Friends, Americans: Countrymen.
I have an proposal. I’m certain this idea will work!
Here it is, the version #2.01 of the 2 original posts, which was combined, updated, and then re-posted as a new comment (here’s the link to the Proposal, version #2, on MM site):
On October 4th, 2008 at 9:46 am, mike.musculus said:
I see people here who seem to be saying that since there were “D”s who voted to kill this, ‘all is forgiven, they’ve seen the light’.
NOTHING is more removed from the truth. I haven’t had time to analyze it yet, but I strongly suspect these Dems are in troublesome districts and up for reelection!
While party must no longer keep them safe, remember that Dem’s grip on individual members is much tighter than the Redubs’ — at this point.
THAT IS THE FRUIT OF McCain/Feingold! Its WHOLE purpose was two-fold:
(1)prevent The People from mounting opposition the last part part of the election cycle, just prior to an election, when it is most effective. Why would anyone any honest broker, who’s stated purpose was to “fix” the campaign laws, want to shut-up grassroots pointing out bad votes or bad behavior of an incumbent or challenger just prior to an election? If the purpose was to stop the “ambush-ads”, then a 72hour limit would have worked fine. That is, unless what you REALLY want is to FIX the campaign laws! No, you shut-up the grassroots to en-muscle the incumbent. That was main purpose #1
(2) The 2nd main purpose was to tie Reps & Senators more closely to the party; make them as dependent on the party for election funds as a well-fare recipient is enslaved to the well-fare handout.
McTraitorToTheConstitution knew, that GWB loves the “new tone”-ers, and so would work even harder to show these wayward ones (like Chaffee) even more “love & forgiveness”. This would allow McCarbonTax to skate on his backstabbin’ ways. McCain (and others) used the forms of the Constitution to destroy its spirit!
And McZero was proved right: GWB, head of the Republican Party (or his minion, it makes no difference from a practical POV…), at the last minute pulled TV advert funds from Sen. Santorum (PA) — who had been a good soldier except on GWB’s amnesty — and sent it to Chaffee’s reelection bid for last minute spots… 4 days before election. I remember Dad telling me some of his friends in broadcasting were bent-up because the spots had been sold for months, and now these prime spots were begging. I remember hearing the news item about “shifting the funds” on the radio. I also remember him telling me prior to the election that on his diner-hopping around PA, what he was over-hearing was people angry at Santorum for pushing GWB’s & The Demo’s choice: Spector. Dad speculated that unless Santorum put some good ads out to explain his choice, he was toast. What happened? He had no chance at the last minute, (when most are listening) to explain himself; his funds were pulled. Think of this: for the 1st time, a Republican President meddled in the primaries of his party! And he meddled on behalf of those who most often voted against his policies!
I took a long time in my life to come to understand Washington’s Warning.
His Farewell Address (1796), is here
Our elected officals have used the forms of the Constitution to destroy its Spirit!
Of “Forms vs Spirit”:
that experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution of a country; that facility in changes, **upon the credit of mere hypothesis and opinion, exposes to perpetual change,** from the endless variety of hypothesis and opinion; and remember, especially, that for the efficient management of your common interests, in a country so extensive as ours, a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security of liberty is indispensable. Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian. It is, indeed, little else than a name, where the government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction, to confine each member of the society within the limits prescribed by the laws, and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyment of the rights of person and property.
Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the Constitution, alterations which will impair the energy of the system, **and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown.** In all the changes to which you may be invited, remember that time and habit are at least as necessary to fix the true character of governments as of other human institutions;
There is the answer to “Chicken Little”! Instead, they were of the opinion the sky was falling, so they vested the powers of (atleast) 2 branches into one — and it is an unelected one!
Wow, the guy who refused the title: “George I”, a kingship, really knew what he was talking, huh? Over 200yrs, and its just happening now! And he saw the danger!
This is the part relevant to parties:
Of Political Parties:
I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. **And there being constant danger of excess,** the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a rightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party.
Prophetic, isn’t it?
What I’m saying is: look at the man’s entire record. If he’s a Dem, look twice. Make friends with a staffmember. If that man’s a Dem., let him know if he does what’s right you’ll go to the wall for him – to make up for his party’s shortsightedness. (…it is important he know why you’re sticking with him…)
And we must start NOW: start a 3rd party. A 4th party. Whatever it takes! I never want my choices constrained in this fashion again. I’m certain I’m not alone in this. Get them elected, starting at school boards, workup to Governors, then Congress.
We may have to LOTE this election, because after this, at ANY COST we must deny the Dems/MSM the win. If we reward their bad behavior, they will never stop. The downside of this, voting for RINOs is balanced by “the Daily Letter”.
Look at it this way: if we start now, sending 1 letter/day telling these people we’re going to work to have them elected to act truly in accord with the Documents of Inception, then we’ll watch every single vote, and if they don’t vote in accord with the Founding Fathers, we’ll endure their challenger for 1-cycle just to wake the others up!
Tell them: we’re voting LOTE, but this is the last time. If they vote unconstitutionally on anything, regardless of how many “urgent fires” are around them, regardless of size of the item – he11, even to get penny-candy in the Whitehouse Visitor’s Center – they’re out!
AND THEN WE RUTHLESSLY FOLLOW THROUGH!
The Dems won’t, (for the most part), change their habits. Most Repurbs won’t, either. At 1st. But after a cycle, maybe 2, they will.
After the initial letter, The Everyday Letter doesn’t have to be long, it could just be a postcard. Something along the lines: “Reelection comes eventually. Do you like your job?”. As long as it isn’t a form letter-looking deal.
Anyway, after a sleepless night, (Friday) sitting here at Dad’s bedside thinking and talking to him, that’s what I thought of.
I’m filling out the paperwork to resign my Commission. I’ll turn them in Monday. It can take upto 6 months.
I’ll have my idea fleshed out on Dad’s blog by Friday next, I’ve been given 2 weeks downtime. I’ll also bring Dad’s status upto date. I know, promises, etc. My job has had me ex-CONUS a lot these last few weeks. That (almost certainly) won’t happen for the next 2 weeks.
PLEASE, people: feedback on my above proposal? I am certain it will work, I don’t have all the answers. I’m also certain we can improve this and make it work!
I submitted my paperwork Monday. I am offically resigning my Commission. In order to expedite the matter, I’m forgoing my pension. I’ve already turned down pinning on the next rank.
I do truly believe: “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.“
I would add to that: “…, and the Constitution of these United States of America,” I pledge mine.
If you truly love The United States of America, if you love Liberty, you will pledge yours.