Published: Monday, April 28 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
"How can I help America return to a government of the people, by the people,
and for the people? Please tell me, what I can do?"If you really
want a return to government "of the people" stop seeing everything
through a party lens. That- more than the claims we're about to read in
the hyper-partisan comments from both sides in response to your letter - would
return us to a government "of the people".
Excellent letter.The truth is, there's not much we can do
because right now even the moral compass of our country, the Supreme Court,
believes that bribery is a form of free speech. How perverse is that? All 5 of
the 9 SC judges believe that bribery is free speech and all 5 are Republican.The solution?We need to vote the Republicans out and elect
Democrats. We need to hold Democrats to the fire to fulfill our wishes. To be continued...
Anyone interested in reading about the GOP's extremism and the situation in
Congress should read the book written by 2 political scientists who have worked
in Washington for over 40 years. The book is titled: "Even Worse than we
Thought." They had an op-ed in the Washington Post titled:
Let's face it, Republicans are the problem.Our current state in
DC is just despicable. It's almost as if we have a winner take all
parliamentary system where the majority party doesn't have to reach across
the aisle to govern. Unfortunately, because of the separation of powers, in
order to govern one must reach across the aisle.Which is why the tea
party has made governing impossible.Which sadly, is exactly what the
anti-government folks like Norquist and Koch bros want. If government is
destroyed then corporations are free to gouge, cheat, pollute, enslave, and do
whatever they want.We have gotta get rid of the tea party and enact
serious campaign and ethic reform in Washington.Then, we must focus
on protecting the American worker, raising taxes to sane levels, enacting
serious regulation on the banking industry, and rebuilding our infrastructure.
Answers to your questions:1) There's a black man in the
Whitehouse.2) He's a democrat.
I think you're way off-base laying blame on Republicans. The same things
are being said about Democrats regarding these, and many other issues, all led
by a President who has no regard for the Constitution, the people's wishes
or even the laws of the land.Without a responsive, unbiased media,
we're helpless save for elections... and here again, consistent voter fraud
is a hallmark of the Democratic party.In my experience, there are
receptive, fair politicians in both parties who will at least tell you why they
oppose or support what you want. Write to your Senator and Representative and
get their reasoning straight from their office. I've found almost without
exception that what they tell me is either different, or much more clear than
what the media is saying.
Robert. From what polls are you getting your information? I could find no poll
suggesting what you claim. But I did find several polls about Obamacare and
Obama's approval that will not make you happy.
"Why? Must they act only to satisfy their corporate donors? Are we no longer
a functioning democracy and instead really an oligarchy primarily serving the
desires of the wealthy?"Yes.
53% think neither party represents the American people, both parties have a
credibility gap (Rasmussen reports). Most major media believe that Obama will
hurt the Democrats in 2014.
Resurrect Ronald Reagan.
Does the letter writer think that he has the right to impose rules and
regulations that are expressly forbidden by the Constitution? Who gave him that
power? We have a contract between government and the people. Government cannot
impose firearm laws - period. They cannot regulate the number of rounds that a
firearm's magazine holds - period. They cannot require permits to use
firearms - period. They cannot censor what we say - period.They cannot dictate religious doctrines - period.They cannot
search our email or listen to our phone calls unless a judge has authorized it
based on probable cause - period.They cannot seize our stock or
bonds without paying for those stocks or bonds - period.They cannot
tax us for anything not listed in Article 1, Section 8 - period.They
cannot legislate on the federal level unless we have preauthorized that duty -
period.The letter writer obviously doesn't believe the words
written in the Constitution. He blames the Republicans. Perhaps he should
NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll mid March asked respondents whether they would
be more or less likely to vote for a candidate who "supports a pathway to
citizenship for undocumented.". Forty-two percent of those surveyed, said
they would be "less likely," while thirty-six percent said they would be
"more likely" to support a candidate who supports amnesty. ABC News-Washington Post poll last week that found that 39% of registered
voters were less likely to vote for a candidate who supports amnesty. That poll
found that only 27% of registered voters were more likely to vote for candidates
who support amnesty.Big business lobbyists are arguing that the
Republicans need to pass amnesty, or get voted out. It's just the opposite.
