Part three of my series of blog posts on the American Empire details something that has plagued all past empires and what is affecting America and most of the Western democracies: political malfeasance.
In Rome we know that at some point politicians began using their positions of power for economic enrichment, began separating themselves from those they were charged with representing, and began flights of fancy in the entertainment world.
Does any of this sound strikingly familiar in American government?
We know that a majority of American elected federal congress people have become millionaires on salaries that don’t often pay more than low six-figure incomes. Many live in expensive neighborhoods, others have more than one house. Some even have million-dollar mansions. Some have two or three highly priced automobiles.
How can this be??
Well, one thing we know is that recently congress passed legislation that essentially gives members of congress a free pass on insider trading information. That is they can profit from knowing beforehand information about publicly traded companies; something illegal to the American peasantry.
We also know that the best way for a corporation to turn higher profits or to remain profitable is not through increases in advertising budgets, not expansion of factory spaces or transferring to more favorable marketplaces in the country or the world, not even technological upgrades within their facilities can give boosts to their companies’ bottom lines better than sending lobbyists to Washington, D.C.
Politics as spectator sport has become part of the American milieu and we can see this in DT’s rants on Twitter and his fight with “fake news.”
Of course all of this is just the evolution of political leaders being entertainment including Obama picking his brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament; of Bubba going on Arsenio to blow his horn or his current attempt at novel writing; of W. and his paintings. (Hitler was an artist too).
The Roman Emperor Nero had his hand in many different art forms and had to pay people to see and applaud his performances and works.
Not to be outdone in modern times, many of our politicians including DT have to pay people to come cheer at their bogus rallies. Both sides of the politic spectrum are guilty of propping themselves up with false facades.
Lastly, politicians are ever increasingly moving away from the masses they represent through armed Secret Service agents after they retire and giving themselves the Cadillac medical and retirement benefits only befitting government gods.
I wonder what the founders would have thought of governance in modern America.