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Drip, drip, drip comes the evidence...barely into the year we now are confirming what many of us already knew what is really going on in congress and the past administration.

Yet, even as the evidence is making it perfectly clear that there must be accountability in our government from the dirt up and the stinking mess uncovered that has been festering without oversight from anyone except those responsible for it smacks of the ripe contradiction we are witnessing now.

How often were the words of Pelosi, Reid, Waxman and Conyer taken to heed, to only find out it was only more lip service to placate the people then to really get anything accomplished even when the truth was staring them in the face?

We are outraged. We write letters, we make phone calls, we send faxes, we protest, we sign petitions, we blog, we want to be heard yet our words are falling on deaf ears and here's why.

Bold script is my emphasis after the fold

How is it that the congress determines why or when they will or will not investigate? How many times has their investigations turned out to be nothing world changing and without any steps taken to make anyone accountable? Basically, a waste of money and time. The Justice we relish is never served up. We only get blowing bubbles.

Do we really expect anything different now especially when it comes to investigating their own?

Does it ever creep into your mind that these people, whom are our so called leaders, entrusted by us to hold up the law are really the ones who are covering their behinds and that is about as far as the bipartisan goes between the parties?

Congress is not there for you and me. They are not there for the country. They are there to make the moves that they think will placate us into believing they are doing what is right for the country but in reality most of them are corrupt criminals who write laws to suite themselves, pay themselves the big bucks, give themselves great lifetime health insurance, and lifetime pensions even after only serving the public for a measly 6 years.

That does sound inviting! I guess it would pay to keep the secrets from the civilians even if they are about the other party when they have such a sweet thing going. Easier to cover and blackmail each other than actually do what they promised to do and protect the constitution.

Should the majority of them be thrown out on subversion alone? Suspicions about what is really going on in Washington DC are confirmed in Sibel Edmunds op-ed: SIBEL EDMONDS: In Congress We Trust...Not

Sibel Edmonds is a former FBI translator and noted whistleblower who has been under a years-long "gag order", prohibiting her from discussing many details of her allegations of corruption and espionage gleaned during her time at the FBI, due to the continuing "States Secrets privilege" assertions by the Executive Branch. Her own story has been partially documented over the last several years in several different media outlets, including a lead story on CBS' 60 Minutes, a detailed feature in Vanity Fair and, over the years, in a number of exclusive articles here at The BRAD BLOG. She is the Founder and President of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition.

The author starts out with John Kerry's infamous quote:

"It's a sad day when you have members of Congress who are literally criminals go undisciplined by their colleagues. No wonder people look at Washington and know this city is broken."

Ah so true...yet, there are a few dozen who don't deserve to serve this country still there. How can that be?

Recent poll results highlight how the American people's trust in their Congress has hit rock bottom. A survey of progressive blogs easily confirms the rage rightfully directed at our Congress for abdicating its role of oversight and accountability. Activists scream about promised hearings that never took place - without explanation. They express outrage when investigations are dropped without any justification. And they genuinely wonder out loud why, especially after they helped secure a major victory for the Democrats. The same Democrats who had for years pointed fingers at their big bad Republican majority colleagues as the main impediment preventing them from fulfilling what was expected of them.

Sound familiar? And what about Ms. Harman, the one who couldn't support wiretapping enough? What is the media doing with that story?

The recent stunning but not unexpected revelations regarding Jane Harman (D-CA) by the Congressional Quarterly provide us with a little glimpse into one of the main reasons behind the steady decline in the integrity of Congress. But the story is almost dead - ready to bite the dust, thanks to our mainstream media's insistence on burying 'real' issues or stories that delve deep into the causes of our nation's continuous downward slide. In this particular case, the 'thank you' should also be extended to certain blogosphere propagandists who, blinded by their partisanship, myopic in their assessments, and ignorant in their knowledge of the inner workings of our late Congress and intelligence agencies, helped in the post-burial cremation of this case.

