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Constitution And Democracy

Constitution and democracy. We live in a country where we, (the people) elect officials to govern for us. As citizens we do not handle the affairs of government. To make our wishes known in our government. We elect representatives, who speak and act for us.

As citizens it is important that we need to know how our federal government gets its power. How it is set up to operate honestly and effectively for all the citizens of the United States. We can find this information in our U.S. Constitution. It is a contract,(written agreement in -1789) between the government and the citizens of the States.

More to the point, ours is a consent of the people. A government by the people with a written contract called a constitution. This document is only as good as we the people make it. If not enforced it become meaningless.

We as good citizens can make our constitution more effective, by being well-informed about what our representatives in government are doing. We can do this by taken an interest in and voting in all election. By writing letters expressing our opinions to our elected officials.

Also we can take court action…..what is call a test case, against any law that we feel is not constitutional. And by petitions, support by signatures of citizens who are for or against any action taken by our elected officials.

By seeing that our government operate in the interest of all people of the United States. We the people must accept this responsibility to remain a free people for our constitution enable us to have. We should read the Preamble. Which is the reason for writing the constitution.

Even in a democracy, everyone cannot be satisfied all the time. But our government     should be able to do the most good for most of the people most of the time. But we know that our government can’t always please everyone. Common sense tells us this would be an impossible task.

I would like to quote from the late John F. Kennedys, 1961 inauguration speech. Ask

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Ov...

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Oval Office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

not what your country can do for you!  “Ask what you can do for your country.”

This blog  answer what you can do for your country as citizens.  Be well-informed, and vote in all elections

Now that you have read my blog.  Constitution And Democracy

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The Battle Over Health Care

The Battle Over Health Care has been a long time coming.  But the “Affordable Health Care Bill” was created and passed by the House and the Senate in congress. Sign into law by the president. Upheld by the supreme court as constitutional. This bill is now the law of the land. Why would the republicans want to repeal the bill that they passed? This is akin to a dog chasing its own tail. For the republicans to repeal this bill would be an exercise in futility.

They, (the republicans), feel this give President Barack Obama a victory over the republican party in the last election. And president Obama will become legendary as the only president to have a health care bill passed in his administration.  With Obama-care attached to this bill by the republicans in congress.   This goes back to President, Teddy Roosevelt, 100 years ago who tried to get a health care bill pass in his administration and fail. And  all other president have fail also.

They, (the republicans), have attacked this health care bill’s  mandate as a tax by the president. Our founding fathers didn’t insert the word mandate into the constitution just to satisfy those political pundits in 2012 for their political agenda.  This mandate is a penalty to be collected by the IRS as a tax required by the constitution.

Let me make this clear. This penalty is collected once per-individual. A tax is collected continuously per-individual. Don’t be fool by these political pundits that say this mandate is the largest tax in history. This mandate is a punishment for not obeying the Affordable Health Care law. I would like to say this about taxes as it applies to our constitution.

English: President Barack Obama discusses his ...

English: President Barack Obama discusses his plan for health care reform in a speech delivered to a joint session of the 111th United States Congress on September 9, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“SECTION 8. Power of congress”

“The ‘expressed’ powers (power listed in the constitution.)

“1. power to lay (raise) and collect taxes (money used to pay expense of government, duties, imports (taxes on imports), and excises (tax on the manufacture, sale, or use of goods within a country) for the purpose of national defense and general welfare of the United States, but all duties, imports, and excises must be uniform (the same) for all states.”

As you can see in our constitution only the members of congress can raise or lower taxes. When ever you hear a political pundits say the president is raising taxes. Just replace the word president with congress is raising taxes. Not this or any other president can raise taxes. The republicans are trying to re-write the constitution in their own image as a republican party government.

These GOP members have implied they want to take back their government.  No political party has every own the U.S. government.   Thomas Jefferson help create the constitution which became the supreme law of this nation.  It has always belong to the citizens of this great nation, (The U.S.A).

Constitutional government has two blessings: “1. It united the states as a single entity, (nation), setting the stage for strength and growth not possible under smaller semi-independent states, thus protecting us from tyranny abroad; 2. It stated the rights of the individual and the limitations of government, protecting us from tyranny at home.  The U.S. Constitution is flexible, amendable, durable, and open to judicial interpretation.”

Be wary of the GOP members who speak of taking back their government.  This is called…. a totalitarian government in which the political authority exercises absolute  and centralized control over all aspects of life.

These GOP members haven’t put forth a health care bill in the House of Representative.  The only policy that they have put forward in to shut down the government because of Obama Care.  This makes them self servicing for their personal agenda.  And that is to campaign against President Obama even though he is not running for any office.   These GOP members have turn their backs and walk away from the constitution and it’s people that they were elected to serve.  They have become delusional over President Obama  and can longer function as a governing body.  As U.S. citizens, you have the power to remove them from office at the ballot box.  By writing your grandmother or great-grandmother’s name on the ballot in place of those who speak of shutting down the government, because of Obama Care.

