Does your U.S. representative represent you?

In a democratic republic, which is the type of government the U.S. has, our elected state senators and district representatives are supposed to represent the citizens in their state and districts.

Rather than the entire country voting on every issue and law, we elect these representatives to do so on our behalf.

The only problem is, we have many elected officials in government who commonly disregard the people they represent, the people they work for, and vote for things because they feel they know better, they want to draw, what they deem to be, favorable political attention to themselves, or because of “pressure” from their respective political parties.  

I’ve selected four representatives to use as examples.

Donald Trump got 68.62% of the vote in West Virginia, yet, their senator, Joe Manchin votes with the democrats on every issue, including impeachment.  

Donald Trump got 58.13% of the vote in Utah, yet, their senator, Mitt Romney, voted to impeach President Trump, and sides with the democrats quite often.  

Donald Trump got 56.92% of the vote in Montana, yet, their senator, Jon Tester votes with the democrats on every issue, including impeachment. 

Donald Trump got 69.94% of the vote in Wyoming, yet, one of their representatives, Liz Cheney, voted to impeach President Trump, and was very outspoken on the issue.  

Again, these are just the four examples I’ve chosen to use here, but there are more.

Then we have senate “majority” leader, Chuck Schumer, who really doesn’t represent a majority at all, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose democrat party holds the slimmest of majorities in the Congress, pushing radical, totalitarian, legislation, while supposedly representing most Americans, which they don’t.

And we can throw Illegitimate Joe Biden in there, as well, with his signing of radical executive orders, while purporting to desire unity among the American people.

He may want unity, but only on his terms, and only unity with people who will blindly follow his anti-American agenda.

Better said, the anti-American agenda that Illegitimate Joe has been told to follow.

Remember, Joe…, Kamala is waiting in the wings to become the Signer in Chief, should you falter or grow a conscience.  

It is now very apparent that Joe Biden and his administration was only a “trojan horse” for ultra-left-wing policies and ideology.

Hopefully America can survive until the 2022 elections, and then until the elections of 2024.

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Excuse me…, say what?!

What did I just hear you say?

According to Donna Brazile of Fox News, “President Trump’s premature declaration of victory against Joe Biden and false claims of widespread voter fraud by Democrats constitute a dangerous assault on a fundamental principle upon which our nation was founded: the right of the American people to elect our leaders.”

“The truth is that the President’s baseless threats and lawsuits to stop the counting of mail-in votes are desperate attempts to subvert the values shared by Americans throughout our history. His actions are, to put it bluntly, un-American.”

Frankly, I am amazed you have the nerve to lecture anyone about “un-American actions,” and “desperate attempts to subvert the values shared by Americans throughout our history,” Ms. Bazile.

It was only about four years ago that you conspired with the liberal propaganda, fake news media, to get the debate questions to your candidate, Hillary Clinton, prior to the debate.

You, Donna Brazile, are a documented cheater.

You, Donna Brazile, are guilty of everything you’re accusing President Trump of doing.

You, Donna Brazile, are just one more “useful idiot,” intent on doing your part in an effort to destroy our country.      

“Long after our nation’s founding, the right to vote was denied to millions of Americans. Black people had no rights as slaves and were denied voting rights in many parts of the country for another 100 years after Emancipation. Women were denied the vote until 1920. And other groups, including Native Americans, were excluded from voting for many years as well.”

Thank you for the history lesson, of which everyone is already aware, Ms. Brazile.

You forgot to mention, however, that those inequities were cured by our great country for over 100 years now.  

So, what’s your point?

“Unfortunately. and disgracefully, Republicans in many parts of the country want to turn back the clock and are continuing to engage in voter suppression today — with President Trump taking the lead as the suppressor in chief in a frantic effort to stop mail-in votes in several states from being counted. Why? Because many Democrats voted by mail.”

There you go, spreading disinformation again, Donna!

President Trump does not want to suppress votes.

President Trump just wants to make sure only LEGAL votes are counted. 

Is it too much to ask that all of these mail-in votes be verified?

It’s the same old democrat trick of trying to mislead people regarding President Trump’s beliefs and intentions.

Like when the democrats state that President Trump is against immigration.

This is a disingenuous statement, and the democrats know it.  

President Trump is against ILLEGAL immigration. 

He is all for LEGAL immigration.