So surely with Harman's seemingly seamy involvement with AIPAC, they will demand an investigation?

Ironically but understandably, the Harman case has become one of rare unequivocal bipartisanship, when no one from either side of the partisan aisle utters a word. How many House or Senate Republicans have you heard screaming, or even better, calling for an investigation? The right wing remains silent. Some may have their hand, directly or indirectly, in the same AIPAC cookie jar. Others may still feel the heavy baggage of their own party's tainted colleagues;

Huh? Wait a second!

after all, they have had their share of Abramoffs, Hasterts and the like, silently lurking in the background, albeit dimmer every day. Some on the left, after an initial silence that easily could have been mistaken for shock, are jumping from one foot to the other, like a cat on a hot tin roof, making one excuse after another; playing the 'victims of Executive Branch eavesdropping' card, the same very 'evil doing' they happened to support vehemently. Some have been dialing their trusted guardian angels within the mainstream media and certain fairly visible alternative outlets. They need no longer worry, since these guardian angels seem to have blacked out the story, and have done so without the apparent need for much arm twisting...

All of it is worth reading, especially what she points out about Hastert.

That seems to be the current arrangement for those serving foreign interests while on the job in Congress --- to be paid at a later date, collecting on their IOU's when they secure their positions with 'the foreign lobby.'

In a recent article for American Conservative Magazine, Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer stationed in Turkey, made the following point: "Edmonds's claims have never been pursued, presumably because there are so many skeletons in both parties' closets. She has been served with a state-secrets gag order to make sure that what she knows is never revealed, a restriction that the new regime in Washington has not lifted."

And then, he hits the nail on its head: "In Hastert's case, it certainly should be a matter of public concern that a senior elected representative who may have received money from a foreign country is now officially lobbying on its behalf. How many other congressmen might have similar relationships with foreign countries and lobbying groups, providing them with golden parachutes for their retirement?"

It is bone chilling. All of it.

How does it work? How do these people escape the consequences of accountability? Are we talking about the possible use of blackmail by the Executive Branch against Congressional representatives, as if the days of J. Edgar Hoover were never over? Cases such as NSA illegal eavesdropping come to mind, when Congressional members were briefed long before it became public, yet none took any action or even uttered a word; members of both parties. Or is it more likely to be a case of secondhand blackmail, where members of Congress watch out for each other? Or, is it a combination of the above? Regardless, we see this 'all for one, one for all' kind of solidarity in Congress when it comes to criminal conduct and scandals such as those of Hastert and Harman.

The picture is becoming clearer and makes more sense...eureka, epiphany and all of that...finally, there has been a reason for the country's distrust of congress, and the awful truth has to be exposed. We might as well get all the painful parts out into the open and get our lives, country and government cleaned up.

Sibel goes into depth in her own dealings with Waxman and congress on issues she was sure would be thoroughly investigated only to be ignored in the nicest way of course.

And the victims remain the same: The American people who have entrusted their Congress with the role of ensuring oversight and accountability.

Yes, the American's certainly have taken it in the shorts. This crew of paltry government personnel has made the bankers and corporations lives sweeter and plumper. Defense contracts doled out to their family members and friends, keep letting the insurance companies rip off Americans, well, they've just done an all around swell job f**king us over.

So the utter truth is public officials have more loyalty to each other than their constituents? That is one area they do agree?

This kind of infestation touches everyone in Congress; one need not have a skeleton of his own to get sucked into the swamp of those infested. Does Waxman have to be a sinner to take part in the sin committed by the Hasterts and Harmans of Congress? Certainly not. On the other hand, he and others like him will abide by the un-pledged oath of 'solidarity with your party members' and 'loyalty to your dear colleagues.'

Shall we start punching the air now!?!

Those who have been elected to represent the people and their interests cannot pursue their own greed and ambitions by engaging in criminal or unethical activities against the interests of the same people they've sworn to represent, and then be given a pass.

