The word "democracy" gets thrown around a lot. Is the United States a democracy? The short answer is "no." Here are the details.
We should have 11,141 representatives in Congress all fighting for microphone time while investigating each other. Why don't we?
The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 in the Pennsylvania State House, the same place where the Declaration of Independence was inked. It's also where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Continental Army.
Is it constitutional to do a constitutional do-over? The 18th and 21st Amendments, virtue signaling teetotaling, then not so much, seem to imply it's OK.
As we reviewed in Part 1: Fortuitous Land Investments, politicians are quite skilled at investing their income from (relatively) modest public servant salaries. So skilled, in fact, that many of them become multi-millionaires while in office.
How do politicians get rich? Clearly there's lots of inside information which is often leveraged. But being in a position to influence policy has its benefits.
Impeachment is all the rage these days, although, throughout American political history, only three presidents have earned the coveted impeachment jacket: Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.
American Ninja Warrior is chock-full of enthusiasm and grit—but no politics, complaining, or obnoxious egos? Imagine if Congress worked like that.