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Forum Post: I Served in Congress Longer Than Anyone Else. Here is how to Fix It.

Posted 6 days ago on Dec. 4, 2018, 9:47 a.m. EST by gsw (3224) from Woodbridge Township, NJ
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[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2240) from Fredericksburg, TX 6 days ago

Get the royalist tory traitors out!

Royalist: conservative; fascist; libertarian; republican ...

[-] 1 points by gsw (3224) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 5 days ago
[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2240) from Fredericksburg, TX 5 days ago

Fifty years ago cheating by the propertied class was mostly stretching the systemic abuses canonized by the founding fathers in the Senate and Electoral College ...

It has devolved from race baiting, xenophobia promotion et al to the boots on the ground election fraud we've seen more and more of by conservatives and repugnacrats every year.

[-] 1 points by gsw (3224) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 5 days ago

Former rep. Dingle proscribes, abolish the Senate. It is a minority rule, ...”The end of minority rule in our legislative and executive branches. The Great Compromise, as it was called when it was adopted by the Constitution’s Framers, required that all states, big and small, have two senators. The idea that Rhode Island needed two U.S. senators to protect itself from being bullied by Massachusetts emerged under a system that governed only 4 million Americans.

Today, in a nation of more than 325 million and 37 additional states, not only is that structure antiquated, it’s downright dangerous. California has almost 40 million people, while the 20 smallest states have a combined population totaling less than that. Yet because of an 18th-century political deal, those 20 states have 40 senators, while California has just two. These sparsely populated, usually conservative states can block legislation supported by a majority of the American people. That’s just plain crazy.

The math is even starker when you look at places like Wyoming and Vermont, each of which has fewer people in the entire state (575,000 and 625,000, respectively) than does the Twelfth Congressional District of Michigan, which I last represented and whose more than 700,000 residents are now in the hands of my wife, Debbie. She fights her heart out for them every single day. Yet her efforts are often stymied simply because it is understood that even should a good bill make it through the hyper-partisan House, it will die a quiet death in the Senate because of the disproportionate influence of small states.”

[-] 1 points by grapes (5223) 5 days ago

Our problem is the loss of patriotism and its derivative bipartisanship. The Senate was designed to block the passage of legislations if bipartisanship is lost. It's there to protect minorities' interests. There is free movement of our people across all the states so if you feel that you will get a better representation in the Senate by moving to a "flyover" state, do so.

The "flyover" states, shall we say and agree, are undesirable places to live, work, and procreate? They are generally poorer, mean-spirited, shortsighted, less-educated, dirty-things-loving, blatantly bigoted, gun-toting, Bimbo-thumping, etc. so I feel sorry for these folks because I wised up. I froze my butts off there in Winter; I was shoved down; and I missed the ocean so I moved! It's fine with me to let these poor folks have a say in the Senate where they matter. I think that they can block necessary legislations and let this formerly great country go to shit but I know that they will surely suffer far more than we do in the process. After superstorm Sandy had flooded the copper wirings of the telephone central offices in lower Manhattan, Verizon spent billion dollars to replace them with optical fibers. We have the wherewithal to get things fixed because of Wall Street so we don't need to swim in the cesspool with our Idiot-in-Chief. I'll just switch on my air conditioner and watch the "flyover" states fry in the searing heat to come. The people there can watch their crops wilt and die and their children move away to become princes and princesses. They will know what it means when they are living alone incapacitated in old age but no young ones are around to help. I myself believe that old people need us and we need their wisdom to deal with life's challenges. Culture was what made human families great and killer-whale pods survive.

There are many unsung heroines. I know some ever since my early childhood. They know what they have done for the others who may not know, though. Like what the forerunner of what is now Canal Street, the East River is a truly great river of New York City! Pebble Beach on the East River gives an excellent view of lower Manhattan's skyline but avoid that baptismal water unless you are still an accomplice of our Shittoad-in-Chief. This "local" guide in the video mispoke the 1776'-tall Freedom Tower in tony Tribeca as the "Empire State Building" which is not in the video @1:43, but said to be framed within the Man-heeft-ding Britch because it is in Midtown, up East River which is penis-shaped Manhattan's urethra in NYS urogenitalia.

We know how to renew things in these coastal states but more importantly, we know what counts: our values, education, investments, good government, clean environment, good jobs, temperate weather, good-looking people with whom we'd like to procreate, etc. The "flyover" states didn't get left behind by us but they chose to stay behind. Let it be, in the name of freedom, to stay poor! After talking to a Muslim woman, I became a convert to this type of freedom: the freedom to be incompetent (relative to our women,) the freedom to wear dark clothings on a hot hot day, the freedom to wear a headscarf to cover the hair lest the male sexual predators should be titillated by it, etc. I know why God blessed me: I have my male genital like His! Of course, He's definitely a little bit more than I am because He wasn't circumcised in the artists' imaginations. I need to research the sexual experience of Mary with God to find out about His genital's cut status. Could Jesus be God's prepuce offered to redeem us from our sins? It seemed that God had allowed circumcision and the prepuce's burnt offering to replace the human sacrifice of our firstborns.

