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Give “Change and Hope” a Chance

We tried “Hope and Change” for eight years. In 2016 our republic decided to give  “Change and Hope” a chance. While “Hope and Change” grew government via federal agencies, “Change and Hope” promises to reduce the bloated federal bureaucracy. “Change and Hope” also vows not to bow to our enemies. It pledges to secure our borders, restore freedom to speak in non-pc language if one wishes to, and get back to governing under the confines of the balance of powers structured by the US Constitution.

As people of a republic we must understand our obligations. To begin with, we should know how our form of government was structured to work, so that we can make sure our elected representatives, which includes the president, do not overstep their boundaries. We must teach the next generations about the protections of our liberty built into our constitution. We must insist that the media does not distort the fundamental framework of our republic.

Yes, we are a republic, not a democracy, and the difference must be repeated often. It seems too many Americans are not aware of the difference between a republic and a democracy. The idea that all within a society are recognized and have a voice in their government is vital. That is why a republic which is a representative government is far superior to a democracy in which mob rule can prevail. Being a republic is what has made America the united powerful nation that holds freedom, liberty and justice for all in such high regard.

Because many Americans are unhappy with the outcome of the presidential election, too many are repeating the fact that Donald J. Trump had fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. That statistical fact has nothing to do with the results of the presidential election. It would be like saying more completed passes were thrown by the team with less points on the scoreboard in a football game, so that team won. Rules do matter.

Many do know that our nation is a republic and the winner of the presidential election is determined by the Electoral College system, but they continue to speak of the popular vote as a way to diminish the result. There are important reasons our founders constructed the Electoral College system to elect our president. Tara Ross, who posts American history daily on her website and Facebook page wrote two books on the Electoral College. One for adults, “ Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College,” and one for children, “We Elect a President: The Story of Our Electoral College.” I highly recommend both. The book for children is a great overview of the Electoral College for adults too. There are wonderful common sense ways presented in the children’s book that will help readers understand why the Electoral College protects the individual’s rights, more than a pure democracy would. This would aid in describing the system to those who are trying to replace the Electoral College.

We all know, or should know, that a balance of powers was intentionally built into our governing body so that America would not fall back to the tyrannical rule that a revolution had to be fought to be released from. Our president does not make law. The Judicial Branch does not make law. The legislative powers are vested in Congress.

It is also important to note that federal agencies do not make law. However, as the number of federal agencies has grown exponentially over the past decades, “law” has been foisted onto our republic in the form of agency rules.

It is refreshing that the latest nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, understands which body is designated to make law under the US Constitution and stated so when he accepted the nomination. This is yet another encouraging part of the newly elected “Change and Hope,” which deserves a chance.

Diana Erbio is a freelance writer and author of “Coming to America: A Girl Struggles to Find her Way in a New World”. Read her new blog series “Statues: The People They Salute,” and more at www.dianaerbio.wordpress.com/blog .  

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Painful truth
4 years ago

It’s difficult if not impossible in 4 years time, to turn around some 30 years of corruption, nepotism, malfeasance, and otherwise incompetent governing. Trump is well meaning, but is going to be fighting the tide of socialism and it’s Army of Political Correctness every day of his term.

RogerW
4 years ago

It is time to end the tyranny of federal judges who continue to thwart the will of the American people. In Federalist Paper # 78, Alexander Hamilton wrote that the judicial branch would be the weakest because it has neither the power of the sword nor the purse, The judicial branch has usurped power from the other branches and become the most powerful and most abusive. I am calling on Congress to eliminate the positions of federal judges. The only court required by the Constitution is the Supreme Court; all other federal courts were created by Congress and can be eliminated by Congress. I am also calling for impeachment of federal judges who make findings that are CLEARLY not based on the Constitution. Finally, I have written to President Trump asking him to defy the ridiculous ruling of federal judges. President Andrew Jackson purportedly said, ” John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it.” The judiciary has no power to enforce its decisions, and President Trump should ignore them. If the federal government does not rein in the judicial branch, patriotic Americans will be forced to take the matter into their own hands and eliminate the threat to our Constitution. Activist liberal federal judges, like the scumbag and traitor Barack Obama, are domestic enemies to the Constitution. A lot of us took an oath to defend the Constitution against all threats, foreign and domestic.

Diana Erbio
4 years ago

Thank you all for the comments, and I hope you check out my blog series Statues: The People They Salute. The link is in my author byline below my article above. Please click the Facebook box below my blog posts to spread the word about the series if you read my series. Also SHARE this article by clicking the Facebook box.