Could not have said it better. Priceless.

I, like many others, believed that changing the Congressional majority in 2006 was going to bring about some of the needed changes; the pursuit of accountability being one. We were proven wrong. In 2008, many genuinely bought in to the promise of change, and thus far, they've been let down.

So true, we all believed our voting in the democrats would demonstrate our desire for change however we are finding out what we should have known long ago about these politicians. Myopic to the bone.

Sibel uses another strong quote to emphasize the outrage that others have expressed in their frustration with our government.

"If we have Senators and Congressmen there that can't protect themselves against the evil temptations of lobbyists, we don't need to change our lobbies, we need to change our representatives." - Will Rogers

There is loads more in her op-ed and is well worth reading.

I just think it's important that we start calling to task those that allegedly represent us as I do not see life evolving in a positive way for the average American as it should be. Rather I see some people with too much power, using it recklessly against Americans to benefit themselves.

Change is only as good as the people who participate.

Originally posted to on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 06:40 AM PDT.

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  •  Okay, I am open to call our Reps and Senators (6+ / 0-)

    into line. What is the tactic? It is no news we need to do it, the missing factor is how. We are concentrated here on Kos and even on the left side of the blogosphere but we are not concentrated in the districts nor the States. So, how do we make more of a difference when we are diluted in voting strength?

    Getting Dems together and keeping them that way is like trying to herd cats, hopped up on crank, through LA, during an earthquake, in the rain. -6.25, -6.10

    by Something the Dog Said on Tue May 05, 2009 at 06:54:54 AM PDT

    •  I don't have the answers nor do I think it (10+ / 0-)

      is going to be easy, but somehow the sheer audacity those in power have in taking complete advantage of the country and its citizens has got to stop.

      If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

      by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:04:40 AM PDT

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      •  There's Probably a Difference Between Those In (3+ / 0-)
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        power and those who are elected reps.

        Audacity has only shown me acceleration for 40 years.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:16:47 AM PDT

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        •  then why are we busting our balls (2+ / 0-)
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          We voted for change. Even though sometimes people don't like change, the writing is on the wall. This isn't working for the American public.

          I'm more than happy to give my life to my country if it means getting those that don't appreciate being a public servant and taking advantage of their position for their greater good out of there.

          If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

          by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:43:56 AM PDT

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    •  So, can the electorate in our States (2+ / 0-)
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      vote for term limits for their Senators and Representatives?  If the people in Congress were term limited, we would see a change.  Also, removing pensions and other lifetime perks would be on my agenda.

      Our Founding Fathers did not intend for the Congress to be full of doddering old people clinging to office to feather their own nests.

      •  term limits do work but not like they did in CA (1+ / 0-)
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        We need longer term limits...and laws about no crossing over to to congress, either or not both.

        The lifetime stuff has to go, unless they meet specific requirements, e.g. make a remarkable, positive difference in everyday american's life. that is so unfair when most americans work for 30 or 40 years for a crap pension if one at all.

        If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

        by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 08:25:19 AM PDT

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      •  They can but I don't support them. (2+ / 0-)
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        I don't believe limiting the choice of candidate is a good way to get better politicians. States like Michigan are basically run by lobbyists because the limit of terms is so short. All the institutional knowledge was lost from both party's as the older more experienced politicians are cycled out.

        I favor primaries for everyone. That makes people earn the right to represent their party and keeps them earning it.

        Getting Dems together and keeping them that way is like trying to herd cats, hopped up on crank, through LA, during an earthquake, in the rain. -6.25, -6.10

        by Something the Dog Said on Tue May 05, 2009 at 10:56:06 AM PDT

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  •  Abu Ghraib was known before Bush was reelected (2+ / 0-)
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    There should have never been a second term for Bush to use to torture more people including Americans.  Seems there is a sickness in our country-- one that values safety above Liberty.  As long as terror-mongering Republicanism continues to hang tea bags in the mouth of the Statue in New York Harbor there can be no true healing.