Culture and governance matter. Contrast the two sides on the Mexico-U.S. border. They have identical climate but culturally distinct. In fact, just looking at the existence of precious metals, Mexico was far richer than the U.S. Mexico had gold and silver but the U.S. had soil. Think about why the coin given to Arya to reach Braavos was made of iron, neither gold nor silver. Iron is what laborers need to make their tools so the U.S. indeed had much iron and the coal for refining the iron ore. "Arbeit macht frei." Here's why I think we must hold the line on the cultural divide. When I was handling the affairs of a deceased parent, I stood in a long line to pay. A woman just cut in front. When I challenged her, she said that she paid taxes. That was total ignorance about us. Paying taxes does not, I repeat, d o e s n o t, entitle anyone to cut into a line. There are cultural norms of behaviors that newbies in our midst just don't understand. We can handle a certain number of these newbies but definitely not when they can overwhelm our often tacit cultural norms. I suspect that this may largely be due to one's cultural upbringing. I myself realized that "I am American" when I fearlessly took a drink from my school's drinking fountain instead of looking for that whiskey bottle holding the cold boiled water. I trusted America with my life after having lived close to cholera. However, I definitely can do without the Periplaneta americana scurrying up the bottle towards my hand causing me to "bomb and destroy" Mom's white porcelain sink, shortly before we had to take off on the Boeing-747 jumbo jet to start our transglobal flights to reach the U.S.A.

Maybe that scurrying Periplaneta americana was an omen that I wouldn't be needing that Johnnie-Walker-black-label whisky bottle anymore because according to the Theory of Relativity, America was running up to me! I'd even seen them flying around before in our kitchen, quite an impressive sight! They were far more impressive and well-armed with the spines on their legs than the much smaller Periplaneta germanica which mainly scurried around fast to hide in crevices although they, too, could fly. My Brother, after doing some research, told us that it had to be my Dad who had brought these Periplaneta germanica home from his trips abroad, mostly to and from the U.S.A., not Germany. As a young child, I was left wondering why the "Americans" were originally in our home but the "Germans" from the U.S.A. invaded it with my Dad's "help." Shouldn't the "Germans" have invaded us from Germany, not from the U.S.A.? Global contagion was, is, and will be the downfall of global trading and travel. Disease from far-flung trading had wiped out entire ancient cities before.

Oh, I have discovered a conjecture to my childhood bewilderment and why the Germans generally kept mum and didn't herald their connections to their descendants who had risen to global power. Now I know why Wikipedia is sometimes under so much attack because of the dirt or paydirt that may be dug up and posted there. Sex, accommodations, and money were an heirloom family business. Did the U.S. then require good character of P. germanica's patriarch? Sippe deportation, once birthright citizenship has been retroactively banned? It was less painful to swat a P. germanica than a P. americana due to the spines on the legs so I prefer living with P. germanica if I had to live with either P. germanica or P. americana. Mom knew how to deal with P. americana more efficiently than I did by closing all the windows for airtight day-long confinement, spraying DDT and locking the door behind us, and upon returning home, cupping the limping ones on the ceiling into hot water and sweeping all the carcasses into the dust bin. My Brother helped her clean up upon returning home.

Mom wasn't too upset about my sink-bombing incident because we had pretty much spent nearly all of her savings on the airplane tickets but we still had enough left over to replace the sink so she quickly replaced it with a new one. We literally threw away the old broken kitchen sink. A new beginning in the New World needed opportunities of [utterly new to my parents' skillsets'] jobs and my schooling but not necessarily monetary wealth because we were almost broke when our Boeing-707 landed ( Dad spent two U.S. quarter-dollar coins from his traveler's loose change on a can of Coca-Cola at a vending machine for me in Tokyo International Airport; my ears hurt when the Boeing-747 jumbo jet descended to land so newbies to flying such as kids should be taught to swallow or open and close their jaws to equalize pressures. ) We were very happy for a while until the Jews and the Arabs fought each other yet again in the Middle East. I frankly don't give a shit about whose god is "the greatest!" Kids were enlightening to me. "Your god is made of clay." "Your god is made of the bloodied wood." "Both of you committed idolatry." Okay, okay! "Milk and honey on the other side" but for me orange juice instead of honey suited me just fine because I was still a minor, unsuitable for the "warum? warum? onboard privacy." Ja, ja, 男人也是人, 女人也是人, 为啥人压人? This grown man was being reborn, as Jesus had said what it took to enter Heaven. A boat is nice... even the Titanic!

