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Posted on 06/11/2014 7:43:04 AM PDT by Lacey
Though I have read the U.S. Constitution, I am still puzzled by American politics. Are there any simple rules that will help me understand it?
Certainly. The two most important rules are as follows:
When Democrats win, its good for the Democrats.
When Republicans win, its good for the Democrats.
So what kind of election result is good for the Republicans?
Thats quite simple. Its good for the Republicans when Republicans lose because then they might become more like the Democrats.
Okay, that covers the general election. What about primaries?
Easy. When the GOP establishment wins, its good for the Democrats because the establishment is closer than GOP insurgents to the Democrats.
And when insurgent Republicans win, its good for the Democrats because it means that the GOP has written off the next election.
What about Democrat primaries?
Thats a little more complicated. Of course, a primary victory for an establishment Democrat is good for the Democrats because it makes the party more electable.
On the other hand, a primary win for an insurgent Democrat is also good for the party because it brings the Democrats closer to the People.
Now Im really puzzled. How so?
Well, to understand that, you need a grasp of theory. Let me put it in as simple terms as possible. There is something called the political spectrum which runs right to left as follows: The Voters, the insurgent Republicans, the establishment Republicans, the establishment Democrats, the insurgent Democrats, and finally the People.
Surely, however, the Voters are the People too.
Not always, very rarely in fact. The Voters are those sections of the People that speak for themselves; other sections of the People are unfortunately silenced.
So who speaks for them?
This is quite true but wasn’t always so. There is a titanic shift in demographics in his Nation. It is not the America it once was and, sadly, I don’t believe will ever be again.
The two most important facts regarding an understanding of the Constitution are :
1 - The Constitution is not about you. The Constitution is about how the government will function within the enumerated powers of legislation granted by the Constitution.
2 - The Bill of Rights does not grant rights. The Bill of Rights protects the peoples inherent rights from government interference.
“It’s not the America it once was, and sadly, I don’t believe ever will be again.”
Sometimes I think it never was, it was an illusion we were fed and believed.