Our System of Government Doesn’t Work Anymore.

Elected representatives can’t go to the bathroom without asking permission of an attorney. Officials are not trained in how to govern. This is a failure of the education system. Few with any business sense even run for office, most considering politics to be beneath their dignity. Governments always spend and tax too much, get into financial trouble, then have to call in private business to try and straighten out the mess. Clayton County has destroyed their educational system and has brought in outside help. Atlanta’s Tax Office has also brought in private help. Lithonia’s Council has locked their Mayor out of the Council Chambers and she has set up a dual government in a Coffee Shop. Tyrone has called in outside Auditors to investigate missing funds and is bound and determined to defend an awful zoning ordinance that the entire business community hates. The Federal Government can’t stay out of wars and has destroyed our monetary system. State Government representatives vote on laws that they don’t read. And Local Governments like Tyrone are a complete joke; a circus of self interest clowns fumbling around in their egotistical darkness. Our system of government cannot last; it is destined to collapse into chaos and anarchy. Like a stock market crash, our governments have hit the bottom. Best we all start thinking about how to dissolve it and start over.

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Submitted by Mike King on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 12:01pm.

we need to reread our lessons from our past. To not heed them condemns us to repeat the same mistakes. I would submit the following for consideration for existing political aspirants and for those who currently hold office:

1-Upon vying for elected office make and keep a promise to limit one's service to two and not more than three terms. If one cannot get accomplished their goals in a set amount of time, get out of the way because you are not doing the public any good when a fresh set of ideas and energy is held back.
2-Take the office seriously, do not attempt to make it a second priority to one's primary vocation. Governance is a full time responsibility, the lives and livlihood may depend upon your availability.
3-Listen to all those of whom one represents, not just the vocal few or those with the most to gain. The last time I looked we all were entitled "certain inalienable rights".
4-Insure that the action that one takes is for the best for all concerned, and then stand by that action freely stating the rationale for one's decision. Do not waffle, it only shows weakness and timidity.
5-Remember that this country is a Republic based on democratic principles and the rule of law, not the other way around. Catering to special interests groups at all levels of government has placed us where we are.
6-Remain fair and balanced (not Fox News). Life is not fair and no one deserves credit unless earned, we all have the right in the pursuit of happiness, but it is not one's right to have someone else pay for it.

There are others that I am sure will be added and there will be some disagreement, but my lunchtime is over and back to work I go.

Just my two cents worth.

Submitted by Doug on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 6:07pm.

You would be lucky to find a handful of people who could name three state elected officers other than the governor.

My son goes to Booth Middle School and they don't teach a darn thing about government. They come out of there clueless.

That's how we end up with stooges like Harold Logsdon. He said there weren't going to be more big retail stores on 54 and now we're getting 3 more. Just brilliant.

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Submitted by yardman5508 on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 7:35pm.

While it is, indeed, a republic, it is STILL the responsibility of the people to elect our officials. If our officials are not doing the job, whose responsibility is it to remove them from office? Only when we, as voters, begin to feel impowered, only then will government truly reflect the principles we wish it to reflect. Keep the faith.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

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