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  •  Removing incompetent officials from office (9+ / 0-)

    is the citizens' obligation. That's why we have elections and recall petitions.

    Law enforcement is one of the obligations of citizenship, along with:

    voting
    serving on juries
    holding office
    drafting laws
    providing material support

    Conservatives call them privileges so they have an excuse not to carry them out and to discourage others from doing so, too. Why? Because the cons are alergic to duty and obligation. Either that or they're just plain incompetent.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:21:22 AM PDT

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    •  Conservatives discourage public participation... (22+ / 0-)

      ...by ordinary folks for two reasons:

      1) the fewer people who participate in voting, holding office, drafting laws, etc., the more that they and their corporate/plutocrat masters can plunder the spoils of democracy and unregulated capitalism by default;

      and

      2) deep down, conservatives are elitist, royalist, Tory types who really don't believe that ordinary people are qualified to govern themselves, and that they - the so-called "ruling class" have some kind of God-given "obligation" to do it for them.  A sort of heavily-distorted, self-serving type of noblesse oblige (noblesse hegemony?).

      All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

      by Mystic Michael on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 07:10:32 AM PDT

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    •  You can't recall federal officeholders. (0+ / 0-)

      And whether you can recall a governor varies depending on the laws of a given state.

      "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

      by raptavio on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:37:50 AM PDT

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      •  Well, it's not possible to judge a performance (2+ / 0-)
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        in much under two years anyway, so federal elections every two years are quite sufficient, if the citizenry pays attention to performance, rather than ephemera such as popularity and good hair.
        One of our mistakes is in thinking that one person's negative experience will deter another from making the same mistake. The House seems to invalidate that assumption. During the last three elections, a total of 212 seats have been filled with newcomers and still the old guard has not caught on that the populace expects a change.
        Perhaps they can do no different. Whatever. The time-serving incompetents need to be replaced. Now, more than ever, it is time to clean House.

        I think that's the message that Obama is trying to get across.

        http://hannah.smith-family.com

        by hannah on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:56:17 AM PDT

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      •  NOT SO FAST.... (0+ / 0-)

        ART 1 SEC 5 CLAUSE 2

        read your Constitution.

        “Vote for the party closest to you, but work for the movement you love.” ~ Thom Hartmann 6/12/13

        by ozsea1 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 01:37:59 PM PDT

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        •  *deep breath* (0+ / 0-)

          That allows members of Congress to expel their own -- NOT allows for popular recall petitions.

          "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

          by raptavio on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 02:13:58 PM PDT

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          •  "Board of Corrections" (0+ / 0-)

            I'm toggling through screens and posted that comment too fast.

            You're right.

            Deep breath indeed.

            “Vote for the party closest to you, but work for the movement you love.” ~ Thom Hartmann 6/12/13

            by ozsea1 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 02:17:34 PM PDT

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