Bipartisanship suffered even more after instituting the "nuclear option" in the Senate rules to grease its mechanism. We saw it in full display recently in the confirmation hearings of the Kavalry cadet. Did you like what you saw when a sexual predator had been confirmed to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice? I know that yet another sexual predator is in charge in the White House who is unwilling to admit making the wrong choice but this is not at all about "winning" or the numerical superiority in the collection of pussies. This is about the future rendering of wise and unbiased judgments.

[-] 1 points by gsw (3224) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 5 days ago

“With my own eyes, I’ve watched in horror and increasing anger as that imbalance in power has become the primary cause of our national legislative paralysis. In primaries, the vocal rump of a minority of obnoxious asses can hold the entire country hostage to extremist views. This insanity has sent true public servants fleeing for the exits. The Electoral College has the same structural flaw. Along with 337 of my colleagues, I voted in 1969 to amend the Constitution to abolish it. Twice in the past 18 years, we’ve seen the loser of the popular vote become president through the Electoral College formula, which gives that same disproportionate weight to small states, each of which gets two automatic votes for its two senators.

My friend Norm Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, sees a demographic shift coming that will effectively transform us into two countries. He tells me that “in 2050, 70 percent of Americans will be living in just 15 states. That 70 percent will then have 30 senators, and the remaining 30 percent of the people, mainly those living in the smallest and poorest states, will have 70 senators.”

How do we fix this? Practically speaking, it will be very difficult, given the specific constitutional protection granted these small states to veto any threat to their outsize influence.

There is a solution, however, that could gain immediate popular support: Abolish the Senate. At a minimum, combine the two chambers into one, and the problem will be solved. It will take a national movement, starting at the grassroots level, and will require massive organizing, strategic voting, and strong leadership over the course of a generation. But it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? “Abolish the Senate.” I’m having blue caps printed up with that slogan right now. They will be made in America.” continues representative Dingle.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5223) 3 days ago

My Mom found a solution to this disparate-power problem when my Brother started "disciplining" me, being much younger than he was (I was in kindergarten when he was in high school.) Mom told him to stop and that only she alone could discipline me as long as she was still alive. I became his "license to roam" because I had my First Amendment right to free speech when Mom asked us how our day of roaming went. She held him responsible for my happiness. Problem's solved. Maybe once our federal government(5) holds Texass(4) responsible and accountable for Vermont(3)'s happiness, and California(4) for Wyoming(3)'s happiness, our national problem will be solved, too.

Our shittoad-in-Chief claims to be the leader of the whole brood and yet continues playing favorites. Fairness means wiser states should withold all support from the idiotic states' shittoadency. "The fish rots from its head down." Here are the out-of-power old-timers sounding alarms about the current state of our [dis]union: "No economy can be stronger than its political system." This is being borne out in the Brexit process about to start breaking up the European Union in a few months, EU being a very powerful economy but with weak bottom-up political unity. Pan-European consciousness was not strong enough to respond quickly to the migrant crisis, the Bosnia/Kosovo crisis, and the Portugal-Ireland-Italy-Greece-Spain debt crises. Devolving "PIGS R US" got to the 'R' for Rome.

Shittoad is just a cunty pretender to the full might and power of the U.S. What's really there but a dying old fart desperately masturbating to no avail trying to have the last grand jerkoff before it's swept into the dustbin of history reserved for carting away the most fearsome and WIMPY Periplaneta americana-in-Chief? A national election was supposedly held to elevate it to national prominence but if it keeps on needing to drink its cesspool latrine-sweet, it's best to "castrate" it first for a burnt offering at glans penis's most sensitive and highly secured 1776'-tall Freedom Tower before carting its carcass back to where it belongs in NYS urogenitalia which is visible from low-earth orbits in space. The Freudian-slip Man-heeft-ding island can unite it with the 911-damaged golden Sphere before pissing them off together at Lady Liberty from glans penis's Battery/Piss-tip Park. Starting a war in Ukraine with Russia will quickly garner the World's attention away from the shittoad's failings. Win Armageddon to prove that it's not just a 911-damaged golden Sphere left there in Piss-tip Park. The chamber pot, Pootin erectus, craves for getting a jab by the impotent and flabby Texass instrument. A kiss on top can never beat the sensation of whipping it at the bottom of the KGB-bugged white-butt chamber pot in lieu of a wimpy jab by the still-non-jew dodo-turd. The Balkans peninsula has the apt nickname of being Europe's "powder keg." Igniting a fuse near there is in the grand tradition of starting wars in Europe and far beyond.