Republicans have fought the law, ( the supreme court) and the law has won. Why continue to fight the law? When there is nothing to be gain. This fight can only be in ones own mind. After all congress has taken an oath to defend the constitution. Not to fight the constitution. We didn’t choose members of congress to fight lost battles in their heads. “Our constitution is of the people, by the people and for the people.” As is the Affordable Health Care Bill.   We need, Health Care Battle to make sure the uninsured and under insure have health care in the U.S.A.

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Republicans And Blame The Game

Republicans say the private sector,(business), is not doing fine. But the private sector,(business), is doing fine. Together there are sitting on over a trillion dollars to invest into the economy by hiring more employees when ever congress pass a bill for the budget. It is the economy that is not doing as well. So it is congress that is holding the economy hostage for political gain.

Congress blame the President Obama for not submitting a bill for the budget. As the president is in the Executive Branch of government. No president has the power to write any bill as in the constitution. It is the constitution that gave congress that power. The president has said, “I would sign a budget bill that has passed in the Senate and the House.” It is over a year and no budget bill have reach the president desk from congress.

The republicans have blame the president for millions of unemployed under the Bush Administration from 2000-2008. Republicans have blame the president for not paying down the ten-year war debt in his three and half years in office. For this congress is kicking the can down the road. So that future generation will have to pay down this war debt at  higher interest rates. Republicans blame the president for not creating jobs. It is the private sector,(business), will hire when the congress pass a budget bill. Michelle Bachmann, a republican member of congress blame the president for hurricane Irene. Was this suppose to be a religious joke? Running for president is no joke, Michelle.

Republicans should think before speaking. If not they will end up with foot in month disease. We don’t need those in congress who are quick to blame others for their own lack of action as stated in the constitution. When one tells a lie and dozens repeat it as the truth.

Republicans have back Romney into the four corners. When he was Governor of Massachusetts. Saying the health care mandate was good because it made individuals responsible for their own health care. In the general election he is implying that is now a lie. What Romney said about women health issue, (abortion), was the truth in the primary. But in the general election implying that is now a lie. Romney said, he would repeal the dream act if it was passed once he was elected president. In the general election he is now stating  that is now a lie. What we have with Romney is credibility problems. When yesterday truths are now today lies.

Republicans Blame Republicans  is not a good government policy.

English: President Barack Obama speaks to a jo...

English: President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The CEO Romney

The CEO Romney  economy is base on the growth of businesses large and small. What is the CEO responsibilities to their company? The CEO is the, (Chief Executive Officer) of the company.  He has to make sure the company is on a positive growth trend year after year.

Although a CEO doesn’t have control of a down turn in the economy. But Wall Street is part of the blame for the CEO reaction.  You see the street give every large company an expectation of what each of these companies profit are to grow year after year. Wall Street is more concern about shareholders and investors. And not about those employees of these companies. The other part of the  blame is companies that make bad business  decisions, like AIG, the Real Estate Bubble, Big Banks, and J.P.Morgan just to name a few.

When a company fail to meet Wall Street expectation. The reaction of the CEO along with the CFO, (Chief Financial Officer) has to resurrect the company finance. By cutting their cost to make sure the company look profitable to venture capitalist and investors in their company.

The CEO will always cut the payroll at the bottom of the pay scale. They see these employees as expendable. In the last five years 20 million employees have been sacrificed to make capital gains for the CEO. Romney said, “I like to fire people.” Because he received a bonus for those laid off employees.

Why didn’t Romney, the CEO make cuts in the top payroll? And save some of those employees who had only one to two years before retiring. Greed makes a person heartless. What profit a man?  If he gain all that wealth and lose his soul.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Dave Delay)

The wealthy speak of trickle down economy to create jobs from his or her multimillion  dollar per year salary. How many nannies can they hire on their personal income in-house. Well we don’t have 20 million unemployed nannies.

Employees at the bottom of the pay scale are the foundation of all companies. They are the ones that produce a product or service to its customers. The CEO as an administrator   doesn’t give neither for its customers.

Lets take the CEO of Ford Motor Company for an example. He doesn’t produce any part of the car that a customer will buy. But when that customer buys a car. A large part of  the car price goes into a CEO salary. When every there’s a down turn in the economy. The CEO will lay-off assembly line workers which are the foundation of Ford Motor Company.

Ford Motor is the house that Henry Ford built with the CEO and top management as the roof and the assembly line workers as the foundation. When every there’s a leaky roof. Where large part of the  company profit are going through the roof.  The CEO will always want to repair the foundation.

The CEO Romney is not ready for the presidency of the U.S.A.

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Constitutional Freedom Of The People

Constitutional Freedom Of The People.  The congress under FDR, order the issue of war bonds to help pay down the war debt during World War II.  The rich and wealthy at that time brought war bonds because of their pride in America, even after the attack on Pearl Harbor.   This is Constitutional Freedom for all the people.  This congress under President Obama’s Administration want to cut spending on Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, the poor and on the middle class to pay down this war debt.  Without an increase in revenue.  To help pay down this war debt after the attack on 9/11.  Where is that pride of the rich and the wealthy today?  No war bonds,  just money for supper-PAC.  This is more about campaigns, and not deficit reduction.

