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  sundance64

**I wrote this the day after the last presidential election...but I think it still applies**

We are living in historical time my friends. We have elected our first black president, only 40 some years after the civil rights movement.

And yet, there are still, just less than 12 hours after the results are announced, hate mongers posting propaganda in a lame attempt to spread fear regarding the president-elect.

You don't like him because he's black? Or because he is descended from a muslim family? Or because he is young and has little to no experience in public office?

Maybe because you are a gun owner or collector and you just know he is going to come and take all your guns?

Or you believe life begins at conception and he is going to allow your 15 year old daughter to have an abortion without your knowledge or consent.

There are those of you who believe that he is going to bring in all his "homies" and give them jobs in the Whitehouse, and they will take over the country.

Or my personal favorite...he's the anti-christ.

My question to you people is this:

How many of you have written, emailed or called your state representatives to voice your opinion on past issues?

How many have actually looked at a bill put before Congress, let alone read it and understood just how many things can be added to a piece of legislature?

How many understand what the job of a lobbyist is? Or what a filibuster is? Or even what the definitions of "pork" and "earmarks" are when used in Congress in relation to a bill?

How many people understand just how our government works? How much power the president has in regard to passing laws?

And finally, how many of you know just how much power YOU have in that same regard?

Too many people don't understand these things...and they are the ones who bitch and complain about the government and how they are getting screwed.

To you, as well as the rest who actually do get involved, I say this;

The Executive and Legislative branches of government are elected positions. The Judicial branch, while appointed, has to be approved by those in elected positions. These people represent YOU! Regardless of what party you are affiliated with...you have the right to let your elected representatives in the federal government know how you feel.

I know...what difference does one voice make? A huge one if that one voice is joined by others of like mind. This election has proven that.

I'm here to say that Now Is The Time...the time to educate yourselves on the issues you stand for. Whether its taxes, gun laws or abortion. Whether its same-sex unions or equal rights. Find out what exactly is in the bills put before congress, and make sure you agree with ALL of it. Let your senators and representatives know what you want and let them know in droves! Our government officials work for us...and we can and will fire them if they do not perform to our satisfaction. All too often the people of this country would rather sit back and complain, instead of getting off their asses and doing something.

We can make a difference. This country is based on the premise of "By the people and for the people". The only way to make that a reality is to get involved and know what you stand for.

So stop bitching. We have a new president, and a long road ahead before this country is back on track. What we do not need is an atmosphere of fear and hate added to the problems we already have. This country has already been down that road too many times, and it's never a good thing.

Will we be better off in four years? I don't know. I do know that things are a whole lot worse now than they were eight years ago. And I believe that has less to do with the current administration (although I lay a whole lot of blame in their laps) than the fact that the people of this country have been far too complacent.

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dmbchick420

Dec 1 @ 11:07AM  
Or my personal favorite...he's the anti-christ.

Yeah...that's my personal favorite too Great blog
ynot7769

Dec 1 @ 11:07AM  
my .02 was the lesser of 2 evils....yano like wich one will fuck things up less? hey i SAID it was my opinion ....
sugarnspice005

Dec 1 @ 11:07AM  
I've written my elected officials. And yes, the internet is a great tool...use it to see what a bill is about. Some rely too much on the news to learn about bills. Well, one thing I've noticed with the news, especially the cable news networks, they are biased one way or the other. If you really want to be informed, research it yourself before supporting or bitching. Be informed when you write your elected officials. And, most important, and this one drives me crazy...VOTE! One thing I can't stand is to hear someone gripe and complain about the shape of our country and then discover they didn't even vote! If you're not going to vote...don't complain. Don't say it was because you couldn't get to the polls...that's what absentee ballots are for. Granted, in some cases, injury or illness prevented some from voting...those are not the ones I'm talking about..I'm talking about the ones too lazy to get off their asses and participate in the "hiring and firing" of elected officials.

RevDocLove

Dec 1 @ 11:10AM  
Most excellent blog
Kudos for reposting it...Now if only..........
max49

Dec 1 @ 11:23AM  
Great blog sunnyD and a kudo for reposting it. What we all need to do as Americans is get off our asses and back this guy no matter what color he is. I don't see how he can do any worse than Georgie did. I think he has some good ideas and is working hard at getting things done. Sure some of the things he wants still needs a little work but at least he is thinking along the right lines.
Thenewguy2957

Dec 1 @ 11:24AM  
A lot of us that didn't vote for him do do those things.
Personally I am proud that we have overcome that barrier a bit, but I would have preferred someone like Colin Powell to be the first black President.
Unfortunately Bush screwed that up...Powell as V.P would have put him in an excellent position to run in '08 with a good chance of winning.
But more than the person who is President or the party and financial backers they owe allegiance too, I believe in the Constitution, the oath I took was to defend that above all else and a lot of us that have taken that oath still believe in it.
Sadly I don't think most professional politicians do anymore...of any party.
Wordsofwit

Dec 1 @ 11:40AM  
Where I live, beyond local government, if you are not a conservative republican, voicing your sentiments to the elected officials is pissing in the wind. It is just the nature of the beast around here.
3zcumpany