That is why you won’t hear Lyin’ Joe Biden, “Cackling” Kamala Harris, or any of the other lying liberals, preface their comments about votes needing to be LEGAL votes.  They only say they want all of the votes counted, regardless of whether the vote is a legal vote or not. 

“Right now, a giant question mark hangs over our nation’s future. Will Trump be inaugurated for a second term on Jan. 20 or will former Vice President Biden become president on that day? The only honest answer is that right now we just don’t know.”

This may be the only honest and truthful comment we hear come out of her cheating mouth.  

“But here is a critically important point: There is nothing underhanded, corrupt or fraudulent about the delay in counting votes — no matter how many times Trump falsely says there is.”

This “critically important point” is only you’re cheating attempt at disinformation, Donna.

The truth is, you have no way of knowing, at this point, “There is nothing underhanded, corrupt or fraudulent about the delay in counting votes.”

In fact, you actually do know that the opposite is true.  

“In a year when we’ve seen record mail-in voting by millions of Americans legitimately fearful of gathering in large crowds because of the coronavirus pandemic, the counting of votes is taking longer than usual. That’s no surprise.”

I thought you were crying about voter suppression, Ms. Brazile? 

But now you say there was “record mail-in voting by millions of Americans.

Which is it?

The answer is, of course, whichever serves your desired narrative at any given moment.

“As Democratic presidential nominee Vice President Al Gore’s campaign manager in 2000, I have unique experience with vote counts and recounts. In the presidential election that year George W. Bush was not declared the winner until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Dec. 12 that a recount of votes in Florida had to stop.”

Again, thank you for the history lesson, of which everyone is already aware, Ms. Brazile.

“Back in 2000 as today, I wanted the Democratic presidential candidate to win. But even more, I have always wanted democracy to win. And I don’t want any American — regardless of political party — to have his or her vote discounted if that vote was cast by the legal deadline and postmarked by Election Day.”

I’m sorry, but that’s a lie Ms. Brazile. 

You do not want “democracy to win.”

If you wanted “democracy to win,” you would not be supporting the subversion of the entire election process.

Once our election process has been compromised, democracy not only doesn’t win, our democracy collapses.

“Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali famously said: “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”  In the boxing ring, Ali was patient, diligent, and absolutely thorough in getting the job done and winning the fight. In these tumultuous days following Election Day this week, all of us in the political ring would be wise to apply these lessons from the Greatest of All Time.”

I’m not sure how Ali’s quote applies to this election, but, whatever.

“Let’s be patient, diligent, and absolutely thorough in making sure we count every vote, so that every one of our votes counts. The greatest voter turnout in American history demands nothing less.”

LEGAL votes! 

LEGAL votes!

You mean LEGAL votes, right, Donna?!

“Around the country, Democratic, Republican and unaffiliated state election officials and volunteer workers are making sure that mail-in ballots are being counted. This, my fellow Americans, is a win for our democracy. It’s a win for everyone who voted.”

Except all of those people who followed the rules and voted legally.

Many of those people’s votes are being cancelled by an illegal vote.

“To paraphrase the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — who devoted his life to fighting the suppression of voting rights — our votes in this election are, in a sense, cashing a check.”

And this check has insufficient funds!

“Dr. King said: ‘When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir …. And we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So, we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.’”

So, you think stealing an election is somehow “justice,” Ms. Brazile?

“You all know who I hope will win this presidential election and you know why. But when the dust settles on the election of 2020, I will be proud that Americans stood up and spoke out.”

You don’t really mean that either, Donna. 

You definitely won’t “be proud that Americans stood up and spoke out,” when it is the Trump supporters who are standing up and speaking out about a stolen election.

And nobody cares if a lying cheater is proud of them or not, Donna.

Just sayin’.

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India, the United States, and China.

India and the United States are the two largest democracies in the world.  In my opinion, these two countries should be “joined at the hip’ regarding matters of defense and their economies.

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Yes, “America first” for Americans, and yes, “India first” for Indians…, but helping each other out as much as possible economically and militarily does not fly against the concept of “America first” or “India first.“  Our cooperation with each other and consideration of each other will only help to strengthen both countries, strengthen both democracies, and democracy around the world.

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Both of our countries should be strategic partners in the fight against tyrants, communism and terrorism…, for these are the true enemies of democracy and freedom.