    "If the thorn of the rose is the thorn in your side Then you're better off dead if you haven't yet died."

    by whitewash on Tue May 05, 2009 at 06:59:56 AM PDT

  •  It is quite easy yet many say it can't be done (1+ / 0-)
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    This country needs a third party. That party could act as a spoiler and a conscience. I look at this current government, stuck in the two party myre and am taken back to my early days in psychology examining Freudian theory. We have a fully functioning Id (Dems) and a Super ego (Rethugs) but we need an ego for balance.

    I get along just fine with God. It's his fan club I have significant problems with.

    by utopia on Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:02:13 AM PDT

    •  I think you underestimate the ease (3+ / 0-)
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      in which developing a viable third national party can be accomplished. We have only seen two get close to national status in the last 100 years (Bull Moose and Independence) and even those two did not ever capture any House or Senate seats.

      Like I said the diarist, it might be a good idea, but the nuts and bolts of how are far from know and are likely to fail.

      Getting Dems together and keeping them that way is like trying to herd cats, hopped up on crank, through LA, during an earthquake, in the rain. -6.25, -6.10

      by Something the Dog Said on Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:07:27 AM PDT

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      •  agreed, the third party will take too long (0+ / 0-)

        This needs to be addressed now.

        For all practical purposes we only really have one functioning party now and for the health of the nation it is vital to have at least two but if those two cover each other and/or blackmail each other where will it ever end?

        If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

        by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:10:51 AM PDT

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      •  it's why we have to have instant run-off voting (1+ / 0-)
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        get it going locally, then statewide, then nationally.

        It is our only chance at breaking the grip of the two-party system.

        And it will work extremely well, no one's vote will be "wasted".  Every vote will count.

        You like Nader better than Gore, but don't want Gore to lose to Bush?

        Fine, Nader goes in position 1, Gore in 2, Bush in 3.

        If Nader doesn't win, then his votes are discounted and the second choice votes of his voters become their first choice.

        •  I really like this concept (1+ / 0-)
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          Earth Ling

          think how interesting it would be, let alone get some really great people into politics if we went with public financing and instant run-off voting?

          If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

          by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 09:35:00 AM PDT

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      •  The electorate historically (1+ / 0-)
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        has never had the numbers who now call themselves independent.  If a new party came along right now and held out the prospect of real change it might just elect enough people to tip the balance.  Make it national but concentrate on districts and states with the most liberal population.  History is usually a pretty good guide but with the drift in voter identification coupled with the internet new things are possible.  American political parties have disappeared in the past eventually returning to virtually the same two party system again but in the change history was made.  The Republican party rose from the ashes of the Whig party and changed history.

        "If I wanted to destroy a nation,I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick." John Steinbeck

        by Mtnlynn on Tue May 05, 2009 at 09:44:51 AM PDT

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  •  I'm glad someone picked up on Edmonds's article (2+ / 0-)
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    I wondered how the Harman thing went quiet so quickly. For more than a few years I have been at a loss to see why information surfaces, hearing threats are made, nothing happens - then the stories go away and "poof" - gone. No logic there. It's not the "bad apple" - it's the "bushel" I'm afraid...


    by FakeNews on Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:04:44 AM PDT

  •  Rotten to the core (5+ / 0-)

    If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

    by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:07:51 AM PDT

  •  Congress serves the DC establishment, not the (3+ / 0-)
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    rest of us Americans.

  •  As it was, so it still is (4+ / 0-)
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    MKinTN, costello7, JonBarleycorn, on2them

    "No man's life, liberty, or property
    is safe
    while the legislature is in session."

    - Mark Twain (1866)

    Restoring checks and balances in Washington begins by dismantling the power that special interests hold over elected officials with real campaign finance reform.

