The United States is not a Democracy

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“A constitutional republic is a state where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government’s power over citizens. In a constitutional republic, executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is tempered by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power. The fact that a constitution exists that limits the government’s power makes the state constitutional. That the head(s) of state and other officials are chosen by election, rather than inheriting their positions, and that their decisions are subject to judicial review makes a state republican. Most notable example of a constitutional republic: The United States of America.”

The recent political climate in the US in now putting a spotlight on our government. When both parties seem to be ignoring the votes of the individual and pretty much deciding on the highest office in the land it seems incongruous but this has been the government for most of our lifetimes. A lot of us seem to be in shock that we do not live in a strict democracy. The problem is that the republic is now been highjacked by money and power. The country is much larger and far more complicated than when our constitution was written. Our electoral system is antiquated and backwards. It seems really odd to other countries when we tout our Democracy and how they should have the same. Shouldn’t we look into how this system can be improved? Perhaps we can bring it up to the internet age. Most of us live in the internet world in the US and it can be made publicly available. Monies now allocated to the Republican and Democratic party could be reallocated to updating the system and make it fairer and more representative of the country.

We should also have a system where candidates upload their credentials regardless of party and the populace votes on who they want to represent them. This would stop a lot of the party bickering that does nothing but undermine our government. The caliber of the individual has now gone from statesman to people that are looking for a golden parachute and power. Where is the love of country?

I think we all need to look long and hard at our attitudes towards our government and leaders. As long as people do not involve themselves in their own representatives they will get the government they deserve. You can’t put the wolf in with the chickens and not expect to be eaten.

Instead of attacking the individual candidates with personal attacks I think it would benefit us to look into the system that created them.

Constitutional republic Franklin

What the hell happened???

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I am so confused. Jeb Bush wants to phase out Medicare. Trump is now siding with Democrats. Obama is siding with Iran and seems to be running the government all by himself. At least he and the UN seem to be making our foreign policy for us. Obamacare is a confused mess. The IRS is a disaster area that I keep pouring money into. Our youth are hocking their entire futures to pay for an education. Many seniors are opting to not retire at all or work during retirement. Two parties run our government and those are run by billionaires that have no clue what a middle class person looks like. The public just goes along with it all and votes on party lines no matter how nonsensical that is.

Most of our manufacturing is being done in other countries because our government is making it more profitable for businesses. We used to be a country of immigrants that wanted to work and make a better life. Now it seems that everyone is sitting with their hands out waiting for the government to support them. An illegal is no longer illegal and entitled to the same benefits that people worked for years to achieve. There is no incentive for them to become legal members of society.

Can’t go to a movie, recruiting station, airport and a lot of other public places without fear. Shopping malls are replacing mom and pop shops and nothing is home made.

People work twelve to fourteen hours a day just to make rent and basic necessities.

A kid can’t go anywhere unless they are wrapped in bubble wrap and it is organized play. They will never know the joy of just running around until the fireflies come out and it is time to go home. Imagination has been replaced by organized play and thinking. The government is taking more and more of parenting out of parents hands. I got smacked sometimes and sometimes it was warranted. I survived just fine and even at this ancient age I can say my parents were right. I never questioned that they loved me and wanted me to learn how to navigate in the world. Now a parent lives in fear of being arrested if a teenager has a fit and calls the police.

Everyone is in their own little electronic, digital world. Conversation seems a thing of the past. Reading just for fun seems to be out of fashion and a lot of our youth get obese by living in basements playing video games.

No one dresses up for anything the whole world is casual. Including weddings and funerals. Poor me I never know which pair of jeans to wear. Are flip flops really appropriate for every occasion?

It is times like this that I am glad I am old. Being young in this new world must be pretty damned challenging.

What the hell happened?? Or is it just that the world is changing and I am not “with” it.