What I'm finding as I try to put the events of the past few days into perspective is that neither the Democrat Party nor the Republican Party follow the will of the People. I have suspected this for quite some time but have never really been able to make my ideas stick in my own mind. It's something we know, but can't quite define... Know what I mean? (Yes, I know this obvious and has been for quite some time) My example is simple... if you are an elected Democrat, you vote the way Party leadership tells you to vote. Same if you are an elected Republican. If you are a constituent you sit back and yell "Yay Team!!!" If you look back over the past 16 or 20 years you'll see a lot of party-line voting. It wasn't always that way. People use to have pull.
How do they get away with that?
Well, I think that they offer something that they hope people want enough that they will vote for the party making the offer. But it isn't the People telling the government what they want, it's the government telling the People "Here is what the Party has to offer. This is what you can have. Vote for me and I'll set you free."
All they want is the vote. The people are left deciding which product they want out of those being offered, because that's all there is. Nothing more. Ala Carte at a buffet with a limited menu.
And yesterday a few people said "enough". Misguided and without leadership or a plan, they were doomed to fail.... Except a coup wasn't their desire. Toppling the government wasn't their plan. But they made a statement. And are being ridiculed for it today. Y'all know, you're watching it the same as I am...
When did people give up their power to the Parties? How do the People get their rightful power back?
I know this isn't a very well organized post. Like I said, I'm trying to organize my own thoughts. I'm seriously interested in other folks' thoughts. Thoughtful conversation is good. And empowering. And enlightening.