Democracies fail too

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By Adele E. Zimmerman

We in the United States operated under the delusion that the constitutional democracy begun more than 200 years ago can never fail. I’m sure the Romans thought the same in the days before the empire.

Members of Congress waste about 75 percent of their time on bickering, political posturing and getting reelected. Presidents issue executive orders and institute secret programs than violate our constitution and our laws.

Most Americans don’t bother voting or don’t bother informing themselves about candidates and issues before they do so.

Our failure to enact campaign finance reform has virtually turned over the actual governance of our country to greedy, soulless corporations.

The Supreme Court just made it official.

Toyota Corporation, besieged by manufacturing defects, is in trouble with its customers and with federal safety regulators. But they needn’t worry.

Thanks to that Supreme Court decision, Toyota, Kia, Volkswagen, Honda, Nissan and any surviving American auto companies can buy a whole new government and do away with those pesky safety regulations.

Republicans, smelling big money for corporate campaign advertising, have hailed the decision as a blow for free speech. They won’t be crowing for long.

Soon there will be no Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Libertarians or any other current political parties. There will be the Auto, Drug, Health, Agribusiness, Oil, Power, Wall Street and other big industry parties to replace them.

The only discussion we’ll see in future Congresses is how much taxpayer money each party will receive. They will negotiate for which of them gets the biggest slice of the American pie.

It would take tremendous effort on the part of voters and elected officials to divert us from this course. But if we don’t, the greatest nation in history can and will fail. Just ask the Romans.

Wait. We can’t. It’s gone.

Adele E. Zimmermann

Embudo, N.M