Dumbest (uncorrected) Choices in American History: Shortlist

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My list of REALLY STUPID CHOICES made in American history; just a short-list I am afraid:

Diet Food” that is more chemicals than food

Having the Soviet Union an “ally” in WWII – better to have let them go it alone; email for full argument

The Electoral College in the Age of Communication; direct election of all offices should be the norm; Political Parties are OBSOLETE and COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE

Public Sector Unions

Adding “under God” to the Pledge making it a point of division instead of unity

Lotus and Apple’s Patent-the-Universe Syndrome making the courts accept patents on things never meant for patent

Failing to live up to Dr. King’s vision and refusing to stop being prejudiced regarding race

Private campaign donations of any kind other than labor

Campaign donations by businesses

Supreme Court deciding that money= a right to a louder voice for YOUR ‘free speech

Dropping the no-partisanship requirements for radio talk-shows and ‘interview’ programs

Letting Lawyers advertise

Supreme Court declaring that nothing of value is earned by the recipient of a military award or decoration

Women’s, Chicano, Black “Studies” propping up people selected, distorted and lionized with blatant prejudice; taking away self-respect while pretending to help by ‘giving the poor things a hand’, and White Studies designed to rip on Western Culture for the same purpose – removing its self-respect – it seems non-whites are too dumb or clueless to run their own lives or stand up to whites and that whites are just intrinsically demonic – welcome to the enlightened world of PC education

Failing to settle on the point in a pregnancy where a woman’s choice is MADE and she must be held responsible for an infant rather than a piece of owned tissue. (6 month preemies regularly survive today and the Radical Right’s agenda on abortion would make women all but chattel)

Worrying more about which consenting adults, what age, color or how many may legally get ‘married’; ignoring the concept of duty, honor and responsibility anyone brings to their marriages

Bilingual Education as a policy

Helmets, knee and elbow-pads for tricycle riders

Peer promotion in school

Affirmative Action after 1990 – where was the transition to color-blind government?

Worrying more about what actual people have DONE with their guns than trying to get law-abiding folk to not have any at all

Electing Andrew Jackson, Jimmy Carter, George W., and Obama

Forgetting that ALL countries do best with immigrants if they pick from the TOP of the pile instead of the bottom

Paying a private group to print/coin money like a product to be bought forgetting that money has no ‘intrinsic’ value’; dollars are just counters for the economic game; increasing or decreasing the supply by fiat to ACCURATELY reflect the production/wealth of a nation is the ONLY reason when deciding when or if to print more money, or let the cash pool contract

Deciding that political consensus and no working model or scientific theory that has been tested is sufficient when making decisions in haste that could wreck the world’s entire economy/infrastructure; in the 70’s it was the next Ice Age that was imminent… no models then either

Making an “eco-friendly” light-bulb containing hazardous amounts of mercury

Adults stealing Halloween from the children and making it another grown-ups party holiday

The Writer’s Strike

ANY serious university or college that “emphasized” sports to make money and enabled ‘tails’ that can wag Great Danes with ease

The American Population Have Willfully Become Immoral Idiots

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I for one am getting rather tired of all the whining and moaning from all sides over the evils that have been inflicted upon us by the “forces of darkness“, also known as: Republicans, Democrats, Independents,Corporations, Racial Groups, Religious Groups, Foreign Groups; any group that is for whatever that particular whiner is against.

What really matters to most voters is not what they are accomplishing; it is all about preventing the opposition from carrying out their-heinous-agenda-destined-to-enslave-the-Human-race-forever-and-ever.  They define themselves not by what they are “for”, instead they define their existence, their life, on what they are against. Is it any wonder that politics is a morass of factionalism and lends very little of its time and energy to actually serving the public with genuine weal?

And these same voters all can see before them the one and only insurmountable barrier to political reform and campaign reform, indeed a complete “America reform“! They see it, they condemn it, they tell everyone that it must be “reformed”; and every man(woman)-jack of them plays, and protects, the very system they demonize; it is called campaign finance Virginia, and it must GO!

