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Debates or "Blame Games"

In the Florida U.S. Senate race between (R) Marco Rubio, (I) Charlie Crist and (D) Kendrick Meek much has been said about the decision of Charlie Crist deciding to change from running as a Republican to running as an Independent.

In the debate which aired Sunday, October 24th on State of the Union with Candy Crowley with CNN, Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek both confronted Charlie Crist on this issue.

One reason Charlie Crist gave for deciding to run as an Independent was the ongoing “ideological arguments without common sense compromising to do what’s right for the people.”

Charlie Crist stated that the reason he had left the Republican Party was they had gone too far to the right and he felt he needed leave to stay true to his heart. He went on to say Marco Rubio wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade and doesn’t support stem cell research.

Charlie Crist also said the Republican Party has extreme views that he did not feel comfortable with continuing to support. “When the party has those kinds of views and represents that kind of intolerance, that’s not the way my parents who are here today, raised me and my sisters. I couldn’t live with that. So here we are today as an Independent.”

As the debates continue and each candidate for each political office in Florida continue talking about the issues and where they stand or what they will do if elected, remember actions speak louder than words. Actions and progress are what need to happen in Florida and in our nation on many issues and it just seems many leaders and candidates are just spending a lot of wasted time talking, making promises or arguing and saying what the other candidate or party isn’t getting done.

Whatever party each candidate is running under or whatever party those in Washington are sitting under needs to understand a very simple fact. It is true, the parties have changed and each side has moved further apart on different issues with these changes. It also is evident at this time there is little to no compromising being done. Compromise isn’t giving in or making deals, it is working together for the good of all.

These are elected leaders and their job is to improve the lives of the American people both short and long term. This is done by listening to the people who elected them and working together. If the party is standing in the way of progress, then the party needs to take a look at itself. Times do change, people change and America needs to be able to move forward.

The “blame games” aren’t working and in fact they are growing old and making American democracy a process that is becoming more expensive, unreliable and less effective.

Democracy and the American future is not a joke nor are the issues at hand. This is not a preschool playground where continuous arguments or temper tantrums are understood and allowed to go on due to being part of a process or being reasoned with. The same stubborn arguments go on year after year and the American people are struggling year after year and are sick of hearing excuses.

Why continue to allow this when the vote is in the hands of the American people?

Vote November 2nd and have your voice heard.

Politics 101-Getting to know your government

Where are interesting websites to learn more about past presidents through President Obama? I decided to take a break with the series that I am working on to look up some interesting links on the history of U.S. Presidents as well as the White House. Here are just a few of those links.

Sometimes the best way to get involved is to know more about the subject. Understanding more about the United States’ past presidents and their accomplishments as well as some of their day to day life can possibly open doors to more interest in today’s activities in the local government as well as what goes on in Washington D.C and our 44th President, Barack Obama.

A very interesting website to visit is The American Presidency Project. This is an online resource of documents that go all the back to President George Washington. Documents include Inaugural Addresses, press conferences, executive orders, State of the Union addresses, convention speeches and much more. There’s even a link to find out the word usage in the State of the Union messages and so far, President Obama’s longest message was 7,904 words. President Theodore Roosevelt however had one that was 27,397 words on December 3, 1907. A few of his used near the same amount of words. This is an interesting link and very informative.

Another link, which is often overlooked, to get to know more about the U.S. government is the White House Website. By clicking on the section “our government” there is a large amount of useful information on the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of the government. There is an area on the Constitution, Federal Agencies and Commissions. A person can learn more about the elections and voting processes and also about how the state and local government work within their daily lives.

By surfing through the White House website, a person can find information such as daily schedules, statements, history on past presidents, pieces of legislations, different issues on a wide range of topics like energy & environment, health care, veterans, taxes, defense, immigration and much more.

Aside from the President and First Lady, there are also links to learn more about different administration members at the White House. If you’d like to send a message to the White House with comments, suggestions or a message of support, there is a link to do that as well under the “contact us” section. You can also mail a letter to the White House.

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Phone Numbers
Comments: 202-456-1111
Fax: 202-456-2461

Of course to learn more about the presidents, politics and Washington D.C., knowing more about the White House itself and its history as well as its day to day functions is certainly important. By visiting the White House Historical Association’s Website, a person can see historical pictures, timelines and facts as well as videos, art images and slide shows. There is even an online classroom section for students and teachers to visit. For teachers there are lesson plans (grades K-12) and students have different links to click on for informative and fun lessons.

For those in Florida, getting to know more about the local state government and politicians as well as what is available through their community and state services and be done by visiting the MyFlorida.com website, a person can find information on public schools, taxes, social security benefits, Veteran’s Affairs, unemployment and more.

For Hillsborough County residents, more detailed information can be found by visiting the Hillsborough County Website to find links from different government agencies like the Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsborough County Court House and the website has many more links to visit. By taking time to go through the links on this website, a person can look for job opportunities through the county and state, file for permits, register to vote or find voting times and locations, pay property taxes, search for public records as well as find links to outside resources and more.

This is only a small amount of websites available to learn more about the local and national government and its history and resources. Understanding how the government works allows people to be involved and therefore be part of making decisions and making a difference.

What does Arizona’s law have to do with individuals’ rights?

As it nears the end of July, it would be hard to imagine anyone that hasn’t heard what is going on with the controversial law in Arizona. The SB1070 was due to go into effect tomorrow, July 29th. Legal challenges were filed against the law including one by the United States Department of Justice questioning its compliance with civil rights law and its constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton today has *blocked the most controversial parts so those parts of the law from going into effect. However other parts of the law will go into effect tomorrow. Read the ruling here. The SB1070 law either way, has already had quite an impact nationwide.

Although this law is set to take place in the state of Arizona, many other states are looking at enacting similar type laws as well. In Florida, the Gubernatorial Candidates have gone back and forth on where they stand. Bill McCollum in April had been quoted saying, “I think Arizona has its own unique problems. I don’t think Florida should enact laws like this — quite that far out.” He has since released a statement which in part says, “I support Arizona’s law as amended, and if the federal government fails to secure our borders and solve the problem of illegal immigration, I would support a similar law for Florida.”

How would a law in one state have an effect on every other state? The immigration system, however poorly it may be viewed has been a federally handled system. It has been handled systematically across the states. This has been very evident to not be appropriate for many reasons and there are obvious changes that need to go into effect. There needs to be a complete overhaul or total reform of sorts. This needs to have been done in the past but certainly it is long overdue.

Although something may be done with the best of intentions, the citizens’ rights may not be completely protected and when the rights of individuals start getting taken away by laws that were not voted on by voters but instead put in place by politicians who are trying to get re-elected, individuals need to really take a step back and understand that somebody has at one time had to earn these rights, fight for their freedoms and remember that a person’s rights and freedoms shouldn’t be so easily discounted when decisions are being made.

Everyone has a right that just as easily can be taken away with reasons that can begin to be argued. It comes down to which side of the “issue of the moment” someone is on.