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Authority Stolen
How our Republic became an Oligarch
The Constitution
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I often struggle with the intentions the framers of our Constitution implied in their writings. Mixed messages are constantly sent as the power ultimately stems from the people, but not directly, just in case the people have all become NeoCons, or put simply, to protect us from the tyranny of the majority.

If the majority is not truly participating in direct democracy, they must be ruled. Our Constitutional framers accounted for this by creating three branches of government, all independent of the other, and all needed to make sweeping long-lasting choices for the people they represent. During the 17th and 18th centuries this was a brilliant way to still allow autonomy of our markets and citizens, but also allow for a structure that could serve both during times of war or emergency and help stabilize our society.

Before the industrial revolution, most people were tradesmen, farmers, and shop owners, serving their community and not much more. This allowed for great advancements in wealth across the spectrum of our populous, not just to a percent or two of our populous. Our middle class during this time was expanding exponentially, and with it the great minds that would bring an end to it all.

Our system of government before the Industrial Revolution spawned exceptional individuals, who with an uncanny foresight, harnessed the power of America for themselves, and began a new collective practice of incorporating resources. Soon, a few corporations were born, either self-financed from wealth accumulated over the generations, or by government loan or favor, and off America charged into a new era. As the industrial forefathers accumulated more wealth and power, they turned an eye to Washington D.C., the ultimate power source.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, corporations fueled by American ingenuity grew to unimaginable size and held unimaginable influence. Influence

Our Constitution is in dire need of an update, to return the power back to the people...
in the form of voter-fraud, bribes, kickbacks, sweetheart deals, and cronyism, infesting our government and turning it against the people it once served admirably.

Here we are now in the 21st century; most of us are financially beholden to these corporations, who have stripped away our autonomy, our wealth, and our rights as they have come to control our government. The framers of the Constitution may have seen this coming, but their writings do not contain the step forward that is up to us.

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Our Constitution is in dire need of an update, to return the power back to the people, ruled by a Republic made up of representatives beholden to the people they serve, and not a corporate-oligarch beholden only to themselves. Or we can even decide it is best to just to be autonomous once more, without the need for a government at all, a return to voluntarism and a community first mindset.

Unfortunately that seems like an unlikely scenario, either way the next step would be to slim down the size of our current government, and focus its efforts solely on maintaining our military and not much more.

One thing is for sure, if nothing changes, what are the chances that the corporate-oligarch in charge, is going to voluntarily relinquish the power and influence they so dominantly wield?

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