"Rather than useful jobs in our country, people have been offered bureaucratic "make work," rather than moral leadership, they have been given bread and circuses, spectacles, and, yes, they have even been given scandals. Tonight there is violence in our streets, corruption in our highest offices, aimlessness among our youth, anxiety among our elders and there is a virtual despair among the many who look beyond material success for the inner meaning of their lives. Where examples of morality should be set, the opposite is seen. Small men, seeking great wealth or power, have too often and too long turned even the highest levels of public service into mere personal opportunity."
This is a quote from Barry Goldwater's acceptance speech in 1964, so what your saying has been true for many years, I don't know the solution-short of a revolt.
Well, I think part of the solution would be reintroducing education in the school systems, to include a heavy dose of American history. Our whole
society is in a moral decline - not just our Congress. Revolution won't
solve the whole problem - our citizens might just elect more of the same
when rebuilding our governmental system. The people have to WANT change.
And you can't get enough of them to agree on anything to make effective change
at the polls. So long as VOTING citizens want bread and circuses, that's what Congress will give them, to stay in office. The VOTING citizens have
to want substance, not fluff, and insist on it with their votes, before anything
There's something to be said for old systems where you had to be a property owner in order to vote. At least then the voters had a stake in what they
were voting for (or against). If you own nothing, contribute nothing, and live off the efforts of others, then of course it's in your own best interest to see increases in welfare benefits, "free" medical, "free" housing, "free" education, etc. If on the other hand, your one of the "producers" who is being bled dry
to pay for all these "free" things, it's in your best interest to vote against it.
Unless you see a long-term benefit to your own well-being by supporting
someone who may
grow up to be productive in the future, and contribute mightily to society. Overall, I don't think it works that way.
Unfortunately, the "producers" are being overwhelmed by the takers.