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Eric’s State of the Union

Updated on February 7, 2020
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Political Science, Philosophy, Business were majors and minors in undergrad. Post areas in Law, Security, Insurance and Theology.

The Executive and House Addressing the Senate

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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

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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”.


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The Union that Raises Up Shall Thrive

The Supreme

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.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora we met with a notary today, signed 4 thousand times it seemed like. At first he suggested my wife was the boss. She deferred. And so he looked at me. I deferred. I gently explained that we had a ten year old. Not married no kids -- he did not understand.

      Made me realize we do stuff for each other more than for ourselves. I have to think on that.

      But isn't that what public service should be?

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      Eric Dierker 

      17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I checked with the finance oversight committee and it was a 1-0 vote against. All others abstaining through fear.

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      Dora Weithers 

      17 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great literary skill, comparing the state of the home with state of the union! I could have guessed the supreme law. Thanks for sharing such creativity!

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      William Kovacic 

      17 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Okay, but you can't stop me from writing in your name. lol.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I would have to get permission -- and that is not going to happen. We love our sad lot in life :-)

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      William Kovacic 

      17 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hey, Buddy. I have a request. How about running for President of the USA. You have experience at the Dierker residence. How about it? I'll vote for you!

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sean my wife likes to call our home the monkey cage. We are hilarious when we all go off at once. Yet our theocracy is routed in the results more than method and so far that result is love.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      18 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      What an amazing and unique piece of art you have created here, my dear brother, Eric! You never stop surprising me with your fathomless talent! Thank you for this! I think I also have to write about our family's political system someday. We call it "Lovecracy" and it has its roots in Anarchy!

      I wish Lady Love to fills your Heart, always!


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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, you make such a great point in your last paragraph. I might like of dislike God's mandates to me and mine -- but I always love them.

      I think absolutely we are all part of the "body" of man bound through Love. Each microcosm support the whole.

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      18 months ago from london

      A very skilful and brilliant piece and you have used your knowledge of government quite well to weave it into your family at home.

      Actually, we are all state of the union (Just taking it a bit further), the microcosm is part and parcel of the macrocosm and we are all connected. Here God or Love is the President, only He runs by rules of Compassion (Mercy), Love and Justice, the later which we reject and as such we do not see it as a democracy.

      God's Justice is a bit like passing laws, which is good for us in general, but we don't always like them, do we? Nice work!

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Flourish. You are so right on. People are different. Casting a direct democracy on a nation with a below 20% literacy rate might be a tough haul. Communisms become dictatorships.

      We have a whole lot of friends with the Dad being the head and the only head. Seems to work for them.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Liz I thank you for your kind comment. That whole time of the communist gig was strange in this regard. Socialism works for some. Governance by the people works well here.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann I have never seen a situation that was not made better through cooperation and civil respect. It is clear what makes matters worse.

      I like to critically analyze. If I allow that to turn into criticism of another I separate myself from Love.

      They say to love even our enemies. Well that is a far cry easier than our politicians.

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      18 months ago from USA

      I liked your analogies here. Mine my be a little different because my family dynamics are different but I loved reading about yours.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby there is a major factor here, not addressed here. Ego! We allow the biggest egos in the world here. But when a position is taken because of it, and we know it, believe me. It is discounted.

      Now my wife dresses and drives a vehicle that clearly costs more than they should. It looks like ego. But and a big but is that she is in sales partly.

      Egos are a major downfall of politic.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Randy you make a good point in going both directions. What the heck? The "Average Senator" has 34 staffers. McConnell clearly more. Kentucky has less people than either NY or LA. What the heck do these staffers do?

      If someone does not pull there weight around here something always goes wrong.

      I think my house needs work done on it. The appraisers say that no it does not. Low standards are becoming a norm.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, you are so right. I like a good debate to enlighten and bring together through listening. there is a big difference between tackling an important issue and tackling another person. The later leads to apathy toward the first.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda you remind me of the difference between passion and compassion. Passion can be ill focused, compassion cannot be if it is real.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      James I think you have a good point. Thrashing things out civilly takes time and effort. But if done in earnest and listening then we work together.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Raymond, I must say that our little nation is flourishing. Your support is appreciated.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John we kind of pay attention to civics around here. There is some issue with our education system allowing to teach them with the teacher's agenda rather than facts --- So big deal, we just do it more at home.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika my wife and I are both quick to criticize and it only took us about 10 years to learn to keep it to ourselves. We do spoil our boy with too many choices -- but I think works out well in the end.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And thank you Bill. You reminded me of my years of coaching and teaching Sunday School. When you coach a kid to ski 55 MPH downhill he had better just do as told.

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      Liz Westwood 

      18 months ago from UK

      This is a great twist on the State of the Union speech. There's a lot to learn from the way your family 'democracy' works.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, I will vote for you! When can I expect your announcement, Will it be soon? What a wonderful way to run a household. Why can't our nation have the same principles?

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      Ann Carr 

      18 months ago from SW England

      Your state of the union sounds a whole lot better than the American one at the moment! Love, respect, all that, where has it all gone. It was like that here too, though we are beginning to see sense out of the Brexit discontent.

      Great hub, Eric! As always, your wisdom shines through and I get a wonderful sense of a close family from your words.


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      Randy Godwin 

      18 months ago from Southern Georgia

      There are over a hundred bills sitting on MCConnell's desk passed by the House, just waiting for him to allow them to be voted on. Many of them are just what you mentioned in your comment, Pam.

      It does no good to pass such bills in the House as we see McConnelly simply ignores them.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      18 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Eric, I wish everyone, meaning the president and the leader of the House, would treat each other with respec. I want them to get something done. All this wasted time on impeachment does not allow those in the House to tackle medications, healhcare, and numerous other issues. They need to get to work with the business of our country!

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      Linda Lum 

      18 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, if only our elected government could operate under the same guidelines of respect, decency, and love.

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      James C Moore 

      18 months ago from Joliet, IL


      You should send this hub to your elected representatives. I think our politicians have forgotten common sense, common good decency standards. I like your way. And, I believe your way to some degree is how most of us do it.

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      Raymond Philippe 

      18 months ago from The Netherlands

      Love it!

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Gondwana Land

      I love how your State of the Union runs in your household. The Governments of some countries could use that as an example for successful governance. Well done...what a fun read.

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      Devika Primić 

      18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Eric a wonderful write up of your family experiences. You are caring and loving toward your family is a blessing indeed.

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      Bill Holland 

      18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Laughing all the way through this beautiful summary of your family. When I was teaching, the first day of every new year, I would tell my classes they are not in a democracy in my classroom. Call it a benevolent dictatorship, but never think for a moment that you are in a democracy. lol Thanks for that memory.


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