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The Legislative Playground

Posted in General, Politicians by politicalily on February 22, 2010

I often read a variety of stories to get ideas for my blog. Today while doing this I notice that there weren’t many stories containing a whole lot of substance ,in essence the stories were just a lot of back and forth bickering between politicians and their parties. I believe the egregious partisanship that is taking part at capitol hill and across the nation is one of the largest threats facing the health of our great country.

I am currently taking a basic government class and have studied in-depth the roots of our nation and the principles that it was built on. The United States Government was and will hopefully continue to be a work of art. The ideas and beliefs that shaped our country should still be what our government is based on, but sadly I feel they are not. Politicians nowadays spend more time and money trying to figure out how to better themselves then how to better the country that they serve. If you listen to an interview with almost any politician, regardless of their party, you will hear them talk about why the opposing party is always wrong, why their party is always right, and why they themselves are at no fault for any problems our nation is facing. Almost never do you hear them really give concrete evidence as to why they are right and they seem to never really get to the meat of an issue. I myself want to be a politician and respect everyone who considers themselves to be one, so I am not going to refer to any of the awful stereotypes about those in the business of politics, but the mean and petty manner in which a majority of politicians behave themselves today is sickening and makes one recall recess in elementary school.

The state of our national legislature is deeply troubling if the founding fathers knew how it was operating today I would be horribly ashamed and embarrassed. True the legislative process is a long and complicated one, but it doesn’t have to be as harrowing as we make it. The  legislature that the founding fathers envisioned was a strong, powerful, and efficient one whose goal was to produce high-caliber bills that bettered America and her citizens, todays legislature  is a mangled and  barely recognizable version of the one the founding fathers sought. The reason that the legislative process is complicated is so that only extremely high quality bills that would greatly benefit the American people and bring about real change would become laws. Instead, we get watered down bills that are weak and  in the end don’t change anything. Because of this we will never be able to effectively solve our nation’s problems or move our country forward.Because so few are willing to compromise when it comes to making laws we get a devastating gridlock and very few effective ,high quality bills ever get passed. Without an end to the partisanship plaguing our capital problems such as, terrorism, healthcare and the economy are never going to get fixed. Those in the political arena need to start getting along and start acting more like adults operating our government rather than third-graders in the school yard. Along with making a giant leap towards bipartisanship I think it is time we take a step backwards, or forwards depending on how you want to view it, towards the government that our founding fathers envisioned because that government was nothing short of genius.

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Change We Might Still Believe in, Maybe

Posted in General, Politicians, The Left, The Right, U.S political news by politicalily on January 22, 2010

So Scott Brown won. It is not really that big of a deal. Sure Democrats no longer have a filibuster proof super majority, but they do have a majority in both houses, a Democratic President in office, and somewhat of a mandate from the people. The Democrats are still the ones in power. As for healthcare, I believe it will still pass. All President Obama has to do is get the House of Representatives to pass the Senate version and it could be on his desk by the end of the week. Of course Democrats in congress have shown that they are unorganized and fairly inefficient so it may take longer, but in theory it could work. Healthcare will still get passed because we have a determined President who will make it happen. Even if that is the only thing he accomplishes.

The voters of Massachusetts choose a Republican candidate because they are still looking for  change they can believe in. President Obama ran on a platform of change and so far things have pretty much stayed the same. Voters blame the party that is in power for all of the problems that our country is facing and rightly so. Democrats have shown that they may not be capable of getting us out of this mess and so voters have turned to the Republicans. Though I believe the American people are still wary of the GOP and have some confidence left in the left, though it is waning fast. Democrats need to take this election as a warning sign and get their act together. They have the power to transform our country right now because of their majority in congress, but if they don’t get something done and show the American people that they can solve the problems facing our nation, in November that power is going to be swept out from under their feet. President Obama if you think it is hard to get your party’s legislation through congress now, it is going to be impossible if you lose the majority. The Democrats will inevitably lose their majority if they keep up the status quo. The American People need some of that change they believed in.

