The United States is not a Democracy

constitutional republic

“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.

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Wake up call

When are Americans going to wake up? We are the hardest working people in the world. Taking less vacation time every year so we have less time with our families we struggle to make a living, own a home, pay off college loans and just feed ourselves. Why then is our government so in debt? We are constantly sending money to other countries including this new global warming initiative. Why do we feel we have to solve all the world’s problems by throwing money at them? Are we a country of guilt? Because we have a higher standard of living? Mostly through our own hard work. Our government works because people are involved in it. Lately, though people seem to be letting our politicians get away with just throwing money away and buying off other governments.We cannot allow this to continue  ore we wil work ourselves to death to support others that don’t want to work or that are taking advantage of America’s generosity.

Helping others is a tradition in our country. Allowing people to immigrate to it is also a tradition. However, there is also the responsibility of those we help or allow to immigrate to add to the country and give back. We all need to work or our system is going to collapse. The few cannot continue to support those that will not contribute.

We also cannot continue to assume our system of government is going to work in other countries. We cannot fight the entire Islamic world with our ideas of democracy and peoples particularly women’s rights. It simply will not work. The height of arrogance is to think that our way is the correct way for all the countries of the world. If the people want Democracy they need to fight for it just like our forefather’s did.

Democracy is a messy, dirty, rough tough system of government. You need to believe in it. I hope that all Americans be they Muslim, Jewish, Pagan, Christian or Atheist fight together to preserve our freedoms. America must come first.

I liken it to a housewife that has a budget. She needs to feed, clothe and educate her own household. She cannot afford to give money that she doesn’t have to her neighbor that does not work or does not value the same things she does.

Let’s all work together and let our political leaders know that we are watching them and the time of waste and political nonsense is over.

We the People. That is the strength of all of us.

 

 

Common Sense

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The news lately is full of terror and fear,

Of all the things, we hold dear.

Freedom, equality are most rare

and threatened by evil laid bare.

We need protection that is for sure

But in order for our freedom to endure

We need to also hold our heads up high

Let the fear go by.

No county in my mind is so free

As ours continues to be.

Let common sense guide us

Ignorance not divide us.

For those that threaten free people,

Tear down each library and church steeple

Are the enemy not our countrymen.

Stand up all both men and women.

Freedom will burn and fade,

The caliphate made,

Using our own fear,

Of losing that we hold dear.

For to live without being free

Is no way to be.

Live your life, stand up proud

For the freedoms we are allowed

Are worth being brave

If our very souls we save.