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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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PaulE

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… Read more »

Rik

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!

John

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.

Diana Erbio

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.

raygun

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.

James H. Rust

Great article. Should be read by all Americans

Courtney Olson

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

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.

Stinger

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!!!

Painful truth

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

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… Read more »

Hjordis Owens

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

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.