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ME politics, My thoughts on the main cause of the problems with the American Government.

Posted by Enkill_Eridos on January 15, 2010

I believe there is one reason why our Government no longer works and how it broke. I mean our economy is broken. Our government has not made decisions with the citizens in mind since the Clinton Administration. But even then before that it didn’t since Lincon. What do I think this reason is? I call it Me Politics.

What is ME politics? It is when the officials the citizens voted to represent them, decide on matters not because it may or may not be a benefit to the citizens. But because special interest groups are saying we will give you this much if you just vote this way or that way. And some citizens both liberal and conservative actually give donations to these groups. This is what these groups do with these donations. This is how they make a difference. It is the reason why our elected officials are usually suspected of corruption. This is why I think we as a nation have lower morals. Because the almighty dollar changes everything.

Now I have a thought on how to fix this, and thus fix our government. Give our citizens more control over the decision making process. How can we do this? Well we have a national voting day where citizens vote on state legislations, new state laws, and other things. Why not vote on new Federal policies that affect the citizens? Take out the Electoral College. Because currently the people DO NOT pick the President of the United States. The Electoral College does. It is a system that was put in before we had a strong system of communication. Before a government department called the US postal service. Before the internet, and tv. The Electoral College is no longer needed and is outdated. Most of our government is outdated, which is what is causing problems in this day and age. How do we fix this short of going back to living like the Amish? We include the tax payers in major decsions like legislations, laws, and constitutional amendments. As federal voting. I know we do something for the really major things. But what about the new laws, bills, reforms and policies that will cause taxes to be increased? Things that affect everyone in America on a profound level? Citizens are left in the dark about most of these decisions until they are passed. After the Patriot Act, this has changed. Citizens now pay more attention but obviously not enough. They listen to the people in the pockets of special interest groups. People like Larry King, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity to name a few. I don’t know any liberal hosts because I don’t watch the news channels that much. Mainly because when it comes to politics I don’t trust the media. It is a special interest group propaganda pushing point. And in a majority of the shows this is evident.

You may ask how can citizens know what the bills and laws say? Well there is a good resource for finding unabridged issues that are called to vote by congress. It is something called The Library of Congress. Guess what? It’s online. I mean not having time to read over something that may majorly effect you in the future is not an excuse. It’s just you saying you are lazy, but you are ashamed to actually say you are too lazy to read these things. I understand they are long, but these are future laws and things that may raise your taxes. As a citizen you have the right to know how, why and if you think it is worth it. Which is why it is available. To understand it you will have to have access to a law term dictionary and a regular dictionary. Sounds like a lot of work, but you have to be actually informed with facts to make an informed descision.

ME politics have hurt all of our citizens aversely. I mean we can blame President Obama (many do.) but really our current problem became noticable in 2006. ME politics have to stop, the easiest way of doing that is informing yourself. Demanding that the citizens should have a right to vote on important life changing laws and issues that go through congress many do not know about. Do you really think Congress just debates what is on the news all day? No they debate minor issues and some other major issues that these media outlets feel is not news worthy, Of course the more major issues should be looked at just in case they want the citizens attention on something other than an issue that could prove to be a bigger mess than the one everyone is paying attention to.  There have been some legislation that has been passed and no one speaks about it on the news. Then suddenly someone violates this new law and everyone goes woah when did that happen?

Of course all of that is in the perfect world. When people really want to find out things for themselves as opposed to someone saying this is what this is and why. Then people actually accepting that opinion as absolute fact. If you watch Hannity, or Glenn Beck, watch them closely when someone brings up a valid sounding point that contridicts them. Watch just how many syllables actually come out of that persons mouth as they fire out quick confusing sounding questions and not give time for a response. I guess that may just be Conservative Political entertainment talk shows. But we as a people need to be part of the solution, and no longer wait for an elected official to do it. Because as we can see from the aftermath of just letting the government decide these issues for us they are not making these decisions because it is in our best efforts. The way our politics as far as the decision making process  works is doing the exact same thing that causes a problem and hoping for a change the next time. There is a word for that it is called insanity. Let’s try to bring some sanity back into our governments decsion making process and give the individual voters a voice on life changing legislations, bills, reforms, and policies. I bet you things start to improve.

There is a blurb about halfway through about congressmembers. It’s funny because we know it to be true.

This clip he points out something that I think accurately explains how we were socially for eight years.

Don’t drink the Conservative Kool-aid

Don’t drink the Liberal Kool-aid

Make your own poison(propaganda) free Kool-aid

3 Responses to “ME politics, My thoughts on the main cause of the problems with the American Government.”

  1. mvymvy said

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

    The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes–that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The Constitution gives every state the power to allocate its electoral votes for president, as well as to change state law on how those votes are awarded.

    The National Popular Vote bill has passed 29 state legislative chambers, in 19 small, medium-small, medium, and large states, including one house in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon, and both houses in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The bill has been enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington. These five states possess 61 electoral votes — 23% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.

    See http://www.NationalPopularVote.com

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  2. mvymvy said

    A survey of 800 Maine voters showed 77% overall support for a national popular vote for President.

    By political affiliation, support for a national popular vote was 85% among Democrats, 70% among Republicans, and 73% among others.

    By gender, support for a national popular vote was 82% among women and 71% among men.

    By age, support for a national popular vote was 79% among 18-29 year olds, 67% among 30-45 year olds, 78% among 46-65 year olds, and 82% for those older than 65.

    By congressional district, support for a national popular vote was 78% in the First congressional district and 76% in the Second district.

    By race, support for a national popular vote was 79% among whites (representing 94% of respondents) and 56% among others (representing 6% of respondents).

    In a follow-up question presenting a three-way choice among various methods of awarding Maine’s electoral votes,

    * 71% favored a national popular vote;
    * 21% favored Maine’s current system of awarding its electoral votes by congressional district; and
    * 8% favored the statewide winner-take-all system (i.e., awarding all of Maine’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most votes statewide).

    see http://www.NationalPopularVote.com

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  3. Enkill_Eridos said

    Yes and they can do this for the Health Care Reform Bill and every major addition to laws and legislations in America. Basically what I am saying is that even if a President Veto’s a Bill the citizens should ultimately have a voice. I am not talking just about Presidential elections. I was just using the 2000 election as an example to ME politics. At the moment if you want a bill passed or denied the best way to do that is donate to a special interest group. And this is morally wrong.

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