Lack of leadership plus the demagoguery of politicians mixed with an incurious citizenry is a toxic brew that today is corroding that sacred Document, the covenant between The People and its government. Financial greed, an additional catalyst unimagined by the Founding Fathers, acts like a marinade, softening and weakening that covenant, rendering it a mushy, irrelevant pulp. No matter how carefully that sacred Document is preserved in a museum, its words are but scratches of ink, empty promises, if it is not a living and active covenant between The People and its Government.
We ought to have known, I suppose, that a document crafted in the 18th century for a small, white, male-dominated agrarian society, would not fully address the needs of a 21st century People. Oh, of course it has been amended several times, rectifying issues that the Founding Fathers either did not imagine or were afraid to include. Yet, these sage men could not have envisioned both the naivete of The People nor the guile of the agents of the Government that would come to define this concordat some 220 years later. Nor the noxious influence of money upon that sacred trust.
Take, for example, the current dilemma of the high price of gasoline. For the foreseeable future, the vast majority of our citizens will be driving gasoline-driven vehicles. Additionally, the many trucks that deliver our goods and services will be oil-powered as well. The reality is that our nation will depend on oil for many more years until alternate sources of power replace that archaic fuel source.
Enter the political demagoguery of those we have elected to office. House Republicans have crafted a ‘Drill Baby Drill! bill cleverly disguised as the “Consumer Relief for Pain at the Pump Act.” President Obama, joining in on the ruse, proclaimed his “Drill Baby Drill” sham in his Saturday address, fully aware of the 2012 election and his perceived impotence in controlling the price at the pump. Doubly disgusting!
As the GOP members of Congress are greatly dependent upon reelection contributions from the Petroleum Industry, they are tied like slaves to their masters rather than to The People whom they swore to defend. The President, likewise, is acting solely to enhance his reelection chances rather than serving The People he swore to defend.
Did Madison, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams or Hamilton ever suppose that a president or a House of Congress would be in cahoots in fooling The People so thoroughly? Or would they ever have suspected that The People would have become so incurious that such a charade could be perpetrated on them so easily? Or that some of The People would, perhaps mindlessly, aid and abet this ruse? Or that the Highest Court of the Land would mandate a corporate body the same Constitutional rights as a person?
Of course not. That kind of nonsense surely was never considered by the set of idealistic men who wrote that precious and unique document. The ideals set forth on that now yellowed and brittle piece of paper have, in many ways, become as obsolete as the feather quill used in its writing. Greed, personal enrichment and narcissism along with the intertwining of business interests in with government.
Depressing. Quite depressing.