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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.
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.
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.
Colonialgirl Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 2:17 PM
If you "cast a blank ballot" you have effectively voted for the leftists and liberal.
andrew299 Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 12:20 PM
I meant express an opinion and then engage in a series of meaningless arguments.
andrew299 Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 12:18 PM
Yes, that is a great start, but looks like we are a small group.
Everyone else here just wants to express an opinion, it's easier.
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.

In his first term President Obama was criticized for trash-talking the one-percenters while enjoying the aristocracy of Martha's Vineyard and the nation's most exclusive golf courses.

Obama never quite squared his accusations that "millionaires and billionaires" had not paid their fair share with his own obvious enjoyment of the perks of "corporate jet owners," "fat cat bankers" and Las Vegas junketeers.

Now, that paradox has continued right off the bat in the second term. In the State of the Union, Obama once more went after "the few," and "the wealthiest and the most powerful," whom he blasted as the "well-off and...