The earlier parts mostly pertained to the Bill of Rights.
Specifically how they have been eroded away.
Part 6 was combined with Part 5 and it discussed how the Ninth and Tenth Amendments gave us some visibility into the Framer’s thinking about personal liberty.
The Articles of the Constitution
The body of the Constitution has only about 4000 words and roughly half are used to describe Congress. This is the document that frames our form of government.
The generation that wrote the Constitution had high hopes for the fledgling nation. Even then, such faith sounded naive to tough-minded men who cherished no illusions about the fragility of their republican experiment. Virginia’s James Madison predicted that unless voters of “virtue and intelligence [select] men of virtue and wisdom … no theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure.”
So much for virtue, wisdom and intelligence. Today, the average legislator has to raise between 350 and 850 and hour toward re-election. The reward is basically a legalized system of insider trading and a system where satisfied donors give big benefits.
The House of Representatives is basically stuck in place: Both parties practice gerrymandering coast to coast, no one in power wants to do anything about that. (To vote in a gerrymandered district is to vote in a fixed election, an election massively weighted toward one side. Whatever that is, it is not a republic.) District boundaries are drawn to heavily favor one party in 85% of Congressional Districts.
Here is Michael Ventura’s last installment:
What can we do?
1. Understand that everyone offers opinion. Those that claim to be objective tend to ignore the facts they know that don’t fit the agenda. Understand the bias of those reporting the “news”. It is all slanted.
The only “facts” in Economics are the basic laws of supply and demand. Everything else is based on someone’s theory. The dominant theory – Keynesianism, is so flawed that even John Maynerd Keynes himself declared that he was the “only non-Keynsean in the room”.
2. Understand that if you are old enough to vote, this is not the country you learned about in High School Civics.
3. Avoid becoming dependent. Most people assume that dependency is only for the poor. Actually, the rich and upper middle class are more likely to be dependent than the poor. It is subtle and it is the road to serfdom! Interact with the government only enough to avoid breaking the law. Do not interact voluntarily.
Seek out your own solutions to problems. Those tend to be the best fit for you, anyway!
4. Mostly, be of good cheer. I close with the words of his holiness,
If we are demoralized, sad and only complain, we’ll not solve our problems. If we only pray for a solution, we’ll not solve our problems. We need to face them, to deal with them without violence, but with confidence – and never give up. If you adopt a non-violent approach, but are also hesitant within, you’ll not succeed. You have to have confidence and keep up your efforts – in other words, never give up.
~ The Dalai Lama
This will be (I hope) my last post about politics. I plan to try and pay as little attention as possible to Washington. They are clueless and trying to convince you they have the solution. BS!