Congress has a far greater number of wealthy people than the general population. Consequently, the bureaucrats that Congress has created by their legislation also have brought unto themselves great wealth.
Much of their wealth comes prior to serving in Congress it can be said. But much more from assets to the immediate temptation of graft and corruption euphemistically referred to as lobbying and appropriate legislation.
Lobbying, for the most part, is the influencing by former congressmen and senators of current congressmen and senators. “Appropriate” legislation is, for the most part, that which aids those businesses in which congressmen and senators have investments or want to invest.
The fuel that drives this money-honey engine is, of course, votes. These same politicians and bureaucrats have convinced themselves and most of the rest of the 320 million (give or take 15-25 million illegal invaders) people that we are sailing along in a beautiful national democracy which allows such shenanigans.
Democracy is a monstrous concept. It is mob rule which always degenerates to ochlocracy—mob rule.
National is equally monstrous, and its monstrous concept began with the French Revolution and pervaded Europe before its cancer spread to “These” United States in 1865 and created “The” United States. Without sovereignty by each state, each state’s Tenth Amendment nullification and secession rights naturally allowed a national democracy.
Even the pundits who cry out today to retain the Electoral College do not understand the beginnings of the republic. And that beginning had nothing to do with 1776, but, in fact, 1787.
From these two hellacious factions of democracy and national, the people were led into government-for-profit bureaucrats and alleged representatives who then through secret meetings (study Jekyll Island meeting 1913) provided corrupt articles of wealth to government and its minions such as The Federal Reserve, which calls itself a national bank. A bank with no assets except the people’s wealth, which, of course, the government claims as its own.
And without the singular power to secede, horrific constitutional amendments such as the 16th Amendment were ultimately rammed through the national democracy. If a state did not like it, too bad. They had been fused (by war) to the nation as part of the whole flesh and were no longer an independent member of a union. This, of course, gave the bureaucrats direct access to the people’s wealth. To Washington politicians this was their star over Bethlehem–the real first Christmas.
Still, the cry from the elected elite and the civil service government is always something along the lines of “we” need to this for our country. That is “we” need to spend more money on schools or roads or police services or (of course), the military. “We” must pay for everything for everybody.
And, “we” can bring in more and more of the “huddled masses” and provide them with the “we” fortune.
Washington D.C.’s cloistered “masses” get richer every day and the taxpayers of the so-called nation get poorer. If the British ever set Washington on fire again, I doubt there will be any volunteer firemen.
“Government is not the creator but the creature of human society. The Government has no mission from God to make the community, on the contrary the community is determined by Providence, where it is happily determined for us by far other causes than the meddling of governments – by historical causes in the distant past, by vital ideas, propagated by great individual minds – especially by the church and its doctrines. The only communities which have had their characters manufactured for them by governments have had a villainously bad character. Noble races make their governments. Ignoble ones are made by them.”
Rev. Robert Lewis Dabney, Stonewall Jackson’s chief of staff, several years following the War