Reluctant Advice for a Reigning Right

Posted in General by politicalily on January 17, 2010

I think my views on what the Republicans would need to do to win in 2012 would make for an interesting post, however if you are a Republican please do not heed the following advice because I would like to see President Obama serve a second term. The key word for Republicans is “Moderate.” It is essential for them to produce an exceedingly moderate candidate. Someone who doesn’t remind voters of George W. Bush and who has the “fresh-faced” image of Barack Obama. They need a Washington outsider who really brings back the image of a “Grand Old Party.” What they don’t need is an old, rich, balding white guy with a grand sized waist band. Hear that Rush Limbaugh, it is crucial for the success of you party that you not become the face of the Republican Party.

One of my few Republican friends recently made the remark that they would like to see a Huckabee/Palin ticket in 2012. I believe this would be a great ticket seeing as I want President Obama to be elected to a second term. If Republicans choose a Huckabee/Palin ticket President Obama will surely be re-elected. Both Huckabee and Palin are at the Fox News Chanel and that is were they should stay. Sure your hardcore Republicans are fans of them, but neither would classify as moderate. Throughout the 2008 election Sarah Palin demonstrated to the American people that she was in no way fit to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency and I doubt that will change by 2012. Sarah Palin is a PTA Mom who has gotten out of control not a serious presidential contender.

The GOP needs a whole new batch of presidential hopefuls. Many people have predicted that Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, could be the Republican’s Barack Obama and lead them to victory. I would have to say that while Bobby Jindal does have a fresh-faced vibe and seems change-y he is not the only one. I think that Senator Olympia Snowe could be a possible GOP presidential Candidate. Senator Snowe would appeal to many voters because she is not a member of the “Good ol’ Boys Club,” and that represents change. Senator Snowe has also demonstrated that she is willingly to compromise with Democrats when she voted to get healthcare reform out of committee. She is both moderate and represents a change. GOP looks like you have found your 2012 presidential candidate now you just need to find a new V.P vetting team because they didn’t do so swell choosing the “pit-bull with lipstick.”

The Right’s Sudden Memory Loss

Posted in General, Politicians by politicalily on January 8, 2010

Former Speaker of the House  Newt Gingrich has written a book that is due out this spring titled “To Save America”. Really? When I read this title all I wanted to do was call up Mr.Gingrich and ask him, “Wasn’t it your cronies who put America in the position of needing to be saved?” Of course the only answer to that question is “Duh, yah!” The publisher, Regnery, said “ In “To Save America,” Gingrich argues that a decade of dishonesty from our leaders of both parties has created the greatest threat to our nation’s survival since the Civil War. He asserts that the federal government is broken, and we must be willing to “replace, not reform” our leaders and our policies. He also warns that the big-spending, big-government programs and bureaucracies of the Left are inimical to our survival as the greatest free and prosperous nation in history, and he lays out a bold plan that will restore our nation to its fundamental values. I’m sorry, but what a load of crap! ” A decade of dishonesty from our leaders of both parties” I would just like to gently remind him that it was his party that has been in control for 8 of the past nine years. He then goes on to criticize the ” big-spending, big government programs and bureaucracies of the Left”  that are preventing us from continuing to be the “greatest free and prosperous nation in history.”  The American people are looking for help. They want the government to help them out of the horrible situation President Bush left this noble nation in.They don’t want their government to step out-of-the-way and say “fend for yourselves.”  The American people elected a Democrat, someone from the Left, because they believed he had what it took to restore America to her place as thee greatest free and prosperous nation in history. They weren’t wrong. I also want to say to all the Republicans out there to think before they criticize. They all seem to have a very, very short-term memory and have forgotten the Bush-era quickly. If you are a member of the Republican party don’t be so quick to judge President Obama, after all he is still cleaning up after your party’s last president’s mess.

Our Humble President

Posted in General, Issues, Politicians, U.S political news, World Political scandals by politicalily on January 8, 2010

Yesterday I, like may others, listened to President Obama’s speech regarding the failed Christmas Day terror attack. I thought it was an excellently written and well delivered speech, but that is what we’ve come to expect from our exceptionally eloquent president. I have been thinking about what he said and about what fragments of his 12 minute address I wanted to address. I’ve decided I wanted to write about his willingness to admit the mistakes that the government made. This attack is nothing compared to September, 11th, but I don’t remember President  Bush acknowledging that he was even somewhat at fault.. The President’s remark” Ultimately the buck stops with me” really hit home. A leader will be blamed for anything and everything that goes wrong whether or not it was actually their fault. President Obama took full responsibility for letting this happen even though there probably wasn’t much he personally could have done to prevent it. That takes courage and is quite honorable. And rather than saying that the system still worked fine he admitted things had gone wrong and that mistakes had been made at all levels. He said yes we made mistakes,but we will learn from those mistakes. Learning from your mistakes is the best thing that anyone can do and I am glad we have a leader who is willing to do just that.

