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 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 312million 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, not just the few.
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, really 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.
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! Obama’s policies may not the panacea we’re all looking for, but there is enough there for both parties to work with and come away way with a workable plan to get this country back on its feet.
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. Bipartisan politics is not selling out your party, it’s about saving your country, our country. And right now it definitely needs saving, just ask the elderly, the unemployed, the homeless or those that are living from paycheck to paycheck, ask any of the 99% and they’ll tell you…