by Countable | 8.24.17
Earlier this month, we asked you to tell us the most important issue facing the nation today. Your response was incredible, generating over 1000 comments on the Countable site and social media, and covering a diverse array of topics and perspectives.
While we’re still parsing the wealth of submissions you provided, we’d like to highlight a few of the issues you mentioned most frequently and the comments you made about them.
First up: Partisanship.
Our Constitution and democracy [are] being eroded piece by piece. Partisan politics are obscuring the Bill of Rights, the fundamentals of democracy[,] and the principles of Separation of Church and State. We are devolving into the very government we ran from to give birth to America. The bonds that unite us are so very necessary to remain the one and only USA.
The single biggest issue facing our nation today is that partisan politics have completely eclipsed actual governing. [...] I followed with extreme frustration the healthcare saga that unfolded in Congress over the past few months. It made me incredibly angry every time I heard about how Republicans felt they had to repeal the ACA because they had been promising to do so for seven years. Not once did I hear them say that they needed to do this because it was what the American people needed or what their constituents wanted. [...] I don't think for a moment that the Democrats are any better. This is not how our country should be run. We need to enforce a 3/5 majority for every vote in both chambers. Our country is too diverse to be passing legislation that represents the views and needs of barely half the country.
I believe that the biggest issue our nation faces is the lack of unification! Our own people are turning on each other, and people are abandoning people based on who they voted for in an election!! People have always disagreed and argued over elections, but it’s scary growing up and seeing people in your own family fighting and arguing because of who they support! Our country needs to become unified! Until our nation is unified, we will never be able to accomplish anything! The people of America will never be unified until the members of Congress can stop arguing like children, and learn to agree to disagree!!! Democrats and Republicans alike antagonize each other, and as a result are causing The People to antagonize each other! It’s time our country unite so we can look towards the future!!!
Our lack of being able to politely refute and debate on policies has turned Capitol Hill into a children's playground. As a former debater, we argued and pushed our rhetoric respectfully, took note of what the opponent said, and tried to call them out there. This is what the gov't should be like, not a bunch of rich guys acting like children with the inability to accept some change.
Political division. Obama had some great ideas but, [R[epublicans wouldn't agree with them because Obama is a [D]emocrat. Now, Trump has some great ideas but, [D[emocrats won't agree because he's a [R]epublican. When I was a child, if someone insulted me I would say "I know you are but what am I?" Or "I am rubber and you are glue. What you say bounces off me and sticks to you." I'm so sick of these babies in office. [...] Nobody is all wrong or all right. Trump is the President so stop spending so much time and our money attacking him and his family and get back to your job. UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us! More posts to come as we continue to showcase the opinions and insights of the Countable community.
Want to weigh in on what matters most to you? Add your own comment below.
Written by Countable
Erosion of our democracy is the most pressing, everything else is an after thought as I stated and I'll rejoin. As Ted Kennedy said," And to all those overburdened by an unfair tax structure, let us provide new hope for real tax reform. Instead of shutting down classrooms, let us shut off tax shelters. Instead of cutting out school lunches, let us cut off tax subsidies for expensive business lunches that are nothing more than food stamps for the rich. The tax cut of our Republican opponents takes the name of tax reform in vain. It is a wonderfully Republican idea that would redistribute income in the wrong direction. It's good news for any of you with incomes over $200,000 dollars a year. For the few of you, it offers a pot of gold worth $14,000 dollars. But the Republican tax cut is bad news for the middle income families. For the many of you, they plan a pittance of $200 dollars a year, and that is not what the Democratic Party means when we say tax reform. The vast majority of Americans cannot afford this panacea from a Republican nominee who has denounced the progressive income tax as the invention of Karl Marx. I am afraid he has confused Karl Marx with Theodore Roosevelt -- that obscure Republican president who sought and fought for a tax system based on ability to pay. Theodore Roosevelt was not Karl Marx, and the Republican tax scheme is not tax reform. Finally, we cannot have a fair prosperity in isolation from a fair society. So I will continue to stand for a national health insurance. We must -- We must not surrender -- We must not surrender to the relentless medical inflation that can bankrupt almost anyone and that may soon break the budgets of government at every level. Let us insist on real controls over what doctors and hospitals can charge, and let us resolve that the state of a family's health shall never depend on the size of a family's wealth." Obviously none of this can be addressed as we seem to embark on the road to perdition and with the partisanship being more important than democratic norms I sometimes have truly questioned whether our constitution can sustain such attacks. Almost daily we hear the blow hard Trump lying and misleading in an almost Orwellian new speak. And the gutless Republicans who used to be a smart Grand Old Party have turned into some idiots without spines. The sisyphean task that it undoubtedly takes to build a movement and inform Americans the President is a liar and eroding Democracy is not easy, but they'd sacrifice their legislative agenda for the principles of it founding fathers. I find this contemptible and I doubt the proud men who wrote the charters of our liberty would have been as patient with the current President before doing what is RIGHT! REMOVE HIM!
