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  •  random selection a la jury duty (8+ / 0-)
    We need a new crew in DC.
    Break it up issue by issue: one group for the farm bill, another group for energy, a third for education, etc.  Staple their findings together to make a budget and they're dismissed.  Call up new groups next year.

    Just about anyone would be better than rich people and their bootlickers.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 04:10:56 PM PDT

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    •  I don't know.....I know many of my neighbors (8+ / 0-)

      The thought of any of them on any kind of powerful committee of any kind is frightening.

      Listening to the NRA on school safety is like listening to the tobacco companies on cigarette safety. (h/t nightsweat)

      by PsychoSavannah on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:05:18 PM PDT

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      •  peremptory challenge? (2+ / 0-)
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        angel d, Calamity Jean

        In forming a jury both the prosecution and the defense get to dismiss any potential juror that either of them suspects is likely to be biased, no questions asked.  I think there's also a joint interview of prospective jurors but I've never made it that far.

        In any event you don't need unanimity; a lone crazy or even a crazy caucus that somehow makes it through the selection process can be overruled by 50%+1.

        Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

        by Visceral on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 07:41:44 PM PDT

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        •  One point (0+ / 0-)

          the number of peremptory challenges is usually limited.  Three is the typical number allowed for each party.  You have unlimited challenges for cause- demonstrated bias would be challenged for cause.  Furthermore, you cannot exercise a peremptory challenge on the basis of race or gender.  

        •  The jury analogy assumes that there is already (0+ / 0-)

          a government structure in place. How is this system put in place by random selection? Who vets those participants?

          The way things are now, the campaign process is supposed to allow voters to vet the candidates. Unfortunately, with the current ethos, it's not working very well. There is too much polarization and rigidity, and the parties encourage this.

          It has been forty years since Powell launched his plan for the conservatives, and the Democrats had to know at some point what has been going on, and except for broad comments against Republicans and their policies, they remain silent about the concerted effort behind the scenes, rather than taking their case to the public and fighting it, many of them, in effect, joined the Republicans.

          With Obama, I thought that we would get a leader who would use his popularity to educate the general public to the political realities, but Obama has only done this in a subliminal way. Whether even this is intentional or not is debatable.

          If not for the internet, a lot of this information would not be as known or as accessible as it is now, but the general public still needs to start hearing the narrative of what has really been going on.

          "The economy and the environment are, in fact, permanently intertwined. A healthy economy depends on a healthy environment. Can't have one without the other." -- Meteor Blades

          by politically indigo on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 05:56:10 AM PDT

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      •  Damn Straight (0+ / 0-)

        Many a time gone slack-jawed silently thinking "Did he just say what I think he said?"  "Uhhh, got a chicken in the oven I've got to check on... catch you later."

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