    Until that time... we are just blowing smoke and whistling Dixie.

    •  another great quote (1+ / 0-)
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      What really angers me is no one is benefiting except the politicians and lobbyists.

      I just can't sit back and watch while Americans pay for their mistakes and idly sit while the abuse of power is destroying us.

      If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

      by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:24:02 AM PDT

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    •  Campaign finance reform (1+ / 0-)
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      would be a big step but won't solve all of our problems.  There is always the cushy job waiting for reps that vote the "right" way.  And everyone probably has something they would rather not see on the evening news, some more than others of course.  Maybe we should make it simple for the people to demand recall and replace elections.  If elected officials knew they could be booted out very quickly they might be more responsive to actually  representing the people.

      "If I wanted to destroy a nation,I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick." John Steinbeck

      by Mtnlynn on Tue May 05, 2009 at 09:23:38 AM PDT

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      •  i think you've made a great point (0+ / 0-)

        Public finance would put the elections back in the people's hands and more people who'd like to enter politics could have a running chance.

        If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

        by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 09:32:10 AM PDT

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  •  Everyone here knows of the blatant corruption (2+ / 0-)
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    it's the 90% of this country that can't or won't connect the dots of history that we need to reach . Preaching to the choir doesn't do any good . It's the willfully ignorant and idiot box morans that  will be the downfall of this constitutional republic .
    They do cling to their guns , they do blame "the other" . The downtrodden , the disenfranchised need to unite for their common good . Divide and conquer is alive and well friends , to the detriment of us , our children and our grandchildren .
    Bread and circus indeed .

  •  We will pay the price for the sins of others . (1+ / 0-)
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    •  kind of like (1+ / 0-)
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      spector who won't vote or support single payer heath insurance but sure loves his or support the unions?

      Admits he won't be a loyal dem, basically saying he made the switch for himself only not to help constituents.

      Will he make it?

      Or how about that scandalous ben azzhat nelson  in Nebraska, who won't support public health either because he is getting donations from the industry to the tune of over 750k?

      Will his ridiculous words come back to haunt him?

      If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

      by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 08:03:02 AM PDT

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  •  Obama is exposing the rats (2+ / 0-)
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    Look underneath the floor boards of the ship and you'll see the Congressional Democrats who have been hiding, lo, these many years. Pretending to care about the people, in reality, these people have been bought and paid for by the Health Insurance Industry, Agribusiness, and Wall Street Banks.  Now, as Obama proposes public options for Health Care and the elimination of tax havens for corporations he is meeting his opposition from...Democrats.  Here they come, showing their true colors. Our nation is in steep decline, our banking system is a failure, our health care system a sham but never mind, these rats will continue to vote for their corporate buddies even as the tent cities grow around the country, the deficits rise, and Wall Street scams destroy the economy.  

    What will we do when we realize that no one is looking out for our interests on Capitol hill?  What happens when we realize the the 2 party system was just a trick to make us think we actually could control our destiny through elections?  What do we do then?

    Man is not a rational animal. Man is a rationalization animal.

    by Pacific Blue on Tue May 05, 2009 at 08:07:53 AM PDT

    •  Indeed...what do we do then? (2+ / 0-)
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      Why wait?

      There are plenty of us here who would be better representation for the people of our country then these losers.

      It's time for some real Americans to run against these frauds.

      If O could get elected by all of us supporting him, we can do the same by supporting each other in taking back our government.

      If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

      by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 08:33:06 AM PDT

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      •  Daily Kos (2+ / 0-)
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        would be the perfect platform to field and support a slate of selected candidates.  There are a great many people writing here that I would gladly vote for.  If it were started now and aimed for 2012 it could work.

        "If I wanted to destroy a nation,I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick." John Steinbeck

        by Mtnlynn on Tue May 05, 2009 at 10:05:11 AM PDT

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        •  how do you propose getting this going? (0+ / 0-)

          I think it is brilliant.

