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Post November 2014: The Era of Unconstitutinality

Politics, politics politics…

Here we are again, nudging up to the upcoming election cycle for the Congress, and yet again, we are noticing that the President is putting politics before policy. He has threatened promised that he will act on his own using executive action to handle the immigration crisis in his own way and the way he thinks “is best for the American people” and best for the immigrants, and yet he has put politics before policy and has decided to postpone his action until after the November elections.

How can anyone possibly not see right through this?

Mr. President, if you think you are doing what is right, why wait until after the elections to do it? A crisis needs action right away, so postponing it seems like a very poor decision. What reason do you have to postpone it, except that you know that it would be a very unpopular action and that the Democratic party which you represent would suffer in the elections for the unfavorable new policy.

Whether you support the President or not, whether you are Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, etc., you should not be too blind to see that politics are more important than policy to this administration. Even if you support the President’s proposed executive action, you should be outraged that he has decided to wait instead of act on it. For those who would oppose it, you should be even more concerned now that this executive order will be unfavorable to the American people.

What you really need to be concerned about is this:

After the November 2014 elections, the President will have nearly two full years of no-consequence executive orders that he will be signing out as quickly as he swings his driver. The November elections matter because Congress matters, believe it or not, and whether the President believes it or not. Sometimes the only way to balance power is to counterbalance it.

Your vote matters. You need to make sure you are getting to the polls in November and voting along the lines of what matters to you. Do not be a sheep and vote the same way your parents do, or your neighbor, or your girlfriend, etc. Stop voting with a certain party. They are not all the same. Listen to them, but realize that anyone can manipulate words. Look at their track records. Make sure the candidate you support supports you back!

We are not yet finished as a nation. Even these November elections won’t have the effect of ending our great nation if things go wrong at the polls. However, laws, policies and life in general in this great nation of ours will be dictated by the results of these November elections.

Listen, I was not a fan of President Obama going into his reelection campaign, but I also wasn’t a big fan of Romney. I found him to be very generic as a candidate, and somewhat boring, but then, is a president supposed to not be boring? Maybe boring is a good thing when it comes to the man at the wheel of an entire nation.

The bottom line is this:

You may have thought President Obama did better in the debates (save for the first one of course) than Romney did, using catchy phrases (by the way Mr. President, the 90’s called and asked if they could have their “the 80’s called” reference joke back) and somewhat snarky grins and one liners to zing the “old man” Romney, but you know what, go back and listen to what Romney was really saying at that time; How right has he been proven so far?

Who knows what kind of position we would all be in today if Romney had won, well, no one knows. The only thing we do know is it does seem like he may have been a bit more prepared for some of the current events lately, since he was all but predicting them during the debates and throughout his campaign. Are we prepared to be saying “what if” a year after the November elections this year? I can’t say Romney would be any better or any worse, but can you? He did seem to be more correct about a lot of things even though he was made fun of them at the time. Maybe a boring wise old man who likes to read and keep up on current events would have been a better choice in the white house than a youthful young man who finds out most happenings around the world from watching the “same news you do”.

Let’s make our votes count in November. Have a voice. Stop making excuses. Vote.

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The Republicans Aren’t Getting the Message…Across

I received a phone call from the Republican National Committee today asking me to make a “small donation” to the committee to help support the Republicans’ push to take back the Senate, help assure that the Governorships up for grabs are given to Republicans instead of independents or “Liberals” [sic]. I decided to take that opportunity to voice my opinion on the matter at hand.

I quickly informed the caller, a very well-spoken, enthusiastic and obviously well rehearsed and limited in time young man who seems very intent on collecting every snatch-able penny for his cause, that I am disenfranchised by the current message of the Republican party, and I do not feel that I am alone. I informed the very committed committee caller that I feel that the current message of the Republicans seems to be very simply and very arrogantly: “Things are going badly, get us in there and then we will figure out a way to make things go not so badly!”

