This is not and will not be a forum for a “yeah, but Trump…” or “yeah, but Obama/Hillary…” post and I won’t allow anyone else to use it as such either. This is just telling it like it is. I am a lefty and I don’t hide that, but this near-center-righty is spot on. Someone says, “they haven’t done their job in years.” I say we haven’t done OUR job in years. No matter what side of the “aisle” you’re on, the Constitution makes it clear what role each branch is responsible for. You have to understand that. If you don’t like the policy that is put in place from the laws YOUR legislators are putting forth, then get out there and vote. Do YOUR job. You are responsible for putting them there and removing them. Even if you don’t vote for them.
“Debate” is a term long-forgotten in our present society. No one “debates” anymore. Everyone “tells” what their opinion is and damn you if you disagree with them. I’m guilty of it. You’re guilty of it. We all say we have open minds but in reality, we don’t. We have our views and we surround ourselves with our own choir to agree with and it turns into Sharks vs Jets complete with finger snapping and slouch-dancing.
I think Civics should be brought back to the forefront in school education and not just history. Why does the Legislative branch own the responsibility (and apparently not the actual execution or in our present case doing the writing) of writing our laws? Why is the Executive branch in charge of enforcing them? Why is the Judicial in charge of interpreting the law without political views (even though they’re most certainly political)?
Republican Senator Ben Sasse tells it like it is. He lays out both the expectation of each branch and the harsh reality of what the landscape looks like today. Again, I’m lefty and this righty speaks volumes. His points are not Democratic or Republican. His points are American, which is a republic as a governance. We democratically appoint people to represent us. And, dammit. If they don’t, we fire them and replace them with people that do. They have decided to let their incumbency be more important than doing what we put them there to do. They allow lobbyists to make the decisions, or the Executive branch, or the Judicial branch, create or dictate laws. That’s not how this is supposed to work, folks.
NONE of this is a knock on President Trump, that’s a whole other subject. This is not pushing around Republicans/Conservatives, Democrats/Liberals, Independents or any mixture thereof. This is not a “political” rant, this is an American Constitutional rant. Politics shouldn’t be involved in the Constitution. At least not beyond the first definition of the word: the art or science of government. Outside of that comes to opinion, control, and competition. Those are fine in the business world but we aren’t a business, we’re a nation. If we are a business then the stakeholders need to oust the board members.
We all, myself included, get caught up in the “us v them” stuff. We don’t get along in that regard. We have to face the consequences of our decisions and we don’t. We put the blame on others. Again, I am not excusing myself from this. I do it. You do it. We do it. I try to keep quiet on most political things. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But, something else I agree on with Senator Sasse, bring back Schoolhouse Rock! Because this “Three-Ring Circus” is without a ringleader and the tigers escaped.
I’m sorry, Dear Reader, I know this isn’t like me, but I just had to say it. If there are comments that are “politically slanted” or anyone mentions a candidate, office holder, former office holder, etc., that comment will be deleted. Yes, the Constitution that I’m ranting about gives the right of free speech, but that also includes me not having to allow it on my page. Sorry again if anything is harsh, we just aren’t going to survive as a society until we realize how to conduct ourselves all across the board. And I’m sorry for using the word “damn” or “dammit.” I don’t usually cuss on this blog.
Until tomorrow, soapbox under the bed…
“As your body grows bigger, your mind must flower. It’s great to learn ’cause knowledge is power! It’s Schoolhouse Rocky, the chip off the block of your favorite schoolhouse, Schoolhouse Rock!” – “Schoolhouse Rocky” (Dorough/Yohe)