I have been having many online conversations with both Republicans and Democrats, along with the few who call themselves Independent or Libertarian, etc. One thing I have noticed is, the Democrats and Republicans have been getting very nasty to each other online, and also in the "real world". I don't believe some of the things I read and hear from people on BOTH sides of the fence! What once was "We, The People" has become "Us and Them". We have been divided and conquered, my friends. And most of us don't even know it!
All of our founding fathers were Republicans originally, because they were actually forming a Republic.
Benjamin Franklin, when asked what type of Government they were forming, wisely answered, "A Republic, if you can keep it".
Mr. Franklin knew the ways of men and politics very well! It wasn't long before the Federalists wanted to take more power over the individual states.
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison countered the Federalists by creating the Democratic-Republican Party. They could see the influence the aristocracies were having in Government from miles away, and the party was created to to keep Democracy in government. "We, The People" meant ALL of us...and each state would be able to Govern itself, without giving total power to the "Federal" Government. Unfortunately, after Jefferson's term in office, it all fell apart, and eventually became the Democrats and Republicans that we have to this day. Now instead of working things out within the one party, we fight each other tooth and nail about which side we are on. The results are that now a corporation or person can buy politicians, judges, and just about anyone they want to.
I am writing in the hopes that this will make some of you think, and stop fighting between yourselves! We are letting them destroy our Republic by pushing our hate buttons every day in the media. We argue over flags, gay rights, immigrants, guns, we even argue over which religion is the standard for our country. Meanwhile, in back rooms when no one is paying attention they pass legislation that affects us all....that no-one is even allowed to read! "If you want to keep your job, you'll sign here". It reminds me of the scene in "The Godfather" ..."Either your signature goes on that contract...or your brains do."
In conclusion, I'd like to say that in this world of technology, ignorance is a CHOICE!
The next time you see a post on facebook that you agree with, or even disagree with, for god's sake, at least research it a little to find out if it's even true before you just blindly pass it on!
A democracy of ignorant people is NOT working!! We must educate ourselves if we ever want to take back our country!
I say, bring back the Democratic-Republican Party, and start talking to each other like intelligent adults!!