I do not consider myself a Constitutional scholar, but I do try to read through it at least once a year.
I have been concerned with the decaying morals of our elected officials who take their oaths with their hands surreptitiously on the good book. It appears from all outward indications that their oaths mean nothing to them at all.
Let us look at the case of a shoe salesman from a small southern town. He makes a very modest income. He takes his family to church regularly where he is also a deacon. He is a good man by all outward appearances.
One day because of the philandering of their U.S. representative, he is persuaded to run for the office, and he is elected on his good name and obvious merit. He is seated in congress and at once his new colleagues explain to him the "Way" things are done in Washington. Within two years, he is a multi-millionaire although on his salary, it does not add up.
We all suspect the worst and it is apparently so. They must make millions by being in office or how could they spend millions getting elected to an office that pays two hundred thousand a year. They are revered and called "The Honorable" so and so. When they speak, people listen, and they sound so sincere and intelligent when they are interviewed. Most letters to our congressmen fall on the ears of their staff members who normally select one of their "canned" response letters and on to the next. Playing the party game and looking good for reelection is their prime concern.
Who is responsible for this? We are! We let them do it. We let them make the laws. We let them vote themselves raises and large retirements and exclude themselves from paying into the Social Security program. They have their own free special health care insurance.
Article II, Section 4, of the constitution states "... all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, BRIBERY, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
What can we do? What can anyone concerned do? We have only one tool in our fix-it box. Our vote. We need to never vote for an incumbent. Vote them out. Many will say that we won't know what we are getting, but we sure know what we have. Don't give them a second or third or forth chance to dip into the lobbyist pocket. They have already assured themselves of a fat retirement for life after sitting for just one day in Congress.
What else can we do? They have the justice department in their pocket and never get indicted for anything let alone standing the chance of conviction.
"Rage, Rage against the darkness. Do not go calmly into that good night." Take a stand for morality! All the laws to deter such corruption were already written in our Constitution two hundred years ago. Read, study and learn.
LT. John Hickman USNR-RET.