Random Thoughts: Elephants and Donkeys

Random Thoughts: Elephants and Donkeys

Political factions or parties began to form during the struggle over ratification of the federal Constitution of 1787. Friction between them increased as attention shifted from the creation of a new federal government to the question of how powerful that federal government would be. The Federalists, led by Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton, wanted a strong central government, while the Anti-Federalists, led by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, advocated states’ rights instead of centralized power.  Federalists coalesced around the commercial sector of the country while their opponents drew their strength from those favoring an agrarian society. The ensuing partisan battles led George Washington to warn  –

“Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.”  Farewell Address, September 19, 1796The Library of Congress

George Washington in his farewell address sent a warning of how political factions can Continue reading “Random Thoughts: Elephants and Donkeys”

Trying to Understand what Can’t be Understood…

Trying to Understand what Can’t be Understood…

Today I had a conversation with a colleague about the election, she explained to me why she voted for Donald Trump, I don’t have a problem with anyone that votes for someone or something they believe in (that’s what makes America the country that it is FREEDOM) and I try not to make judgement calls on their character, especially if I’m not invested emotionally in a person. I had the conversation because I’m interested what makes others tick and in understanding others perspectives that differ from mine, learning is a beautiful thing and we can learn a ton if we just opened a dialogue with one another and truly listened.

In our twenty minute conversation that covered the election, #BlackLivesMatter versus Continue reading “Trying to Understand what Can’t be Understood…”

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I’m pretty sure by now mostly everyone has witnessed the ignorance and immaturity that is “our” congress.

The President presented his sixth State of the Union address last night (January 20, 2015), where he reiterated his plans for the next two years which included proposals for taxes, education, foreign policy, climate change, technology etc., my problem was not with the context of the address my problem is and will always be with this “great” nations political representatives. Politics in America is comparable to the mean bitchie “cool” girls in high school, for some reason the students look to these bitches for guidance when they are undeserving of any real acknowledgment other than to slap their asses into the real world, but I digress.

The job of the elected officials is to represent the people and ensure that our government is working in a way that best suites the basic needs of all. No government is perfect and last nights “show” of disrespect to our nations leader proved further that the United States of America has a bunch of immature babies at the helm. (I’m not going to clap because I’m a republican even though what the President is saying makes complete sense to me.) The separation between the democrats and the republicans is disgusting and further proves that our “great” nation is incapable of coming together for the greater good of the people. When or better yet has it EVER been about what’s best for the people?

A utopian society isn’t what I’m asking for, I’m hoping that I can witness in my lifetime our nations representative collectively coming together for the greater good of the people and not for greater good of themselves.

Maybe that’s asking too much…

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