A friend sent me an article yesterday that really made me feel betrayed. A deep investigative article has uncovered some disturbing truths about the way our government is being run. Long story short, we’re being duped and it’s by those we elect to represent “we, the people.”
Those that know me know that I try to be very open-minded and look at both sides of the story. However, with this particular news story, what we’ve long suspected has been proven true — many of the people we elected to represent us, are actually deceiving us, because they’re not doing their job…at all.
From the article I reference:
Each year, state lawmakers across the U.S. introduce thousands of bills dreamed up and written by corporations, industry groups and think tanks.
Disguised as the work of lawmakers, these so-called “model” bills get copied in one state Capitol after another, quietly advancing the agenda of the people who write them.
A two-year investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity reveals for the first time the extent to which special interests have infiltrated state legislatures using model legislation.
I don’t know about you, but to me, this is unacceptable. They’re basically outsourcing their job! They’re letting corporations and other special interest write the laws and of course, those laws benefit them and not us. Congress is, by it’s very nature, supposed to be for the people — we elect them to represent us in government and not corporations or special interests. Yes, of course there are lobby groups, but Congress should not be letting them or anyone else write the laws of the land for them.
“…USA TODAY and the Republic found at least 10,000 bills almost entirely copied from model legislation were introduced nationwide in the past eight years, and more than 2,100 of those bills were signed into law.
The investigation examined nearly 1 million bills in all 50 states and Congress using a computer algorithm developed to detect similarities in language. That search – powered by the equivalent of 150 computers that ran nonstop for months – compared known model legislation with bills introduced by lawmakers.
The phenomenon of copycat legislation is far larger. In a separate analysis, the Center for Public Integrity identified tens of thousands of bills with identical phrases, then traced the origins of that language in dozens of those bills across the country….”
You might be asking what this has to do with positivity. The answer is, a lot. Being a positive person means being proactive. It means confronting a wrong and injustices and trying to make things right. What is happening in our government is wrong. Strike that…it’s not just wrong, it’s outrageous. The problem is, our moral compass is askew. People think “well, it’s just this one time…” but it rarely is just that one time, because that one time becomes two, then three and before you know it, the bar has been set and that wrong becomes legitimized through that mindset.
What can I do?
There is a lot we can do. For one, read the full article. It’s an excellent piece of investigative journalism. Secondly, contact your elected representative and demand that this stop — even if your particular member of Congress isn’t engaged in this objectionable practice, they should at least be speaking against it.
Consider this one sub-headline in the article: “Voters say they want one thing. Special interests get lawmakers to do the opposite.” That alone should prompt you to read the article and take action, because in every sense of the word, the voice and will of the people is being ignored.
In order for us to confront a wrong, we have to be willing to actually take action. I hope you will.
Read the full article here.