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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

AMERICAN MONARCHY

I have always wondered about people who want to run for office. Even as a student in High School I never understood why someone wanted to be student body President since it was a frivolous position carrying little weight. If anything, it was indicative of a person's popularity and perhaps looked good on a college application. Other than that, it meant zilch. Over the years I have seen this same phenomenon played out in numerous volunteer organizations where people thrived on the adulation of the title of their office but accomplished nothing. They accepted the title more as a status symbol rather than to achieve anything. I also found these same people ruled with an iron fist whereby nothing happened without their personal stamp of approval regardless of the triviality of the task.
This becomes more insidious when applied to government, be it at the municipal, county, state, or national levels. I believe most officials accept the position for ulterior motives as opposed to accomplishing anything of merit. I have a theory regarding this; I believe most politicians are looking to become a part of what I call the "American Monarchy." True, the United States is a republic using democratic principles, but make no mistake, there is a ruling class.
The American Monarchy consists of career politicians who are more interested in personal glory and control than accomplishing anything of substance for their constituents. It is all about ego. Being a part of the monarchy entitles you to certain perks and privileges, such as automatic pay raises, and rewards from lobbyists, such as "fact finding" trips to lavish locations.
Of course, not all politicians are of this ilk and I realize I am writing in broad strokes here, but the fact remains the perception of voters is that politicians are only interested in serving themselves, not the people who elected them. This also explains why incumbents are incredibly nervous as next week's election approaches as an uprising is in the offing.
Leading the revolt is the Tea Party which neither political party seems to understand. Sorry NBC, the Tea Party is NOT a political party, nor was it intended to be such, but rather it is a movement consisting of citizens as outraged with the American Monarchy as their Boston predecessors were in 1773 with the British Monarchy. The Tea Party is not subservient or beholding to anyone, least of all the Republican or Democratic parties. The message of the Tea Party is simple, "We have had enough," and they are on a mission to depose the American Monarchy.
What I find amusing in all of this is that the media and political power brokers greatly underestimated the will of the people. Whereas they were used to having their way for so long, they flaunted it to the point whereby life became intolerable for others and an uprising occurred. To my way of thinking, what we are witnessing is every bit as historical as the Boston Tea Party from which the movement derives its name. Both "parties" revolted against representation. The first time was by a foreign power, this time it is an internal struggle.
Should the American Monarchy survive the mid-term elections, we only have ourselves to blame.
Vote November 2nd.
Keep the Faith!
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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M. Bryce & Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com
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