2009 My top 2

Posted in General by politicalily on December 31, 2009

As 2009  comes to a close I figured I should do my own year in review post. I have come up with my two favorite events that took place in the crazy world that is politics. These two events are not big issues or really even that big of a deal, but they are my personal favorite.

Number 1) President Barack Obama’s response to the jerk that is Kanye West

First, lets review. During Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for an award at the VMAs Kanye West burst on stage and snatched the microphone, the whole nation was appalled. When President Obama was asked about the incidence he called Kanye a jackass. President Obama didn’t know the tape was still rolling and caught his answer. I’m sure he was worried that the American people wouldn’t approve, but they didn’t seem to mind. President Obama had vocalized what the whole nation was thinking. While you may not think this is of huge importance I have to disagree. I think it is great we have a President who is up on pop culture and makes those sort of remarks.I also believe there is a sort of novelty factor that makes this event particularly fun. When I first heard President Obama’s reaction I couldn’t help but giggle. President Barack Obama is no jackass.

Number 2) Sarah Palin Resigns

This event is certainly not as silly as the previous, but was rather a silly move on former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin’s part. The reason that this event has made my favorites list is kind of petty. I have a severe disliking for Palin. Her whole set of beliefs rub me the wrong way and could she tone the pep down a notch? When she stepped down as Governor of Alaska I believe it ruined any chance of her ever becoming President of the United States. And that makes me absolutely giddy!

So there is my end of the year wrap-up. This is definitely not my most serious or hard-hitting post, but I like it. It is New Years Eve and we all deserve to be a bit silly!

Peace on Earth and Mercy Mild. . .

Posted in General, Lily's Road to the White House by politicalily on December 25, 2009

Today is Christmas day  so I’ll keep it brief, peace. One of the main messages that appears around Christmas time is Peace on Earth. I think this is a message that people of every faith should keep in mind all year round! From the war in Afghanistan to the bitter partisanship on Capitol Hill, peace and love are something everyone could work on. So as you get back to business after the holidays keep in mind the messages of Christmas, peace and love for all the earth!

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Senate Passes Healthcare…Finally!

Posted in General, Uncategorized by politicalily on December 24, 2009

It has been a long journey and I highly doubt it is over, but lets not focus on that. It’s Christmas Eve so lets celebrate! It took a long time and pulled senators away from their families and drug them through feet of snow, but the Senate finally approved the healthcare bill. It’s the best Christmas present our country could imagine, any step towards healthcare is fabulous. Merry Christmas to all and to all good healthcare coverage!

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Compromise is the Name of the Game

Posted in General, Issues by politicalily on December 22, 2009

With the healthcare bill working its way through the Senate there has been a whole lot of compromising going on and I think that is absolutely wonderful! Democrats will say that they are right and Republicans will say they are the ones that know the answer. In the end both parties are right. Democrats are right in the sense that they are right for helping people and accomplishing their party’s goals and Republicans are right in the sense that they are right for helping businesses and accomplishing the goals of their party. Everyone is right!

Of course, you aren’t going to get Democrats to admit that Republicans are right and Vice-Versa, but that doesn’t really matter as long as there is some bipartisan action going on. Democrats have had to give up certain things, such as the public option, to pass healthcare and many compromises have had to be made in order to sway congressmen to vote yea. Maybe this is a good thing. When compromises are made between the parties regarding healthcare or any other issues the American People are the ones who win. All of America is neither Left nor Right, most Americans would place themselves somewhere in the middle. When a bill is passed or a decision made that has both Republican and Democratic input it is more likely to suit the entire nation. When you combine Democrats looking out for people and Republicans looking out for business everyone has someone looking out for them. When compromises are made everyone gets something and everybody is happy. That is why compromise should always be the name of the game, at least in policy making!