I love America, but over the last several years, I noticed it no longer functions as a total democracy. Our country, and the rights our constitution gave us, is too precious to let our elected politicians takethem from us. But that is what is happening.
This blog will be dedicated to education and information that every citizen should know and act on. As America tries to spread democracy around the globe, we need to ensure that every American has the rights they deserve, from hassle-free voting to owning reasonable firearms to freedom of speech and religion.
I believe in progress and change. I don’t want to divert back to the fifties, but there are definitely some things I miss about that era. When I was growing up, I was able to wander the neighborhoods without fear of being shot. I went with friends to the movies or downtown shopping on Saturdays. I felt safe in school even though there were no armed guards posted at the entrance. In the summer we slept with the windows open and often played outside or took the dog for a walk without locking the door behind us.
In every democratic society, people in government have understood that there would be different views and opinions on how to run and grow their great country. But they also grasped the importance of listening to one another. They recognized that in negotiations, no one gets 100% of what they want, and that compromise is good and productive. This style of competitive, but compromising, government helped us become a world leader, and one of the wealthiest nations. Today, that value system of compromise has been replaced by an obstructive voice that responds “No” to everything, rather than a voice of reason and solution.
Our government structure has three branches designed to provide necessary checks and balances to insure fair and just laws. Like a three-legged stool, if one branch is dysfunctional, the whole system is in peril of toppling over.
I’m not a political pundit, never been an elected official or lived in Washington D.C. But I am troubled by what I see and hope this blog will stimulate other ordinary citizens to take an interest in what is happening in our country and speak out for change.
In the following months, my blog will discuss term limits, campaign spending; gerrymandering, the Electoral College; responsible federal spending; saving social security, the Affordable Care Act and other health issues; our tax system; lobbyists, legislatures, and the Supreme Court; the gun debate; the President, Congress, and the media. I hope you become an active voice with comments and insights of your own on my blog, and let your views be known at the ballot box as well.
Make your voice heard. Make your vote count!