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For Once, Republicans Must Ignore All Calls and Jump off Cliff

poorgrandchildren.com2 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 6:29 PM
DHulme said, "Fortunately, we live in a constitutional republic, representative democracy." The two terms are mutually exclusive. We used to live in a constitutional republic, but Americans have bought the lie and we have degenerated into a representative democracy. 51 wolves are voting against 49 sheep on what to have for dinner. You're it.

I remember it well. It was Christmastime 1995, and much of the business establishment seemed furious with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. As his political chair, I was hearing them out. Moreover, I was by then CEO of one of the nation's largest producers of corporate annual reports -- big-ticket items -- so I was listening intently.

But I had no influence. Bill Clinton was having nothing to do with Newt's threats to "shut down" the government, and that is exactly what Newt did -- twice -- both in December of 1995 and again in January of 1996. The result? Clinton...