Hjordis Owens
4 years ago

Another great book for many to read about the Republican is: A Miracle that Changed the World – “The 5,000 Year Leap.” It was about principle of Freedom 101. My husband took a class to read this book. I enjoyed it so and it’s not hard to read. It should be handed about to others all over.

O. Ryan Faust
4 years ago

How many knew that “codes” and “statutes” aren’t actually laws?

Do you know why you’re obligated to obey the “vehicle code” in your state? It’s because you signed a driver’s license application (or auto registration form) agreeing to obey it. That’s right. If you never agreed to it, you’re not obligated to obey it.

I found that out when I was a claims adjuster and the police let a guy get in his car and drive away after an accident even though he didn’t have a driver’s license and his car was not registered. I asked why? The cop let me know. He hadn’t broken the law and he hadn’t signed on to agree to obey the vehicle code. They had no grounds to detain or charge him.

Clark Kent
4 years ago
Reply to  O. Ryan Faust

What whacky state do YOU live in? The above scenario would not be the case in my state.

RogerW
4 years ago
Reply to  O. Ryan Faust

You, my friend, are an idiot and a moron. Try to violate the Penal Code in my state (Texas) by committing capital murder and see what you get. We will end your life based on a “code” you say isn’t actually a law.

Stinger
4 years ago

Thanks for the tip. I’m going to the library on Monday and check out both books!!! Also, we need Term limits for Congress and a Balanced Budget Amendment. But, that’s for another day!!!

Clark Kent
4 years ago
Reply to  Stinger

Term limits are already enshrined in our Constitution. They are called ‘elections’ and are held on a regular basis. The REAL problem is that most citizens don’t even bother to REGISTER to vote; much less get off of their fat duffs in order to cast a ballot. ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’- Pogo.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

Absolutely true. No new law is going to compensate for apathy and indifference of a large part of our citizenry. The country was never intended to run on auto-pilot with a significant percentage of the country oblivious to what is going on around them. If people want to live in that sort of country, then what they really are advocating for, whether they realize it or not, is either socialism or communism. Where the government has all the power and the citizens have no say in anything. Then the only “responsibility” of the average citizen is to comply with the dictates from the government.

James H. Rust
4 years ago

Great article. Should be read by all Americans

raygun
4 years ago

Fantastic write up. Exactly what my Fort Worth and Texas Tea Party wants. Cut the federal budget/overhead by at least 10%, then, next year, do it, again. Stop kicking the debt can down the road. More oversight on the agencies that have been running amok over our Constitution. Divorce the US of A from the UN and the IMF. No more diplomatic immunity for the UN, they owe NYC $millions. Combine the duplicate agencies. More States Rights over federal rights. The Silent Majority has spoken. WE WON, THE OPPOSITION PARTY LOST. GET OVER IT AND YOURSELVES.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  raygun

Raygun. and while you are at it, abolish all departments and agencies that are not authorized by the powers granted the central government in the first place, since most are formed so Congress can dodge resposibility.
Our Governor is calling for a Convention of States. We need to back that agenda off before they codify some of these unconstitutional depts into the Constitution, thus making them legal; even when mention is to balance the budget by limiting financing some part of the dept’s spending.
And yes, Ms. Erbio’s article was fantastic as well as short and sweet. Unlike some of us, she gets right to the point.

Patricia H. Elis
4 years ago
Reply to  raygun

Bravo! Very well said!

John
4 years ago

The Electoral College System guarantees EVERY State, regardless of Smaller population size has the SAME powerful voice in our National elections. IMO when we’ve eradicated the “voter fraud’ of illegals, deceased, & multi-registered voters the true legal voter counts will be considerably more accurate.

Courtney Olson
4 years ago

If the people do not educate themselves on our system of government, they will be given over to rules. One gives the citizen the autonomy to become the part of a greater whole, the other will give them a small part in someone else’s best ideas.

Diana Erbio
4 years ago

Thank you PauleE and Rik for taking the time to read my article and provide feedback. Yes I agree with both of you that education about America’s history and our structure of government is not what it should be. I guess “We the People” have to pick up the slack :-) I hope you will visit the link to my website/blog I included in my byline and read the new series I started there, Statues: The People They Salute. They are brief blog posts about some historic figures from America’ s history.

Lee McQuillen
4 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

My grandson’s 9th grade history book, supposedly American history, talked about the history of transportation in this country and other such topics. The paragraph about capitalism, socialism, communism was no more than 5 inches long. I asked my grandson what they were and he couldn’t tell me so I told him. And, this was quite a few years ago – maybe 5 or 6! There was nothing about why we had a Constitution formatted the way it is and what it meant. Very sad! Keep writing….