The 3-4-5 right triangle of power provided the stability and fairness: I being 3, Brother being 4, and Mom being 5. Mom and I together can beat him well (3+5 >> 4) but Mom wasn't involved in our brotherly roaming so she started out being neutral (3+0*5 < 4) but 3 reports to 5 and 5 listens. 4 controls 3 during the day of roaming but judgment awaits in the evening. This is why I had learnt "discretion" early and took the right to free speech very seriously. The "license" roams as the Astro-Inertial Navigation System behind the cockpit, "warum? warum? onboard privacy?" "discretion!"

Keep in mind the three Japanese monkeys' ways for success in the take-no-prisoners markets: see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. All Wall Street research should initially be taken as propaganda until corroborated. Pay homage to the truth when it does come. It's never humiliating to serve the truth with righteousness. Google got it pretty close initially with "don't be evil!" but how long can it last? Yeah, Facebook feels the duality as well as the oneness of the Force.

"The day America ceases to be good is the day America ceases to be great." So it was, so it is, and so it will be.

Why did Luke Skywalker set Rey's hand down @1:54 on the rock with the many stones on it? It's because that is the source for understanding: big data, solid data from the masses. All Evilness seek to filter and control what information their slaves see, hear, and speak. Saudi Arabia exported its religious (and cultural because Islam is far more than a religion) hatred of the West to Pakistan (despite its having been a part of the British Empire so it knows English; do its people know Magna Carta? do they know our First Amendment? With these answers we know whether it is a "shithole" country or not) and more. Our Founding Fathers learnt eventually to pray to God together in gallow unity without bickering over whose prayer should be used. That's when America started being great. Frankly speaking, do people love living in the -stan's?

"I am Persian. I am not Iranian!" Yeah, the U.S. sanctions Iran but it does not sanction Persia! Be the "sound perceiver." As rock cracks near Rey and Luke Skywalker, earthquake emits p-waves and s-waves. They are all sound waves, like the heaving and swaying of the mother ship "Mustang" in a rough ocean a topgun "Maverick" [cow-] [boy] pilot would try to tailhook to safety.

Cultural sensitivity is of paramount importance to achieving peace. There are many tacit cultural norms of behaviors that did, does, and will trigger wars. My Dad who was working for/with and/or trading with the U.S. (I think he was in Honolulu as a civilian on the day that will live in Infamy but it's just a guess based on the descriptions) at the time of the attacks (Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki) said that the nuclear attacks on Japan by the U.S. was due to Japan's having violated U.S. cultural norms of behaviors: good-faith negotiation with no attacks while negotiation was in progress. The despicably timed-to-Sunday-morning-chaplain-service Pearl Harbor attack was a surprise to the U.S. in that sense. Japan preplanned the attack on Pearl Harbor and simply used negotiations as a cover for its true intentions. It took many months to equip and position the Japanese aircraft-carrier task force to be ready for attack. The attack on Pearl Harbor started before the negotiation had been broken off (there were some confusions as to why it happened, deliberate delay, daylight-saving time confusion, or the messenger delivering Japan's declaration of war on the U.S. getting lost.) Regardless of whether daylight-saving time confusion, deliberate delay, or the messenger getting lost had been involved, what mattered was how it felt from the U.S. side because Japan did not control whether the nuclear bombs were dropped, the U.S. did.

I think that all of "the greatest" gods are at peace with each other because they are infinitely great (our kids nodded their heads in agreement at this notion of "infinite greatness" so they had to be tackling with Georg Cantor's obssession with the different degrees of infinities: countably infinite and uncountably infinite) and therefore literally out of our finite universe. What is real to me was the bickering kids arguing about the clay of the buddha statue, the red-painted carved wood of Jesus bearing a crown of thorns and hung bleeding on the INRI Cross, and the idolatry of kneeling down before and worshipping "graven images." Maybe the Catholic Sunday School from childhood got it right when we were served milk and cookies... so there was a Man who lived thousands of years ago who loved us, especially welcoming kids like us. "Let them come to me," so He said, "the kingdom of Heaven..."

Hmm, "was like the Peace of Westphalia for Switzerland and Afghanistan, both landlocked high-terrain countries." In the early nineteenth century, the Alps were much feared (where the Big Bad Wolf lived) but a different mindset by the rich people and centuries of peace have turned it into a great beautiful and scenic landscape. Switzerland, though small, is well armed despite its long-lasting peace. I'm amazed how the Swiss had managed to stay united despite their disparate multiple official languages. It could be gallow unity similar to our Founding Fathers'. It's something like, "we little guys had better hang together or we would be hanged separately." Switzerland had considered becoming a nuclear-armed country but gave up or simply delayed the idea for a long time. Its interest lies in nuclear disarmament. I aspire to become the Minister of the Navy of Afghanistan, similarly as Captain von Trapp of the Austrian Navy. Is Afghanistan deploying a Space Force, being so high up and therefore energetically advantaged? It can work well as a missile range.