Founding fathers predicted thisTo the Telegram: Listen carefully and you may hear our founding fathers screaming, “I told you so!”
To the Telegram:
Listen carefully and you may hear our founding fathers screaming, “I told you so!”
George Washington refused his presidential salary even though Mount Vernon had been nearly ruined during the Revolutionary War. Holding public office was to be an honor in itself. Benjamin Franklin warned the public that high salaries for government officials would attract scoundrels and discourage people of virtue. Protections once provided in the Constitution were destroyed with the passage of the 17th Amendment. Anthony Wiener’s million-dollar-retirement salary and his determination to keep his job despite his unethical behaviors are proof of the wisdom of the founding fathers.
The founders intended legislators to return home and live with the consequences of the laws they created. Never were these offices intended to be full time, permanent positions of employment which provided generous health care and retirement plans.
To protect the citizens from public office holders becoming permanent, the founders provided automatic term limits. Originally, the state legislators selected their U.S. Senators who were expected to veto any legislation created by the House of Representatives which threatened the rights of their state. Because of the 17th Amendment, the states no longer have veto power to exercise against the Congress when federal statues are in violation of states’ rights and/or damage the sovereignty of each state.
Today, Senators are influenced by the same pressures during elections that members of the House experience. These pressures encourage Senators to place political party and personal gain before the welfare of their state. Today, the Barnie Franks, Anthony Wieners and Tim Geithners are protected through special interest money, gerrymandering of electoral districts, and cronyism. We the People are surrendering more of our freedoms each year to the control of power-hungry incompetents.