The Independent Sovereignties of America

Reality and Hope

AmericanFlagAre we still the United States of America?

Have we ever been?

 

Sovereignty:  1) the quality or state of being sovereign, or of having supreme power or authority.    2) supreme and independent power or authority in government as possessed or claimed by a state or community. 3) a sovereign or independent state, community or political unit.

We certainly are not a Democracy.

Democracy: a government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. A state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.

No, we are not a Democracy. Until we discard the electoral college and allow for elections to be decided by popular vote – a free electoral system – we will not be a Democracy. Until our society is characterized formally across every state by equal voting rights, equal pay, a cessation of repeals of all gained rights, and equal treatment under the law for all our citizens we will not be a Democracy.

We are, based on our current government’s systems and actions, a Republic.

Republic: a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

As long as we are at the mercy of interminable, multi-million dollar, lobbyist-laden election campaigns, we will remain a Republic whose vote is exercised by these kinds of representatives. We will remain continually at the mercy of corporate money when it comes to local propositions, congressional bills, and administrative appointments.

Until there are basic changes in Washington, we the people will never be vested with the supreme power of a true Democracy.

On the other hand…

crossThe results of our election are not the salvation of the universe or the end of the world. If you follow Jesus, like me, we have a King more important than any president.

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

If you follow Jesus, like me, you live and work for the kingdom. We still need to be the light and love and compassion of Jesus. We still need to be his hands and feet. We still need to be, as He was, living water and a safe place for everyone.

My brethren, please understand we as Christians have not been under attack. Just because laws have become inclusive doesn’t mean you were “discriminated” against. Just because one person or group gains freedom it doesn’t mean you lose it. When Jesus, on the Sabbath, invited a leper into the temple and healed him, He did not “discriminate” against religious leaders. He taught that compassion was more important than dogma and doctrine. He taught that love was more important than hate.

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37-38)

Jesus did not refuse anyone, did not condemn anyone (except dogmatic religious leaders), He did not shame anyone, He did not exclude anyone. He loved, He forgave, He embraced, He offered grace. It was only after this people chose to repent, chose to give their lives to Him.

Stand at the crossing, and consider the ancient path, for it is good and it leads to Me. Walk on this path, and you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16)

10 comments

  1. Peace to you Susan.

    Much Love Tom

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  2. “My brethren, please understand we as Christians have not been under attack. Just because laws have become inclusive doesn’t mean you were “discriminated” against. Just because one person or group gains freedom it doesn’t mean you lose it.”

    Very good point, Susan. I totally agree. We don’t lose freedoms by including others in this freedom.

    On the electoral college, living in a “small state” (and regardless of who wins the elections) I’m not for repealing the electoral college (Article II – Constitution). The way it’s set up, the states vote for the president.The people only indirectly vote via our states. I personally would not want California, NY, and Florida deciding all the future elections. The electoral college gives every state a voice. Without the electoral college, candidates would only campaign in the biggest population centers and ignore everyone else. Anyway, that’s my take from rural “fly over” country. 🙂

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    1. Except those big states as populations do not vote as a block. The way the electoral college works now, many states are “winner take all.” That is the inherent unfairness of the electoral college system. If we change to one person, one vote, populations of states don’t matter. It’s individual votes that will count.

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      1. Maybe they could split the electorates in the bigger states, like they do in Maine. Have sectors in states. My point is, big cities would still have the advantage with no electoral college. The candidates would only care about the big population areas where the biggest concentration of votes are. Now, they have to care about all 50 states in the country. Anyway, that’s the extent of my political expertise. Ha ha 😊

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  3. Susan ole buddy ole pal… I couldn’t possibly agree more with the second half of your piece; it is well stated, brilliant, and True.

    As for part, you are quite right, we are not a democracy, thank God, but a Republic in which ‘we the people’ exercise our ultimate control through our representatives in federal, state and locals levels. Yet while everyone can talk about and express an opinion about the presidential election, I wonder how many of us know who our representatives are on any of the three levels of government…

    Until we decide to do our homework before we vote we have ourselves to blame for what is done in our name, not the system… or so it would seem to me… and that’s worth every penny you paid for it 🙂

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    1. Don, I cannot thank God for the electoral college and the way it was set up, nor the reasons for it. (see my comment to KIA)

      I agree many of us do not know our representatives, but many of us do know, and do our research on all of them. But they are, like it or not, chosen by us. We certain know who is running for President – and our president, like all our other representatives, should also be chosen by us. Unfortunately, we cannot legislate homework – but we can legislate influence by lobbyists, and the money spent on advertising.
      Our entire election system needs to change, with free, issue-driven advertising by the candidates themselves. And the savings on that, and the education from it directly to the voters will be worth every penny.

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      1. I agree about the ads, and I have voted against my directly elected representatives who wrote and passed that campaign “reform” ever since it was adopted. Yep I’ve voted against them every time, but my neighbors haven’t joined me.

        Hmm…

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  4. What you are advocating, throwing off the electoral college or ignoring it in favor of the popular vote in this election, is simply unconstitutional and illegal.
    It would take nothing less than a constitutional amendment to change how we elect the president.

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    1. If you actually read my post, you would see I’m NOT advocating we change anything regarding THIS election.

      The electoral college was established based on the cronyism, economic elitism and politicking of our forefathers. It had nothing to do with equality – it had to do with assuaging the egos of those who governed smaller states and had larger populations of “uneducated” masses. Many unsavory compromises were made in order to have a constitution, in order to break from British rule.

      I’ve read the Constitution. Try reading the history that led to it.

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  5. We were not founded as a pure democracy. Constitutionally, we are a democratic federal Republic of free and independent states.nthats why the electoral college represents the states in voting for the president, and the popular votes from the individual states determine the electoral votes for that state. We are not a pure democracy or mob ruled, and we were not founded as a ‘collectivist’ country. A re reading of the Constitution may help you understand.

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