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Name: Ernie Ferguson
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If this is true

If this is true… when is somebody going to do something about it?

I'm afraid Trump has put his finger on the fatal flaw in our Constitution. There's nothing in it about do overs, removal from office for anything other than incredible disability or via impeachment. When all branches of government are in the hands of a single party you no longer even have a functioning oligarchy. What you have is some strange version of a tyrranucsl Republic. We now resemble Kazakhstan more than we resemble what the founding fathers really had in mind. They intended our nation to be a highly functioning oligarchy where competing interests made sure that one party could not dominate the other. Because the Supreme Court was co-opted decades ago we now have a situation where the rules have been rewritten in the Republicans favor over and over and over again. It is hard to imagine anything happening based on what the FBI now knows happened.
Posted by Moral Compass | Fri Apr 21, 2017, 07:28 PM (0 replies)

Everybody is trying to solve the wrong problem

The problem everyone is trying to solve is the wrong problem. This applies to both left and right.

Everyone seems to think the problem is too few are covered by health insurance. Even the Republicans are trying to find some mechanism to make health insurance available to more people.

That is not the problem. The problem is health insurance itself.

If we continue to focus on health insurance we will never ever tackle access.
Posted by Moral Compass | Fri Apr 21, 2017, 11:39 AM (0 replies)

Majority rules

Republicans had a majority at the time that they stonewalled Merrick Garland. They assumed that they would retain the majority (which was a pretty good bet) so they would be able to prevent seating of the nominee.

Once Reid exercised the nuclear option it set a precedent for using it lagain. The filibuster has always been about keeping the majority from steam rolling the minority. But it's not something that can be found in the constitution and was really just a tradition. We now are living in an era where the majority can rule with an iron fist.

We've always been a democracy in name only. But right now I believe we are witnessing a complete death of the system. The party in power is rigging the game so fundamentally that it's going to be very very difficult to get power back from them.

While it horrifies me, I have to admit that the job that they have done gerrymandering all of the states that they controlled has been very impressive.

REDMAP ( The Republican gerrymandering project) has turned Texas into such a deep red state that I'm not sure even the massive demographic changes that are coming up are going to break us free. The Democrats in the state are almost completely neutered. The same has happened in North Carolina, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois etc.

The problem is that they had a wonderful plan to seize power but they had no plan to govern. The Republicans don't have any ideas in terms of governance. All of their ideas are dedicated to the destruction of the current system.

As so many have pointed out, they are the party of "no". But add into this the fact that very few people in the US have any real understanding of their own government (whether state, local, federal) and you have a recipe for a tyrannical democratic system. System in which people have very little power at all.

This is going to be a very long and very hard fight. The Republicans, having turned the Supreme Court into a partisan body, know that they can do almost anything and give it a veneer of legality.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Apr 5, 2017, 05:13 PM (0 replies)

How can I make the country worse?

It is as if he gets up every morning and thinks how can I make the country worse today?

Can anyone out there think of a single positive thing that Trump has done since he has been in the office?

Some of what he does seems to be out of some sense of simple meanness. What a spoiled little rich brat he is at the age of 70 years old.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Apr 5, 2017, 02:46 PM (0 replies)

Shows how stupid he is

He is not required to offer an opinion on matters like these.

If he was pressed, he should have offered only that he didn't have enough data to have an opinion.

Instead, he dives right in and sides with the guy whose behavior has forced Fox to pay out millions to keep things semi-quiet.

He is truly unfit for the Presidency (or any other top management position in any public company).
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Apr 5, 2017, 01:12 PM (0 replies)
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