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

Women’s rights get out and vote !!!!! We owe it to those that fought to give us this right and those that will go after us.

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via Gale Ann Molinari.Women and voting

Our right to vote is thanks to the 19th Amendment signed in 1920 but other women had to wait much longer.

In 1948 voting rights for women were introduced into international law by the United Nations Human Rights Commission. It was led by the elected chair Eleanor Roosevelt. It was adopted by the United nations as the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

Article 21 stated: “(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Political Rights of Women, which went into force in 1954, enshrining the equal rights of women to vote, hold office, and access public services as set out by national laws. One of the most recent jurisdictions to acknowledge women’s full right to vote was Bhutan in 2008 (its first national elections).

Our right to vote is less than 100 years old yet some choose to ignore it. Don’t disappoint those that went before and suffered to give us this right. Many complain that there isn’t equal pay for equal work. Look at our representatives most are men ever wonder why??

Teach your daughters and any other girls in your life the real importance of voting. Know someone coming of age to vote take them with you. Got a daughter take her in the booth with you. If we do nothing we do not get ahead.

Frankly this year I did think about it. Not crazy about the candidates or their platforms. Like many I am disappointed that our government hasn’t done some of the things I think they should. The economy is limping along because of some of the laws passed as well but if I don’t vote I am rubber stamping their actions.

So off I will go Tuesday to cast my ballot. They will know that I count, that I am not someone that just lets whatever people in office do slide.

If you are a male reading this sit your daughters down discuss this with them. Remember the world we create is the world our children inherit. Our rights can be taken away if we are not vigilant.

We live in a free society where women can do almost anything. Not all women are free. Remember that on Tuesday

Thanks for reading now what’s stopping you??? GO VOTE