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

Veterans Day and the Military life

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Veterans Day is a special day to me. I am an Air Force brat. From 1963 to 1966 we were stationed at Sculthorpe AFB UK and Spangdahlem, Germany. This was just after the building of the Berlin Wall. I was very young so really didn’t get the seriousness of why were there. All the buildings were painted in camo. We shopped on the economy and really thought of it as home. While we were at Sculthorpe President John F. Kennedy was assassinated I can still remember the English coverage of the event and their sadness on the death of our president. After that my dad was transferred to Germany no doubt because of the increasing seriousness of the cold war.

When our time was finished in Germany we transferred to Lackland AFB where I would see the basics being trained to be sent to Vietnam. A lot of my dates ended up there. It was a very sad confusing time. These young men went to serve their country in a war that most of the country had come to hate. Every night the news was of other young men being killed there. It was a very sad confusing time. My dad was also military and we lived on the base. He got orders for Thailand which was just a jumping point for Vietnam. Because of a medical condition he was never sent there but it was always a possibility.

As you remember those that serve and honor them also take a minute to consider the military dependents who also serve. They have no control of what happens in their lives at any time they can be transferred, the parent can be sent where they cannot go and the remaining parent gets all the responsibility. It is a very hard life. Many who serve end up with physical and mental disabilities. The family can become disfunctional. These are all things that people give up to keep this country safe.

While I certainly do not agree with all the wars we enter into I honor those that have gone to serve.

With great respect and gratitude I salute you all.