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On Politicians – Motivation

Product Block Act Like AmericansProfessional politicians, especially those that tenaciously hold onto the trappings of office in Congress, are not concerned with much other than getting re-elected every two, four, or six years. If we look at the statements of the likes of Obama, Clinton, and Schumer just a few years ago, we can see that their positions have “evolved” on border security (Fox & Friends, 2019). These people (on both sides) are exactly why we need real campaign finance reform, term limits should be imposed and the 17th Amendment should be repealed. The Ivory Towers of our “elite” are little more than the dens of Machiavellian machinations of people who are beholden to special interests to keep their election war chests full. Take away the relationship between cash, power, and legislation, and you take away the virtue signaling and posturing that these so-called leaders (on both sides) use to ensure that the next election cycle goes their way. The system, as we have allowed it to evolve, is corrupt. National Security only matters if the optics are good for special interests.
That all being said, there are two alternative theories – predicated on the idea that the money and staying in office are not the specific motivators. First is that they truly want to destroy the nation, al la “The Naked Communist” (Skousen, 1958). While this may seem radically misplaced, a review of Skousen’s theories are actually quite shocking. The work is almost as clairvoyant as Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” when it comes to its predictions of future America through the eyes of mid-20th Century conservatives (Rand, 1957). I want to believe that this is not the case – but it would almost be a better motivator than the pettiness of desire for cash and power.
The other is that these people are really that dense and easily led. That they are well to the left not just the typical (although in my opinion, wholly simplistic and inaccurate) left-right political spectrum, but also on the IQ bell curve. In this case, they are truly the puppets of those that do have an agenda, or perhaps worse, simply follow the winds of pollsters and journalists, like so many ovine followers, being led to whatever fate awaits, regardless of principle or Constitutionality. This would be the saddest of all realities, although we apparently have the government that we deserve, as we keep electing them.
So really, are these politicians greedy, or actually evil, or simply stupid pawns? Perhaps all three? In any case, the best interests of the citizens of the United States are NOT their guiding light. In the words of Detective Holmes: “…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” (Doyle, 1890)
Honestly, this whole conversation makes me cringe, and think of the words attributed to Dr. Franklin in 1787 – “A republic, if you can keep it.” To elucidate, Dr Beeman’s article on the subject made this statement as well – “…our Constitution is neither a self-actuating nor a self-correcting document. It requires the constant attention and devotion of all citizens.” (Beeman, 2018)


Beeman, R. R. (2018). Perspectives on the Constitution: A Republic, If you can keep it. Retrieved from National Constitution Center:
Doyle, A. C. (1890). The Sign of the Four. London: Spencer Blackett .
Fox & Friends. (2019, January 9). ‘How About That?’: College Students Shocked to Hear Hillary, Obama & Schumer Pushed for Border Security. Retrieved from FOX News:
Rand, A. (1957). Atlas Shrugged. New York: Random House.
Skousen, W. C. (1958). The Naked Communist. Riverton, Utah: Ensign Publishing.

E. Michael Davis II, OMar, CPP, 1SG USA (Ret) served nearly 25 years in the United States Army as a Military Police Investigator. His work focused on Investigations, Anti/Counter-Terrorism Operations, Police Special Operations, Intelligence Operations and Force Protection with multiple Joint and Combined Commands. The impact of his work spanned the spectrum from tactical actions to strategic planning and engagement. In this capacity, he worked closely with nearly every security and law enforcement agency of the United States government, as well as dozens of police, security and intelligence agencies of friendly foreign governments. He experienced multiple combat tours in the Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and three tours in Iraq. He is a recipient of two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart amongst many other awards and honors. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Military History, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies and Master's Degree in Post 1945 Military History from the American Military University - all with honors. He is still active in the anti/counter-terrorism community as well as a freelance author, historian and blogger.

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