We Are Our Democracy

Democracy. de·moc·ra·cy

dəˈmäkrəsē/

noun

A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

We the People… We are our democracy. We have three branches of government, independently upholding our democracy. Checks and balances are what keep everyone accountable to this democracy.

“Both here and across the ocean, over the generations and the centuries the idea of the division of power has lain at the root of our development. We do not want to live under a system dominated either by one man or one theme.”

Winston Churchill

I agree with Mr. Churchill’s quote, especially the last sentence. It is what our country was founded on, a division of power to insure balance and debate and to respect each arm of government.

Our current President may never have read Mr. Churchill’s words, of which there were many wise ones because he’s shown us reading is not his strength. Who would have ever thought we would have someone sitting in the highest office in the land who doesn’t read.

I personally don’t have a lot of respect for those who rely solely on Fox News and right wing propaganda newspapers and websites, but knowing that is how the current White House tenant gets his news is frightening and SAD.

You only need look at his cabinet choice for the department of education to see how much he reveres intelligence. His choice for attorney general may be the biggest bigot in Washington D.C. since the days of Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond but, there are enough to go around. And his personal Rasputin, Steve Bannon, is really the one pulling the puppet strings.

After Mitch McConnell pulled out ‘Rule 19’ to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren as she began reading a letter by Coretta Scott King in protest of the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, everyone began looking up ‘Rule 19’.

Nevertheless, she persisted! But, she read it outside of the Senate chamber. After that, several male senators read from Mrs. King’s letter. McConnell did not stop them. Fortunately, there’s no misogyny in our government.

The good news, the hopeful news really, is there’s another old rule that hasn’t been used since 1924.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, wrote a letter to the committee’s chairman demanding that President Trump’s tax returns be submitted to the committee and examined. Using a 1924 tax law that states that Congress can insist upon seeing these documents in order to assess any conflicts of interest, even if the person from whom the documents are demanded is the president of the United States.

Seeing that little tidbit really got my attention. This is a Representative from my state! YAY!

But, knowing how much ‘fake news’ is interwoven in our new world order I decided to check sources. This came from Bipartisan Report, a less than mainstream news source, and picked up by The Daily Kos.

When I see disgusting color photographs of toenail fungus and weird growths and fat lips on freaky looking people, I know to check out the source. So I did. This story is legit!

I reached out to Mr. Pascrell on Facebook and now I will continue to follow him and support his efforts to get to the bottom of these conflicts of interest the current White House resident seems to have.

I encourage you to research anything you see online before sharing it. We all slip up at times, and when I do I will take it down asap. The real news is freaky enough these days, let’s not add fuel to that fire.

The way I see it, holding the current president accountable to the Constitution of the United States gives us the ability to send a message to the rest of the world…In a Democracy, the people have the ultimate control.

Or as Mr. Churchill once said,

“Democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those others that have been tried.”

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