Three months ago I knew nothing about politics.
Three months ago I had no interest in politics.
Today, I’m considering running for PA governor because it is my opinion that even an undereducated, ex-Amish person could do a better job then Tom Wolf. Common sense would have went a long way.
(Ok, that was a stretch. I have no desire to be governor.)😳
When coronavirus first made its appearance, I thought it was the craziest thing anyone ever came up with. A random virus from China didn’t freak me out nor was I convinced that it was going to effect my life.
I ignored it. (Oh, the ignorance)🤦♀️
I realized that people are actually freaking out about this thing. Ok. I can play this game. At market we started sanitizing everything and wearing an excessive amount of gloves. You know, make it look like we were keeping corona at bay.
Tom Wolf started shutting everything down. Now I’m starting to freak out. Not because of Covid but because my safe uneducated life, my income and my freedom were at risk.
That is when I decided I should learn about politics because if the left can chant ‘my body, my choice’ when it comes to abortions, why can I not use the same phrase when it comes to covid?
What I learned…
(The American government system is a complex thing. I think I understand this all correctly but there is so many variables to each bill, resolution or law that it is almost impossible to exhaust all angles or find consistent, correct information.)
Also you know it’s bad when even the members of Congress don’t always agree on the process of everything.
Here’s what I’ve got…
We the people of America govern ourselves. We are supposed to be the voice behind who is elected into the government. We are supposed to have a voice in the laws that are passed. We do NOT work for the government, the government works for us.
If we don’t like the laws that have been put in place we have no one to blame but ourselves because we turned a blind eye to what was happening in the political world. We tend to complain about these laws once they are in effect but we don’t use the voice that we do have while these laws are still in the debating process.
How to be heard:
There is 3 branches to America’s government.
Executive: this is the President and his people. Judicial: this the Supreme Court and lower courts. I know very little about these two branches.
Legislative: this is the House of Representatives and the Senate. This is the one I studied the most and this is the one that is supposed to speak for the people.
I’m not entirely sure exactly what all each one does, but the House of representatives are the ones that create bills which then go through a a couple committees and must be passed by majority vote in the house and the senate. It then goes to the president who will either veto it or sign it into law.
This all gets slightly confusing but I think for individual state laws it goes to the governor to be signed or vetoed.
The House of Representatives also represent the people. Each state is split into districts and each district is assigned a representative, this representative is responsible to listen to what the people as a whole are saying and move or vote as the people want. Again, the government was set up to work for the people.
If you go to House.gov you can put in your area code and it will then pull up your state rep. You can email, call or meet these people in person and have your opinion on what’s happening in your state be heard.
If u want to know what bills are currently in the process of possibly becoming law go to govtrack.us. This is the best website I’ve found so far but there might be better ones.
Harrisburg at work…
I have been fascinated by the political process of dealing with Wolf’s emergency shut down.
From our point of view it looked as if we were all just sitting around waiting for Wolf to set us free, but this is not the case.
Our republican state reps and senators were fighting for our freedom daily.
You can watch the house sessions live at live.house.gov.
You can watch the senate sessions live at senate.gov.
On either one of those websites you’ll need to find the camera icon or link that will take you to the livestream.
About two or three weeks into governor Wolf’s emergency shut down orders, PA state rep Russ Diamond introduced House resolution 836. This would end Wolf’s shut down orders immediately if passed in both the house and senate.
I have no idea what took this thing so long to progress but it finally passed and became active last night (June 9th.)
The battle our republican reps and senators fought to make this happen was pretty insane. About two weeks ago it finally went to the house and was debated pretty much all afternoon. The start time was moved back by an hour or more because of the heated debate between the democrat and republican parties.
Around 9:00 PM they finally took it to the house floor and spent another two and a half hours debating it before they finally passed it at like 11:30 at night.
Two weeks later (yesterday) the senate debated this thing on the senate floor for another 3 or 4 hours before they finally passed it. Again this lasted until like 8 PM, I think.
My point is our republican reps and senators have put in an insane amount of brain power and time in order to bring freedom back to PA.
They tried to pass a bill that would allow multiple businesses to get back to work but wolf vetoed it.
They then took businesses one at a time and tried to make a way for them to get back to work.
Most times these passed in the house and the senate only to be vetoed by Wolf.
It was a slow progress but they were slowly getting somewhere because occasionally Wolf would sign off on something. Construction, real estate and auto dealerships are a few that were opened.
Here’s the scary part. The voting every single time was split almost perfectly down party lines. One of the few things PA had going for them the last couple months is the fact that in both the house and senate the majority is republican. (I think I have that right.)
Overtime, though, the democrats were slowly switching sides and in last night’s vote there was roughly 10 house and like 2 senate democrats that voted affirmative to pass HR836. (My numbers there are on shaky ground)
What we can do…
Vote. Not just for the president but for every single election that effects you and your area.
Contact your state rep and let yourself be heard on every bill might effect you or your children.
Know what’s happening in the political world because I’m pretty sure most of us were rudely awoken when covid came knocking.
Covid really was a good thing though, because if it hadn’t shown up we might have been led blindly into a democratic ruled country and I think they have made it extremely clear by now that once they are the majority even the constitution will crumble and become useless under their rule.
If we want our children and grandchildren to live in a free America, I think we need to wake up and become the leading voices in this nation rather the rolling our eyes at the terrible job the left is doing.
Be the change you want to see.