Why do politicians listen to anyone other than citizen voters? Why is voting seen as a valueless “right” by the majority of US citizens when they should regard it as a priceless privilege and duty? The answer to both is the same: we allow people to give politicians money.  Individuals, groups, companies, corporations vast and amorphous, all are allowed to BRIBE POLITICIANS; this is subject to almost laughable “rules” intended for [pretending we give a damn about] “protecting” the citizenry from “abuses” of this essentially irredeemable and malignant institution, all the while scheming for “our side” to game the system.

Take a moment people, think about it and admit your guilt! Americans like to think they might be able to buy their way to control in the name of their own personal “way to Utopia” regardless of the merit of any particular idea put forth by the “opposition”. But, imagine what things would be like if there were no campaign donations period, end of sentence. No. Campaign. Donations.

The basic idea is also simple. Just make ALL elected politicians campaign with money provided by an evenly divided taxpayer provided pool. Once a candidate is on the ballot they would be equal in the eyes of those in the electorate not already familiar with their record; if the same professionally neutral production companies were used and the same budgets given to each, why the best man(woman) just might have a chance of winning!

But, the American electorate knows this and does nothing. They, yes, I mean you, chase after your own slice of the corruption while not lifting a finger to take action, or even speak about just doing away with the whole toxic institution as easily as Herr Obama nationalized whole swaths of privately owned business; but, this time it would be not a theft, but a returning of sovereignty to where it belongs, in the hands of We The People!

Let us go further and declare a campaign able to buy products and impersonal services (printing flyers & buttons, ads, catering, security, etc.) but, prevent them from HIRING anyone for anything more creative than emptying the trashcans at the office! Yes, Virginia, let us prevent anyone from being a professional politician elector! No hired writers, artists, designers, agitators, petition collectors or “political advisors”; in the case of things like television production all candidates in a particular election should be confined to using the same production company which will be selected by competitive bid.

The idea behind this addition is that if you have to hire people to get your message across your message is probably not that important to anyone but you. If something needs to happen it will generate the zeal in citizens to do something about it without anyone making a living from it and automatically biasing the process!

Think about it my people, other than as a defense of your dreams of a forlorn hope that your personal brand of righteousness might “win” using corrupt and dirty methods, then shed them like butterfly leaving behind its worminess to produce a thing of beauty, what cause do you have to not rise up and demand campaign financing to END?

It is inimically self-righteous selfishness that has resulted in our giving money the rights of a citizen. Money represents nothing more than the collective productivity of a nation. Money is nothing but a system of tokens that we use to keep track of productivity as we trade it amongst ourselves and other nations.

Taken it objectively: this perversion of Western politics means that whoever can amass (by hook or by crook, only the end total matters) a large portion of this collection of game counters has the right to more “free speech” than those citizens, equal in numbers and passion, who are not as good at the economical game.  Doesn’t this concept go violently against both Conservative and Liberal ideals?!? Why does it continue then, when real power (the Vote) still is in the hands of the citizens?

Because too many people think THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE IT THEMSELVES, and so excuse it!  So Americans should stop whining about not having influence America, we are getting exactly what we wanted and what we deserve.

Political Parties Exist to Subvert Instead of Enable the Voice of the Individual.

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My Life for Ze Party und Ze Leader!

Why is it again that, in 2010, political parties still exist? Well, other than for the implimentation of the control of a few who claim the voice of many, I don’t see much reason; member voices are given more lip service than respect from the party’s “leaders”. And, while we are attacking preconception, why a party “leader”? Would not an “impementor” be a more appropriate term for the desired function of the office.? Someome trusted to make the will of the members of the party heard effectively?

But how is that again? A party is supposed to make the voice of its X number of citizens louder than this other bunch’s equal number of voices?

Do you people out there ever completey agree with every part of “your” party’s platform? If one election cycle you do happen to agree with it all have you ever in your life seen the party hold to each and every plank after the election?
Remind me again Virginia; just WHO these parties claim to serve?

A Modestly Heretical Proposal

Get rid of the parties. No labels to hide behind, no pols in pocket of biz or party, pols un-electable without personal support from the community, pol has to listen on every issue and best of all, the most important, the pol would be judged more by accomplishments and record than by their associations.

Today there is no practical reason not to elect individual candidates directly.

Not sure you like the idea? Think about this: neither. Obama nor Palin would have ever been nominated without an agenda following party forcing them upon their supporters. Think about that for a while…

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Corporations:A Race Genetically Designed to Pursue Profits; They Have No Business Interfering With Free Speech!

