Being one of the few women and also one of the few so-called, “liberals” on this page, I hear many insults. Some call us snowflakes, but have you ever noticed, when you get A LOT of snowflakes it causes a storm? Sometimes a really bad storm..with tons of damage, but typically the snowflake is kind and beautiful like the picture above (real snowflake). I used to get really upset about it but realized I write my articles for me and I stay on the page because I like writing, and there are a couple of people that are really good writers I enjoy reading. I’ve been on here a long time, had my debates and only get really testy about a couple of things, politics isn’t one of them. It, like a movie is all smoke and mirrors, its fake and about people most of us do not know. It’s not worth the time. But what is it your parents used to say? Don’t discuss politics or religion? Well I believe on this page..its pretty much all on the table and sometimes that cause a “little” tension. I don’t agree with the politics in America right now, but it is still better than that of many countries. I’m going to defend that, but not much else because I believe in the document on which this country was founded has been largely ignored for too long.
So I hear some drama on here about being a “liberal”, which is fine, but Im not sure when being open to discussing ideas, doing research to understand a topic, not believing in a person I feel is bad or NOT being of a mindset with any specific party is Liberal. I also don’t understand why anything perceived to be “bad” is automatically attributed to leftists or liberals. I want to see some proof of this cursory thought process. Is it coming from facts..lets see the DATA. I don’t care about your opinionated source…I want facts. Then we can talk.
I am a registered Democrat, which I get some personal ribbing about since many of my close friends are Republicans. We differ on some issues and in fact I think some of them are more liberal in some areas than I am. So I call myself a conservative liberal. I never vote on a party line, I did not this last election and I will not the next election. I have voted for the best candidate in my opinion, whether Democrat, Republican or Independent in every election since I was able to vote. I don’t believe that one person is better than another based on the premise of foundation attributed to their “party”. I registered that way in my state because it is primarily democratic and I want to vote in the Primaries, specifically against what I felt were the “good ol boys”, in fact, I worked with a group to stop a VERY popular candidate (a shoe in) from being elected two years ago. Its pretty simple. I feel bad for those of you that don’t comprehend that line of thinking, but get used to it, it would seem a larger and larger % of Americans feel the same way I do. Its called being independent. Ive spoken to many former Republicans who are also now Independent.
On my local elections though, I am quite serious…I get very involved. I have worked campaigns up to the gubernatorial. I have worked with my local Congressman both on his campaign and in speaking engagements. Also as you can see from the most recent elections more people are doing.
I encourage everyone to get involved on this level, it isn’t time consuming if you don’t allow it to be and you can contribute and try to help out in your community. It’s a preference of mine far above Washington politics. But I have dealt with that also, and its just not my thing I guess. You get to know people though and it is interesting to follow from a distance when possible.
It has been my opinion for some time now that the major problem in government is of course the people behind the scenes that control the agenda for the Congress via PACs. In 2010, Things in Washington changed due to a landmark Supreme Court case called Citizens United ( a PAC btw) vs Federal Trade Commission. FTC..lost in 5-4 decision. Simply put, this allowed for Corporations (as people) and people themselves to donate large sums of money to candidates. Allowing for spending to be expanded as “free speech” and virtually limitless. The price tag for 2016..6.8 BILLION. Seriously we could have helped fund some things, pay down debt (not much but some), fixed necessary items, help school kids, IDK..thats a good chunk of change that is wasted on people who are already rich enough to pay for the campaign themselves. Don’t think Trump did his either, Mercer funded his campaign and other “Trump functions” until recently.
This is not about Democrats or Republicans, as they are both equally guilty.
So far several States have re-written laws to counter balance the federal law, but many have been repealed or challenged in the SC and overturned. Only a few states (12) remain with campaign (loose) laws on the books and if you want to know what is happening and the problems…THIS IS IT! Work with your state legislature OR work with a group to pressure Congress to change the SC law. Ive been working on this for 3 years..we don’t have enough people that understand the problem. Although 2 years ago, Congress had legislation prepared to move forward, it died in the House.
This is what is stalling congress, one of the reasons why your political parties are so divided and why things are NOT being done for the people anymore. You can’t blame this on one side or the other.. because it is both taking the money and more importantly, they have to work for it. You can call it “deep state” or whatever trendy name you like. IT is about the power of those with money to control our elected officials, changing the officials most likely wont help. However, more recently, some People are making changes at the State and local levels in elections as multiple seats have flipped to even the playing field and we can perhaps begin with new people that have actually FOUGHT for change.
This entire argument is about nothing more…but greed. I will add one more thing, which you as a citizen should ponder…”Endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…. That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men…. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. … Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Declaration of Independence (1776).
The resistance and women in general have stood up for generations but are coming into their own with new generations of women from all ethnicities, religious and political beliefs. There are almost as many men standing alongside these women in respect both for themselves and their country. No one I have spoken to wants anything but change, from the big money and money changers in power to the people, the ones that care about its citizenry and how we can make things better.
Both Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln referred to the “right of revolution” As the Declaration of Independence says, governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. Thus if the mass of the people felt the need to break the existing Constitution & create a new form of government, the right to do that inheres in the mass of the people themselves. The US Constitution is not self-justifying so no reference to the Constitution is required.
The US Constitution itself was imposed through a process that was illegal at the time. The Constitutional convention, which was held in secret, had no legal authority to replace the then existing constitution — Articles of Confederation — with the new one. So it was a kind of coup d’etat, especially when one considers all the former officers of the revolutionary army in attendance. State conventions were held to ratify but only one-eighth of the adult population at the time had the right to vote. Hardly democracy at work.