Vote Democrat in Midterm Elections to Check Trump
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“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.” - James Madison
The strength of our democracy comes from the checks and balances within the branches of our government. For the next two years, the federal government will be controlled by a Republican House, Republican Senate, and a rather unique Republican President. There is one current vacancy on an evenly divided 4-4 Supreme Court and 114 lower federal judge positions that will likely be filled by this administration, which have not been filled in 11 months because the Senate refused to confirm anyone until President Obama left office.
When our new President Trump claims that judges are biased because of their ethnicity, or calls a judge that rules against his immigration ban a “so-called judge," Speaker of the House Paul Ryan defends Trump saying, "He gets frustrated with judges... but he's respecting the process." When only 3 of 413 Republican Senate votes have been cast against any of Trump's controversial cabinet picks, I wonder if the Senate will be diligent in their job to critically examine the actions of the executive branch.
The Republican House and Senate as a whole have shown little indication that they will check the President and balance the power of government. In a better system, I wish Republican’s would oppose specific executive actions simply because they didn’t agree with them, without fear of retribution from their own party. Right now, this is not the case.
We must pledge to vote Democrat in the midterm election to put the necessary checks on President Trump, until Republican politicians gain the courage to disagree with the president and their party.
We need to show our legislators that the people are concerned, and that the people are still in charge. This is not about whether you are on the left or right; I urge you to support this petition if you believe President Trump should have at least some body of resistance in government.
Trump is our president for the next four years, but we can put pressure on him now by putting pressure on the politicians that are up for re-election in just two years. Please support this petition to make sure our representatives act for their citizens, and not just their party.
"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country." - Franklin Roosevelt
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