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  •  And I am forced, as a taxpayer, to subsidize these (8+ / 0-)

    politician-assholes, their families, and benefits for their families.  

    There oughtta be a law..... oh that's right, the one law these creeps would never think to pass is a law outlawing the paying of salaries to sex-obsessed puritanical idiot goons who happen to have been elected to higher office expressly for the purpose of inventing sex-obsessed puritanical idiot laws.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:23:13 AM PST

    •  You know, there's a pretty simple fix for that: (1+ / 0-)
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      Stop voting for them.
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      Ok, now that's fixed, we can move onto some other pressing problems...

      - This one made a huge splash when it appeared. In 2006 more Americans were able to name two of the “seven dwarves” than two of the Supreme Court justices. And that was before Kagan and Sotomayor showed up. To be fair, Happy and Sleepy are easy to remember.

      - More Americans can identify the Three Stooges than the three branches of government--you know, the ones who are jockeying over our welfare.

      (those are just the last two of the list!)

      ...continued...

      Blaming Americans for being ignorant unwashed masses--or taking potshots at an education system that doesn’t teach critical thinking-- would be the easy answer to this conundrum.

      But the reality is that if messaging has such a big effect on Americans, then messaging matters. Folks on our end have to counter the lies with well-told, unabashed unironic, truth-telling. And we have to demand that our media, and our politicians, call out the other side. As Perlstein notes, “When one side breaks the social contract, and the other side makes a virtue of never calling them out on it, the liar always wins. When it becomes 'uncivil' to call out liars, lying becomes free.”

      Even worse, once lies begin to spread, they become more than rumors--they become permanent beliefs.

      Ok, so the solution is a little more complicated than I suggested. Your elected reps are a product of your education system - which is failing - and then your elected reps fail your education system and you.

      I can't wait to see Christine O'Donnell (or her ilk) run again. If nothing is fixed, she'll win and 'eye of newt' and bat wing' futures will go through the roof.

      'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

      by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:30:09 PM PST

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