If American Democracy fails it is all your fault

If American Democracy fails it is all your faultA recent question on social media was posed, "Why is American democracy so deeply flawed?"

It is one of those questions that deserves a quick comeback like, "Why are you so stupid?"  I could think of a few more one line responses to this question, but in an effort of being nice, and respectful, I took the time to explain why this question is flawed. If you have read this blog, the Tao of Questy, this post contains themes we rant about often. In this era of post election crying, they are important themes worth repeating.

One of the remarks to the question stated, "Although American citizens have an opportunity to engage in free speech, they choose to spend their time on frivolous activities."  So how does reflect as a flaw of democracy?  Yes, that is exactly why democracy does not work, because people do not take the time, do not invest the effort to make it work.

From studying history in school I remember names and dates on a timeline. History is more than just memorizing a date.  Throughout my life I have visited many historic sites with my family to learn more about the events associated with the famous names and dates.

What do we celebrate on the 4th of July?

What often gets lost in the celebration of the Independence Day holiday is that the battle for Independence was much more that a one day event.

Congress had voted on July 2, 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War.   It would not be until the Battle of Yorktown in 1781 that it appeared the states would actually gain independence as a free nation under the Articles of Confederation of 1781. The states wound not truly be united until The United States Constitution was ratified in 1788.

What does the Star-Spangled Banner celebrate?

In recent weeks people have been protesting Star-Spangled Banner.

Election over civil war in America not likely democracy is safe

Democracy is safeIn the days leading up to the election I avoided social media. I was really tired of hearing about Clinton and Trump. Even watching sporting events became an endless barrage of political commercials that had me turning off the television.

After cruising some online forums and reading Facebook rants,  I offer some thoughts of my own on the aftermath of election 2016.

People protesting democracy?

On one forum someone asked, "Why people are protesting democracy?"  I answered by asking my own questions. "Are people protesting democracy?  Or are people protesting because of democracy?"

Then I offered this quote by Hubert Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United States, Address to the National Student Council, 1965:   "I wish to suggest that ample opportunity does exist for dissent, for protest, and for nonconformity. But I must also say that the right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."

Protests will lead to civil war?

Another comment I saw a few times is that the protests would lead to civil war. Protests seldom do much in the long run because real change takes work. Look around at all the Facebook memes, this is a world of quick and easy answers.

I hear a lot of people making noise today about how the system is broken. The same arguments were made after Bush v. Gore in 2000. Ask your average American who is upset today what they remember about Bush v. Gore in 2000.

How many people complaining have ever been to a town council meeting?  Have asked for a meeting with their state representative to share their views? Have gone to a committee meeting of their local Democratic or Republic party to ask how they can make change happen?

If you think something is broken, you need to do more than complain about it. You need to find the answers to how can you fix it.

Giving the finger to the elite?


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