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The Republican establishment in Congress has issued its Pledge to America.  Now the question is: How many gullible, poorly informed Americans will fall for this stunt to protect the Republican status quo powers masquerading as reformers?  Will Tea Party people fall for the garbage?  Will fed up independents swallow the empty rhetoric?  I hope not.

I get a special kick out of this part of the pledge: "honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers."  If that was really true, then we should have seen explicit language calling for an Article V convention with a strong argument that true government reforms require constitutional amendments that Congress will never propose.

This omission alone is sufficient cause for condemning the Pledge as just another dirty trick by the Republican establishment that is trying to hold onto power.

I fully understand public anger with both major political parties and especially with the dysfunctional Congress, the President and even the Supreme Court.  But with the coming midterm elections there simply is little hope of producing anything that will produce better government and a fix for our dead economy and terrible conditions for all but the rich Upper Class.  I hope that a maximum number of incumbents in Congress are defeated, both Democrats and Republicans, because they both deserve to be thrown out of office.  Yet I see little hope that those replacing them will offer what is needed.  Odds are that a huge fraction of incumbents will retain office, even in this year of public anger and dissent.

In our delusional democracy there is an epidemic of delusional thinking, including the belief that elections controlled by the two-party plutocracy can produce results which create much better government.  That is why the increasing support for using the Article V convention option the Founders gave us has taken on greater importance.  The only pledge that all those running for Congress should give is a total commitment to convene the first Article V convention and let state delegates openly debate real solutions to the many critical problems facing the nation.

Do not vote for anyone running for Congress that has not made this pledge, not matter their party affiliation or connection to the Tea Party movement.  Wake up Americans!  Elections are a farce.  Voting in them just makes you a co-conspirator in a vicious, scandalous con game that is flushing the nation down the toilet.  The world needs to see a shocking low voter turnout that removes the legitimacy of this delusional democracy.

Of course, liberals, progressives and Democrats will mostly feel compelled to go the lesser-evil route because they cannot tolerate the idea of Republicans winning.  But just reflect on how decades of lesser-evil voting has left the country in the sad shape it is in today.

Originally posted to Joelsmartguy on Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 11:59 AM PDT.

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