Without missing a beat the caller simply said, “well I sure can appreciate how you feel, but let me assure you, any amount you donate today will be directly used to….blah blah blah..followed by rhetoric…followed by well rehearsed talking points…followed by “let’s just reduce your donation to a more manageable figure, how about…blah blah”.

I sighed, realizing that this was a waste of his time as well as mine, and realizing that I want my voice to be heard, recognized and relevant and this was not the correct venue. In essence of trying to prove my own gut wrong, I did follow-up by asking a question, a simple question that I expected no truthful response, and in that was not at all disappointed: “Can you please summarize for me what the current plan is that the Republican party has gotten behind with regards to a viable replacement for the current Obamacare Law?”

I suppose part of me expected crickets but instead this very well-trained young man immediately responded with a very off-the-shelf comment about how the Republicans are very eager to work with the Democrats (this time not Liberals) on coming up with solutions for not just this {Obamacare} but all of the most major issues the nation is facing at this moment, including healthcare, immigration reform, as well as coming together to find a way to balance the budget..blah blah blah.

I suppose the talking points memo and pre-packaged responses irked me a bit because I responded by saying:

“Listen, this nation is in trouble. Obamacare was good in theory, but is not viable and should be replaced. The Democrats in power have seen their share of political scandals and abuse of power, and the attitudes of both parties towards one another is like watching a high school cheerleading competition: each group performs essentially the same well rehearsed routine trying to make it look like it is a completely original and unique idea while smiling at the people wearing the same uniforms they are and sneering at those whose uniforms are different. But the Republicans have found a way to continue to paint themselves as the obstructionists. The anti-obamas whose primary focus is dedicated to erasing the legacy on the nation’s 44th president.”

…Silence (I’m not sure he was aware I was finished with my rant yet…)

“Well I would like to thank you graciously for your time…” the caller politely brushed me off and then told me of the website and the Washington address where I can contact the RNC if I have any questions. Deaf ears. A young man passionate about what he believes in, but unable to tell me exactly what they in turn have as a plan. It isn’t his fault. And he is doing a good thing. The problem is I’m not so sure these days that the party he is representing is, well, any longer valid representative of the true feeling of the people.

The nation is headed in the wrong direction, and every day it does appear that the majority of the populi is feeling that way as well, however all the Republicans seem to keep shouting is that they are not going to go in that same direction. The Republicans seem so focused on telling us what the Democrats are doing wrong that they have forgotten that they need to tell us how they would do it right and WHY their way would work better.

The bottom line is: We the people, the actual people of this nation may agree with the Republicans in the polls that the nation is struggling and we want the nation to be brought back up to success and to being the land of plenty, but telling us ‘Just elect us, the Republicans, and when we get in there, we can start coming up with a plan’ is a sure way to ensure that the Democrats retain at least some of the power they currently have. We the people are starting to see both parties for what they really are, nothing more than idealistic braggarts who like to blame the one another for the problems they are both guilty of causing. Republicans, the majority of them anyway, may not have voted in Obamacare, but you sure did not say ‘Hey that’s a great concept guys, let’s build it together’, no you stood firmly on your crumbling foundations (most of you are in complete denial that your foundation is in fact crumbling) and you griped and moaned and pointed your fingers telling us, the people how we were being abused by the powerful Democrats but you took no responsibility for at least being a limb or two of the man behind the curtain.  Well we have been paying attention to the man behind the curtain this time, Scarecrow, and we see all of the smoke and the flashing lights, but we also realize that you keeping telling us we can go home anytime we want, but you aren’t telling us how.

If the Republicans want to be the party that will provide true constructive reform for this nation, then they had better start being very detailed about their plans. We are tired of you telling us “just elect us, we’ll fix it!” Give us your plan. Lay it out for us. We aren’t all as ignorant as you might believe. Try us. Let us know what you intend to really do. Otherwise, we have no enthusiasm to take our time to go to the polls just so the same blame game can be played next year, the only difference would be the Republicans would have the majority, but the rhetoric would remain the same. If you don’t change your approach and soon, you will be the only ones who share the November Blame.

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