There is no nation in the world where the power structure of vested interests is more concentrated in lobbying groups organized to promote the policies of organizations; for which they were formed to influence the legislative and executive segment of the nation’s power structure.
This expedient has been growing ever more powerful, reaching an apex in the most recent confrontation to get over the fiscal debt and deficit crisis, as the new fiscal year commenced. Although the judicial segment of America’s governing tripod, culminating in the U.S. Supreme Court, has acted as a balancing factor in most cases, even the nine Justices, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, are prone to be influenced by their interpretation of constitutional law.
Two major examples of the conundrum forming these ultimate constitutional interpretation, was the year 2000 presidential election, decided by the Florida vote interpretation, and the July 2012 “Affordable Care Act” decision, decided by Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, who was expected to be in the majority which would have scuttled this highly controversial control of U.S. healthcare.
Since the most powerful nation on earth — the U.S. – is also the only democratic nation still abiding by a constitution, called together by the founding fathers of a nation numbering 13 states, with less than three million people 225 years ago; it has become exceedingly difficult to relate the underpinning of an agrarian nation, with vastly varied state interests to serve as the ultimate arbiter of constitutional law, impacting today’s technologically complex, highly industrialized and rapidly changing life style.
This has evolved into an electoral system in which 100 Senators (representing 50 states) and 435 Congress persons, are acting as direct representatives of an ever-growing and polyglot population to draft the governing laws. This has created a yawning gap comprising legislators, represented disproportionately by the legal profession, or those politically evolved from other elective offices. For a number of reasons, the nation’s most talented business leaders, which represent the mainstream of America’s world-leading economic progress, are in a distinct minority.
This expansive vacuum has been filled by hundreds of lobbyists that represent the interests of the varied facets of America’s complex economic powerhouses, in addition to groups wielding their influence in socio-cultural, labor union, and foreign policy priority interests.
As the gigantic American economy has become more complex, so have the lobbying groups, whose financing has been generated by the interests they represent; while their political expertise and connections have increasingly been provided by former elected officials. This has made for legislative decisions not necessarily activated on merit, but the weight of influence that a sponsoring lobby can bring to bear on the particular equation at stake.
It’s a practical certainty that the most recent dysfunctional crises have left the American public frustrated and disgusted, and looking for determined leadership.
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