Posts Tagged ‘progressive movement’

Counterconstitutionalism: GOP method of accomplishing their agenda through means other than winning elections.

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Dear G.O.P. I Know you Love the Constitution but..

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Dear G.O.P..  I know you really, really really hate the Affordable Care Act.  You even made it into a personal attack on the president when you named it “Obamacare”.  You made your case for years.  Then we had a poll, the only poll that counts, the election where you made repealing Obamacare a central theme of your platform. Too bad but you lost.

Now I know you love, love, love the Constitution. I know because you always say so.  But as you know the Affordable Care Act was  passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by the president.  It was even ruled Constitutional by the Supreme Court.

The Constitution has a procedure for  overturning a law.  But since the voters did not elect your candidate, and did not give you a majority in the Senate you have not been able to get your way.  Please show me the part of the Constitution that allows you to overturn a law  in some other way.  I know it must be in the Constitution somewhere, because you would never come up with a plan to violate the constitution, right?

GOPicide. Killing the economy unless their demands are met.

Great new program, lousy name. Can you come up with a better name than “Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative”?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/03/13/biden-domestic-homicide-program/1984261/

US Constitution Mandates Gun Regulation

14563_515082581859497_879897052_nI have been treading lightly on the gun control issue, because unlike many other G.O.P. issues, it is at least based on reality.  What I mean is that the Second Amendment to the Constitution can be interpreted as protecting gun ownership, while so many other current G.O.P. beliefs are not based on reality. “Climate change is a hoax”, “lower taxes lead to lower deficits”, and “strict austerity leads to lower deficits” are just a few of the current crop of dangerous GOP delusions.  But it occurs to me that the same sentence of the Constitution which protects gun ownership also allows, and even requires, regulation (“a well-regulated militia”). If gun owners believe that the Constitution gives them a right to bear arms, then they also must believe that sensible regulations, such as background checks, and a ban on assault weapons, are at least permissible constitutionally-speaking.  If reasonable gun owners also recognize that having a gun in the house also makes them less safe, as proved by this poster, we may be able to reduce gun violence without the GOP being able to use this as a wedge issue to drive this country apart for their partisan political gain.

If not for Redistricting the GOP would have lost the House too

Huff Post Politics – Why Did the Republican Win the House?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-r-stone/why-did-the-republicans-w_b_2110673.html

Life does not begin at Incorporation.