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Now John Boehner is laying out his case for suing the President. What he objects to is what he feels is excessive use of "executive action". He says it circumvents both the American people and their elected representatives.

Well, Mr. Speaker, the American people elected those representatives to DO something, to act. And so far what have they done? Practically NOTHING!

Barack Obama didn't run for his job just to sit in a fancy mansion on our dime and twiddle his thumbs. At least he's trying to do his job.

The real problem is the system itself. It has become so dysfunctional that it forces the person at the top to strike out in desperation. If laws have been broken, then maybe a lawsuit is the only way to find out and deliver appropriate punishment.

This is nothing new. Remember FDR trying to "pack" the Supreme Court? Or Harry Truman railing about the "do-nothing Congress".

It is time for some "outside the box" (or, in this case, outside the beltway) thinking to find a solution to this mess.

There are groups out there like No Labels and Lawrence Lessig's Mayday USA who are working on such ideas. They need to be encouraged.

In the end, the people are the government. Maybe Pogo was right. "We have met the enemy and he is us".

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  •  "Nolabels" Is Yet Another Corporatist Takeover (4+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Elwood Dowd, Just Bob, NancyWH

    approach aimed mainly at finishing off liberalism. A lot of progressives are enthusiastic about Lessig but I'm intensely suspicious till I have time to dig into him.

    Thing is if you look at the times going back well before the Constitution, all the important themes could be found being debated in one place or way or another. Part of the reason I am personally so frustrated with the Constitution and the framers is because of what I know they they knew of their own times, in many cases discussed, but failed to address in their system.

    But in our time some of the core things that are most problematic about it are not so un-doubtable that there aren't even any rebuttals of better ideas in circulation.

    We can't doubt even neoliberal economics enough for the Democratic Party's own mid 20th century policies that created our only middle class in history, to be in serious discussion.

    How much less likely is it that anyone sitting down to revise or replace the system itself will have at their hand better ideas to draw on?

    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 Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 08:03:20 AM PDT

  •  Lessig does not need to be encouraged by Dems, (1+ / 0-)
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    commonmass

    he gets plenty of support from the right and plutocrats as was shown in a recent diary, "Lessig, Just Trust Me..." Until he discloses the nature of his actual proposed legislation, he has not removed himself from reasonable suspicion based on previous strategic fiascos like supporting a constitutional convention. It makes perfect sense that Lessig is popular with plutocrats, he proposes a right wing alternative to modern Dem constitutional strategy that since FDR held that progress is through legislation, e.g., New Deal, LBJ's VRA, even Obama's collapsing ACA. The Court is the enemy not Congress.

    The Court was the last bastion of opposition to the New Deal. In 1976 the Nixon Court fired the first shot in the new plutocratic war against the republic, in Buckley. FDR's basic principle, Congress is ground zero of democracy, was overthrown, Congress corrupted by the Court and now at 7% approval. Job well done by the Court plutocrats. Now Lessig steps in to say we must bypass Congress the enemy, with a plutocratic strategy.

    Read Bruce Ackerman, "We the People" if you want to know how Democrats are supposed to act. It's about elections that lead to landmark legislation or else we're not a democracy. Conclusion: we are not a democracy and the Democratic Party has given up being democratic in the FDR/LBJ sense. You don't need outside the box, you just need restoration of business as usual where Dems represent the supermajority who support democracy. Since they are so corrupt that they won't risk losing camoaign funding to support popular legislation, then outside the box would be a single issue voters movement to vote them out if they won't represent the supermajority.

    Swing voting itself is not outside the box, as it has been how reforms typically have been won by the electorate. Perhaps outside the box is to remember that in our system the electorate is the sovereign and must be vigilant to defend its sovereignty, as Washington warned in the farewell address. Plutocracy is based on a fear of Congress as representative of the electorate. Outside the box would be to build a progressive majority in Congress that will make anticorruption and court curbing law.

  •  FDR and the Supreme Court: (2+ / 0-)
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    Elwood Dowd, NancyWH

    There is no Constitutional number for the SCOTUS. He was well within his rights.

    SPES MEA IN DEO EST.

    by commonmass on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 08:25:56 AM PDT

  •  Pogo was always right. /nt (1+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH

    I must be dreaming... (3764 forever!)

    by murphy on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 09:01:01 AM PDT

  •  There are 11 circuits. 11 SCOTUS justices. (0+ / 0-)

    "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 11:12:42 AM PDT

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