"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
The idea of a computer redistricting sounds good, but answer this: Who writes the program?
If it's an allegedly independent third party, who hires them?
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
And term limits isn't a bad idea really. If its good enough for the Presidency then it should be good enough for Senators and Congress critters. However I'd be quite willing to not have term limits for the Congress or Senate if they got rid of the term limits for the Presidency.
As for GOP'ers, Since I'm not a GOP don't really care about that. I personally am against ALL parties as that just takes away from what is really important about whether to elect a candidate or not. Voting for someone because there is a D or R or what have you is imo worse than not voting at all. I would bet that if we got rid of those party affiliations half of the people on the Senate and in Congress wouldn't even have been elected. People would have to actually judge whether a person represents them or not on a politicians actual voting history and what they say they are going to do instead of just voting for "D" or "R".
I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
He who knows the least obeys the best.
Why--a middle year off from election-prep might actually get something done.
At this point, the GOP House is hopelessly deadlocked with itself, as we saw when we lost the grand bargain in 2011.
Money is all that matters in today's elections , as we have seen with the last two USSC court decisions in favor of the GOP.As for GOP'ers, Since I'm not a GOP don't really care about that. I personally am against ALL parties as that just takes away from what is really important about whether to elect a candidate or not. Voting for someone because there is a D or R or what have you is imo worse than not voting at all. I would bet that if we got rid of those party affiliations half of the people on the Senate and in Congress wouldn't even have been elected. People would have to actually judge whether a person represents them or not on a politicians actual voting history and what they say they are going to do instead of just voting for "D" or "R".
In just the last few weeks, several DEM Billionaires have now joined the fight, which has Karl Rove all hot and bothered.
The one thing I miss here at dp is not knowing your past history and how people like GWB were treated on this forum.
Not to mention the lead-up to any elections.
From what I see right now, I'm betting none of them were pretty .
Chemists Have Solutions .
I vote for my GOP Rep because of "old school" reasons, especially in the primary against a TEA, and I am a Democrat.
The people he has in the field are excellent, especially with the help I got on a Veteran's situation with my parents.
He's building up stature, is one of the "young guns", is a rational Neo-Con and a Veteran of Iraq.
He supported the President over Syria and doesn't play politics with foreign policy as most of the GOP does.
He doesn't say yes to alternative energy in his CD, since that is a GOP no-no, but doesn't block AE either .
I saw him last week at a townhall and listened to the "we have to have serious discussions" BS talking point we heard from Ryan today.
What we don't hear loudly is the beginning discussion of restructuring all public pensions.
You may remember Ryan getting lit up over trying to decrease COLA a little for Veterans last December.
How much is enough for those Officers who already have Tri-Care-For-Life?
My congressman is willing to tackle the VA and social security .
Chemists Have Solutions .
As much as I like the idea of seeing the party system abolished in it's entirety, I don't see this working. Honestly the ability to assemble into parties is the only thing keeping those outside of the mainstream corporate agenda somewhat afloat. If Libertarians, Socialists, Greens, Constitutionalists, etc ran as independents and were not allowed the benefits and funding that come with a party, they would get even less votes because those with the will and the want to do bad things will just find another way. I see this as only further screwing over the little guys. So, as much as I like the idea, I would vote no.