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Dynasty
« on: November 29, 2013, 07:58:31 PM »
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Re: Dynasty
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2013, 09:30:28 PM »
What we are seeing now is the result of 100 years of steady effort by those who deliberately dismantled the checks and balances that were built into the Constitution.

Congress was deliberately designed to be messy, noisy and slow.  The idea was to avoid heeling to the populist idea of the day by balancing it with other more deliberative interests.  The people were represented by the House, which was always intended to be bawdy and loud, and in the parlance of the day, brewed up extremely strong and boiling hot tea.  The Senate was intended to be the saucer that cooled the tea and brought it down to a more drinkable form.

That balance was accomplished by having the legislatures of the various States each appoint two Senators to represent the interests of the States and balance the populist interests of the People.  And both of them were to check and balance the Executive Branch, mainly through the power of the purse. 

Instead what emerged are the two dominant political parties who are made up of members who are elected by the people but whom are really only beholden only to one or the other Political Party.  This is by design and where the real power of the purse has morphed to.  We now have professional politicians whose actual contact with constituents is extremely limited and who rarely have any idea what challenges face actual people.  The people are so ambivalent about their own political system that a majority of them do not vote at all and and almost completely disengaged from anything resembling mainstream life.  Living off the grid, and largely on a Black Market economy is becoming easier and easier and so-called "Government Benefits" easier to obtain for longer and longer periods of time.

What is lacking now is real Leadership.  I really don't see anyone with true National leadership ability or credentials stepping up to the bat any time soon.  I fear what is coming early next year but I've been ready for it for a long time anyway and I almost wish we could get this over with and get on with things.  The fact remains that the American people have the capability of fixing these problems but apathy and a whole slew of other miserable bad habits are currently winning the day.


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Re: Dynasty
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2013, 09:51:23 PM »
They screwed the goose when they passed the 17th amendment.

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Re: Dynasty
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2013, 12:24:06 AM »
What is lacking now is real Leadership.

First - thank you Chief! Your post is, as always, thought provoking and insightful.

However - the pull quote from your post up there? Made my point in 7 words. People want to be lead. It is safer than taking responsibility for themselves, their own actions and the consequences of those actions. You, personally, are so far from that idea and need that you'd need the Hubble to even see it - yet it slipped in to your thoughts as you wrote your response.
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Re: Dynasty
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2013, 06:00:41 PM »
Very clearly, OPapaDoc capitalized on this trend of Americans toward dependency when he ran as a "messiah."  The fact that it worked so well is a testament to the success of the socialists in turning us into a nation of followers.  On the other hand, lately Democrats seem to be dining at the table of consequences, and it may turn out to be quite a bitter feast come 2014.  At least one hopes so.
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