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I watch the ‘Sunday Morning Talking Heads’.  That’s what my family calls them, anyway. I usually get angry at them, but it is a slow, simmering anger that doesn’t really have an impact on my day.  Today was completely different.

While watching Meet The Press, the first show we watch, and significantly tamer than Face The Nation (which was cancelled today due to tennis.  Probably a good thing.), they were talking about President Obama announcing that he will ask Congress for permission on air strikes against the Syrian government.  They have a Sunday morning question on facebook you can comment on.  Today’s question was this: “Do you think the president needs Congressional approval for Syria strikes?”

Oh boy.

Now, in my defense, my original intention was to simply add my viewpoint to the discussion.  Honestly.  What I didn’t intend was that I would get sucked into following a real-time facebook thread for the next hour and a half.

It was magical.  (Sarcasm.  My Mother found the loud, caffeinated screaming at my smart phone funny.)

I am a liberal who supports the military.  Shocking, I know.  My answer to the question was basically that asking congress is a good political move, but I support Air Strikes even if the answer is no.

I didn’t think that was such a revolutionary viewpoint.

What ensued after that was me growing enraged at the surprising number of Americans who keeps saying variations on this: “Fix our country first.” “Peace, love, and *insert warm and fuzzy emotion here*.”

And then there were even more variations on this: “The people should vote!  Obama’s not a Dictator!  The decision should be made by popular vote, not the President!”

Oh. My. God.

I put multiple comments on the thread, trying to make people understand basic facts about how the United States government works, but unsurprisingly it made no impact.  Simple things that we learn in PIG class (Participation in Government) in high school are foreign concepts.  So, here it is for all my friends overseas (because you should know your own government process, and I don’t expect everyone to be completely obsessed with mine. It pisses me off enough, I can’t imagine what you guys think), and anybody who was absent during, oh, all of high school.

(Hint: That was a sarcastic dig at the completely idiotic public school system.)

The United States Federal Government is comprised of three basic parts: The Supreme Court, Congress, and The President.  They are intended to work together for the prosperity of the country.  There is a system of ‘checks and balances’ that ensures one branch doesn’t gain too much power over the others.

The citizens of The United States elect representatives to Congress, which has two subdivisions: The House of Representatives and The Senate.  These people are supposed to represent “the people”.  Congress is the only entity that can make laws and decide how to spend the government’s money.  This form of government is called ‘Democratic Republic’.

It might come as a shock to people that the United States is not a true Democracy.  Democracy in it’s purest form is where people vote, and the majority rules.  That’s not what happens in The United States.  Even the elections for the President are not a true Democracy.  There are two parts for a Presidential election: Popular and Electoral.  Each State has a certain amount of ‘Electors’.  This is an old process held over from the 1700’s when the majority of people couldn’t read and write.  Electors were supposed to go to Washington, learn about the presidential candidates, and take the information back to their citizens.  Then, the citizens would vote. Then, the Electors bring their votes to Washington DC.  States with high populations have more electors than other states.  The number of electors are based on the federal census.  This is how presidents who lose the popular vote get elected.  Get the big states, and you win.

My point is that The United States doesn’t run by majority rule.  If you have heard different, you are just wrong.  Similarly, if you are under the belief that the citizens of the United States are constitutionally entitled to a vote on declaring war or air strikes in Syria, you are also wrong.  I am not being mean or sarcastic.  You are wrong.

We don’t get a say in what happens.  Under current law, the President needs to ask Congress to declare war.  He isn’t doing that.  He’s asking permission to order air strikes in Syria as punishment for using chemical weapons on it’s own people.  This is a courtesy; President Obama doesn’t need to ask them permission.  He is being nice, and it is a good political move.  Not that I assume Congress will do anything.  They are ineffective tubs of idiotic bullshit.

My Mother said I got no responses because my posts were too smart.  The facebook thread followers didn’t understand my line of reasoning.

What made me more angry was that people keep saying that “We need to stay out of it”, “Fix our own country”, and so on.  Here’s what I think about that.

The U.S. is the richest nation in the world. Even our poor people live like kings compared to some places.  That being said, I think it is terrible that you are willing to stand by and watch as thousands upon thousands of people are murdered.  how can you just sit back and see people – see children, for heaven’s sake – systematically killed?  How can you look at over one million children in refugee camps and tell them that you don’t care if they live or die?

For that matter, how can you look your own children in the eye and and tell them that millions of people don’t matter?  How can you wake up in the morning and know that you care more about email than the lives of millions of families? How do you live with yourself?

I don’t know, but I have to live with myself.  I have to be able to look myself in the mirror and know that I lived by my conscience.  I have to be able to look any child, boy, girl, black, white, latino, asian, christian, muslin, jewish, buddist, hindu, and everything in between and tell them that I will fight for their rights.

Saying that it isn’t ‘our’ problem aligns you with mass murderer.  Is that the kind of person you want to be?

These people made me ashamed to be a United States citizen.  I support the air strikes, sending aid to the rebels, and helping more innocent people die.  Even if the rest of the world won’t get involved, I think we have a responsibility to the human race.

Syria’s problem is our problem. It’s France’s problem.  It’s Britain’s problem.  It’s North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia’s problem. It’s a HUMAN problem.  It’s a GLOBAL problem.

We are part of the global community, and we should act like it.

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Sweetie Pie Chicken passed away overnight. Mom went to the chicken house this morning and found her. The other chickens didn’t peck her or any such things. We were happy for that. Mom buried her this morning.

A few chickens were following me around today, wanting attention and food. I held two, petted them a bit, and gave them food and bread. Maybe they miss her.

Yesterday was my first day of classes. It was as good as can be expected. A few hiccups, of course. I will tell you about it tomorrow. Not all bad of course!

Now, we are on the way to drop me off. Day 2. Have a lovely day everyone, and keep cool out there!