It would behoove the United States to support and partner with India…, as India finds itself geographically close and closer to our common countries of concern…, like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

I implore President Trump and Prime Minister Modi to build on their positive relationship, and take our countries’ relationship and cooperation to the next level.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hand with US President Donald Trump during the ‘Namaste Trump’ event

It could only be a win-win proposition.

The truth is, however, that the vast majority of Americans are either uninterested, uninformed, or misinformed, about what’s going on in their own country…, much less what’s going on in India.

That being said…,

According to Peter Suciu, for the “National Interest” website, “Thousands of soldiers from both China and India have been locked in a standoff for the better part of a month. Among the ongoing issues is the strategic road through the Galwan Valley in Ladkh that India has been building – a move opposed by China.”

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“India has fallen far behind China’s military, but today both countries share the out-sized ambition to be a ‘great power’ in Asia—if not the most powerful. China and India have, respectively, the largest and second-largest militaries on the continent and the highest and second-highest defense budgets. Both have huge domestic defense industries as well.”

“For now, cooler heads have prevailed, but just as India and Pakistan continue to face one another in the region, so too will India and China.”

Dinesh Kumar, who is a defense analyst for The Sunday Guardian Live website, reported in January that, “Army Day on Tuesday, 15 January, will see an impressive display of soldiers and war-fighting equipment. But behind the pomp is an unsatisfactory story.”

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“The Army will celebrate Army Day with the Chief of Army Staff taking the salute at the customary Army parade in the Delhi Cantonment parade ground with much fanfare. The same Army Day parade contingents will form a dominant part of the annual Republic Day parade on 26 January on Raj Path, Delhi’s most iconic road that links Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.”

“But behind the impressive display of soldiers and war fighting equipment at these two monumental parades continues an unsatisfactory story: A disappointing and worrisome story of under-preparedness, deficiency and obsolescence. This sordid state of affairs has been in perpetuity since long [ago] and nothing tangible seems to have been done to reverse this negative state of affairs.”

“Consider the following: The Indian Army’s equipment is officially calculated at 68% vintage, 24% current and only 8% state-of-the-art.”

“How prepared is the Army to fight an intense or long conventional war? ‘Not very,’ is the short answer.”

“Parades and brave statements apart, the government needs to ensure that the country’s last and ultimate instrument is never found wanting. This is a neglect that India can ill afford.”

A weakened and neglectful India is something democracy around the world can ill afford as well.

The world needs a strong United States and a strong India.

At the very least, and as a good starting point, India should become a member of NATO…, and the United States should be the one to invite them in.

Eventually, however, I would like to see and grand partnership between India and the United States that would far exceed a NATO-type of alliance.

This partnership would be especially helpful when dealing with China in regards to their “attack” on the rest of the world, with their intentional spreading of the coronavirus around the world and their uncooperativeness regarding pertinent investigations and research.

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Let’s make no mistake about this…, China is an adversary of democracy and freedom everywhere.

China and its evil intentions are not going away.

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How we choose to deal with them is the only question.

I would really like to hear from my Indian friends and followers on this matter.

Do any people in India have the same appetite for an enhanced relationship between our two countries, as I do…, or am I barking up an uninterested tree here?

 

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India and America should be the best of friends.

This article is in honor of President Trump’s trip to visit India and Prime Minister Modi.

What’s the most populous democratic country in the world?  If you answered The United States you’d be wrong…, it’s The Republic of India!

That’s right…, India.

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Even though India and America a half way around the globe from each other and quite different culturally, we are the two biggest democracies in the world, and that desire to be free and to self-govern is what should naturally bind us together.

Both countries have social issues they are dealing with, but I feel, in general, our hearts and desires are in the right place and well-intended.

Both countries are also dealing with a constant erosion of their democracy.  The proponents of socialism, communism and totalitarianism never rest.

Both countries also had to gain their freedom from the British Empire.

India, or The Republic of India, is a “constitutional republic” just like The United States is.

India has three branches of government, executive, legislature and judicial, just like The United States.

America has 50 states, while India has 28.

While American culture, and our democracy, has only been around for a few hundred years, Indian culture has been around for over 5,000 years! Although their democratic government has only been around for 70 years, since 1950.

Another thing India and America has in common is both countries have elected leaders recently that are considered anti-establishment, and pro-business.

