There's a new voice emerging from the wretched political landscape of today's America. It's proponents have labeled it GOOOH: Get Out Of Our House! It's voiced intentions--it claims--are nothing more than to replace a corrupt House of Representatives consisting of indentured politicians by decent, honest, non-partisan, everyday citizens
The objective in and of itself sounds good, in fact perhaps a necessary one short of revolution if a republic is to have a DECENT chance in America. The change must be made one way or the other.
Should we have reservations? Of course, learned from the past 30 years of corpocracy directed by masters whose names we rarely know, who indenture our elected representation, impoverish the people's economy by exporting jobs, deny us benefits comparable to of those enjoyed by citizens of other western-industrialized nations, and who profit from the slaughter they demand.
My reservations emerge not from any question of whether or not 435 decent neophytes could serve well as our representatives--of course they could!--but from the beneficial paranoia induced by those 30 years of rotten governance.
The questions that immediately come to mind are: What do we know about the GOOOH leadership? Are there less visible sponsors? Is there a hidden agenda? Will the effort actually be polarized against one of the existing major parties to the furtive advantage of the other? Will the citizens really be the beneficiaries of the program?
Of course there are also practical questions re the chances of such a program's voter support in the face of an electorate consisting of large traditionally, inherently if you will, partisan factions, as well as a large portion consisting of those who have surrendered any hope of decent governance of any design, or -- lamentably --simply are unaware of our political cancer, or do not care.
But we must not be persuaded by the major-party propagandists who will offer--if they can find no other justification--that the "naive," the "amateurs" cannot be relied upon for capable governance, which is best left to the more knowledgeable, competent, experienced professionals. Yeah, sure, highly competent and experienced at selling their services to the highest bidder at the expense and disgrace to any standard of representational ethics.
Should any worry if "amateurs" could provide decent and capable governance, they might find comfort and support in "The True Believer," by Eric Hoffer, an American stevedore-philosopher who penned this political classic years before most of us were born. It may not be available in our pitifully if not prejudicial public-library inventories, but is yet widely available on the WEB at less than ten dollars.
So let's watch and question the GOOOH folks. If their insides are a clean as their words, they could merit our consideration. If that is not to be, we will then need to find another alternative to the sold-out government we have suffered for too many years.