"We Live in a Democracy?"


I recently got a wake up call from an old friend in the form of a response to one of my posts. I read it, considered it and rather than send him a direct reply I posted my reply  on my blog. A few days later I received a response from him to that post. Again I read it over a couple of times, pondered it and pondered it some more. In fact I can’t stop thinking about it. In a nutshell it had to do with  the alarming condition our country now finds itself and the state of the political machine.

As I read through his response I could feel his passion and love of country. I at first thought I detected an underlying tone of anger, but quickly changed my mind when I got to the line “a posted comment cant reflect my tone but I write these things without anger or bitterness, but with sadness.” And he couldn’t be more correct in his feelings. What is happening in our country is very sad indeed.  Today’s America is a mere shadow of her former self, and even that shadow is fading fast. If things don’t begin to change soon we’re in for a world of hurt.

His opinions on the current administration and the way they conduct business got me thinking, but I’m still not sure if it’s fair to blame our current plight entirely on Obama and his administration.. Certainly things have gone from bad to worse during his first term in office, but this is not a situation created entirely by Democrats alone. Remember that by the time Bush left office the debt ceiling had doubled and was rising fast. But blame isn’t what I want to address here. No its responsibility that I want to talk about, responsibility and Democracy.

Both parties share the responsibility for our run away debt and its only right that both shoulder the responsibility of getting us back on track and quickly. I believe both parties have good ideas and some not so good ideas. I have long been a Democrat and agree with most issues, but on some issues I have found myself agreeing with Republicans. Over the last 40 years I haven’t always voted with the party but voted my conscience particularly in presidential elections. I guess that makes me a “Republicrat” and that’s okay by me. If we had a hell of a lot more “Republicrats” maybe we could finally get things done in Washington. Things that would benefit America and all Americans equally and I mean all Americans, the 1%, 99% and yes, even the 47% who Romney called ‘takers.’ And though that rhetoric probably cost him countless votes in the election, he is right, there are too many takers with their hands out. People who could be productive members of society but choose not to take responsibility.

We live in a Democracy. At least that’s what I would like believe. Yet I look at the extreme hardships faced by so many Americans today and have to wonder.  I was taught in school that democracy is a form of government in which all citizens play an active role in the decision-making process either directly or through its elected representatives. Representatives chosen by we, the people, by way of a free and unbiased electoral system. A government of the people, for the people, by the people.

The democracy I was taught to believe in is a system of social equality where everyone shares the same rights and privileges. A system free of elitism or any privileged class, just us common folk doing our part to make it all work. That’s exactly what our democratic government was like when it began back in 1776. When you consider that there were only about 2.5 million people in the American Colonies at that time, having a representative government was much easier. Today with nearly 315 million people living in the United States the system has become much more complex, making government slow,complicated and messy.  The process of drafting bills for legislation works well but the debate, dissent, and compromise part of the equation which should be its strengths, have become the weak link in the democratic process.

Why? Because our lame ass representatives have chosen to stand fast along party lines and refuse to give any ground. Big babies! Oh they all do a great job of addressing the issues and debating them, but the dissenting has gotten out of control, legislators have completely forgotten how important the give and take of coming to a consensus is to the democratic process. These people are our elected representatives, Democrat, Republic, Independent are just labels, collectively they are the voice of the American people and as such should do what is right for us and if that means crossing party lines then damn it, cross them! Represent the many for a change.

Our country is failing. The economy is stretched so thin that it’s only a matter of time before it snaps completely. Right now it’s bad and its going to get worse before it gets better. Still the talking heads in Washington and on TV continue to spin their fairy tale that everything is going to be just fine and most Americans who don’t really understand the fundamentals of economics enough to know what is happening on a national level, go on believing it. Perhaps it’s not so much that they believe them, maybe it just hope that maybe it will all work out. Yoou know if we ignore it maybe it will just go away.

It’s actually pretty simple, America is using up far more wealth than it produces in any given month which means we are continually getting poorer. As our resources go down each month we go deeper in debt. It can’t go on this way much longer. Yet the men’s club on Capitol Hill continue to dig in their heels and refuse to work with the current administration to come up with a feasible way to save our country. What a bunch of asses! And I mean both parties!  Obama’s policies may not the panacea we’re all looking for, but there is enough there for both parties to work with and hash out, bend and come away way with a realistic, workable plan to get this country back on its feet.

Joint Session of Congress

Don’t these freakin’ legislators understand the meaning of bipartisanism. Compromise baby!  It’s about working together for the common good and finding common ground were everyone comes out a winner. It’s not about political parties, party loyalties or protecting special interests. It’s not about Socialism, Fascism or Communism. Bipartisan politics is not selling out your party, it’s about saving your country, our country. And right now it needs saving in the worst way…

Just Saying,


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