In India’s case we’re talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  And in America’s case we’re talking about President Donald trump, of course.

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According to David Aaro and Ronn Blitzer of Fox News, “President Trump and first lady Melania visited the Taj Mahal Monday, hours after the U.S. leader gave a rousing speech to more than 110,000 at a cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, India.”

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“Trump, who once owned the Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City, N.J. which was inspired by the Indian landmark, had never visited the Indian site until now. The President’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were also on hand, taking photos in front of the building.”

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“Earlier, Trump was greeted by large crowds at the rally where he announced a $3 billion deal that will send state-of-the-art military helicopters to India.”

“The rally, titled ‘Namaste Trump [Hello Trump],’ was a sequel to the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event [President] Trump held with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston last September.”

“[President] Trump’s motorcade passed seemingly endless crowds in Ahmedabad with many cheering and waving American flags on the way to the 110,000 capacity Sardar Patel Stadium where the rally was conducted.”

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“The largest cricket stadium in the world appeared to be full, with banners displaying the Trump’s name throughout.”

“Before Modi and Trump came out on stage, the song ‘Macho Man’ by the Village People was heard playing in the stadium. When the music stopped, they arrived on stage, and both leaders held the arms of each other into the air.”

Ha!  Macho Man!!!

“Shortly after each country’s national anthem played, Modi began speaking to the crowd about shared values and ideas as Trump sat in his chair beside Melania.”

“When Modi handed the podium to Trump, the president thanked those in attendance for the welcome he received, adding that he and Melania would remember the hospitality given.”

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‘“America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people,’ Trump said.”

‘“I am pleased to announce that tomorrow our representatives will sign deals to sell over $3 billion in the absolute finest state of the art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces,’ Trump said.”

‘“The United States and India are also firmly united in our iron-clad resolve to defend our citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism,’ Trump said. ‘Both of our countries have been hurt by the pain and turmoil of terrorism…’”

“[President] Trump gave his predictions on poverty and the future of India on the heels of a 2019 United Nations Development Program report which said that 271 million people were lifted out of poverty from 2005 to 2017.”

‘“India will soon be the home of the biggest middle class anywhere in the world,’ Trump said. ‘And within less than 10 years, extreme poverty in your country is projected to completely disappear. The potential for India is absolutely incredible.’”

The potential for America’s and India’s friendship is also “absolutely incredible.”

America and India could make an impressive tag team as we move into the future.

WINNING!

 

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What’s the most populous democratic country in the world?  If you answered The United States you’d be wrong…, it’s The Republic of India!

That’s right…, India.

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Taking this revelation into consideration, I thought it would be a good idea for our American friends to learn a bit more about India.

India is on the complete opposite side of our world, in relations to The United States.

The United States is about three times bigger than India geographically, but India has roughly four times the population of The United States.

Our cultures are very similar in some aspects, but also very different in others.

Both countries have social issues they are dealing with, but I feel, in general, our hearts and desires are in the right place and well-intended.

Both countries are also dealing with a constant erosion of their democracy.  The proponents of socialism, communism and totalitarianism never rest.

The predominant religion in The United States is Christianity, which over 73% of its citizens call their religion.  In India, Hinduism is followed by 80% of its people.

We can’t really talk about India without a discussion about Hinduism.

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Where Christianity is a “religion” or a belief, or a faith…, Hinduism is more complex.  Hinduism is all of that plus a general way of life, or “dharma.”

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Hinduism includes a diversity of ideas on spirituality and traditions, but has no ecclesiastical order relating to a church especially as an established institution, no unquestionable religious authorities, no governing body, no prophet(s) nor any binding holy book; Hindus can choose to be polytheistic (multiple gods), pantheistic (pantheism is the view that everything is part of an all-encompassing god), panentheistic (this is the belief that the divine pervades and interpenetrates every part of the universe and also extends beyond space and time), monotheistic (one god), agnostic (a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God), atheistic or humanist.  Ideas about all the major issues of faith and lifestyle including: vegetarianism, nonviolence, belief in rebirth, even caste, are subjects of debate, not an assertion by some religious authority.

Because of the wide range of traditions and ideas covered by the term Hinduism, arriving at a comprehensive definition is very difficult.  Hinduism has been defined as a religion, a religious tradition, a set of religious beliefs, and “a way of life.” From a Western standpoint, Hinduism like other faiths is appropriately referred to as a religion. In India the term “dharma” is preferred, which is broader than the Western term religion.

