Supercongress is a great threat to our representative republic
In a representative democracy such as ours the various electorates choose certain individuals that are allowed to make laws in reference to a very limited number of items. Over the years this congress of representatives has expanded its authority to include a large number of matters that have been specifically prohibited to them by our Constitution. This vast usurpation of power has led to the afederalist governments intrusion into and regulation of behaviors of the citizens in ways that are at odds with almost all, if not all, of the founders intents. Mostly this rise of authoritarianism has been dismissed by the masses because it does not directly effect the outcome of this year’s season of American Idol or the Superbowl. It is also ignored because they seem to be under the impression that this is how “democracy” works.
In a sense they are correct. Without the firewalls of the republic representative democracy is not limited in the scope of how it may abuse the individual or minority interests. However with yesterday’s so called “debt relief deal” it will be far harder to suggest that we are living in a representative democracy. The bill establishes a “super congress” that shall have powers far surpassing those of any normal members. These twelve will assume the legislative authorities traditionally held in such a way that, despite a states geographical or population size, each voter could be represented by an individual (or rather three) they voted for and each of these members having the tools to provide their constituents with representation that was the equal of citizens from competing districts or states.
Now instead of having an equal power the vast majority of voters will be represented by sub-congressmen/congresswomen that have been politically emasculated -or whatever the female equivalent is. These congressional eunichs will have the use of the Yes or No vote with which to serve their constituents. The real power, however will be assumed by the newly created oligarchy known as the “super congress”. Its membership, as mentioned above, consisting of twelve. With only the necessity, as was not mentioned above, of seven members to steer its power.
Given the reality of this new political construct one must ask themselves: What are the chances that you got to vote for one of these seven men or women? Or hold any influence over them? Can this even be considered democracy anymore?