So who really believes that electing someone else or voting for so and so is going to change things in this government.
My view is to embrace the Constitution as it stands and to perhaps make it iron clad and not a living\changing document (it was never meant to be) subject to radical, activist, judicial interpretation. I would further put term limits in place for any and all elected servants. Period. That to include judges.
Iron clad rules pertaining to lobbyists, disbursements, standing armies, etc. would take some wrangling. Ultimately, the power of the political elite would have to be broken and forever guarded and kept in the peoples hands.
If anyone looks at politics or politicians in the world today, and thinks that voting in a new crop of stinkin, lyin, thieves will change things for the average guy, they have another thing coming.
I don't disagree with the ideal of working within the system but exactly how do we un-wind all of the special interests. Good-ole-boys network, cash cows, laws and legalese in place to keep guys like you and me out. How do you keep the lawyers out and the farmers and carpenters in? How are you going to raise the huge amount of cash necessary to compete these days. I mean really. Further, how do you un-wind all of the pork, the crap, the money for nuthin'?
Try and work from the inside? I don't think so. Do you have any idea how deep the rabbit hole goes? How tangled this web is? The scale is mind boggling. I'd wager that no-one is immune either.
So you and Bill Bob and Mary Margaret get elected this time. OK, now six years later Sam, Fred and Sally Jo get elected but Bill Bob gets booted and Mary Margaret is wooed by the dark side. So now it's just you, Sam, Fred and Sally Jo. Twelve years later, Sally Jo finds out that a little power is good and a lot of power is better. Think Peloser here.
Fred quits. And Sam goes which ever way the wind blows. So now, it's you again. Gillian gets elected along with you and Sam and now eighteen years later it's you, Sam and Gillian. Things haven't changed much and you're going to retire along with Sam. Gillian feels all alone but lunches often with Sally jo.
Who knows, maybe in 24 years, it'll be all better and someone else can start over to try to change things. 50 to a hundred years later we might actually have changed a law or held pork to to or three thousand additions to bills in a session.
Or we use an alternative method.
I don't mean to sound all down and out here but will somebody please explain to me just how we fix what was wrong in the first place and then fix what Obysmal and Peloser and the rest of this communist/socialist/fascist cadre have done to us. I mean by working with the system. By the election process. How do we stop the madness. Corruption. Insanity. I mean, come on, Acorn, aka weather underground/black panthers,
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
Department of the Treasury
Secretary Timothy F.*Geithner
Department of Defense
Secretary Robert M. Gates
Department of Justice
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Department of the Interior
Secretary Kenneth L.*Salazar
Department of Agriculture
Secretary Thomas J.*Vilsack
Department of Commerce
Secretary Gary F. Locke
Department of Labor
Secretary Hilda L. Solis
Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Shaun L.S.*Donovan
Department of Transportation
Secretary Raymond L.*LaHood
Department of Energy
Department of Education
Secretary Arne Duncan
Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary Eric K. Shinseki
Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet A.*Napolitano
The following positions have the status of Cabinet-rank:
Council of Economic Advisers
Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
Office of Management & Budget
Director Peter R. Orszag
United States Trade Representative
Ambassador Ronald Kirk
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Ambassador Susan Rice
White House Chief of Staff
Rahm I. Emanuel*
Not to mention the Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor AKA just appointed and the rest he will have the opportunity to appoint. Oh, and don't let me forget about the 40 or so Czars he's appointed. After you've explained just how the un-do feature works for all of this, I'm with you all the way.
Ya know, I'm not really loving the idea of a do over but no one, anywhere, has come up with a way to fix what we have now without a do over. How do you root it all out? How do you stop the special interests. I do not just mean the ones you can see but the ones you can't see. The back room club.
The illicit dealings and under the table payoffs etc. are just the tip of the iceberg. The military/industrial complex/bankers/rigged markets (don't even tell me you didn't know) cash cows, pork barrel, pay raises (self increased), retirement, bonuses, speaking engagements, book deals (guess I can't begrudge them those last two.)etc.
The sad truth is that in all my writings, I have not even yet scratched the surface of all the twists and turns and under handed, under the table dealings going on in Senate, Congress and in the Oval Office.
When do people wake up to reality? Drink some coffee. The Koolaid is just no good for you and me. Why do you think the Framers of the Constitution wrote the things they did back then? Why do you think they were worried? They knew the nature of man. They knew they would have to include a reset button.
Just as then, these words apply for you and me today.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. Thomas Jefferson
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state. Thomas Jefferson
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson
Never spend your money before you have it. Thomas Jefferson
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty. Letter to Count Diodati, 1807 Thomas Jefferson
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it. Letter to James Lewis, Jr., May 9, 1798
Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good. John Adams
The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite. Thomas Jefferson
[We should be] determined... to sever ourselves from the union we so much value rather than give up the rights of self-government... in which alone we see liberty, safety and happiness. Thomas Jefferson
And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions. Samuel Adams
You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe.
Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.
The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations ... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.
The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. Samuel Adams
Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.
They Are Right!