Last week, in reading Morone’s The Democratic Wish for class, I was relatively neutral in my response to his work and suggestions. I mean, after all, most writers in this particular vein, complete their works based on their opinions or relevant historical points. I was fine with everything he had written, until I saw his suggestion regarding the increase in power to Congress….
“WHAT???” I thought. “Is this man insane?” “He obviously needs serious help. How can I take him or anything he writes seriously?” On page 355 of the revised edition, Morone states “My heretical proposition boils down to this: American political leaders do not have enough power. Strengthening them would help us face policy problems. It would enhance our democracy.” Oh, really?
While I am not a scholar and I do not possess the years of committed policy study and expertise of a Mr. Morone, I am a student, citizen, and more importantly, voter. And, honestly, I do not agree with giving the United States Congress any more power than they currently possess.
This is the same Congress that can “reward” themselves with a pay raise at the drop of a hat, yet deny working class families the right to achieve a minimum wage. The one and only governmental group that “works” on an average of two weeks per month and will turn right around and recess at a moment’s notice. They have the best healthcare in the land and yet there are members of this seemingly celestial body that wants to deny the same privilege to the rest of us although WE pay for THEIRS! Some of these same elected officials came from working class backgrounds and abject poverty, but somehow, they have forgotten what it is really like to stretch one day’s worth of food into one week. Could this be because more than half of them are millionaires? And I should be willing to give these jokers more power? Really?
With all due respect, I totally and emphatically disagree with Mr. Morone. While our democratic system may not work as it should and although I know many people will disagree with me because of some of my reasoning as mentioned in the previous paragraph, I simply do not think that giving this group more power is the answer. Seriously, I cannot help but think of Plato’s Republic in all of this.