The Plan

In this chapter we will talk about a concept I call Molecular politics. I call it this because it brings people together in a natural order of creation just as Molecules and cells are formed by the natural union of its various units.

Here is roughly how the next step in political evolution could happen:

First, we will create an organization called the “Committee for Representation.” The name is not written in stone, but it should contain the word “represent” because that will be its core purpose – to bring representation to the people.

The purpose of this committee will be to commit the various politicians to directly represent the will of the voters. This effort will at first be a mostly futile one with those already elected, so concentration must be placed on those who are willing to run for office.

Here is what the committee will do. It will approach a candidate with this proposition: “Our organization will help you get elected if you are willing to make an ironclad commitment to vote the will of the people you represent. Then, after you are in office, if you break your pledge, you will suffer humiliation of dishonor and all of our support will be withdrawn. We will assure that you will not become re-elected.”

The point of power for the people is before an election, because it is at this time that the candidate will do almost anything to obtain the office. Still, this pledge is not to be taken lightly because it does require a large sacrifice from the ego of the politician. It demands that he recognize that the voice of the majority of concerned citizens is more important that than of his own little will. Therefore, one with an inflated ego will not even work with the Committee because the big ego runs for office thinking he knows what’s better for the people than the people themselves. In rare exceptions, this may be true of sincere servants of humanity, but since we cannot depend on such people obtaining office, we must look to the will of the people for safety.

Now, the politician may say, “Sure, I’d be happy to vote the will of the people, but isn’t that what a Congressman does anyway?” The answer is no. Most politicians only listen to the will of the people when their re-election is on the line.

The Committee has a better plan and here is how it works:

Any citizen who is willing to participate can apply to the Committee and become registered as a Co-Legislator. A secure registration would be arranged on the internet and the person’s ID would be verified. Then, as a Co-Legislator, one can review various items coming up for vote, study them, and vote for them just as if he were a member of Congress. The Committee then tabulates the vote and passes it along to the endorsed Congressperson. The elected representative who is sponsored by the Committee is now committed to vote the will of the majority, no matter what his personal feelings on the matter are.

Imagine what this accomplishes. In one master stroke the seven obstacles to the will of the people are nullified:

1. Polls

It doesn’t matter what the polls say – the representative must vote according to the real will of the informed people casting an actual vote.

2. Political action groups

It wouldn’t matter how much money they give to his election because he is committed to vote the will of the people rather than the action committee.

3. Lobbyists

The lobbyists could wine and dine the representative all they want, and would have little or no influence because this individual has to vote the will of the people.

4. Trading votes

The representative cannot trade votes because it no longer belongs to him, but to the people.

5. Ignorance

Ignorance is eliminated because the Co-Legislators with enough interest to vote on a matter have usually checked into it and become informed on the subject.

6. Pressure from party leaders

The party leaders can pressure the representative all they want but he is committed to the will of the people above the party, so he must ignore them.

7. Prejudice

He has already committed himself to lay aside his prejudices. If he cannot commit to do this, he will not be endorsed by the Committee.

Now, just wait a moment, says the skeptic. This may sound good but it just will not work. There are too many flaws in human nature. When our guy gets to Washington and all this pressure is put upon him, he will ignore the votes of the people who elected him and vote the way he or his party sees fit.

This will definitely be a problem to be dealt with, but it is a problem that can be solved. We do not know all the solutions before the problems arise, but we can anticipate some of them.

First, the Committee will not endorse a candidate who has a history of lying or not keeping his promises. All other candidates of good report from all parties are welcome to apply for endorsement.

Then we get a definite signed commitment from our endorsed candidate to vote according to the expressed will of the people. If he breaks this pledge, even once, then the support of the Committee is withdrawn and the chances are that he will lose the next election. In addition to losing the next election, he will be disgraced the moment that he breaks his pledge because the Committee will publicize the fact that the representative violated his word.

If you do not think that this concept has power, just look at what happened to George Bush in 1992. Shortly before the election he had one of the highest approval ratings in history – around 90% – but then his opponents hit him hard on his broken promise of “no new taxes”. This resonated strongly with the American people and he lost the election.

It may seem that honor and personal integrity is a thing of the past, but in reality it never is. Whenever we reach a period in history where we seem to be at a low point, and an individual or group comes forward and demonstrates true honor anew, the value of it is registered in the consciousness of many people and a new cycle begins.

It is interesting that when the Founders of the United States signed the Declaration of Independence, one of the things they pledged and put at risk was their “sacred honor”.

How long has it been since honor has been thought of as a sacred thing? Too long. At this point in time, honor is at such a low point that we expect to be betrayed by those whom we are supposed to trust. Then, when we are betrayed, we throw our hands in the air and say, “same ol’ same ol’”. But, the time is approaching when honor must be restored to its proper place as a “sacred” characteristic not to be compromised. The time is come that those who betray us are not accepted as just “being human”, but for being a traitor to human dignity and achievement.

The Committee for Representation will use every possible legal and ethical means to restore honor as a sacred principle in the consciousness of the nation and world, and put as much pressure as needed on the representative to keep his pledge.

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