Partisanship is destroying America! The reason Trump won was he had the support of the entire GOP, and the unlikely voters. Blind faith in a party, and the fierce hatred of the party is what has made things impossible up on the Hill. On the right, we have Republicans being pulled from the middle due to Trump bringing in the alt-right to public office. And the Democrats have been progressively(pardon the pun) being drawn so far left that nobody wants to vote for them. Meanwhile the majority moderate population is dragged along with whatever party they felt slightly inclined to, for 2 reasons! 1. We're entrenched in a 2 party gridlock. 2. Nobody is in the middle, you're asked if you're left or right-leaning and the 'leaning' gets dropped and you are enveloped in the fold. What America needs is more high-profile options. I bet if you had 15 moderate senators and maybe 40 moderate representatives come together from each side you'd have a powerful moderate bloc that offers choice to the American voter. It's not that parties are bad, it's the fact that you're not given any alternatives that makes partisanship bad. Especially when party identity has become everything over the past few election cycles. There's no room for nonconformity in the Republicans or Democrats, the party voters will vote on party policy, not candidate. And when you have 2 diametrically opposed parties as we do here, nobody crosses the aisle, because that means you disagree with your party identity which is the biggest no-no in Washington. We need to offer Americans choices, especially ones that are in touch with the America people. We've seen centrism work so many other places, if we set partisanship aside we can work to truly represent constituents instead of representing the fringe left and right.
It's really hard to not be partisan when the other side is filled with nazis and people who think it's not a big deal that they are on the same side as nazis. Sorry but I'm not about to let bygones be bygones and sing kumbaya just yet.
The fact that Partisanship is even an issue, says that something is morally and ethically wrong with our Governing system. The fact that there is Chevrolet and Ford did not give us quality vehicles or service. Pepsi and Coke do not provide us quality products. Republicans and Democrats do not provide quality Governance or service to their duties and responsibilities. They are too busy worrying about their next move against each other, than actually performing the services the Founding Fathers intended. When you allow Capitalism to control our destiny, it will only serve to satiate their addiction to greed, power and dominance via corruption, oppression and unethical, immoral acts against humanity and the planet. Enough is never enough, because they are afflicted. We are in a downward spiral to calamity, if we do not change course and remove the sick, mentally concerned individuals and put in people who want to actually work together to provide real solutions to real issues. Remove profit concerns from humane decisions. Stop treating American Citizens, wildlife, environment as expendables to obtain that unattainable Greed and power you seek. Start looking at humans as you claim Jesus did, as well as your God, that you preach about. If you look at all humans "in His image" you will likely find it difficult to destroy "his so-called beautiful work". ....
Truth, honesty and the American way is not just a slogan for a super hero. It's how we define ourselves amongst Americans and throughout the world. We must contain Mr Trump, be it Censorship or Article 25. We are past embarrassment. We have gone round the board and not collected $200 or dignity or ethics.
If the kids behaved in this manner, we'd send them to their rooms until they could play nice together We can't send them to their respective rooms but we can send them home via the voting booth
Besides all the crazy things Trump & his bunch are doing, WE ARE LOSING OUR DEMOCRACY, LITTLE BY LITTLE, STARTING WITH THE STOLEN ELECTION AND ALL THE THINGS BEING DONE BY TRUMP, PENCE, RYAN & McCONNELL WHICH ARE CREATING A MINORITY REPUBLICAN DICTATORSHIP.