Suggestions 1, 3, and 4 would be against the law, even against the constitution.
Quoting liberals, you can't just vote to violate the constitutional rights
of others. Then there is the equal pay issue. It is a non-issue.
Currently women in the same job as men make 7% MORE than than the men. It is
only when you factor in the many women in unskilled jobs that there is a gap.
Folks, you have to do your research on every claim your beloved Obama makes.
Haven't you learned this yet?
It is the Tea party radicals. The people that support Bundy from Bunkerville.
MountanmanVictor, IDRobert. From what polls are you getting your
information? I could find no poll suggesting what you claim. But I did find
several polls about Obamacare and Obama's approval that will not make you
happy.7:08 a.m. April 28, 2014[Holy Cow Mountanman --
the DN had it Hyper-linked in the article FOR you -- it don't get any
easier than that]========== Mike RichardsSouth
Jordan, UtahDoes the letter writer think that he has the right to impose
rules and regulations that are expressly forbidden by the Constitution?[Please show us where in the Constitution that open and unlimited bribery of
our political representatives is Consitutional.Because as I read it
in Section 4 -- Bribery IS an impeachable offense under high crimes and
misdomeanors.And DON'T try to tell me that politicians are
taking in 110's of millions of dollars with NO strings attached.No business man worth his salt invests money is something and does not
expecting something of equal or greater value in return.]
Re: "How can I help America return to a government of the people, by the
people, and for the people?"Step one -- stop listening to
disingenuous liberal bleating about what real people want.Exactly
none of your assertions about what Americans really want is actually true. Those
are just liberal talking points that seem to them to resonate -- but only in the
liberal echo chambers.Those that purposely exclude input from real
re: airnaut,How many people in the DOD (you know, the department of
the government that YOU work for) lobby Congress to keep YOUR job in Utah? Is
lobbying for the DOD "bribing" people in Congress? What's the
difference between you and your peers twisting the arms of Congress and me and
my peers asking them to do something? The difference is that it's YOUR job
and because it's YOUR job, it's important to YOU. Why did Hatch work
so hard to get the NSA complex built in Bluffdale? Was that the
"bribery" that you're talking about? Words have
meaning. When you use "bribery" instead of "free speech",
isn't that slander, or does the meaning of a word depend on who uses that
word? If the Supreme Court rules against your wishes, have those Justices been
"bribed"? I wonder what they would say about that if you had to defend
yourself before them? Would you rely on "free speech" when they
discussed the word "treason" with you? It's easy to throw around
the wrong word, isn't it?
Robert,Let’s look at the issues you raise and where you falsely try
to put the blameEqual compensation for equal work – laws are
already on the books, this is just a boogeyman dems are trying to create to
deflect attention from their failed policies. Why has BO NOT been enforcing
those laws already on the books? Maybe if they spent less time persecuting
their political opponents and enforcing laws ALREADY ON THE BOOKS, there would
not be an issue.Favoring requiring birth control in health plans
– there’s a little thing called the bill of rights, giving
protections to people of conscience. Even IF the poll is correct, it CANNOT
override the 1st amendment.Illegal immigrants and residency –
Repubs HAVE been willing to talk about this, but dems REFUSE to go along with a
secure border. Without a secure border, no other fix works.No, when
properly viewed, fault for the problems you cite lie at the feet of the dems.And ignoring the will of the people? You mean how the dems rammed
Obamacare through when the majority of the population OPPOSED it?Ranch,Playing the race card shows the weakness of your position.
Show me polls from unbiased sources first, and then I might listen.
Maybe you should move to Canada or Mexico, where there are no Republicans, and
your healthcare will be free and plentiful, and illegal, undocumented entry into
these respective countries is encouraged and welcomed! Or maybe not?
What we are seeing here are more and more attempts by demos. to deflect from the
issue of Obamacare which WILL result in many demos. losing their coveted elected
positions in 2014. They (demos)are trying their best to talk about ANYTHING but
Obamacare.Notice the author forgot to include the demographic that
reflects the fact that over 50% DON'T WANT Obamacare.
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