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Gilded Class Warriors

ideaminer Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 5:31 PM
Continuation: What message would that send to the 'winning' candidate? Even though Candidate D 'won', what did he 'win'? Not even a simple majority, let alone a mandate; he takes office knowing that 95% of the voters opted for either the other candidate, or to withhold their consent from both. Even today, candidates in three-way races who don't win by 50+%, tend to be very circumspect in office, because they know they don't have the majority of popular support. I'm not saying this is a great idea, just an idea that's (1) different, (2) likely to get the attention of both parties, since one or two points can now change the outcome of elections, (3) grassroots and can go national without a lot of money or organization, and (4) peaceful.
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Gilded Class Warriors

ideaminer Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 5:05 PM
You are, of course, right. But, this is about protest, about expressing our dissatisfaction with the entire system, not just one party, and one way to do that is by withdrawing our consent. Remember, "consent of the governed" was one of the guiding principles of our form of government: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,..." I realize that the Declaration is not a legal document, but we still look to these documents to discern the founding principles and original intentions. And, imagine a county clerk announcing something like, "Out of 10,000 votes cast, 502 were for Senate Candidate D, 498 were for Senate Candidate R, and 9000 were blank." cont.
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Gilded Class Warriors

ideaminer Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 11:03 AM
It's called cronyism, as you probably know. But, you did just remind me of something we can do instead of just complaining on these blogs: use our power as consumers. In the case of Facebook, what would happen if thousands of people started taking down their Facebook pages after making Facebook's tax 'status' their last post? Hitting the wallet is usually the most effective 'revolution' (and a lot quieter). Of course, the way our government is currently 'working', Congress would be just as likely to pass a law requiring every citizen to have a Facebook page as to closing any corporate tax loopholes.
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Gilded Class Warriors

ideaminer Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 10:46 AM
continuation: cast a blank ballot when you vote to show your disapproval, especially of the federal govt.; start specific issue movements, such as ending and then forbidding the unionization of govt employees, state's rights, discontinuing federal agencies like the Dept of Educ., etc.; show up at every local govt meeting you can--city and town councils, school boards, etc,; campaign against any lawyer running for office (being a lawyer should be a disqualification for public office because of the obvious conflict of interest). I'm sure there are more, but's that's all I have time for now.
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Gilded Class Warriors

ideaminer Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 10:25 AM
Interesting comment. More and more of the people I talk to have been expressing the same frustration, especially this past couple weeks. We have a Congress that hasn't passed a budget in four years and...no consequences. Our political class routinely lies to us, in addition to exempting themselves from the laws they pass and using our money (taxes) to live a lifestyle 95% of the people they represent can't afford and...no consequences. We, the people, now find ourselves unable to guarantee the validity of our elections or hold our elected officials accountable. Because of its sheer size there is little we can realistically do, but there are a few things: learn how to recall your elected officials; send letters, not emails, to DC; cont.
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Random Thoughts

ideaminer Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 6:35 PM
Very well said, especially your last line--a very important point to remember. I do question your interpretation of the 2nd Amnd. to be "the right to keep and bear military small arms". I think the way it was written using just the term "arms" with nothing defining or specifying the type of arms, the word "arms" was used as a general, all-encompassing term. There were cannon as well as muskets at the time the Bill of Rights was written, and even though it was probably expected that most individuals would not own a cannon, it wasn't forbidden to them either. As a general term, I think 'arms' applied to whatever was, or would be, state of the art weaponry, and it was left to individuals to determine what would suit their needs and wallets.
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Random Thoughts

ideaminer Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 6:05 PM
Re: Dr. Sowell's last comment: "I don't know how many Hispanic votes the Republicans think they are going to pick up by going soft on illegal immigration." Personally, I think the GOP would be better off making an effort to explain (in Spanish and any other language necessary) why the "rule of law" is important to a free and civil society, and how it helped create the most propserous nation in world history in just a hundred years. If immigrants understand that respect for law, instead of obedience to a king or dictator, is one of the attributes that has made this the country they want to come to, the GOP might at least gain their respect, if not their votes.
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Messing with the Bull

ideaminer Wrote: Feb 09, 2013 3:57 PM
Watching American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and Honey Boo Boo.
You're right, but the problem is much bigger than just "facing up" to the true nature of SS and Medicare. These programs have been around so long and government at all levels has grown so much, together with a central banking system that has steadily eroded the purchasing power of our money, that many (maybe most in the so-called middle-class and below) no longer have sufficient resouces left to them to be self-sufficient. I'm a baby-boomer, and everyone I know has "faced up" to the fact that, following our parents and grandparents, we were suckered into this scheme--probably one of the reasons many of us are still working. I expect the next psychological disorder we'll be hearing about is "generational guilt".
You are so right--I stand corrected. So much for making the first flippant comment that comes to mind; I'll be more careful in the future.
"Give me control of a nation's money supply, and I care not who makes it’s laws." Amschel Rothschild If we are to have any hope of saving this country, (we may have already passed the political and economic points of no return), we must be brutally honest with ourselves about what got us here. Our economic and political ruin did not begin in 2009, but a hundred years ago, in 1913 with the creation of the Federal Reserve, when the banking class silently gained control of this country. Since then, both parties have been co-opted to their service: as long as they keep us fighting among ourselves and blaming each we're not paying attention to the incessant stealing of real wealth from the American people by the banking class.
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