When an organization decides to act in a certain way, adhere to a certain set of values, the customs and traditions need to follow lest that organization lose significance and meaning. This disconnect between tradition and value is precisely the case with the current United States Government. This is why it is imperative that the government change its traditions and customs to fit its current chief goal: Money. I would like to propose a few simple and practical changes that would ideologically preserve our nation’s goals.
The national motto, e pluribus unum, is one such outdated concept. The literal meaning of this phrase “one out of many” is not only common knowledge, but incorrect. One only has to look at our political system and see that we are hardly formed into “one” entity. Politicians are so faithfully representing the people’s attitude that they are only looking after their own self-interests and profit. The politics of representation deny us any unity, so I propose we change this outdated and untruthful statement to Pecuniam superat totum, money over all. Now there are no doubt problems with this statement, and many tests should be taken to ascertain proper grammar and meaning before its introduction for I am no Latin scholar. These considerations aside, I can see no further argument against this reasonable and sensible suggestion.
The President’s oath has long been a very meaningful tradition, but now is quite out of date. The new oath should come into order something like this.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully and profitably execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, enrich, enlarge and defend the revenue of the United States.
Surely the reader can see how simple and yet helpful such a change could be, it would allow the president to be honest in his oath so he can save his duplicity for public office.
Another feasible course of action our government should take relates to the House of Representatives. Rather than basing the amount of representatives allotted for each state on the arbitrary and out of touch population, we need to base this number on the GDP of each state. This ensures appropriate priorities in governmental decisions.
Similarly, all representatives ought to be judged every year not only by the process of election, but by another system of judgment. If a representative of the people’s wealth does not increase the wealth of his state or county, he ought to be promptly put to death, and if the case is serious enough, heavily fined. While a fine may seem too harsh, I ask the reader to keep in mind that this fine will be based solely on how serious the deficit committed was.
The problem of voter apathy is also easily solved in an economic and feasible manner. The establishment of a vote purchase program (VPP) would allow the politically concerned citizen to purchase an additional vote from those who are apathetic toward politics, bolstering the market, and allowing those who are more important to have more influence in our political system.
These suggestions, which are in no way perfect, still should be considered by our current administration in order to more firmly reflect the more centered and mature goal of our great nation, the beautiful ideal of prosperity.