Rik
4 years ago

Yes, I agree with PaulE, great article Diana! … I would like to see “The Pledge of Allegiance” taught and explained in detail in all levels of our school systems so that as our children grow into adults they appreciate and respect OUR Pledge of Allegiance as an oath of respect and acknowledgement of the great country we are!

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Have them all watch Red Skelton’s great explanation of the “Pledge”. Problem is, it’s almost too late. A whole new history seems to be being taught in school these days.

Patricia H. Elis
4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

You’re so right. I’m over 80 now and have seen too much and am truly worried about the future of our country. Our younger
generations aren’t being taught to respect our flag and country and know very little about the form of government our founders worked so hard to design for us. I pray that we can soon return to being “one nation, under God”.

Gary Ross
4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

If I had children in public school, I’d remove them and put them in private school of home school them. But that doesn’t solve the problem. Public schools are so indoctrinated in liberal views, we’ll have to perform surgery on a massive scale to remove that “cancer”. Trump is exactly the right man for the job, and I’m sure he’ll do something to correct this. But he’s got bigger fish to fry right now.

It always gets me when liberals give a title to something that is exactly the opposite of what the true meaning or intention is. Planned Parenthood is an example. All they do are abortions. How can you plan to be a parent at all? And as you mentioned Tommy, a whole new history is being taught. Excuse me, but you cannot change history unless you go back in time. Some outspoken critics yelled and screamed that the Stars and Bars flag represented slavery and they succeeded in having it removed from several State flags. It had NOTHING to do with slavery. I want to see our State flag returned.

Rich Olmsted
4 years ago
Reply to  Gary Ross

You are correct, subversion of the language is one of their most important weapons (see “1984”).

HAM
4 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Hi RIK. I am hoping the nominee for Secretary of Education Betsy Davis (that the Democrats AND two female republicans are fighting so hard to not be confirmed does pass the Senate confirmationvote. I think it’s going to happen though because VP Pence will have the deciding vote if it remains 50-50. Senators Susan Caine of Maine & Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the 2 Senators.

I don’t know everything she wants to do but I do know she wants to give control back to the states and she is an advocate for Charter Schools. The Teachers Unionsare fighting this big time because it will probably but some bad teachers out of jobs and the unions will lose money. Children on those schools deserve a better chance at a good education and politicians have never done anything about them. It’s time to shake up the education system from top to bottom.

HAM
4 years ago
Reply to  HAM

That’s Betsy DeVos not Davis.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  HAM

DeVos will be confirmed. Pence will indeed provide the 51st vote to get her through. As I said above, the Democrats don’t have votes to stop any of Trump’s Cabinet choices. Even with a couple of weak-kneed RINOs standing with the Dems.

What I am concerned with is McConnell allowing the Dems to slow walk the whole Cabinet approval process. He has the power to end this nonsense very easily. However, he seems to think the election is over and it is back to business as usual of him doing nothing.

Painful truth
4 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Susan Caine? I think you mean Collins.

HAM
4 years ago
Reply to  Painful truth

Yes. Thanks for the correction.

PaulE
4 years ago

Excellent article as always Diana. It would be wonderful if this could be posted on college campuses around the country, so the “snowflakes” could learn a little something factual about our history and why our government was originally instituted as it was in the first place. However, given the recent well-choreographed and staged mini riots on both Berkley and NYU campuses, the end result of such an attempted small educational effort would simply result in either more well-staged mini riots or a majority of students fleeing to their safe rooms filled with coloring books and PlayDoh.

Yes, I’m encouraged by most of Trump’s actions so far and the choice of Neil Gorsuch as the nominee to the Supreme Court. So far Trump is working diligently to fulfill his campaign promises, which is far better than most professional politicians ever do. Members of Congress could learn something from Trump or the private sector in general about what work ethic and working until the job gets done means versus the standard government approach of “slow and easy” four day work weeks.

I’m far less concerned with Congressional Democrats or the various paid groups that are carrying out all these fake, staged protests and acts of violence around the country. Neither has the power to impose their will on the rest of the country at this point. That they are all being carried out in Democrat controlled cities or states just serves to highlight and re-enforce the societal divide that exists in our nation.

I’m far more concerned about what I’m already hearing from various Republican members of Congress than seem to think the Trump agenda was merely “a suggestion” as one Senator put it. That Congress will determine what gets done and at what pace it happens. Clearly a number of Congressional Republicans think it is back to “business as usual” and don’t quite realize the American public is fed up with the usual endless, empty promises from career politicians, that vanish the day after the election is over. People need to keep a very close watch on their Congressional representatives to ensure that we don’t waste this opportunity to get this country back on track.

Clark Kent
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’. You think the protests are bad now, wait until this time next year.

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