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Can the Will of the People Ever Win on Iraq?

For the last year since the 2006 election the Democrats have made several attempts to move legislation through the House and Senate that will force the President to end the war in Iraq and set a timetable for bringing our soldiers home. With each attempt the Democrats have been stymied by the Republican minority coming just short of being able to overcome the opposition at every impasse. So can they ever find a way to enact the will of the American people and bring our troops home?

The answer seems to lie in the patience of the American people and the outcome of the 2008 election. With no compromise forthcoming from the Republicans and no unity of resolve within the Democratic Party to cut war funding completely, it seems the only way that the American peoples’ will can be carried out is for another strong defeat of the Republicans in 2008. From the rhetoric on the campaign trail from the Republicans thus far in the presidential primary race, it seems clear that they are determined to continue the current administration’s policies into the foreseeable future.

If neither party can get the job done in Washington, is it time for voters to think about voting both parties out of office? Recent rumblings within the Christian right wing of the Republican Party show that some are seriously considering endorsing third party candidates because the Republicans will not move far enough to the right for their most conservative supporters. Could it be time for people from both of the major parties to look for people outside of the parties to get results in Washington? The Democrats and Republicans have had repeated scandals and questions about their leadership. Much like we no longer have the Whigs and Tories it may be time for us to bid farewell to the Democrats and Republicans. Perhaps it’s time for the “Constitutionalists” and “We the People’s” parties to arise and give our nation back to the people.

Whatever happens in this election the two parties will likely begin to feel the heat if more progress in Iraq is not made by the 2010 election. With more and more Americans registering as Independents, it is clear that the American people are beginning to become frustrated with both parties and will likely begin to look elsewhere for leadership if they can’t regain confidence in the two major parties.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this article.

Presumed Innocent

In America there is supposed to be a presumption of innocence until someone is proven guilty. This is the guiding principle of our system of laws. We try murderers and shoplifters with the same presumption of innocence until the evidence against them either proves that they have committed the crime or fails to do so. That is supposed to be how it works.

Unfortunately in modern America, we now operate on the presumption of guilt and conviction by allegation. A prime example of this is the case of Barry Bonds. This nearly twenty-year veteran of Major League Baseball broke a record that has stood for longer than he has been playing baseball as the pinnacle of baseball achievements. He broke he all-time career home run record set by the legendary Hank Aaron. Despite this milestone achievement which should have been the most joyous occasions in a baseball player’s career, Barry didn’t have such a great year.

Some people have alleged that Barry Bonds took steroids to bulk up his upper body. There has been no solid evidence produced to prove it. Nobody that has trained Barry has ever confirmed it. His trainer has gone to jail on multiple occasions because he refused to as he put it “lie” to the grand jury to support the case against Barry. The head of the company accused of making the steroids, who has also served time and admitted to giving the drugs to other prominent athletes, has denied that Barry was ever given steroids. Other than the leaked testimony from grand jury hearings that did not result in any charges being filed and the word of a couple of journalists that wanted to sell books about a sports scandal there is basically nothing that has proven that Barry Bonds has ever done anything but be a good baseball player that spent hours in the gym lifting weights and in the batting cages working on his swing to be a better hitter.

So now the man who has broken this record that stood for thirty years has no glory, no ability to enjoy it and no real recognition because some people have decided that Barry Bonds took steroids at some point in his career. He has never failed a drug test, never admitted using them and it’s never been proven that he did but because someone decided that he must have used steroids to get so good, he has to fight just to be accepted as legitimate in the annals of baseball history.

How can Americans who claim to revere the principles of presumed innocence and due process convict Bonds in the kangaroo court that is the sensationalist media without ever seeing any real evidence of his guilt? The media seems all too ready to convict him and the fashion designer who bought his record-breaking ball is having an asterisk printed on the ball before sending it to the Baseball Hall of Fame to assure that all future generations will know that America in 2007 no longer believes that people are innocent until proven guilty.

This is a sad day for baseball and a sad day for America. Barry Bonds is supposed to be presumed innocent because he has never been proven guilty. Unless there is some actual evidence that he did something wrong, we should offer Barry congratulations and celebrate the greatest home run hitter in the history of the game.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer - Give your feedback on this article.



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

 

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