Saturday, April 18, 2015

Special Interests and Corruption, The Road to Oligarchy and Neo Feudalism...

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The net affect of the money machine — lobbyists, fund raisers, and campaign consultants — is to severely narrow the field of those who can compete for office, especially national office. If the national presidency were to pass back and forth between two or three families in any Latin American nation we would call it an oligarchy.

But if those families can use carefully built political networks to raise a billion, or perhaps it is now multiple billions, of dollars to seek the presidency, what hope is there for the new voice, the fresh ideas, the innovative policies to address new 21st century realities?

If the corruption of our Republic by interests groups and their money, governance by a Court of rotating insiders, and fresh blood strangled from the political process is the ultimate product of a deck stacked against the Country, we are in for a precarious time in American history.

We will have created a political system and some form of government new in our history. But it will most surely not be the Republic of our Founders hopes and dreams.

Former Senator Gary Hart penned the above and his observations are spot on. Without saying it he is speaking of the Bush family. Hillary is not yet president but the odds are very good she might be come January 2017. Family dynasties controlling the nation's interests certainly cannot not be a good thing.

Our nation's lawmakers have talked about campaign finance reform and even made half hearted attempts to reform the system in the past. Yet the political money funnels and special interest have continued to increase and the greasing of lawmakers palms in exchange for special favors has almost become a national sport or pastime.

With Citizens United, a measure I initially and mistakenly supported, matters were made much worse. The really big money folks now have ways to funnel huge sums of money into the political system to influence outcomes, outcomes that benefit them and their corporations. They accomplish this through a corrupt system and the corrupt politicians and judges that make laws. Laws that do not benefit Joe the Plummer or any other hardworking person in America.

Both parties and their politicians are responsible to one degree or other. However, given the republicans almost unanimous support for Citizens Untied the finger of truth points to the republicans as having a heavier burden. Even the United States Supreme Court has become politicized and its impartiality compromised as a result. Americans became the losers again in the game of power politics where ethical behavior s of little concern.

Gary Hart's letter is likely to have zero impact and this little gripe column serves only as an opportunity for one who is frankly very pissed off to vent. If ever there has been a reason for the average working class individual to rise up and make their voices heard this certainly is the issue. With things trending as they are now we will undoubtedly morph into an Oligarchy and a neo feudalism won't be far behind.

Read Mr. Hart's complete article BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Friday, April 17, 2015

Clinton May Face Primary Challengers...

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For one hoping that several democratic candidates will emerge to duke it out for the opportunity to challenging whoever wins the GOP circus act this site is encouraged by Wasserman-Schultz's belief just such a thing will occur.

While thus far the democratic party seems short on substantive and dynamic candidates the GOP, with the possible exception of Marco Rubio, isn't all that impressive either.

BloombergPolitics - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who doubles as chair of the Democratic National Committee, is so convinced that there will be a contested primary for the presidential nomination that she has begun planning for "a series of sanctioned debates that we expect our presidential candidates will participate in," she told C-SPAN's Newsmakers program on Friday. Referring to Bloomberg's poll showing that Democrats want a challenge to Clinton, Wasserman Schultz said, "I expect that voters who believe we should have a Democratic primary will get their wish."

Wasserman Schultz said she has been talking about the planned debate series with both official candidates (so far, there's only one) and potential entrants. She mentioned Vice President Joe Biden, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, former Senator (and Governor) Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Senator Bernie Sanders—although she noted that Sanders, a Vermont independent, would have to change parties to qualify for a Democratic primary.
{MORE BELOW the FOLD

Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Nugent Pops Off About Shooting Hary Reid At NRA Gathering...

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"If your child is dying and there's only one way to get to the doctor, would you get on Harry Reid's boat to get there?" Nugent said. After a pause, he continued: "Then your child's dead. I'd get on the boat, I'd get there and then I'd shoot him." Ted Nugent 

Simply unbelievable! Even if he was 'just joking'. When mentality like Nugent stared having sway in the NRA is when the membership got dropped. Nugent, hell, the whole damn NRA organization needs a serious house cleaning.

Nugent, who is on the NRA's board of directors, made the comment while responding to an audience member who asked why the NRA "endorsed Harry Reid to serve as the front man of Osama Obama."

In video flagged by Media Matters, the conservative darling called Reid a "lying prick" after doing a bizarre impression of the senator. He then posed a hypothetical situation in which the audience member would need Reid's help.

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Nugent later asked audience members to give the NRA the "benefit of the doubt" and continue to donate if the organization did something that didn't sit well with them.

"If you see them endorse someone like Harry Reid it's because this deceptive bastard actually stood up for our Second Amendment rights contrary to the alternative candidate,"

Full article with audio BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Women Shouldn't Be President; According to the Bible...

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From out of Texas, complete with a biblical reference. Why should this surprise anyone? Thump, thump, thump...



DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – “A female shouldn’t be President,” is a direct quote from a Dallas woman’s Facebook page.

As you might imagine, the post has attracted quite a bit of attention from people across the country.

CBS 11’s Steve Pickett caught up with Cheryl Rios, the CEO of Go Ape Marketing, and asked her to explain the comment.

“I believe in what I said,” she told Pickett. “There’s an old biblical sound reasoning why a woman shouldn’t be President.”  (emphasis mine)

Here’s the full text of her post:

“If this happens – I am moving to Canada. There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country – but more importantly a female shouldn’t be president. Let the haters begin . . . but with the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”

Complete article BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

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