many other elected representatives and government departments at his disposal to protect his position and maintain the status quo.
The media contributes greatly to the political process and in most cases is responsible for presenting to the public an endless stream of nonsensical issues mixed with the issues of the day while ignoring the real issues and challenges that face society. The overwhelming majority of news is chosen, produced and delivered to the public by theatrical personalities. These theatrical personalities are carefully chosen for their roles.
These actors are chosen based on how they look (ethnicity, beauty, age), act (conservative, liberal, intelligent, angry) and sound (wise, hip or old fashion) - not by demonstrable integrity, courage and a deep understanding of the dynamics of the events in world.
Many of these actors are not the seekers of the truth they portray themselves to be but are mere caricatures of truth right down to the use of stage names and secret lives hidden from the public view.
Theatrical personalities by their nature are attracted to and promote the odd and unusual and not necessarily the true or significant. They have a deep-seated need for other people to look at them, find novelty in what they do and praise them far beyond the needs of normal adults. Before Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph and motion picture, the political opinions of theatrical personalities were largely ignored and forgotten after the performance. The reason was the audience would come in direct contact with the performers before and after the performance and observe the performers, as they were, not as their stage persona depicted them. Interestingly, when motion pictures were first invented Edison was repulsed by the individuals who came to his laboratory to be in motion pictures as they were from a very compromised class of people.
The broadcasting and publishing of surveys and study findings based on no scientific merit are designed to confuse the electors by delivering a succession of conflicting information. They create elector indecision. Elector indecision creates elector apathy, which creates wide spread non-participation of the voters and puts civilization at risk.
The media also chooses to omit many of the realities that are present on a local, state and federal level that the electors directly experience in their daily life. There is a general lack of true credentials and supervision for the professional lines of work. For example, once doctors and social workers graduate from college there is no retesting of their skills and competency for the rest of their lives. The presence of drug addicts and alcoholics within the civil servant and elected officials ranks as almost none of them are tested for the presence of either. The total lack of financial accounting, auditing and reporting for all aspects of government also causes great pain for society at large.
The media legitimizes issues and candidates by giving either airtime or print space, the larger the media outlet the more powerful the endorsement. It also gives the false impression that they cover the only viable choices available to the electors. With the rise of the Internet, the media has begun to incorrectly claim that their outlets of information are somewhat different and more reliable than Internet outlets, sometimes referring to citizens who choose to report the news of the day as citizen journalists. The truth is all journalists are citizens and all citizens can choose to become journalists at anytime.
When it comes to public policy the media should purge themselves of theatrical personalities, in front of and behind the camera. True journalists are on the verge of extinction, but still exist in many media outlets. Journalists who can report the facts as they really are, and who serve the citizens with truth devoid of sensationalism are some of the most valuable citizens within society.
Also affecting public policy is the lack of term limits for elected representatives and serial post holding for appointed officials. These are two of the great evils in society as they foster the view of a very few to become public policy. The elected official doles out fiefdoms to anyone who is willing and able to pay in some fashion and the electors become the equivalent of serfs.
The highest and most pure form of elected representative fraud is voter fraud. The most fundamental expression of a democracy is voting.
Voter fraud comes in many forms with the most pervasive being the intentional lack of an audit trail for the votes. When voters have no reliable way to know how many people are eligible to vote in a district no less if the people who voted are legitimate citizens of that district you have a massive breach of democracy.
Voting machines that are not publicly tested and demonstrated as being accurate and reliable further add to conditions where the citizens doubt who truly won an election.
The absence of votes being counted publicly and audited so any citizen can participate, opens to suspicion whatever votes may be cast and reported and creates a parody of democracy.
The only rational solution for elected representative fraud is for the citizens to actively engage in the process that controls their lives - to do otherwise is at their own peril.