Separation of Big Business and Government needs to happen to allow America to find it’s moral compass?

November 15, 2008

Washington (ChattahBox) — I can’t help feeling that in the wake of eight years of perhaps the worst presidency in modern history of the United States that serious changes need to take place.  Not surprising many republicans were swept out of office and a leader was chosen in Barack Obama that inspired people’s hopes for change. Popularity vote wise not the overwhelming majority I would have expected but that’s another story. I have hopes that the republican party will use this defeat wisely to take a good hard look at setting a new better course for the party and new enlightened leaders emerge. I also have high hopes for Mr. Obama but besides some of the most difficult circumstances a new president has faced in recent times, he is facing a political system that is somewhat broken and needs to be fixed by both parties for any leader to be effective.

The ideals of democracy and our constitution are the best system of government perhaps in history but it doesn’t mean that we aren’t doomed to fail if we don’t fix some of it’s inperfections. Separation of church and state is generally traced to the letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to the Danbury Baptists, in which he referred to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as creating a “wall of separation.”  I think we need need to have the same wall of separation between state and big business.

Considering that business wasn’t a problem back when this country was formed, we had no such need for separation of business and state. But big business now seems to have way too much influence on our countries politics.  To me having an executive cabinet basically dominated by former oil executives is unimaginable and the results are self evident, but it speaks to the symptom of problems in the way we elect officials. We need to remove big business from unduly influencing elections and who actually can afford to run for office. Does anyone dispute that unless you are extremely wealthy running for higher office today requires major contributions from big business in one form or another?  Does anyone think this is at all good for America? An does anyone believe it doesn’t leave our elected officials indebted to those that got them in to office. Most problems like this are difficult to solve but the solution seems simple.  You remove all forms of financial contributions a politician can take and you limit each candidate to only using funds set aside by law.  A nice side effect is that we wouldn’t have elections that run for months or all the hateful commercials that don’t speak to the real issues.

Of course why would politicians bite the hands that literally feed them and pass such legislation? Believe me there are lobbyists camped at every senators door just waiting to remind them should they suddenly decide to vote based on their conscience.  A lot of needed changes that benefit our society and economy get tossed aside, because of the heavy influence of lobbyists representing large business constituencies. For example when I think about the obstacles president-elect Obama faces to reform healthcare his challenges aren’t with the republicans, so much as they are with lobbyists.  Legislation today must not only pass the test of what the majority want and need i.e. what’s best for the country, but it must also satisfy big businesses interests as well.  Some would argue what big business wants is best for our country.  I would argue the last 8 years proved definitively otherwise, and that separation of big business and government must happen for the sake of this countries future.


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