Hinduism is an interesting concept.  It’s a “one religion serves all” “religion.”

In America, most of us are familiar with the concept of “karma.” “Karma” is a part of, and comes from, Hindu beliefs.

I would encourage my readers and followers to learn more about Hinduism on your own, as I am unable to do more than scratch the surface of what Hinduism fully is here.

India, or The Republic of India, is a “constitutional republic” just like The United States is.

India has three branches of government, executive, legislature and judicial, just like The United States.

America has 50 states.  India has 28.

While American culture has only been around for a few hundred years, Indian culture has been around for over 5,000 years!

I sometimes wonder if American culture will be able to survive under its own weight, even another 100 years.  Perhaps America could learn some cultural lessons from our Indian friends.

I would hazard to say that most Americans have gotten their impressions of India over time from the writings of Rudyard Kipling and primarily from his story “The Jungle Book.”

Many Americans may have also learned something about India from the movies “The Jungle Book,” “Gandhi,” “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom,” and “Slumdog millionaire.”

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While some Americans may be familiar with the Taj Mahal (the name and its appearance), it is the only place or thing in India we’ve heard of.  We don’t know where in India it is or what the building’s purpose is, however.

It’s nothing to be proud of, but that’s just the way it is.

Famous Indians that we may be aware of are Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi (or Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) and Indira Gandhi…, in that order.

If I had to bet, most of the people who would recognize the name “Mother Teresa” would not make a connection with her to India, however.

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Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), who inspired our own Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., should be recognized as one of the greatest men who ever lived…, but sadly, even his memory is fading as time goes by.

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Cricket is the most popular sport in India, and cricket could be considered somewhat similar to American baseball in many ways.

And lastly, The United Stated and India both gained our independence from The British Empire.

It is my belief that the relationship between America and India is one that should be nurtured, encouraged and expanded upon.

In recent Gallup polls, over 70% of Americans said they have a favorable view of India.  The remainder of Americans were mostly indifferent, with there being virtually no negative views towards India.

The United States and India have a long history (relatively speaking) of cooperation and support, dating back to President Franklin Roosevelt, President Truman, President Eisenhower, President Kennedy, and all the way up to President Trump.

In 2016, India was declared a “Major Defense Partner” of The United States, and in 2018, India was granted “Strategic Trade Authorization,” which enables the exporting of high technology products related to space and defense systems.

Jeremy Diamond, Kate Sullivan and Swati Gupta, of CNN, reported that “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi bills Trump as a ‘true friend’ in The White House at a Houston rally.”

“Trump joined Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Houston [Texas] attended by tens of thousands, many of whom were waving Indian flags as both leaders praised each other’s work.”

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“Breaking away from the staid formality of meetings at the White House, Trump took the stage with Modi at an event dubbed ‘Howdy, Modi!’ at NRG Stadium. Roughly 50,000 people — many from the city’s large Indian diaspora [the dispersion of any people from their original homeland] — were registered to attend.”

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“Trump credited the Indian-American community with ‘helping to strengthen our country and build our future,’ citing its contributions to medicine, business and technology.”

“The President praised Modi’s leadership and touted the ‘stronger than ever before’ relationship with India. He said India ‘has never had a better friend as President than President Donald Trump.’”

“Modi praised Trump, calling him ‘warm, friendly, accessible, energetic and full of wit.’”

“On stage, Modi introduced Trump as India’s ‘true friend’ in the White House, and he invoked Trump in his signature campaign slogan, ‘Ab ki baar, Modi sarkar,’ which translates to ‘This time, Modi government.’ On stage, Modi replaced his name with Trump’s.”

“He commended the Trump administration for celebrating Diwali at the White House, and he invited Trump and his family to come to India.”

“Modi said he is ‘certain that some positive developments’ will come out of upcoming talks at the UN. ‘President Trump calls me the top negotiator but he himself is great at the “Art of the deal” and I am learning a lot from him,’ he said.”

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I would like to hear from any of my Indian readers about your perceptions of The United States or anything else you feel your American friends may find interesting from your perspective.  Please also feel free to correct me on any of my statements here about your country, your people, the Hindu religion, etc.  MrEricksonRules is still in the process of learning as well!

I value your feedback and I’d love to hear from you!

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