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 makes a person “Good”?

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I was just chatting with some Facebook friends about someone that announced that they are a “Good” person. I hear others say they are a “Good Christian”. There are other variations as well but what is a “Good” person? Is it adhering to a certain religious doctrine? In that case is everyone that doesn’t “Bad”? Does the Universe or God consider only one religion “Good”? I doubt it. Is going about doing good then bragging about it make you “Good”?

What if we all just accepted one another as we are? Wouldn’t that make everyone “Good” except for those that harmed others out of evilness or spite? What if we didn’t think we were the judge of others, of whether or not they have chosen the correct way to live? Wouldn’t that be “Good”?

To me a good person does what he or she knows is the right and kind thing. They don’t denigrate people for any reason. They can argue with others in a respectful way. They give charity without it being known. They support others in their struggles.

It is just a thought but I think down deep everyone is “Good” with some it is just deeper than others and harder to reach. Maybe a “Good” person is the one that helps them dig.