It’s not the economy. Democracies succeed because they empower people. Dynamic successful democracies give voice and expression to increasingly larger groups of people. It only starts with candidates, voters, representatives, and bureaucrats. Voice and expression are empowerment. The ability to make law, influence policy, and subpoena is empowerment. This is the power of congress.
Failing democracies, consolidate power around small elite groups and a few allies, failing the primary mission. The primary mission of any democracy is to “empower the people.”
It’s easy for democratic elected officials, grinding at elections, legislation, and the people’s business, to be diverted, seduced, conned, bribed away, and forget the primary mission. “Empower the people” is not an easy mission. Many representatives simply hide from it. They tinker with bureaucracies, rules, and regulations. They are seduced and forget their most vital mission, “empower the people”.
Empowering people first requires definition and recognition of established power centers. These centers must be understood, approached, and dissuaded from further power consolidation. These establishments must be made aware of benefit from more participation. This is never easy. This can be gruelingly difficult. Years, decades, and centuries can pass before established power centers yield to popular empowerment. The Roman empire yielded to feudalism. Feudalism yielded to democracy. These two events took 2000 years.
There are two Americas. There are two great power centers. There are two capitals. Washington is the capital of America’s great democracies. Wall street is the capital of America’s great oligarchies. Empowering people, today, means understanding, approaching, and convincing these power centers to share power and make room for more participation.
The argument is simple. There is plenty of “empowerment” to go around. Empowering more people means better institutional governance. Empowering more people makes America stronger, more competitive, and more capable of meeting the challenges of the future.
It’s time to “bake” a “same song, second verse” US constitution that empowers more Americans. A 12,000 congress, a 9 president executive, and a pro-active judicial empowers America for the second millennium.
Citizen is coach to team democracy. Coach is responsible for success. It’s your call, coach.
Presidential Candidate (for one of 9 executive branch presidents) 2016