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When you march in a band,you should march the same way every else does. I am in
the"Kos" band and I seem to be out of step with everyone concerning Term limits.
 Years ago,I sold medical equipment. I was also a "detail man". We pushed our drugs to the Doctor.

Many Doctors would NEVER see a salesperson because they had no time to listen to people who were docs themselves,tell them what drug to use.

Maybe we should treat members of Congress like doctors,make sure they have briefs on
all subjects. The brief would be written by a person with no agenda. The folks who
lobby Congress,would be treated like we medial salespeople were. No free anything,
no visits,nothing.

Maybe we should have a strong petition that only allows public financing. No private
money allowed for candidates. The candidate would only be allowed to use their
own money up to the level all candidates have.a level playing field for all.

Maybe we should have a political system like Great Britain,(no King or Queen)
One political party takes control  over the entire Country. If citizens ran out of love
for that party,new elections could be held.

Campaigns would be held to 90 days,period. Now it seems the 2016 presidential
campaign is under way, We are almost to summer 2014. That is absurd.

I am throwing ideas at you. No one in this country thinks much about Congress.
Most folks,however,will keep their seats.

Petitions are great,but we need to change things. Time is neutral. Evil folks make
better use of time then we seem to. Hate the tea-party all you want,many are still
in power. I admit it seems like the tea-party is loosing popularity for now.
They HAVE pushed the Republican party to the right in political thought.

Whatever we have to do , lets try and turn around our Government and make it
like it can be.

We need  to fix our Government,its broken.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

    by Vet63 on Sat May 17, 2014 at 11:44:21 AM PDT

  •  Yes, our system of govt isn't perfect, but the (3+ / 0-)
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    citizens are no bargain either.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Sat May 17, 2014 at 11:57:03 AM PDT

    •  lordcopper (2+ / 0-)
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      Our system WAS the best in the World. Now,not so much,
      Fox is anti-Obama all the time. Congress says nothing will happen until after the elections this year. In August,we once again might "go over the cliff",

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Sat May 17, 2014 at 03:17:45 PM PDT

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      •  I agree, and as I indicated it's the citizens that (1+ / 0-)
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        are the problem.  Most of the problems we face in this country can be attributed to the "assholery" of a certain segment of the population (Republicans approx 30-35%).  They are enabled by another 30% of the population who refuse to educate themselves on the process and contribute to the public discourse.  The problems we face aren't insurmountable and could be positively effected with minor tweaks in policy.  However, as a nation, we are incapable of coming together and solving problems.  The system is fine, but it requires serious adults to operate it.

        "Because I am a river to my people."

        by lordcopper on Sat May 17, 2014 at 07:40:51 PM PDT

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  •  Excellent post. (4+ / 0-)

    You have some interesting ideas.

    So many books--so little time. Economic Left/Right -7.88 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -6.97

    by Louisiana 1976 on Sat May 17, 2014 at 11:58:31 AM PDT

    •  Louisiana 1976 (1+ / 0-)
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      Thank you. I know if you keep doing the same things,you
      will get the same result. I know none of my ideas will ever
      happen,but it would be nice if SOMETHING changed in our

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Sat May 17, 2014 at 03:07:12 PM PDT

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  •  I agree with Louisiana 1976, some of the (3+ / 0-)
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    ideas you're throwing out there are interesting. Some don't seem particularly practical, but as conversation starters they're great.

    I wonder especially where we might find "a person with no agenda," certainly I would not qualify; I have a very clear agenda, we probably agree about most things (my preferences wouldn't cause much controversy among liberals), but I could hardly call myself neutral.

    I think we need to heal our government, maybe repair it. I don't think it is "broken" so much as it is gummed up.

    Of course the Republicans do everything they can to create the impression that government can't work, when they have a chance to they make it as dysfunctional as possible. Having created the problems, they then complain louder than anyone about how bad the government is.

    Sometimes we need potent medicine to clear away a nasty infection, other times an illness will run its course and we feel better no matter what we do.

    I'm not advocating complacency--the R's sure won't stand still. Maybe if we challenge our own perspectives we'll find that the "shiny, new" Teabaggers of 2009-2010 have been revealed for most people as nasty old haters, and they are increasingly marginalizing themselves. That's almost a bad thing in my view since their extremism is so blatant and polarizing.

