Pogo once said: "We have met the enemy and he is us."
The United States has created a government that has grown larger than the sum of its parts; it has become the nemesis of public benefit.
The idea of checks and balances is delusional as each branch of government has an exaggerated idea of its importance and is in a constant struggle with the other branches for dominance. Government representatives seem to think they are a country unto themselves and constantly ignore the electorate. Sadly, they are focused on their egos and self-serving agendas.
As long as any government system is populated by representatives who are ethically and morally corrupt, the system will be untrustworthy and will crush anyone or anything that threatens its survival. Too many citizens are under the illusion that democracy is safe as long as they vote. Not so. How else to explain the incredible fact that incompetent, arrogant and shady politicians are re-elected time and again.
The system does what is needed for its own existence, and the costs it extracts will only be noted by historians. The wishes of the populace are inconsequential, and national decisions will have very little to do with public interest. At the end of the day, the desires and stature of unprincipled leaders will become paramount, and the monster lives on. Meanwhile, we the people pay the price.
Clifton J. Jester