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  •   "The senate shouldn't be like the house" (2+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, FistJab

    I don't get that cliche'.  Why shouldn't it?  People just say it as if it were obviously true.  There may be an argument there but someone should actually make it.  

    •  The design of the bicameral Congress is (0+ / 0-)

      to have the house with its uneven (by state) representation be the entity that does most of the arguing and deal making- the dirty work.
      The Senate is supposed to be more deliberative, higher-minded.

      But the GOP will make no pretense in either house of allowing anything their opposition wants to pass. They feel if they render the legislative branch of government useless, they can weaken it to the point where corporations by necessity will have to step in. Their owners want government destroyed so they can have all the wealth and all the power. Democracy just doesn't work in a free market under the influence of steroid rage.

      Essentially, they want fascism. But that's just a silly liberal, me, getting all "over the top" and shit.

      It used to be parties worked to compromise, to do what was best for the nation overall first and foremost. Now, one party has abandoned any pretense of partisanship and is openly malevolent to the very government they pretend they want to serve.
      The other party knows there is no longer any real vestige of bipartisanship, but continues trying to prop up the pretense of a functioning government, vainly trying to outlast the destructive antics of the GOP in hopes we can maintain some semblance of democracy.

      The voting populace is largely ignorant, as is much of the media. Most root for their team as if this was a long-running football game. They don't take the time to look closely at what's going on, or don't know how to. Many don't have the intellectual capacity to tell PR tripe from actual news, if you can find it, facts, if you can find them. They have a built-in penchant for simple things or shiny things. Anything complicated or difficult to comprehend at a glance is bad, not trustworthy and probably a lie.
      So the "team" that can paint the simplest pictures in black and white, cut and dried gets their cheers and their votes. And the team that tries to educate them gets shunned, even mocked.
      They would rather have life easy than right or true. This makes them easily maleable, easily misled. Sheeple.

      It's by design. Congress is dysfunctional because half the people in it want to see it dead. It was never that way before. We are at a crucial turning point in our history that will be studied closely and referred to often in future History classes at all educational levels. The times when corporations went global, lost their regional loyalty and tried to destroy the greatest democratic experiment up to the time to further their own business plan, buying the representatives even before they were voted for, in complicity with the Supreme Court of the United States.

      Do they get away with it?

      rant over.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 11:32:16 AM PST

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