As I look at the state of America I am distressed. It seems to me that America has totally forgotten how to be American especially when it comes to our politics. It seems to me America has totally forgotten how politics how our government is supposed to work. So, I'm going to do a small crash course on this blog as to how our government our politics is supposed to work.
Okay, so this is very basically how it works.
We have five major political parties in America and they are Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, and Constitution. (I will not go into detail for what these parties stand for you can look that up for yourself if you wish to. Also, there are way more political parties but these are the major ones in America right now.) Every four years a candidate from these parties runs for the Presidency. Now there may or may not be a candidate from every party. Very often though some parties have more than one candidate for the Presidency. Democrat and Republican very often have more than one candidate as they are the biggest political parties in America right now. So, we have candidates running and they make speeches, debate one another, shake hands, and kiss babies. The candidates one by one are eliminated until we are left with two or three to vote for the Presidency. Usually it's two and usually, it's a Democrat against a Republican. Then everyone who is an American citizen has the right to vote for whomever they wish for, for the Presidency. It doesn't matter what gender, race, color, creed, or religion you are in America if you are a citizen you have the right to vote. Every vote matters and every vote is counted. One vote could make a difference as to who the next President will be....
Now skipping ahead to where we have a President.
What happens very basically is we have the congress which is the two chambers of American government called The House Of Representatives and the Senate which meet in Washington D.C. Congress very basically is the legislative or lawmaking branch of America's national government. Congress shares power with the President and Supreme Court. So very basically what happens is all 100 Senators (two for each State) and all 435 members of The House Of Representatives (numbers may vary based on a States population the bigger the States population the more members it has. For example California has 52 representatives whereas North Dakota only has just one) meet once a year and consider over 10,000 bills (bills are proposals for new laws.) Only about 650 bills ever become laws. So to make sure each bill is looked into and is understood both the Senate and the House have committees to discuss said bill. Each committee studies a bill that has a special topic ranging on a multitude of things from taxes, farming, or the environment. If a committee likes and agrees on a bill they present it to the House and the Senate. If the Senate and the House agree on the bill it is presented to the President to sign. The President can reject the bill however and this is called a veto.
When the President looks at a bill they must consider the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of the American people. They can't veto a bill simply because they feel like it there must be a good reason. The President must decide on what is best for the majority of the American people. The President can't veto a bill simply because only one person says they don't like it. In the American government majority rules. This is the reason why you may get letters and emails asking to speak to your State representatives and/or senators about a certain bill because the more people speak for or against a bill the bigger the chance said bill will get rejected or passed. The reason a bill is passed is because the majority of the American people (this is including the representatives and senators) have said that the bill is a good idea. The President in all likelihood will see the majority has spoken and will agree with the majority of the people but only if it's in the American people's best interest to pass said bill. Sometimes even as a majority the American people will make mistakes and want a bill passed that may in the short term or long term be a bad idea. When presented with a bill the President must consider what may or may not happen is said bill is passed or rejected. Now when a bill is passed or rejected if we feel our rights have been violated in any way then we have the right to peaceful protest for or against said law and/or bill.
Now about peaceful protest. We have the right in America to a peaceful protest. Peaceful protest, however, is not throwing things, smashing windows, violence, or breaking any laws. A peaceful protest is what Martin Luther King Jr did for civil rights for African Americans see more here MartinLutherKingJrProtests at this link. Martin Luther King Jr never once in his protests break windows, rob places, commit acts of violence, or break any laws of any sort. Also, he only protested because he knew his rights were being violated. He didn't protest for the sake of something to do or because he didn't like who was President.
The right to peaceful protest does not give us the right to protest against whoever is President and so divide the American people. Just like freedom of the Press and freedom of speech does not give us the right to spread lies and/or gossip about anyone for any reason.
We must respect our freedoms because not every country has such freedoms. Would you rather America be communist and have police and soldiers invade your home at any and all hours of the day or night and have to feed or clothe them? Would you rather be forced to walk or talk or sit or stand a certain way at certain times of the day? Would you rather be forced to bow before the picture of a tyrant at certain times of the day? Would you rather have to pay taxes without your legal representation? Would you like your voice to be unheard for all of your life? That could have been America but it's not. America is the land of free. Yet most of the American people treat their freedoms with total disrespect and take them for granted. Most American's make a mockery out of freedoms that people in other countries would die to have.
Not only must our freedoms be respected but our Representatives, our Senators, our Presidents, our leaders in government must also be respected. You don't have to agree with them all the time. You have the right to think they just decided the stupidest thing in history but that does not give you the right to say any sort of slander against them. We could have a tyrant for a leader but we don't instead we have majority rule where everyone's voice matters.
We must come together for the good of America. Maybe someone is a Representative, or Senator, or President, or etc that you don't want there that you didn't vote for. For the good of America in respect to our freedoms and rights we have been given and in respect to our government we must come together and say "yes that is my Representative, that is my Senator, that is my President, etc." Yes, they will probably make mistakes but we all do we're all human let's not forget that. Also, let us not forget that the majority vote put the Representative, the Senator, the President, etc where they and if it weren't for the majority vote they wouldn't be there.
Now I'm gonna a minute here on basically sharing on what the electoral college is and why it matters and why the winner of the electoral college vote is President and not the winner of the popular vote. Again this is going to be very basic if you want more details on the electoral college just Google it.
The electoral college only comes into play when someone is running for President. There is no need for the electoral college when someone is running for your town Mayor. The electoral college is the process of when chosen electors vote for someone to be President and Vice President. The electoral college has 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral college votes is needed for someone to be President. The electoral college matters so that smaller States that have small populations get a voice and a vote as they wouldn't if it were just the Popular Vote. Should they not get a vote simply because they are a smaller State or they have a smaller population? Without the electoral college, the smaller States with small populations wouldn't have a voice or a vote. With the electoral college, the majority get's a voice and a vote in who is the next President and Vice President. This is basically why the next President is the one who is the winner of the electoral college vote and not the popular vote.
Now say for instance the person you voted for the Presidency has lost and someone else is President. The majority have voted and agreed that said person is President therefore for the good of America it is best for us to come together and agree that yes this person is our President. To do otherwise creates division which is what we have now. We have people breaking out in severe violence simply because their candidate is not President and someone else is. Other countries are looking at us now and are laughing mocking us because we act like five-year-olds because we don't like who the current President is. Instead of creating divisions and possibly creating another civil war we should come together and say "ok now what can we do to help our current President." In President John F Kennedy's inaugural address he said, "ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." I say now ask not what your President and your country can do for you but what you can do for your President and your country.