Strong-Man Politics: on Government Reform

End pork; end loopholes; end exit polling

Source: Strong-Man Politics, by George Grant, p. 87 Nov 7, 1992

Reduce government perks and staffers

Source: Strong-Man Politics, by George Grant, p. 88 Nov 7, 1992

The system is corrupt, not the people in it

Perot believes that the chief problem in America is not corrupt people in a good system, but good people in a corrupt system. “Our system of government is the problem. We’ve got to change the system. I’m critical of the system and not individuals. I have said that you could replace everybody in Congress, find the best people in the country, put them in that system, and in months they’d look just like the people you’re replacing.”
Source: Strong-Man Politics, by George Grant, p.108-9 Nov 7, 1992

Electronic Town Hall to replace representative government

Perot suggests what he calls “electronic town halls” [as] the catalyst for structural change that he is obviously looking for. Apparently, a select group of national leaders-including elected magistrates and appointed “experts” and industrial delegates- would present various policy options to the electorate. By means of an at-home computerized referendum mechanism, the people would voice their concerns directly to Washington. The results would be tallied, and the policy implemented.

At first glance, the electronic town halls appear to be nothing more than a high-tech fireside chat-with a response mechanism. But it is actually a usurpation of one of the basic tenets of American checks and balances: representative government.

Source: Strong-Man Politics, by George Grant, p.110 Nov 7, 1992

  • The above quotations are from Perot : The Populist Appeal of Strong-Man Politics, by George Grant.
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