“These are the times….”

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We have stepped through the looking glass and are in the vortex to the bottom.  The Founding Fathers anticipated the possibiliy of a tyrannical despot as evidenced in the Declaration of Independence.  What they could not and did not anticipate was a legislative and judicial branch too cowardice to stand against the executive.  These founding fathers loved this country so much that some of them”  bordered bankruptcy in their farms and businesses to serve the greater good.

Todays Members of the House and the Senate, all of them Democrate and Republican, have subjucated themselves to the pursuit of power and wealth.

We must make sure that we are properly registered (some are using this as a way to disenfranchise the voter) and then VOTE

Thomas Payne understood!

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph….

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“FULL OF SOUND AND FURY SIGNIFYING NOTHING”

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Our politicians once again take to the television and editorial pages and the end result will be nothing.  They have no plan and don’t really want one because their goal is to be gain power and wealth by staying in office.

I offer a simple plan which they may feel free to adopt into law and supercede or replace state law.  It will not stop all gun violence, but will certainly cauce a decline.  Driving laws did not stop accidents.  Possessing automobile insurance did not stop accidents. But, they helped.

  1. Sale of all weapons must be recorded.  Noone with a criminal record, or judged to be a danger to himself or others may purchase or possess any weapon that could be used for mass murder.
  2. All weapons of war and associated clips and ammunition must be turned in to the National Guard where they will be stored for permitted use on the National Guard range.  The National Guard will make these weapons available for use on their shooting range under their supervision.
  3. The CDC will maintain records of all shootings by state and share those records with Congress and publish the data for the American people directly on a monthly basis.
  4. Implementation will be paid for by a tax on weapons of war and associated munitions.
  5. Congress must establish a commission to study the causes of gun violence in the U.S. including but not limitid to unemployment, hopelessness, social media, etc.

Earmarks (the reason Congress has continued to fail to function)

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It is no coincidence that when earmarks were done away with Congress ceased to function as legislative body in any way.

Earmarks were the poker chips that allowed negotiations.  Granted that sometimes the earmarks were egregious like the Alaskan “bridge to nowhere”, but those could have been addressed specifically and on their merit.  Instead, earmarks were done away with in their entirety.  Can you imagine trying to trade with someone when neither of you has anything with which to trade or barter?  You would each make your initial offer and that would be it.  No negotiating on price or additional add ons to make the deal acceptable to both sides.

If you want to end Government gridlock, allow earmarks and a way to deal with the most egregious.  In the case of the “bridege to nowhere”,  The publication of the deal was enough to end it.

The bigger question is why aren’t Democrats or Republicans or Independents or the talking heads  looking at this?

 
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Profiles in Cowardice

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The last war that the United States declared was WWII.  Since that time the U.S. Congress has abrogated it’s power to advise and consent and declare war.

The Congress would rather criticize the Executive branch than do its duty.  Therefore, we are on the brink of yet another undeclared war in Syria with no imput from the people’s representatives who have through variolus artifices given that very important duty described in Article I, Section 8 to the Executive branch.

Decades have passed without this gutless branch doing its work.  The number of lives lost during those years, the money that has been wasted is incredulous; and yet, here we are today bombing a sovereign nation without a declaration of war.

It’s time for Congress to screw it’d courage to the sticking point and either declare war or withdraw all troops.

HAPPY AMATEUR DRINKING DAY!

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If you drink, don’t drive.

If you drive, take alternative transportation or stay home instead.

If alternative transportation or staying home is not an option, drive with caution like your life depended on it; because it does.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.