A Republic is a form of Democracy for those who equivocate concerning the interchangeable use of Republic vs Democracy. Neither is wrong.
About the "wall". You can build a 30 foot wall. The bad guys will build a 31 foot ladder. The wall doesn't have to be a brick and mortar wall. A physical wall has all types of problems associated with it including the amount of money it will cost. Impeding wild animals, going through civilian people's property, and how is the wall going to cross rivers? More security guards, cars, trucks and security electronics. How about Not putting up a fence AND all the electronics. How about JUST an electronics fence? There will have to be more security personnel associated with this plan, but no where near the cost of a physical "wall".
Our government is the biggest problem in politics. Career politicians are the problem with our Government. People who vote the same way over and over again hoping for a different or better result are the problem we face with our ungrateful government. People who think Government is the answer to all their problems are the problem in Government. Government can't solve problems. Government only creates problems and makes problems worse. Term limits are a good start to solving our problems with government. Government was never designed to be a life long career for anyone. Government employees are servants that need to be changed every 8-10 years.
The words Democracy, Democratic and Democrat are not mentioned anywhere in the US Constitution or any of the founding documents but the word Republican is. Note the first part of the sentence in Article IV Section 4. "Section 4. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence." The Liberals have been brainwashing us for many years by telling us we are a Democracy. No, we are a Constitutional Republic. Note in the Pledge of Allegiance "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands". Also Benjamin Franklin when asked what form of Government do we have he replied, "A Republic if you can keep it".
Are we arming the extreme right, the Neo Nazi, KKK, White Supremacy groups and other extreme fringe groups by having such lax laws governing the purchase, ownership and carry of lethal weapons? Are the supporters of the extreme right's liberal view of the 2 Amendment the radical fringe that violently support and display loaded weapons in their marches? Is their message, "If we cannot win one way we will another."? Violence seems to be with us for the long haul. We may have a representative government, a Republic, but armed violence is something that we've seen here in the past and currently in some other countries that deter the exercise of democracy. Preventing people from voting has a long tradition here in the US.
The rise of terror not just radical Islamic terror but any group who wants to make a name for themselves and push thier agenda,Will be acting out, why because it works,the east is scared and the west is incompetent with dealing with it,making excuses for butchers that act out, for political gain!! SICK!
Democrats and their Identity Politics are what has Divided America. Division had got way worse under Obama because of this and anyone with integrity knows and admits the truth about this. Now the Democrats are Radicalizing their Domestic Terrorist Groups ( Antifa, Bamn and BLM ) to Beat people in the streets and Destroy our Cities. this was going on way before Trump took office. And now Democrats and the MSM are stoking the Race Baiting Fire because they lost a Fair Election This is and will Backfire on the Democrats and the MSM just as their Identity Politics have.....because the American people are waking up !!!
Partisanship is like a plague, if we don't eradicate it, it will eradicate our Democracy! PUT COUNTRY FIRST!!!!!!
Ok Democrats and Democratic Party, I understand that you think Trump is unfit to serve the country in any official capacity and the Republicans are not much better. What I do not understand, is what will you do if you win over the Congress in 2018??? I am a Democrat, but you do not say what you will do for us!!
What could possibly scream louder, I'm a racist!, than pardoning Jo Arpaio?
George Washington warned against "spirit of party" consuming our country. I would ask every elected official are you D or R, or are you AMERICAN? If the answer is not the latter, that is untenable. djt is not a R and I still cannot understand why republicans do not check him. At this point they should see the quid pro quo has left the building. They are abject cowards who are complicit in his destruction of our republic.
The divisiveness created by this last election, and the decades leading up to it, is truly heartbreaking. Unity is our most urgent need right now. Since this last election I've made a conscious effort to extend respect to my fellow Americans on the other side of the aisle and I have been surprised and delighted that the respect has been mutual. When did we forget that we are all Americans? That we are all human? It's so hypocritical to demand respect when you don't extend it yourself. United we stand, divided we fall. Let's not weaken our country further.
Trump going to Houston Tuesday is a joke. If it wasn't a big enough disaster before, it will be then.