You can’t miss the political turmoil in our country today.
Our forefathers wanted a democratic government that would pool the knowledge and resources of individuals for the good of all. They thought each citizen would contribute knowledge and money to carry out programs and build projects for the good of all.
They conceived a system of representatives and senators to pass laws and budgets. A president would be elected and his administration would carry out programs and use the money for the good of the people.
Now we have a two-party system.
Republicans wonder why people aren’t buying their promises to reduce government and protect the upper class so they can trickle jobs and money down to lower classes.
Democrats won the White House by saying they are part of the people and trying to do what is best for all. Then there are the rest of us — the ones without a party in the race. We helped the Democrats win, but did they win? We are watching the same obstructionist politics we saw for the past four years. Republicans attempt to block any effort our black president makes for our good.
Ninety percent of the population wants some kind of gun control. The Senate just voted it down. Ninety percent of Democrats voted for it; 90 percent of Republicans voted against it. Under the Republican rules, 60 percent was needed for it to pass. It fell one vote short. Is this the kind of government the people want?
Republicans say our government is too big, yet they won’t work intelligently with Democrats to identify unnecessary programs and costs and cut only bad programs. Instead they want to cut “entitlements” such as Social Security and Medicare that all wage earners contribute to, as though “entitlement” is a dirty word. The government of the people voted those insurance programs in — now Republicans want to vote them out.
Some say we have too many regulations. British Petroleum is running ads on TV telling us what wonderful things it is doing for the Gulf Coast it polluted. If it could, it would walk away like mine owners did in northern Idaho before there were tough environmental regulations.
The Environmental Protection Agency cleans up superfund sites while taxpayers foot the bill. Is that what we want, to continue to pay the costs while the rich walk away with the profits?