Problem has Deteriorated Past Government’s Ability to Fix
This corruption and dysfunction in Congress and the insatiable greed of the Oligarchs are truly frightening. They have destroyed the American Dream. Unless something is done, the Oligarchy will steadily increase their wealth and power. The People will lose more prosperity and freedom. An American Nightmare will be our legacy to our Posterity.
Neither the President nor the Supreme Court have the Constitutional power to solve the Problem; our checks and balances were not designed to address it. The Supreme Court even made the Problem worse by two decisions (Citizens United and McCutcheon), which authorize unlimited and untraceable funds to support the Oligarchy’s candidates. Politics cannot solve this type of Problem because Congress is so obligated to the Oligarchy, and it hardly matters which party is in power. The States have the power to solve some problems by repeated Article V Amendments as envisaged by the Founders (Fed. 43 & Fed. 85). But in 240 years, the States have not once enforced Article V. Nevertheless, this is the only toehold the People have to limit Oligarchy as shown below.
Even though Oligarchs love them, wealth and capitalism are not part of the Problem because they are vital also to the People’s economic success.
The Oligarchy strengthens and extends its power in Congress, State Legislatures, Presidential Cabinet, and the Supreme Court. It punishes defectors. For example, if an elected official does not obey the Oligarchy, at the next election the Oligarchy will select and finance another, and ensure loss by the first. This threat alone usually ensures compliance. It explains things like lockstep voting; and votes that to the People appear irrational or unconscionable.
In 1983, 50 companies controlled 90 percent of US media. Today, 6 giant companies control 90 percent of media. They work steadily to make the People fearful and compliant. This is a key for Oligarchic control and a prerequisite for Authoritarianism.
Any effective solution must be commensurate in speed to Oligarchy’s actions. Speed is a critical factor in repeatedly constraining Oligarchy and in defining the Solution’s form. Otherwise, Oligarchy’s speed, agility, and perseverance overcome the Peoples’ existing impractical and ponderous options.
Our Congress neglects the many examples of serious and harmful issues whose potential solutions appear under Benefits from the Solution below. In fact, without the Solution below, these issues would each take 10 to 20 years each to solve by constitutional amendments, and most would be ignored.