EDUCATIONAL FAILURE, POLITICAL APATHY OR BOTH?
I thought I was a wise American as I spend hours reading and writing article to share with family, friends and anyone who may be sick of Washington DC. I understand American History is still mandatory in Texas and it may well be nationwide but if so I question its effectiveness.
I have been a rather strong conservative all of my life and a Democrat until the Democrats began their departure from conservatism after WWII. Having been born in Texas in 1930 has given me an 86-year window to watch America go through some rather sharp changes.
Recently I watched a likely obscure TV program where the host wandered the streets of either New York or Washington DC asking political questions. I am sure everyone has had laughs about both college students and mature adults exhibit a total lack of knowledge when asked a simple question they all should know. We have had programs like this for many years. The program I watched showed pictures of well know political, judicial and important public figures any voting adult should know and the result was shocking.
I correspond with some 250 friends on Facebook and about 600 on my WordPress blog. I am sure there are several who are duplicates. I seldom get much feedback on either site but I read comments on nearly every article I read on my favorite sites.
What prompted me to write this article involves the proven lack of knowledge or political apathy, understand that America has a Republic form of democracy. Questions about why we can’t resolve issues with a simple majority vote astound me. I can understand this question but I can’t believe so many Americans have no conception of why that would destroy our freedoms.
Visualize having a national vote to;
Confiscate all weapons;
Stop producing oil;
Having only one political Party;
Stop cutting down trees;
Disbanding our military;
Closing all prisons; or
Creating a Monarchy.
Under the majority rules the most populated States could actually do all of the above. They could abolish other States. They could seize your land and property just because they had the power of a majority. Should you wish to gain more knowledge you will find many so called Democratic Republics that do not have the freedoms we have in America. Why, they did not have our Constitution and Bill of Rights as law.
Definition. “A democratic republic is, strictly speaking, a country that is both a republic and a democracy. It is one where ultimate authority and power is derived from the citizens, and the government itself is run through elected officials”.
America has been racing all of my life to change itself into a Socialists Democracy. Thank heaven the Progressive Liberals have been unable to achieve this so far. The Progressive movement started with the land grab by Theodore Roosevelt in the early 1900’s. These people are not impatient and with the current Democratic push under Obama they are close to having the power to abolish the Constitution. Look at the definition of a Socialists Democracy which can contain many variations should you desire more knowledge.
Wikipedia states that a Social Democracy is a political, social and economic ideology that supports economic and social interventions to promote social justice within the framework of a capitalist economy, and a policy regime involving collective bargaining arrangements, a commitment to representative democracy, measures for income redistribution, regulation of the economy in the general interest and welfare state provisions. A Social democracy thus aims to create the conditions for capitalism to lead to greater democratic, egalitarian and solidaristic outcomes; and is often associated with the set of socioeconomic policies that became prominent in Northern and Western Europe—particularly the Nordic model in the Nordic countries—during the latter half of the 20th century.
Denmark is a Socialist Democracy and a Monarchy. I wrote an article several months ago that has been one of the best read articles I ever wrote. I spent a lot of time in Denmark where the people are happy and “everyone” able works and pays up to 50% of their income on Taxes. They have a great healthcare system and again “everyone” pays 8 percent of their salary for healthcare.
Obamacare is a political overkill and only half of the people pay the entire costs while the others get paid for not working. I feel even a Democrat would understand that this is unfair. They just won’t admit it.
I hope this helps freedom loving Americans make sure we never let the Progressive/Liberals change the Constitution.