Dec 1 @ 11:46AM  
I hear what you are saying but you also have to remember he's not even black, shit he's barely brown. I think its sad that most black folks registered and voted for him just on that. They same people that won't register for selective service, work, or pay taxes. Not saying all blacks are that way that would just be ignorant! But there is tons of footage of people in the ghettos signing up to vote when they never gave a shit until it came to having a "black" president. I have no problem with a black president my biggest bitch is that his closest tie to the military was his great grampa! I beleave that in order to be commander and chief of our mil. You need to have spent time in their shoes. I am a gun owner and that will never change until they pry my cold dead fingers off my rifle. Yes I do think our system right now on guns is fine and doesn't need to be changed. Any more restrictions only stops regular people from protecting their homes. As far as the anti-christ I think that's been said about every pres. Since regan. if you read through the bible he is pushing a lot of the "signs" of the anit-christ, if you believe in the bible. My personal concept on the whole thing is you can't win against the gov. When they get to make the rules up as we go. I'm also tired of the whining but from both sides. All and all we need to agree to dis-agree that is the beauty of a free nation!
theSkwirl

Dec 1 @ 11:57AM  
Eh.. whether I like the man or not.. and no, before someone takes that wrong.. I do.. I will respect the man in his office as President of the most fucked up leftovers any President could have inherited.
selectusername

Dec 1 @ 12:28PM  
He makes intelligent sounds when he opens his pie-hole,

that's more than I can say for the last one!

Skwirly has a point of course, he got our sad nation in its

sorriest state since the Great Depression and I don't see

where he's made any major errors so far.

The economic crisis was caused by reckless greed in the banking sector,
which was made possible by the Gramm-Leach Act, which was a bill
introduced by two Republican senators in 1999 that repealed the
Banking Act of 1933. This ERASED the line between commercial and
investment banking and allowed for the previously illegal creation of
gargantuan behemoths like AIG and Citigroup. Clinton signed the bill
after congress passed it with an overwhelming majority so the blame
rests with BOTH parties and is definitely a triumph of lobbying, since
the financial sector spent 20 years and 200 million trying to get this
Banking Act repealed which was put into place because the lack of
division between the two banking sectors was one of the primary causes

of the Great Depression.

shewolf53

Dec 1 @ 3:41PM  
I do read bills, always have. I have been to Washington more than once on certain issues. I have been known to take part in some pretty vocal protests at times in the past.

The problem I have with the people who bitch about this president is that because of whatever they want him to fail. Don't they know if he fails we all fail?

Great blog
drcocktail87

Dec 1 @ 6:59PM  
because he is young and has little to no experience in public office?
Yes, but he travels well.

There are those of you who believe that he is going to bring in all his "homies" and give them jobs in the Whitehouse
.
"homies", no..... czars.....in hindsight very prophetic

How many of you have written, emailed or called your state representatives to voice your opinion on past issues?
I do on a monthly basis, even the representatives out of my voting district.

How many have actually looked at a bill put before Congress, let alone read it and understood just how many things can be added to a piece of legislature?
I'm about halfway through the current Health Reform Bill. It's online for anyone's review. So far, as you mentioned, the Amendments are the crux of the bill. Do the math.

the fact that the people of this country have been far too complacent
.
This I believe is the central point that you're trying to make and I agree with you 100%. However, all signs point to a real CHANGE underway and if I might hazard a guess, this is a one term President, hopefully.

All things considered your blog is salient, well put, and even in retrospect, worth the read. One question I will pose....How Do You Like Him Now?

drcocktail87

Dec 1 @ 7:55PM  
The economic crisis was caused by reckless greed in the banking sector,
which was made possible by the Gramm-Leach Act, which was a bill
introduced by two Republican senators in 1999 that repealed the
Banking Act of 1933. This ERASED the line between commercial and
investment banking and allowed for the previously illegal creation of
gargantuan behemoths like AIG and Citigroup. Clinton signed the bill
after congress passed it with an overwhelming majority so the blame
rests with BOTH parties and is definitely a triumph of lobbying, since
the financial sector spent 20 years and 200 million trying to get this
Banking Act repealed which was put into place because the lack of
division between the two banking sectors was one of the primary causes
of the Great Depression.

The Act you're referring to was the Glass-Steagal Act of 1933. Your facts are somewhat muddled. There was no 'Banking Act' per se.

"The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, is an act of the 106th United States Congress (1999-2001) which repealed part of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, opening up the market among banking companies, securities companies and insurance companies. The Glass-Steagall Act prohibited any one institution from acting as any combination of an investment bank, a commercial bank, and/or an insurance company.

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act allowed commercial banks, investment banks, securities firms and insurance companies to consolidate. For example, Citicorp (a commercial bank holding company) merged with Travelers Group (an insurance company) in 1998 to form the conglomerate Citigroup, a corporation combining banking, securities and insurance services under a house of brands that included Citibank, Smith Barney, Primerica and Travelers. This combination, announced in 1993 and finalized in 1994, would have violated the Glass-Steagall Act and the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 by combining securities, insurance, and banking, if not for a temporary waiver process.[1] The law was passed to legalize these mergers on a permanent basis. Historically, the combined industry has been known as the 'financial services industry'."

As for the causes of the Great Depression no one Act directly led to it, but there were at least five salient causes in common acceptance. If you'd like further clarity or information on those causes, I'd be more then happy to illuminate you.

Regards,
Drcocktail









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