Congressional Lesson: Case for a Third Party


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During the last presidential election, I tried to spread a single point across my personal social circle as well as social media. Everyone seemed to be focused on reelecting President Obama or Governor Romney, but almost nobody was looking at the alternatives. I said it then, and I still say that the two party system of government in our country has the capability of doing far more harm than any one man ever could.
Now we find ourselves in a government shutdown and on the path to “falling off the fiscal cliff.” We want to blame our federal government, but what could we have done differently? Did we not vote our leaders into office?
People are often afraid to commit to any third party often because the simply doubt a third party could ever be as popular or powerful as the Republican or Democrat parties. That is the beauty behind this concept. 
Third parties never have to be the majority in order to be effective. They simply have to be strong enough to make sure no single party has over 50% of the House of Representatives or the Senate.
This scenario would help to eliminate the deadlock that is often associated with party line voting in Congress. It is up to us. We have the ability to change the future for our children and grandchildren. 
What do you guys think?

6 Steps to Building a Better Tomorrow


To everyone that actually cares:
I saw a video on a blog this morning that identified a liberal city councilwoman in Denver who was trying to change the behavior of the city’s citizens. That was the point of the video anyway. It was really a 15 second clip of a woman that said she wanted to put a small tax on plastic grocery bags so people will start using reusable ones instead.
The sad thing is that people actually responded to that message. People get caught up with the petty things in our politics and fail to see the things that actually matter. They let the media tell them what their feelings are because they are too lazy to figure it out for themselves. They think they are too far outside and do not have the wisdom to have an original opinion.
As most of you know, I am conservative. I am only mentioning this to express my lack of bias in this particular case. I am getting sick of the country that I love. I have been a public servant for almost as long as I have been of the age to do so and I think we need a change. This change isn’t going to come from politicians on any side, but from the people.
Change. The word reminds me of President Obama’s 2008 campaign for election. The reason it was successful is because all Americans have a deep desire for something different. He tapped into that beautifully, but the execution has been horrible.
Our forefathers created this “Great Experiment” in hopes that things would be different. They even wanted a change back then, and it was unforeseeably successful. They created a nation that could rule itself with structure.
The President is not supposed to be the most important governing position in our country. When President George Washington designed our nation’s capital, there is a reason that he put Congress on the hill and the White house off to the side. There is a reason that the capital building is the tallest in the district. There is a reason that the President is sworn in on the Capital steps. Our legislature is what was designed to set our country apart from the rest of the world. It has also had a hand in making things how they are today.
The biggest problem is with the political parties.I’ve said it before, and I will continue to say it. No one person can really cause that much trouble for our country. Even so, we are at the mercy of the two main parties for our choice. These days, we aren’t picking the best person possible for any political office. We are only picking out of the two that their respective parties think would be most likely to win. So many of our history’s great leaders wouldn’t even be options today.Instead, we get cookie-cutter candidates who are puppets to the polls and political parties.
The power to make a change has always been with the citizens, but we have either been too afraid or too ignorant to do so. I challenge all of you with this:
1. Demand that your respective political party give you better representatives for your needs.
2. Demand that your peers stop focusing on silly little jabs at the opposition.
3. Tell Fox News and MSNBC to start giving you unbiased news that actually matters to you.
4. If any of the above is unsuccessful, have the courage to look for alternatives.
5. Encourage the people you care about to do the same.
6. Encourage your children to become hard working, self-sustaining adults that are true to their word and their families.
We can make the changes that we have been looking to our political leaders to make. After all, we are the ones who put them there. The power is ours. We need to stop complaining and do something about our situation. They might be the board of directors, but we are certainly the shareholders in this organization.

George Zimmerman: Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin Case


As the old adage says, the jury is out. George Zimmerman was found not guilty for murdering Trayvon Martin in a case that we have been force-fed by the media for the past year. During that time, an estimated 16 thousand or more other people were killed in the United States and there were about 2 million emergency room visits due to assault, according to homicide statistics from cdc.org.
Why are we hearing more about this case? Some would say it is due to the possible race or racial profiling implications that may have been involved. Do I think it was about race? I have no clue, but that really doesn’t matter. If the media says it could be about race, people watch it, ratings increase, and the networks drag it on until the horse is dead, buried, and in horsey heaven.
It may very well have been about racial profiling, but it could also have been about someone dressed like they were up to no good and physically assaulting an armed neighborhood watchman. I don’t care what color you are. If you beat me up while I am volunteering to protect my block from bad guys, I might shoot you.
mediamatters.org
In even greater news, Geraldo Rivera was looking especially authoritative in his report on the verdict this morning. I have also received confirmation that his legendary mustache is indeed controlled by the strings attached to his eye brows and disheveled hair – thus adding to the suspicion that Geraldo’s mustache is actually the real television personality and the rest of his face is just a necessary vehicle for success. Another fun fact: Geraldo is 70 years old! Who knew?
-BCS
(Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Murder, Not Guilty, Acquitted, Geraldo Rivera)