The U.S. Supreme Court is known as the silent branch of government because it need not justify itself or its decisions to the citizens. It can make absurd rulings that fly in the face of common sense, reason and the constitution, and it need not explain itself.
It’s an all-powerful clique of robed masters who judge our fate without restraint or logic. It can rule that the sun rises in the west, and nobody gets an answer to how it came to that conclusion.
For too many years, the U.S. Read More
It may be understandable for the public to credit the office of president with more power than the office holder actually wields. Although it is indeed an office with a great deal of power and responsibility associated with it, many people seem to believe that the president’s power extents much further than was intended by the Founders.
It’s abundantly clear in the Constitution and other founding documents that the president’s powers were intended to be carefully defined and quite specific.
While the president does indeed serve as the commander-in-chief of all U.S. military forces, is responsible for Read More
Perhaps you’ve seen a news item on television that has made you angry or concerned. Perhaps there is a particular political candidate you support. Maybe you just want a say in how the country is run. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to become involved in the United States’ political process.
Getting involved in the political process isn’t difficult, but it does require some effort. First, you need to make yourself aware of the goings-on in the world Read More
It is always funny how, in a land where we are supposedly free, people don’t always realize that they have more options than they realize. When it comes to a car, you don’t just have Toyota and Ford. When it comes to televisions, you don’t just have Samsung and Toshiba. When it comes to security systems, you don’t just have security choice alarms and Schlage. And, when it comes to political parties, you don’t just have democrat and republican. Unfortunately, in our highly simplified media world, it is all too easy for some Americans to get pigeonholed into that way of thinking.
Part of the problem is that the media typically only covers the two major parties, almost completely ignoring the other rising parties and candidates from each. However, when you get right down to it, who is that more of an indictment of? The major news networks with clear bias and agendas, or the people who willfully subject themselves to the one-sided arguments and coverage made by networks with clear agendas toward their respective parties. Sure, news and information reform are in order, but people also need to awaken to the fact that they are free to choose their parties, not just simply be presented the choices the media thinks they should have.
You may be familiar with the laws that govern your daily life, but it is often a mystery for some citizens to fully understand how these laws are created and introduced. With so many terms (bill, law, committee, Congress) the process can indeed be confusing, but in fact the way a bill becomes law it quite clear and methodical.
A bill, or simply a suggested law, can be introduced by any member of Congress (that is to say, either in the Senate or the House of Representatives). From there, the bill gets discussed in an appropriate committee Read More
Many people think that it is not important to vote, to take part in your local political campaign, and to simply “let other do the voting.” The problem with this is that if you do not vote and take part in local and state politics, you are not really doing your part as a voter, and therefore not contributing fully. When you take the time to brush up on your state and local politics you are going to discover that there are definitive reasons for elections and votes, and that by simply sitting and not Read More
In the current political climate, there is a lot of anger and frustration among the general electorate. On the left side politically, the prevailing argument is we need government to support and supply our needs. Whereas on the political right, they believe the government is meant to support the will of the people, not support the people. The formation of the TEA party as it is known was in response to elevated taxes levied against the American tax-payer. Taxed Enough Already is the Read More
With the fate of our nation hanging in the balance, the Democratic Party is running on a few different platforms intended to provide stability and prosperity throughout the country. On the whole, democratic candidates are in favor of family values, health care, civil rights, social programs, job creation, new technologies, education, economic growth, and making sure that middle class Americans retain what they’ve worked so hard to achieve. Democratic leaders believe that a collective and concentrated effort in these respective areas can create a brighter future across the board, which Read More
The Republican Party is often viewed as a divisive group of moderates and extreme right conservatives. The recently formed Tea Party has done little to improve this view. However, there is certain unity among members of the Republican Party concerning the future direction of the country.
Republicans believe the role government should be more limited. The government has massively increased the regulations that businesses and individuals must follow. This has created a level of uncertainty and possibly hindered employment. Read More