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.

Constitutional republic Franklin

Community

Diversity tree hands pattern

Diversity tree hands pattern

What make a community I wonder. Our dear friend Jason Cushman has closed his Harsh Reality – Opinionated Man blogs. He didn’t make an announcement he went quietly. People started realizing that there was something missing. Something spicy. Our little Word Press community had a hole in it. A whole that started a tidal wave of caring. Soon people were sending out messages and blogs. Where is he?

You see a lot of us baby bloggers were brought up by Jason. He taught us the ropes, made us feel like we really could do it. We could blog and have people read our stuff. Our opinions counted.

Was he controversial? Hell yea he was. The funny thing though about controversy is that it makes people think. Makes people get up on their hind legs and fight it out verbally. I suspect he totally enjoyed the sparring with people that had good minds and could make a good argument.

He had a very successful blog he should be very proud of and all the little blogs he started some of those became real writers. Even if they didn’t they could feel they were worth reading and continued writing.

You don’t realize that you become a part of a community until one of the integral parts goes missing.  You could always count on Jason to get things going. Get people thinking, writing and arguing. We will have to do that for ourselves now. He is one of a kind.

Who knows maybe he will return. Maybe he won’t. All I know is that I learned a lot from my friend Jason and I appreciate our little community and all the wonderful people in it.

Thank you, Jason and all our fellow bloggers. Jason, it was a great ride. Hope you decide to take a seat on the roller coaster again. If you do you know where to find my little blog that you were in part responsible for being here.