Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Why We Need a Fourth Branch of Government

Political corruption is the use of power by government officials for illegitimate private gain.
Our Government is bought and paid for and "We the People" have lost.

The United States is currently setup as a triumbrant; this means the power structure is divided into three parts: the legislature, the executive, and the courts. The legislature's duty is to make laws and decide on a budget. The executive branch's duty is to actually run the government as set up by the legislature. The court system's duty is to rule on disputes between citizens and between the executive and legislature. 

The only problem is all 3 branches have become hopelessly corrupt and immune to citizen input at the higher levels.

President Bush committed some serious crimes equal to the ones that put Nazi's in the Hague. President Obama has appointed person after person with conflicts of interest to head departments. President Clinton has amassed a $100 million+ fortune from speaking events with people he granted favors to. Congress routinely trades votes for money and has lobbyists writing laws. Members of the Supreme Court have taken money and or gifts from people whose cases they are ruling on. The SEC, FDA, FTC, IRS and OCC have completely refused to prosecute major criminals because of a revolving door system that rewards lackeys with private sector jobs for looking the other way for a couple years. These are but a few in a nearly endless list misdeeds. Yet somehow, mysteriously not a single one of these things has ever come under the FBI's or Justice Department's radar.

This is where a fourth branch would come in, we need an independent branch whose sole duty is to investigate and prosecute the other three branches for influence peddling, misuse of power and corruption. This is supposed to be the FBI's job, but clearly they have become nothing but worthless political hacks.
 
The fourth branch would need to be self funded; otherwise congress would just cut its funding to prevent it from prosecuting its members. I suggest we fund it with a tax .01% tax on the Federal Reserve. It would need the power to be able to throw a sitting President or Supreme Court Justice in prison. The people running it would have to be selected in some way that didn't just repeat the current 'buy a politician' cycle that is the source of our problems and have strict conflict of interest rules. I suggest we call it the Office of the Auditor General.

What do you think, is this a good idea?

2 comments:

  1. This is where a fourth branch would come in, we need an independent branch whose sole duty is to investigate and prosecute the other three branches for influence peddling, misuse of power and corruption. This is supposed to be the FBI's job...

    If it's supposed to be the FBI's job, then surely the answer is to get them to do it. Merely stating that is enough to suggest how difficult that task might be: getting your 'fourth branch' in place would be even harder still.

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  2. You are 100% correct on this point. There is not a snow balls chance in hell a fourth branch whose duty to hold the other three in line would ever happen under our current system. It was merely wishful thinking of what I would like to see happen. In order for this fourth branch to be put in place it would require a constitutional amendment at the federal level. There isn't even a remote chance for that. The only way it might happen is by ballot initiative on the state level.

    Thank you for your intelligent comment.

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