          Let's start from the dirt up...

          would help to have public financing a law but with the crowd here, we could come up with some fantastic alternatives!

          Shall we swap notes and do a joint diary?

          Is that even possible?

          I'm thinking video introduction?

          If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

          by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 10:23:20 AM PDT

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          •  Your energy level (1+ / 0-)
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            is definitely more than mine.  As for Kos fielding a slate of candidates I do think it would be a good idea although in some respects they already do.  Much of the site is dedicated to individual races around the country and while there is no way to measure the impact it has had I would think it has been a great help in getting volunteers out and raising money.

            There is still no real unity in the approach, or at least in my opinion.  I would like to see a concerted national group of candidates that would sign on to a definite set of proposals with no ambiguities and no wriggle room.  Things like total public financing of campaigns, single payer health insurance, reinstatement of usury laws.  It amounts to a party platform more or less but it could be done in a way that clearly communicated a small number of aims that would be easily understood and communicated.  Something on the order of the temperance pledge of an earlier time.

            We have for too long elected officials with no concrete promises of where they stand.  If a statement of aims could be drafted and steadily hammered in?  If it could be brought to national attention and forcing candidates to say they will or will not support the aims of a majority of the American people with no it depends, I'd have to see the specific legislation.  Hammer the damn thing into the candidate's faces at every appearance, every time they turn around till everyone practically knows it by heart.  Turn it into an acronym.  The last hundred years or so have definitely proven that can be done with anything.

            It wouldn't even need to be party specific.  Simply make it a litmus test for people to judge the candidates by.  As it stands now the party labels don't mean a whole lot.  Now all we need is the list of things that everyone agrees on!!

            Yes my cynicism is showing.  That aside it could maybe be done but it would take an organizational drive that I don't have a lot of these days.  Didn't answer earlier because I had to go to a doctor's appointment and it turned out to be the wrong doctor.  It could be a great idea to bring a campaign around to definite issues with candidates stating what they will or will not support, and very clearly.  I'm open to any ideas  you have, my email is listed.

            "If I wanted to destroy a nation,I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick." John Steinbeck

            by Mtnlynn on Tue May 05, 2009 at 06:03:18 PM PDT

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            •  I'm enthusiastic and you have some great points (1+ / 0-)
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              I'll put my head around this and email you...

              Sometimes you never know...

              bummer about the wrong doctor...I hate that when it happens.

              If this is the best and the brightest, it's time for the average and mediocre.

              by on2them on Tue May 05, 2009 at 11:44:34 PM PDT

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  •  From "more and better" to "BETTER and better". (2+ / 0-)
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    The "more" mission has been accomplished.
    Time to "move on" to the "better" mission, and accomplish that.

    We should not be fooling ourselves that the task will be easy. Unseating them will not be easy, especially if it's a well-known name.

    Many obstacles will be encountered. We'd face the ire of big name Dems, as well as many within our own community.

    But they need be overcome.

    With Dems like these:

    In 2004 and 2005 I had several meetings with Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-CA) investigative and legal staff. Two of these meetings took place inside a high-security SCIF, where details and classified information pertaining to my case and those involved could be discussed.

    I was told, and at the time I believed it to be the case, that the Republican majority was preventing further action - such as holding a public hearing on my whistleblower revelations. Once the Democrats took over in 2006, that barrier was removed, or so I thought.

    In March 2007, I was contacted by one of Rep. Waxman's staff people who felt responsible and conscientious enough to at least let me know that there would never be a hearing into my case by their office, or for that matter, any Democratic office in the House. Based on his/her account, in February 2007 Waxman's office was preparing the necessary ingredients for their promised hearing, but in mid-March the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, called Waxman into a meeting on the case, and after Waxman came out of that twenty-minute meeting, he told his staff 'we are no longer involved in Edmonds' case.' And so they became 'uninvolved.'

    Who needs Republicans?

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