Ken Collins: DC is disconnected

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— “Democracy is a lousy form of government. It just happens to be the best one available.”

Sounds like Mark Twain or maybe Will Rogers. Regardless, it’s true. And the present-day American democracy is getting worse all the time. Majority rule is no longer the case. The GOP is holding democracy hostage and has since January 2008. Yes, the Democrats held up some of President Bush’s tries. Remember the privatization of Social Security? Think how much worse we’d be today if they’d let that through.

But this GOP has had, as Jon Stewart called it, “the audacity of nope.” They have even said publicly, for the first time in history, their main goal is to make Obama a one-term president. Not jobs, not security, not the economy or education. Their new Plan for America was “nothing really different from what we’ve always done.” This from the party that mostly, not totally, got us in this mess.

One GOP senator from Arizona is holding up a very important START treaty with Russia that threatens our very ability to deal with nuclear arms.

John McCain is almost single-handedly holding up the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” against the majority of Americans and the armed forces. But then, he introduced Sarah Palin to us, and he’s been downhill ever since.

There is more power in the minority than the majority. This is not what our founding fathers planned. Filibuster is not in the constitution.

There still are appointees being held up for no reason than simply to do it. It has been bad in Washington, D.C., for about 25 years, but it is getting exponentially worse. D.C. has come to mean Dis-Connected. After trying for more than 100 years to get a national health care plan passed, the GOP wants to throw this one out. Not amend and edit it, but throw it out and start over when they have the White House or Congress.

Does anybody really see any chance for improvement in bipartisanship? The country is in trouble and the parties are drifting further apart. The Dems refuse to see problems and the GOP refuses to do anything about them. A very bad combo for Americans. George, TJ, the Adamses, Abe and Teddy R. are rolling in their graves. 

Comments

Fred Duckels 3 years, 7 months ago

If only we would give O a free reign, all our problems would be solved. Ken, the voters have rejected rejected you, this is going to be a tough sell. Your opinions are fine, but first try to get your facts straight.

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Rob Douglas 3 years, 7 months ago

Ken: While you are entitled to your opinions (and I applaud you for speaking out - even while I disagree with most of what you've stated), you're not entitled to your own facts. The filibuster is indeed contained within the U.S. Constitution. Article I, Section 5, Paragraph 2 begins: "Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings..." The Senate since its earliest days has, under its constitutional authority to determine the rules of its proceedings, repeatedly created rules that allow for filibuster. Indeed, if the Senate wanted to do away with the filibuster it could do so. But, as each party recognizes that there are important and historic reasons to maintain the power of the filibuster, neither has taken any serious steps to strike the rules that allow for filibusters. Has the right of filibuster been abused at times by both parties? Arguably so. Are there reasons to allow filibuster to remain an available procedure under the Senate's rules? To date, despite bluster and blather from some in the Senate, the answer seems to be that neither party wants to do away with the rule as they recognize there will be times when as a minority they will seek to exercise the power of a filibuster to their advantage. Finally, whether you agree or disagree with their rulings, the Supreme Court has upheld the underlying rules of the Senate that created the right of filibuster. Again, thank you for sharing your opinion. I hope you'll consider the above when you discuss filibusters in the future.

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Rob Douglas 3 years, 7 months ago

Ken: I would also recommend you read Federalist 62 - authored by James Madison - dealing with the Senate. In particular, review the portions dealing with the wisdom of creating the Senate as a body that does not easily change the law of the nation with constant shifts from side-to-side. Specifically, I would draw your attention to all of the material contained in Federalist 62 that follows the words, "To trace the mischievous effects of a mutable government would fill a volume. I will hint a few only, each of which will be perceived to be a source of innumerable others." An excellent copy of Federalist 62 may be located at: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa62.htm

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Clearsky 3 years, 7 months ago

The ones with the most money rule with the consent of the ill advised.

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seeuski 3 years, 7 months ago

So the closed door tactical meetings held in the White House last year keeping out all GOP that led to the wildly unpopular Obamacare laws was a hostage? The theft of GM was a hostage? The failure of continuing "spread the wealth" stimulus plans are hostage? This lousy Administration has done what they planned to do from the start under the supervision of the Tides Foundation payed for by George Soros and the people have awoken to the truth and are standing up with their votes. We are rejecting this Marxist move and even with an up hill battle in the face of powerful players like the SEIU and the AFL-CIO along with Soros $$$ we are slowly taking back, or slowing down the destruction "fundamental change" of the USA.

Ken is just angry that our voices are powerful and the final nails can't be hammered in the coffin in the form of Cap and Tax and the Dream Act along with raping more tax $$$ from the job creators.

Our Congressmen/women are standing up for what we are demanding, that is all Ken, you're Marxist leaders have been headed off at the pass.

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pitpoodle 3 years, 7 months ago

Personally Ken, I am very glad the Repubs were able to stop some of the stupid stuff Dems wanted to do. Apparently, most of the country felt that way too, as you recall the Dems took a shellacking at the polls and for many good reasons. You just don't get it.

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