    If your strategy depends on having fewer people show up to vote, that is not a sign of strength. That is a sign of weakness. President Obama

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sat May 17, 2014 at 12:27:05 PM PDT

    •  There is no such thing as that (4+ / 0-)

      person with no agenda, who has absolutely no biases either way. Not if you are talking about human beings. The whole notion of a "disinterested third party" is a myth. Everyone has got biases.

      •  I think that, hypothetically, there may be (1+ / 0-)
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        people who are disinterested enough--especially in particular topics--that they would qualify as "neutral."

        Even then there would be he problem of overcoming their apathy.

        Worse, they might be easily manipulated by people who did care more. If they truly didn't have an agenda they could be convinced of some pretty wild stuff. A partisan (on my side or some other) would be tougher to co-opt.

        A debate between clearly stated viewpoints is likelier to reveal valuable information, even if it gets noisy sometimes.

        As tiresome as the Republican tendency toward contentiousness for its own sake can be, my real problem with them is that they are content to clog every effort at progress.

        Then again, no matter how plugged a toilet may be it can eventually be cleared. That is the truth and the Republicans greatest fear, so they cling to their imagined past for all they are worth.

        Improvement isn't coming fast enough for any of us, but it is coming.

        If your strategy depends on having fewer people show up to vote, that is not a sign of strength. That is a sign of weakness. President Obama

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sat May 17, 2014 at 02:15:36 PM PDT

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      •  doc2 (1+ / 0-)
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        Again,if we keep doing the same thing,we get the same result.People are hungry now,bridges are falling apart
        now. It's sad to me that change comes so slowly.I guess
        it will take something major in a negative way to force
        our leaders to work together for the common good.

        Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

        by Vet63 on Sat May 17, 2014 at 03:13:27 PM PDT

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  •  More than just a bit off topic (2+ / 0-)
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    But I am in debt to you for reminded me of this scene for the Tin Drum. When everyone is marching play a waltz...

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Sat May 17, 2014 at 01:52:03 PM PDT

  •  Don't know where to Start (4+ / 0-)
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    My (Useless to me) State Legislator (Republican) is being attacked by Americans For Prosperity (the Kochtopus) for voting for the Private Option Medicaid expansion.

    She has NO Democratic Opposition, it is a choice between "conservative" and "More Conservative";  We need to broaden the choices across the board.

    Maybe we should just add a "None of the Above" option to every Ballot, so there will always be a choice?

    In the dark shadow of the Great Satan of Retail

    by OzarkOrc on Sat May 17, 2014 at 02:55:37 PM PDT

    •  We have "none of the above" in NV (3+ / 0-)
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      "None of the above" cannot be elected, tho, and the seat would be filled by the candidate with the next-highest vote total.

      The (R) party sued in 2012 to have that option declared unconstitutional. (They feared that option would syphon votes that would otherwise go for their candidate.) District Court Judge Robert Jones agreed with them, but the Ninth Circuit stayed his decision and eventually overturned it.

      In the NV Senate race that year, Heller (R-45.9%) and Berkley (D-44.7%) shared the final tally with "None of these Candidates" (|*|-4.54%).

      P.S. Judge Robert Jones is the same one who decided (in Sevcik v. Sandoval) that - (from Wiki)

      On 26 November 2012, a Mormon judge ruled that same-gender couples have no constitutional right to marry: (1) because they usually do not procreate; and (2) because if same-gender couples start marrying, then opposite-gender couples might marry less often. The judge also ruled that laws related to sexual orientation should not be tested under heightened scrutiny (a greater assumption that they’re unconstitutional) because gays and lesbians now have substantial political power, and thus no longer qualify as a minority class.
      The case was appealed to the Ninth Circuit in December 2012, but has not yet been heard.
    •  OzarkOrc (0+ / 0-)

      I guess,why would a leader NOT be in favor of a plan
      to help folks get medical care? Politics and right wing agenda
      is more important than you I guess,how cruel.
      Thanks for your message,

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Sun May 18, 2014 at 07:48:06 AM PDT

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  •  gerrymandering (0+ / 0-)

    I also read your post on term limits and I think that if we could get rid of gerrymandering which is despicable we would than have term limits.

    I also think that we DO need term limits for the Supreme Court and some way to de-politicize it.  Since Bush v Gore it's been a farce.

    sometimes the dragon wins

    by kathy in ga on Sun May 18, 2014 at 10:36:07 AM PDT

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