Rebuilding Our Government

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

The system currently in place is slow, bogged down by red tape and bureaucracy, and easily susceptible to corruption.

The government we established is not perfect, but it is pretty good compared to other nations. Unfortunately, over time, democracy is a form of government that can lead to corruption. Even with checks and balances, they can be ignored or exploited. As John Adams said, "Remember: democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." How do we ensure we keep thriving by weeding out corruption and alter policies to make it harder to be corrupted?

Starting over from the foundation might seem like a drastic or extreme option, but it would be easier and more efficient than trying to wade through the tangled and corrupt mess that is our current landscape.

By starting from the beginning, we can update things; clarify and use simple language to explain old laws, separate bills from "piggy backing" on one another, remove old and outdated laws, create a system that would allow us to keep a better eye on greed and prevent those from taking advantage of the system as easily.

Why now? Why at all?

The truth of the matter is things are broken. The representatives we have now aren't held to any kind of accountability. They skim money from the budget for themselves, take donations from companies and corporations to pass laws that would see the public suffer so they can make more money. They commit crimes and bully those that disagree with them, and lie to us - the People - every step of the way.

We need to find balance. Regardless of political affiliation. We are all suffering. We are all struggling. We all have the same problems and issues; we just experience them from a different point of view. If we can learn to respect one another and listen, we can make improvements to our lives that all parties can agree are good. You don't have to like each other, but you need to remember above all that despite the political views, life experiences, and differences of opinions we are all Utahns, we are all Americans, and we are all humans. We either suffer together or we thrive together.

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