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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Let's invade Colorado



The United States makes a big deal about bringing Democracy to the rest of the world. The Republicans decided that the good folks of Colorado don't have a say in nominating a presidential candidate. That blatant disregard for the will of the people is just the sort of excuse the US uses to invade other countries.

Of course, the Democrats aren't doing much better. Just look at the states where Bernie wins the state but Hillery gets most of the delegates.

Personally, I think this year is a major turning point in American politics. It has never been clearer that the system is rigged. Outsiders who upset the established order are not only unwelcome, they are locked out. If a billionaire can't get a fair shake, just think how little they care for the average Joe.

Trump and Bernie aren't even really that far outside of the mainstream. Trump is part of the 1% business class. He's exactly the sort of person who gravitates to the Republicans as he shares most of their interests. Bernie isn't throwing Molotov cocktails, he's working within the system.

Love or hate the outsider candidates, the system is supposed to be open to everyone. It hasn't been for sometime, but now it's blatantly obvious to everyone. The big question is where do we go from here? The big thing to remember is that the two party system is not part of the Constitution. It's one of those things that developed over time. Political parties that lost touch with their people have disappeared before.

Looks like this might be the year the parties really start to unravel. It's both a time of opportunity and danger. Things could get better or they could actually get worse. Interesting times.

-Sixbears

14 comments:

  1. Hi Bears,
    Some years ago in L.A. a bunch of Cops beat the He2xL out of "Rodney King." Some dude recorded the incident un beknown to the cops, then "Film at 11!!" Well, I'm getting to where this is going!!! The Cops got "Equitted!!' I got home from work, turned on the TV and the Ch. 4 TVCOPTER was focused on the street corner of Florence and Normandy!! Some black dude comes out of the corner liquor store with a case of bottled beer and starts pitching them at on coming traffic!! The "Revolution was Televised!!" That was then, this is NOW!!!! Just wait...it won't be long.... and it won't only be beer bottles at on commng traffic!!
    Audentes...Fortuna...Juvat,
    III%,
    skybill-out

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    1. I worry that so many people are getting screwed by the system. It could definitely turn ugly.

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  2. People scoffed at Trump when he said he was a unniter. He proved it - mainstream Republicans, Democrats, the media, and many special interest groups have denounced him repeatedly. All of them united against Trump.

    If all of these groups had used the same tactic to fix U.S. problems, we may not be in the fix we are in. Too many Republicans. Too many Democrats. Not enough Americans.

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    1. Maybe it's time to ditch the party system and replace it with something better?

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  3. The good thing about it is that the mask is off what has been going on. The questions remains if we care enough to do something about it.

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    1. Just wait until the economy goes south and people tighten their belts even more. Then they will care.

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  4. The problem with the most vocal of the CO protesters is that he did not understand the rules of his own state election. He was NOT elected to the state convention as a delegate, but as a county delegate, where he did not even show up to claim his credentials.
    This is not new - it's been done this was in CO since the 1920s.
    Each state is different - some have primaries, some caucuses, some conventions. How about we make all the same?
    And at the National Convention, a majority of public votes is not what guarantees a nomination. The nominee must have the majority of the delegate vote - not the same thing.
    And then we go to the Electoral College after the general election. Such a waste!
    I personally think we should go with a straight majority rule of the people - all voting on the same day; no conventions. But just me saying ...

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    1. It's a messed up hodge podge system. Some states are much worse than others and it doesn't help when people don't know the rules.

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  5. Politics and politicians, to me, are dirty words. That is why I like Trump. He is a successful business man and if he could build a fortune in business, maybe he could straighten out the government. . . maybe.

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    1. I'm not a huge fan of Trump, but the rest of the field doesn't look that great right now either.

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  6. Many years ago, I used to wonder how a relatively small group of corrupt people could intimidate and control an entire country of people in the Soviet Union. As the years have gone by, I've come to wonder the same thing about the U.S.

    I still don't have a good answer for either place, but I do know one thing. By comparison, we Americans have much more knowledge and ability to resist, and much less excuse not to.

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    1. Probably lots of angles and answers to that. Again, one thing sticks out. Whether we do it to ourselves or are subtly guided there by the 1%, or both, we're not going to solve any of these problems as long as we're fighting each other.

      While there is beauty and power in diversity, when false differences are created and then exaggerated, or priorities become misguided, it leads to our current predicament -- national domestic impotence and increasing imbalance in most important things.

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    2. While people may disagree with each other politically, they'll help each other in a crisis. I might not like my neighbor's politics, but I'd pull him from a burning building.

      As long as most of us can treat each other like human beings when it really matters we'll be Okay.

      We must not let the powers that be keep us apart.

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