Oh please these same blowhards spent years going after Clinton for having an extramarital affair and impeached him. No conviction there. They went after his wife for Benghazi and Whitewater....no convictions thereWatching the Clown Show in disbelief ! It's watching the congress critters melt down and bloviating about mythical "crimes".
No Jeff your problems with this are not mine , so maybe they are not as clear as glass as you think.I am impressed how successful stupid and unethical people are. In no way is the USA and likely other cultures a meritocracy. This explains how awful media is and especially news which is infotainment. What's with these pundits... are they are uneducated as they sound or are they towing some line because it pays to?
What we should have learned from these "impeachments" is that the constitution is out dated and needs to be re done... or seriously amended. Bill of rights is fine.... things like the electoral college and the senate itself are stupid and undemocratic as is the Supreme court which has way to much power. Some of their decisions such as Citzens United is completely misguided. Money is not free speech... or should not be. The problems are as clear as glass... why is there no will to fix this?
Your thinking about the big states having too much power is unfounded. Power to to what to the small states? Let's start there.No Jeff your problems with this are not mine , so maybe they are not as clear as glass as you think.
When in balance the three branches work fine. Removing the Senate / House set up would give the states with large populations too much power.
It’s easy to rail against something without proposing a fix or alternative. I see no other government system presently which is a better alternative.
There need to be changes however. Changes by law which don’t require a constitutional amendment which would be impossible to ever pass ( ie ERA)
I have no issue with the Senate...or the House set up......it’s the people who occupy the chairs. We need term limits.
Reform should start with
1-Financing Of elections .That includes the amount outside groups including the parties are allowed to spend on them.
2- Term Limits
3- Lobbying influence - this is also connected with election financing
4- no continuing resolutions. Put them in a room with cots and food until they come up with an agreement. My wife and I don’t have continuing resolutions
5 - independent fact checking panel with penalties for lies
We will just abscond with this one. The only thing more ridiculous than 50 states agreeing to scrap the constitution is getting 9 provinces to agree to amend one. We may be small in numbers but we make up for it in sheer stubbornness and tunnel vision.Harumph!
Mark ... where's my Canadian Politics December 2019 thread? :wink
:grinWe will just abscond with this one.
So true. Actually, I think it only requires seven of 10 provinces to agree, as long as they represent at least 50% of the population. Oh, and both the House of Commons and the Senate must also assent.The only thing more ridiculous than 50 states agreeing to scrap the constitution is getting 9 provinces to agree to amend one. We may be small in numbers but we make up for it in sheer stubbornness and tunnel vision.
You mean like Apple or Google or Facebook or any credit card agreement, where the TOS can be changed immediately by the larger party, with no process, no notice, and no appeal process?Constitutions are so last century. And the century before. And the century before that. What we need is a highly adaptive and variable TOS document that is responsive to trends, fads and constantly changing social awareness.
Term limits have not worked out well for us here in Missouri. Many people who fought for term limits entered our state legislature as new "Citizen Legislators", with no experience, and are now calling for the repeal of limits.I have no issue with the Senate...or the House set up......it’s the people who occupy the chairs. We need term limits.
Pols need to be generalists with a political slant... not necessary for them to havbe a narrow focus .. not even disable. They need staff to drill into the nuts and bolts of issues. Good staff informs their boss. Same as in commerce in large organizations. Some top have worked there way up. Trump is an example of someone with no education, skills or knowledge. He uses and discards others... not a good manager in my opinion. What matters to someone like him is not facts but blind loyalty and people who go along with his (lawless) world view.I've spent a lot of time on Capital Hill, trying to educate elected officials about one thing or another. It's amazing what they don't know.
Their staff, on the other hand, is a real mixed bag. Some are kids. Others are lifers that have been in the shadows for generations of elected officials. They really run the show, in most aspects. Believe it or not, even lobbiests are relied upon to detail history of past administrations, what worked, didn't work, etc.
The term deep state is over used at the moment, but it certainly exists. You have to address this too, if you're going to get aggressive with term limits.