Eric’s State of the Union
The Executive and House Addressing the Senate
Evaluation of Structure
Wow! Our state of the union is doing great. We are a state and we are a union. Meaning we argue but are unified when it counts. I kind of like “union of the state”. Our state of the union is often quite contentious. It is a constant give and take and compromise and acquiescence to keep our state of the union strong.
I am sorry if you thought I was speaking of the nation of America. I was and am speaking of the union and state of the Dierker family and home. We even argue if our little estate is doing great. We have two main parties in our home. “I am right” and “you are wrong”. We also have a ten year old independent party. We are not a democracy but we are run by a representative form of governance. Sometimes we vote based on self-interest. Mostly we argue over what is the best for our state of home.
I suppose we have conservative and liberal views. But at any given time any of the parties can be either. It just works the way. After many years (conservative) we liberally bought a car mainly on credit. We owe some money. So sometimes we go beyond our means and create a debt. But other than a mortgage I do not believe we have been in debt to any creditor for longer than a couple of years. That takes some hard work of the parties in order to set our little nation’s affairs in the state that we strive for.
We are composed of a standard large Caucasian man born and raised America. And one is an immigrant of a different race and the independent party is of mixed race and stands for the young voters in our home. I reckon the immigrant is the president, by lack of desire from the other potential candidates and some laisse fare attitudes. The man the senate and the youth our house. The house looks like a battle ground of different games, some long neglected and others the things of de jour. The senate does not engage much in day to day operations. The president normally executes the business of our nation, again due to apathy. We may have some censorship but absolutely no provisions for getting kicked out of the governance. Our nation is far from perfect but we strive to do better.
Tradition is not So Bad
Senate and House
Politics as Usual
The senate and the house are thriving by any appearance but the executive branch seems a bit stressed by the heavy burden of running things. Our infrastructure is mainly maintained and improved by the senate. Outside contracting is by vote or consensus. Conflict with other nations is determined by the president but carried out by the senate. The house has no vote in these matters.
All three parties are allowed day to day treaty making on matters not effecting the budget. Budgetary matters are by consensus and yet again dealt with more often by the apathetic nature of the other two bodies politic. Sometimes one party gets quite upset with another. And generally at that point an adjournment and recess are taken, to reconvene after discussion with constituents the nation calls friends and family. The natural resources are handled jointly by house and senate. Yet the budget is largely controlled by the executive branch with an override provision if the house and senate insist on different spending. Sometimes the nation is racked by disease and probability of contagiousness. But the national health institute run by the senate keeps these matters in check, with the executive branch being able to declare an emergency as in seeking medical attention.
State of the Union in this nation is basically not judged by GDP but by those others standards of quality of life and general contentment and satisfaction. We do not have a second amendment. We do not have full freedom of the press as relates to other nations. However internally it is fully free, governed only by appropriate guidelines. We have complete freedom of religion each party in agreeance yet different ideas are not tolerated by the executive but that is only opinion and not codified. Faith is basically by advice and consent of the senate.
We levy taxes and each party must pay their fair share by contribution to our nation. Often this is by cutting back on spending, maintaining the nation’s infrastructure, and providing for necessities. As often as not the house is held in check by the senate but consensus is the normal. We do not have civil rights we have civil duties. Harmful activities from one party to the other are censored by the other two parties which sometimes is not communicated directly to the offending party as escalation of division would create a less than, “in order to form a more perfect union”.
The Union that Raises Up Shall Thrive
It is the custom in our diverse nation to tout the accomplishments of any party as accomplishments of the whole nation. And the opposite is generally true in that the failure of one party is of the nation as a whole. We are truly one nation under God here.
So in order to run this nation we conserve yet spend liberally in matters of love. When there is seemingly a burden or conflict that is overwhelming we resort to a Supreme Court. It is not a party it is fully independent yet part of the fabric of our nation. It does not take votes. It is the ruler above all else. It is truly our God and we believe that in our nation that God is Love. I suppose in a certain sense we are a God fearing nation. But comparable too many other nation there is no actual “fear” in the normal aspect of the word. Fear would be more like respect. In this area we are truly a nation under Love. Boy oh boy is it difficult to support that constitution sometimes. Given to the parties we would rewrite some of the constitution, amend it, and revise it. But that is not how the nation works.
This is not a nation of man it is a nation of laws. The supreme law of the land is loving one another and ourselves and spreading that love to other nations where aid maybe needed even to the extent of having to adjust our internal budget. We are not isolationists here and feel our bounty must be extended outside of our borders. We lock our doors yet often let strangers in unless they would cause disharmony in our nation.
We spend effort and time on our governance and try to maintain it’s integrity. But no one receives a dime for this time and effort, the parties simply reap the benefits of a more civil society. Well unless you consider a celebration of life as costing a dime.