Government in a Mess

The cooler weather here in Texas has given my rose bushes new life and they are covered with beautiful blooms. I’ve cut a few to bring inside, and this beauty was just a small bud a few days ago. I do think it is still going to open some more. What do you think?

I took this photo on Saturday.

R.I.P. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I don’t often post on a Tuesday, and this one will be relatively brief, but I couldn’t resist after listening to some news this morning. Maybe I should just stop doing that, listening to the news, that is, but it is important to know what is going on in the world. Or is it? Maybe the hermits who took themselves away to live in remote places had a good idea.

But I digress.

NPR news this morning had a segment devoted to nominating a Supreme Court Justice to fill the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

There are three things that have been bothering me about this whole process since the news of her death on Friday. First, is this rush to nominate that actually started on Saturday, and has just intensified, not even giving the country, her family and friends and colleagues, time to mourn her.

Shame on Trump and the Republicans for this total disrespect.

Another thing that hit me so wrong this morning is a comment from Senator Lindsey Graham who has not said whether he’s made a decision about supporting a nomination in the next 40 days. In response to a reporter’s question he said he had to check with his colleagues before making that decision.

Tell me if I’m wrong, but I thought senators were supposed to check with their constituents to see how we the people would like things to happen in government.

From what I remember of government classes, we’re supposed to have three distinct branches of the government;  the Judicial, the Executive, and the Legislative. They’re supposed to operate independent of party politics, party needs, and offer a system of checks and balances so no single arm of the government controls the entire system.

 The legislative, executive and judicial branches keep each other in line and prevent one branch of our government from becoming more powerful than the others.

The system has completely broken down in the last 20 to 30 years, and it just keeps getting worse. Everything, from climate change, to the response to the pandemic, to violence has been dealt with by party politics, and what the Executive and Legislative branches are doing right now is disgusting. There are no other words for it. There is so much vitriol, so much discord, and so much power-grabbing, it makes me wish I could be a hermit.

While the majority of the blame for this mess that is our government rests in the GOP, I don’t let the Democrats off entirely. That party is just as intent on maintaining, or gaining, control of two of the branches of government.

When is it going to stop? When are they going to care about WE THE PEOPLE?

Okay, end of rant. You may go back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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