The reason why most legislative bodies in America today are not true Representative Governments comes down to one simple fact: bills are assigned to committees whose chairmen can exercise dictatorial control over whether or not a bill gets a fair hearing in their committee. Without any discussion or vote, the committee chairman can arbitrarily kill any legislation he chooses. Listen to Oklahoma State Senator Don Armes tell why Closed Government deception is necessary.
This flaw in the rules governing the legislative body cuts the heart out of the idea of Representative Government. If a legislator is unable to get their bill heard in committee, then Free Speech and Representative Government are essentially dead. Many good bills never get a fair hearing and a recorded vote because the committee chairman chooses not to hear them.
This kind of power was never envisioned by the founders of America. They meant for the legislative process to be open to all the People’s Representatives so that all ideas could be heard and debated in search for the best ones. This is a moral issue at the foundation of Representative Government and a Free Society.
Over time this dictatorial power as resulted in Government by Secrecy which favors backroom deals with special interests resulting in the phenomenon in known as “politics as usual.” Lord Acton once said that “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It is a common story for an idealistic person to enter politics, and because of the way the system operates, to become progressively corrupted. This flaw in our system encourages and rewards such corruption. Do you agree it is time to put a stop to this undemocratic practice?
The People have been so disenfranchised by this practice that today voter registration, as well as actual voting, is at all-time record lows. Citizens believe they have no real influence on government, and certainly don’t feel that their best interests are being represented. “Special Interests” are favored instead. Why should they vote and participate in this rigged political con game?
This is a major factor leading to the rise of the “Tea Party Movement.” The original Boston Tea Party, of course, was the spark that began the first American Revolution. The arrogance and catering to “Special Interests” has birthed this new Great Awakening to restore political liberty in America.
In a time of national economic crisis like we’re experiencing today, we desperately need a conversation at all levels of government to examine all ideas about how we got here, where we need to go, and how to get there. Restoring Open Government, where all bills introduced by a legislator can get a fair hearing and a recorded vote is essential if we are to find the best solutions to our problems and restore Americans’ faith in their government.
Do you agree that now is the time to remove this obstacle to Representative Government? If so, please contact your elected officials and urge them to support the Open Government Project.