Is the U.S a hollow republic?

By: Mark Schenck - Contributing columnist

What happened to our republic?

Our nation’s representative political system has been“bastardized” to the point where it resembles an olgarchy rather than a republic.

For those that have recently replaced their coloring book with a Smart Phone for entertainment, a republic is defined as of “a form of government in which power is given to the people, who in turn exercise their power through elected representatives.”

In other words, you simply tell someone you agree with and helped get elected how to vote for you. It’s called representation.

But should the uninformed tell anyone how to vote?

So how do we stay informed? According to a recent Gallop Poll, “Americans distrust of the media hit a record high with 60 percent saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and without partiality.” Honestly some distortions and inaccuracies are not motivated by politics but by profits and ratings on a competitive level, while other issues involving assumed political bias may actually be attributed to ineptitude rather than attitude.

Many argue that the main source of political bias in the media originates from those that have attended schools of journalism taught by professors with liberal/socialist agendas in schools known for their bias such as the “Columbia University School of Journalism,” which just so happens to be one of the foremost institutions of its kind in the country and from which it’s spawn fill news organizations nationwide.

The faculty list of the Columbia University School of Journalism includes 40 full-time members, of which 27 work at left-wing news outlets and organizations including The Huffington Post, Slate, Mother Jones, Salon, and The Nation. Adjunct faculty are said to work at Al Jazeera, Alternet, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Nation, New York Times and Washington Post.

So who can we trust for honest, unbiased news and commentary?

To answer that question will take you a little time and effort: Years ago when political seas were turbulent my anchor, both figuratively and factually was “Paul Harvey,” Paul’s news and comments were both colorful and mentally picturesque descriptions of life as it is and as it should be.

One emotion always stood out even during his critical evaluations of our government and our society, this “Gentle Man”, Paul Harvey, truly loved God and his country, and in that order.

There are still a few Paul Harveys out there, but as stated previously “it will take you time and effort reading and listening to find that love of God and country in your Paul Harvey.

So now you feel informed, you’ve read and listened to what you feel is truth and logic, you have formed an opinion, you’ve elected someone to convey your decisions on various issues. Yet something’s wrong, your representative is not seeking input from you or their other constituent’s on how to vote.

Yet they are still voting, but for who’s benefit: lobbyist for contractors, big money campaign contributors,radical minority groups that manage to find favor with the media, or the inevitable “squeaky wheel.” Shouldn’t your representative bother to contact the “Silent Majority?

Each one of the following polls indicates how Silent Majority voters wanted to be represented, but were they?

• CBS News, Jan. 9-12, 2015. Question: “Do you favor or oppose building the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oil from Canada through the United States to refineries in Texas?” Favor: 60 percent. Oppose: 28 percent, and 12 percent were busy with their coloring books and didn’t notice.

The majority of American wants it built, the State Department approves and yet the Democrats again ignore the Silent Majority. Another recent poll shows that 58 percent of Americans favor replacing or repairing President Obama’s health care law, yet Democrat representatives obstruct the way for improvement..

And another poll indicates 68 percent of Americans demand new border security measures to be completed before changes to immigration policies. Republicans (75 percent) and Democrats (66 percent) say new security should be done first. Even though both parties show the majority wants this…A threat of a Democrat presidential veto has it stopped. Who is represented here?

Still another: Ban of late term abortions was supported by 68 percent of Americans

www.newsweek: “Senate Democrats Block Republicans’ Late-Term Abortion Ban”…

Mark Schenck

Contributing columnist

Mark Schenck is chairman of the Scotland County Republican Party.

Mark Schenck is chairman of the Scotland County Republican Party.