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I have not looked at Kos in several months.  But I see that little has changed and that it is electoral politics all day every day.  I just read an article about how the SCOTUS wil be destroying the New Deal and public education, etc. if we don't re-elect Obama.  Make no mistake.  I will vote a straight Democratic ticket because the Republicans are lying filth.  But the solution to this country's  woes does not exist in electoral politics.  We must amend our constitution to stop the top down campaign financing that destroys any hope of laws that provide for the common good.

That is what I do now.  I am retired and I have the time to do it. I am a ranking member of Occupy Tacoma (Wa.), and I (with like minded friends) founded "Move to Amend Tacoma".  We hosted the first Washington State convergence of Move to Amend in Tacoma even though the organization is but two months old.

I seek the convergence of the Coffee and the Tea parties along with Occupy, Public Citizen, Move to Amend and other political activist associations to bring about a constitutional amendment that insures honesty and accountability in campaigns for federal office.  I am not interested in mob rule democracy or direct democracy or a national referendum.  I am interested in a constitutional convention as a new institution of government that by supermajority of the citizenry can overrule the unelected Supreme Court with amendments that clarify the constitution with regard the General Welfare.  There is no other legitimate purpose for government but to promote the general welfare.

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  •  things can get better (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure how..

    Peace and low stress .. http://www.dailykos.com/blog/NYS39th

    by mdmc on Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 10:50:11 PM PDT

  •  The Call To Promote The General Welfare (1+ / 0-)
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    Pluto

    in the constitution would be an education for Tea Partiers. Don't think they see that as governments role.

  •  Words, whether written or spoken, cannot (1+ / 0-)
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    mok

    insure action.  Besides, the Constitution is addressed to agents of government and outlines their obligations and functions.  Getting compliance is another matter entirely.  

    "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink" also applies to public officials.  Which is why we pay them to carry out prescribed tasks and fire them, if they don't.  That's the only enforcement mechanism we have.  And that's what elections are about.
    It never is possible to know how a person we hire is going to work out.  But, once we know, we either keep them or throw them out.  We do not like to fire our agents, but it is necessary when they prove unfit.

    Of course, if we hire agents who announce ahead of time that they don't intend to work or carry out the assigned tasks and don't even know what they are, we should not be surprised when they turn out to be duds.

    For the most part, it seems reasonable to assign those functions to public corporations which the recipients of the "good" or "service" don't appreciate.  I like to classify them under the seven 'i's:

    incineration
    inundation
    invasion
    injury
    insult
    incarceration
    ignorance

    These are disutilities which the "perpetrators" don't want to have "corrected."  Since the market is set up to deliver what people want, disutilities aren't appropriate to it.  Moreover, when we are dealing with disutilties, success is measured by the need for the good or service being less, the obverse of what the market expects.

    "In the name of the nation, and of the dollar and of the rule of law, you and your children shall sacrifice for the good of all." Rmoney's prayer

    by hannah on Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 02:59:50 AM PDT

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