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THIS is why free speech should NOT be extended to corporations as well as real, individual people!!!!! Regarding the Congressional Resolution regarding Turkey’s Big Armenian Genocide Adventure:

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"The U.S. aerospace and defense industry opposed the measure… could jeopardize U.S. exports to Turkey, rupture U.S.-Turkish relations and put American jobs at risk…"

A corporation’s bottom-line is…their bottom-line, period!

Damn the People, Full Speed Ahead!

What GOOD do political parties, Left or Right do today? For that matter what good have they EVER done? All parties from the beginning of politics seem to have existed for the sole purpose of taking political power from those who own it and those who have been assigned it and consolidating it into as few hands as possible.  Political parties allow a few to harness the power of many followers and apply pressure to the political process out of the sight and control of the very citizens whose power that party uses.  I fail to see that this is a good thing, especially in today’s interconnected world where everyone’s voice can carry equal weight.

Time and time again politicians will act and vote by the direction of their Party instead of their constituents. Simply put, under the present campaign finance system to be elected they HAVE to allow the party leaders to put a ring in their nose like a bull led to stud.  Parties and political donations are the rocks on which the ships of state have foundered all over the world, all through history.

Parties seem to be nothing more than a political expression of Tribalism.  A group of self interested people gather together a herd of citizens wishing for a leader and use them to not support, but subvert the political process in promotion of Me and Mine over Thee and Thine. The votes of Party politicians becomes not about following the collective will within a Constitutional framework but a zero-sum game of You-Win-I-Lose.

We see the result of this winner take all attitude in the willingness of too many politicians to give up their voters’ ideals when faced with a party issue.  This was demonstrated recently when 10 Republican Senators voted against an amendment to a bill (all the other Senators, including 30 Republicans voted Yes) that restricts the Federal government from contracting with a company that requires it’s employees to give up the right to sue or pursue criminal cases against other employees even in the case of rape and kidnapping. This amendment had been inspired by an actual case of the raping and kidnapping by Haliburton employees of another Haliburton contractee and the company’s subsequent refusal to allow civil or criminal proceedings (as per contract).

The 10 Senators felt that since the measure had been proposed by far-Left Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. that it had to be a “ploy” (it was) and so might damage the party. It is sad that it DID damage the Parry a bit simply BECAUSE the 10 feel for it and voted by Party and not common sense. But the saddest part by far is that the 10 Senators, after being beaten up by the press, and the Party, feel that THEY are the injured party due to the Democratic “slurs” against them for voting the Party Line. The quote that seems most representative of their attitude comes from Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas:

“Trying to tap into the natural sympathy that we have for this victim of this rape —and use that as a justification to frankly misrepresent and embarrass his colleagues, I don’t think it’s a very constructive thing.”

In case you missed his point, the good Senator is upset that AFTER he and the other nine voted against the amendment Senator Franken used their pro-Party/pro-Haliburton vote to ridicule them for being of all things…party hacks!!! Senator Cornyn considers it to be dirty pool for Mr. Franken to have put him in the position of having to balance morals against The Party.  It is just not cricket, you know! That is how far the party system has taken us from reality! Unfortunately, this is hardly an isolated incident of partisanship.  Other examples abound from any and all parties be they past or present.

But, in this Digital Age for the first time, Humanity has the chance to apply constitutional democracy in a pure form. Let us abolish parties! They are nothing but a bad solution to the problems of pre-industrial communications. Let our politicians stand on their own platforms to campaign and by their voting record once elected, NOTHING ELSE! Let campaign donations of ALL SORTS be eliminated and instead, every candidate that qualifies for a given ballot receive the same “war chest”. Further, let no one be paid for their time working in a campaign other than contracted services such as catering, printing costs, air time or other non-creative, non-campaigning related services. In this new world direct campaign workers of all types would be solely volunteers!

Just imagine it Virginia! Politicians set apart from the influence of small groups of the self interested and forced to follow the consensus of all their constituents! Imagine politicians that have NO other forces influencing their votes than what their constituents feel should or should not be done within the limits of The Constitution. I don’t know about you Virginia, but that sends a shiver down MY leg! How about a change that actually gives us hope?