Members of congress need to get serious.  This ten-year war debt can’t be paid down in one administration.  After Eisenhower, was elected president.  It took five years after World War II was over to recover from that war debt.  This war on terrorism is on going for ten years, and will continue for years to come.  This war on terrorism there will be no peace treaty.  The only way we can declare victory is to prevent future attacks on the United States.  And that responsibility has been Presidency of Barack Obama, as the Commander-in Chief.

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English: The western front of the United States Capitol. The Neoclassical style building is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the National Mall. The Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The sole responsibility of congress in the legislative branch of government.  And that is where and when our tax money is spent.  When and where to increase revenue in times of war, and most important create a budget every fiscal year So that we will not default on our government loans, and our domestic financial responsibility.  Without a budget our economy has stalled, because of congress  inaction.  Our businesses are waiting for congress to pass a budget.  So they can start hiring again.  With so many unemployed.  People are crying for more jobs. And our credit rating is down graded from AAA to AA.  Thinks to congress.  Their approval rating is the lowest in modern times.   Congress want to kick the can down the road to our children and their grandchildren children to pay down this budget deficit.

When Members of congress sign a pledge to support a special interest group.  They are not able to support all the  people as in the constitution.  It’s not a special interest group that elected these members into the office of congress.  There are members in congress who want to restrict women health issue base on their religious belief.  And add family value & religious policy to the constitution.   Our founding fathers never intended for members of congress to write morality policies into our constitution.   Family value should be implied in one’s home.   Religious belief should be implied in one’s place of worship.  The constitution was never intended to restrict one’s freedom of choice.

As Ronald Reagan said, “you can’t legislate morality.”  Those who have such a strong belief in their religion should seek office in their place of worship.  Those seeking office in government must be reminded this isn’t a Republican or Democratic  Government.  It’s  the United States GovernmentCongress must remember that, “ours is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”  With a true democracy.  We will have Constitutional Freedom Of The People

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In The Army

One of the main entrance signs at Fort Carson

One of the main entrance signs at Fort Carson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Army Career.  In  the fall of September 1963 I received my letter from the President, John F. Kennedy, that I was to report to the army on February 04,1964. And president Kennedy, was shot and killed in November of 1963. Later I learn that President Abraham Lincoln was also shot and killed in 1863. John F. Kennedy’s Secretary last name was Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary last name was Kennedy. Abraham Lincoln abolish slavery in 1865. John F. Kennedy initiated Civil Rights in 1963. Back to my army career Begin at Fort Ord infantry Company “B” 4th Battalion 3rd Brigade. After I finish boot camp. I was trained as a member of the Signal Corp. And I was chosen for NCO school where I became platoon leader.  After finishing  AIT  I was sent to Fort Carson, Colorado.  Assign to 6th Howitzer Battalion Battery “C” 20th Artillery.   Awarded the Certificate of Appreciation given at Fort Carson, Colorado. Presented to Jason A. Lewis Jr, US 56 368 633 “Jason A Lewis Jr, enthusiasm, knowledge, perseverance and unswerving devotion to duty, while performing his assigned tasks for long, trying weeks under the strain of intensive observation and extreme weather conditions, is indicative of his outstanding professionalism and complete dedication to the Service.  He has earned the distinction of being singled out as a soldier in every sense of the word whose characteristic are worthy of emulation by all Artillerymen, the member of the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and the United State Army. Walter V. Applegate, Major, Artillery Commanding Office.” While at Fort Carson my company was given a driving test for skill and proficiency in an army jeep with a trailer. We had to drive the jeep while pulling a trailer through these stanchion about the length of a parking space. In and out between the poles like a snake for time without touching any of the poles with the jeep or the trailer. I drove through with the fastest time. And my sergeant said, “okay Lewis, let see you back through without touching the poles.”  So I put the jeep in reverse and back the jeep and trailer all way the through without touching any poles.  My sergeant said, “I don’t believe it some of these guys can’t go through forward without hitting the poles.” I was given the title of The Most Skill And Proficient Driver on the base. I would drive a 3/4

English: Soldiers of the 59th Quartermaster Co...

English: Soldiers of the 59th Quartermaster Company conduct a “hot” (engine running) refuel of an AH-64D Apache helicopter at the Butts Army Airfield, Fort carson, Colorado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ton truck, 2 1/2 ton truck 5 tons trucks, and a jeep for my Commanding officer, and other commanders that had to go on haze driving conditions. I remember on cold day with black ice on the road I was to drive a 5 ton truck pulling a 6 ton 155 mm howitzer as the lead driver to clear the ice on the road for those trucks with howitzers in the convoy behind me. I could see the howitzer was jack-knighting as I made that first right turn. And I went down the road for about half a block with my truck in my lane and the howitzer in the on coming lane. It was early in the morning with no traffic in the on-coming lane.  After that I was order to be the driver of the Commanding General on the base in his army car and jeep. My Army Career in 1964.

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