Now that the Presidents State of the union speech is over and all the mudslinging is in full tilt thought I would chime in with a bit of perspective. As is inevetable no sooner is the speech over and we have members of the opposite side of the isle chiming in with everything that was missing in the speech or finding fault with what was said. To all of you Republican and more directly “Tea Party” members. Here is a news flash, You lost the last two presidential elections and you lost them soundly. The people spoke and no matter how much rhetoric you spew forth it will not change the fact. It even has become apparent that the speaker of the house has grown tired of the tea party and the havoc it has caused in the republican party. I just read that Sen. Cruz still thinks it is possible to repeal Obamacare, Mr. Cruz I tell you this. You have tried to do this around fifty or so times already with no success. Maybe it is time to stop beating this dog as it is becoming a real bore. You and your cheerleading section of which include, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh just to name a couple first class circus acts are in mine and many others opinion out of touch with reality. The real problem is the republican party which cannot or just will not meet the other side on virtually anything. You reduce the benefits of our veterans. But it is just fine for you in Washington to get raises and big fat retirement benefits. I even hear some in the party referring to Afghanistan as Obama’s war. That my friends tells me you must have forgotten about way back when the party controlled the whitehouse that you put us there as well as Iraq.
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Was sitting here this morning reading different posts and noticed how some are declaring they want America to return to democracy. Well an interesting way to look at it is this. America was never a true democracy. It is and was a republic (remember the pledge we used to say back in the day at the start of school?) and there are some subtle and not so subtle differences between them. Both forms of government do tend to be representational. But a republic is formed with a constitution and bill of basic human rights which the government cannot infringe upon. Where as in a democracy the majority cannot be restrained and can do as it wills without regard to the will of the minority. So perhaps it would be wise to be careful what you ask for when speaking out with demands.
Some of the implications of the U.S. Being a republic is state sponsored or funded programs make segregation unconstitutional. Also by the fact that cases such as same sex marriage are going before the supreme court to decide that which is constitutional demonstrates that the U.S. Constitution and rule of law can and do outweigh the will of the majority. So in fact that makes America a republic and not a democracy. I guess to be more precise a federal constitutional republic although there are those who would say it is more of an Oligarchy run by capitalist people in power like the 2% wealthiest which the federal reserve and of the industrial complexes.
Thomas Jefferson said “A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army.” We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” I guess that would be a negative vote on the federal reserve right.
In a letter to then secretary of the treasury he writes “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” And then in 1820 he responds to the idea of a supreme court, “You seem … to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy… The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal.”
Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers on the judiciary “And it proves, in the last place, that liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other departments.” Just thought I would throw some of these quotes out there to get people to think about the things going on in our government today and perhaps be a warning.
What has become completely apparent in recent years is that the current 2 party system in the U.S. is not working. On both sides the people we elected to represent us are doing anything but that which we elected them to do. Greed and corruption are rampant and they serve their lobbyist masters instead of their constituents. Of course you could point out the independents but they are either ineffective or just the same wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is really alarming that not long ago President Eisenhower warned us about the military industrial complex and its influence on our government. As I see it that is only part of the problem. I think most of the issue is we ourselves have let this happen through ignorance and or tolerance of the behavior of said officials. I have conversations with people who are so blinded by their party rhetoric and are being led like sheep to the slaughter. To myself it does not matter one bit what side you are on you are wrong and to a great extent are merely enjoying the fruits of what your political parties have sown. You have political leaders who have been involved in sex scandals and bribery and all matters of immoral acts against the citizens of this once great country. They are perpetrating acts against the citizens of this country contrary to or in spite of our bill of rights and constitution. They have put in place judges in the supreme as well as other federal and state courts who will facilitate the take over of our country as the large majority of the masses cheer them on.. Sound Familiar? It happened before in recent history in a country called Germany. They took the guns and then the press and next thing we knew they were loading up citizens on trains to the gas chambers.
So what is the solution one might ask? Not sure I have an answer but I do know Socialism and communism does not work.(Ask the Russians.) Our current system is not working so we as a people of this once great country should start having a dialogue about how to really fix it and make the hard choices to see it through. We need to get rid of this partisan political garbage that has allowed us to fall so far into this pit. To those current elected officials all I can say is shame on you, Each and everyone of you has let your country down (Not to mention the veterans who fought and died in your name just so you can strip their benefits and allow some to be homeless.) and for what? I know what.. Power,Greed and self satisfaction. Also you the ones who did not directly contribute to our situation but sat quietly on the side, You are equally as guilty through your choice to remain silent. Then when a whistle blower does speak up he is silenced through any and all means necessary. But you should wake up and take a look around you. There is a rumbling stirring among the people and to the people I say vote all of them out and start over and begin the debate and fix the problem so that our children are not left with our mess. Stop thinking like a Democrat or Republican. Think like a citizen of this country and do what is morally right for the generations to come. I think it is also important that we put aside religious differences as apparently throughout history religious persecution does not solve anything for anyone. Maybe those “Flower Children” back in the 60’s had it at least partly right.. Live and let live.
How can we dare to act like the worlds police or “Global force for good” Love that one by the way…When we cannot take care of our own front yard…?