Why Don’t They Just…

Sometimes, if I am honest, I struggle trying to find exactly what I want this blog to be. I try to be somewhat neutral, with mixed results. My blogs on gun control around the time of the Newtown shooting are an example of my shortcomings regarding political neutrality. Also, as a conservative, I can often be very harsh when disagreeing with the political right.

When I take some time to think about this though, the goal of my blog is to make people, perhaps those that wouldn’t take the time otherwise, think about politics. I try to take current events and make them easier to understand. I try to take political formalities and explain why they happened the way they did. Most of all, this is what I want.

Often times, when talking politics, people ask “Why don’t they just…” There is usually a very good answer to these questions, but without a general knowledge of politics the answers seem so straightforward. Say, perhaps, that you are on the pro side of gay marriage. Why doesn’t congress just legalize gay marriage? It seems so simple. That would solve the problem.

But, it isn’t that easy. To understand how our government works, you have to think of each state as its own country. That is exactly what they are. They are 50 independent countries that have come together under one governing body, with the intent to protect one another from invasion or attack. The constitution describes the powers that these independent countries retain, and the ones to give up to the federal governing body. One of the powers the states retain is marriage laws. Congress is a part of the federal body, and therefore can not make any laws regarding gay marriage because laws regarding marriage are delegated to the states.

It is easy to assume that most of these politicians lack the intelligence to get what they want done, but whether we agree with them or not, they know how the system works. Any time you may find yourself saying “Why don’t they just…,” it is probably because they can’t.

I say all of this for one purpose. I enjoy writing this blog. It keeps me involved and informed. I have learned a great deal from this experience. I want to keep learning as well. So tell me, what do you want to read about? What current events? What philosophies? Let me know in the comments, either here or on Facebook, and I will do my best to write about them in the coming days!

Thanks everyone!

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