FILE - President Trump 7-26-18

President Donald Trump speaks at an event in a U.S. Steel plant in Granite City, Ill. on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”

– Ronald Reagan

Politicians take more abuse than an umpire in a high school football game. This criticism is a sign of the times, and most always well deserved. Scripted, dog-and-pony wars divide and distract the people while politicians run circles around governing. President Barack Obama’s method of governing elucidated our most serious problems by creating worse ones. Obama saw everyone as an opportunity to venture America closer to progressive “La La Land.” If there wasn’t one he found a way to create one. He was an opportunist of the worst kind, selling America his snake oil at a time we needed leadership. Obama set a dangerous precedent peddling progressive elixir and fairy dust to a suspect America.

On Election Day 2016, the silent majority had a rude awakening and voted with their heads and not their hearts. And the vocal minority never got over this. Since the night Trump won the brass ring, there has been more assaults cast against him than there are fleas on Jed Clamptt’s hound dog. Although America is experiencing the greatest economic growth since the Reagan years, Donald Trump can do nothing right in the eyes of the media or Congress. With the next election brewing, the GOP is courting anyone who can read and write their own name to run against Donald Trump. Both political parties have convinced Americans they need politicians much more than statesmen.

The profession of politics dates back to the ancient Greeks. The great grandfather of democracy, Pericles, said, “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.” Our framers realized the damage politics would do to democracy so they made government a part-time job outside the executive and judicial branches. They predicted if members of Congress were perceived as full-time federal employees, voters would feel they had no influence on Congress. They believed other patriots would challenge those in office if they had not performed well.

“Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it's wrong.”

– Ron Paul

Thomas Jefferson told us, “My reading of history convinces me most bad government results from too much government.” Our founders feared career politicians would be a greater threat to us than war or tyranny. Since Congressmen had careers outside of government, and many were agrarians, annual breaks in sessions were established so they could attend to their jobs, families and farms. Also, since government salaries were a mere pittance for service, only the wealthiest could live off of a federal paycheck. This lasted through the 19th century when members of Congress were only working half a year. It worked well for them and the people, since it controlled government growth.

But this changed in the 20th century. In 1933, Congress passed the 20th Amendment. It not only extended the length of congressional sessions, but it put the expansion of government on steroids.

Congress had more time to spend in D.C. and found more things to do. And that’s when a barrage of worthless, unnecessary, time-consuming, pocket-picking legislation was passed. No matter how long a bill was filibustered, it meandered its way through to the president’s desk. And almost every one encroached upon our liberty and cost taxpayers money the government didn’t have. That is when voters soon discovered:

“Talk is cheap – except when Congress does it.”

– C. Hightower

In the 1950s, jet planes made it possible to travel across the nation in a few hours. Members now returned home every week. Congress followed by adopting a three-day work week. Although this shortened work time, instead of taking a salary cut they continually increased their pay scale and benefits package. And members soon found ways to do more damage in less time. In 1970, they lobbied each other to pass the Legislative Reorganization Act. This required sessions to end on July 31. By now, everyone in Congress was getting a full-time check for part-time work, Cadillac benefits, and benevolent taxpayer-funded vacations. And what Jefferson feared most happened.

We are paying more money to our politicians who do less for us than any time in modern history. Our republic is now run by career politicians, not the people. They think they are federal employees, not our servants. They have no humility. After the election they start glad-handing, attending fundraisers and gratifying donors and supporters who funded their campaigns. The first year of session is a comedy show since there is nothing to win or lose. The house is elected every two years, so they start campaigning for the next election. The Senate isn’t any better. Senator Obama began his storied “change campaign” the day he entered the Senate chambers.

“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer Present or Not guilty.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Every attempt to limit terms of office and rein in the control of Congress has failed. In fact, it took the 22nd Amendment to end Franklin D. Roosevelt’s rein of terror when it limited the presidency to two terms. But that had no effect on Congress. They are members of the “good ol boy’s club” and protect each other’s jobs. They redraw voting districts to maintain their seats. This has been challenged many times but a 1999 Supreme Court ruling sanctified this stating: “Creating a safe political district is constitutional.” If it was not for some highly questionable redistricting in Illinois in 2001 to invent an ethnic balance, Barack Obama would have never been elected to the Senate or to the oval office.

Thomas Paine said, “A long habit of doing the wrong thing, gives it an appearance of being right.” For a century we have accepted career politicians as a fact of life. On the occasion when we elect a statesman to right the republican ship, the liberal media and progressive freeloaders squeal like pigs on their way to the bacon factory. If our chief executive is not a political hack, he is flogged by media and social parasites as well as members of his own party. It is a daily battle for survival for anyone in office who is not a politician. Donald Trump has taken more abuse than a convict on a chain gang.

“Politics is such a disgrace; good people don't go into government.”

– Donald Trump

When Ronald Reagan said politics bares a “striking resemblance to the oldest profession,” he was not joking. According to sociologist Dr. Abel Ryan, men have patronized “ladies of the night” as far back as the Stone Age. Although society has always looked down upon this behavior, people have had an even lower opinion of politicians. Both professions share something in common since they enable a person to exert power over others. He theorizes politics is the more damaging of the two professions, because politicians have destroyed entire civilizations not just the reputation of a few people. Henry Kissinger once remarked, "Power is the greatest aphrodisiac known to man.”

Theodore Roosevelt reminded us, “A vote is like a rifle.” If we are armed with that kind of weaponry, why are we continually electing career politicians? Why do we regularly permit them to violate our authority over government? Why do we allow them to protect their jobs at our expense? Although Americans complain daily about those they elect and those they don’t elect, they always elect and reelect their party’s favorite son – good or bad. Apathetic voters find it far easier to follow the lead of their party than to “stand alone and make their own decisions.”

“Those who are politically apathetic can only survive if they are supported by people who are capable of taking action.”

– Pericles

Contributing Columnist

William Haupt III is a retired professional journalist, author, and citizen legislator in California for over 40 years. He got his start working to approve California Proposition 13.