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Democracy by Lunacy

Republicans gained 43 seats in the House of Representatives in the 2010 election, the largest swing in any midterm election since 1938. The gerrymandered redistricting that caused this packs Republicans into homogeneous districts and disperses Democrats into districts where they are a substantial minority.

In 2012, the Republicans created a disproportionate advantage in 10 states which renders the party balance in those states ineffective. In these 10 states, an average 7% vote in favor of Republicans translated into a 76% advantage for them in the number of Congressmen sent to the House. This is why even though 1.4 million more votes were cast for Democrats in the 2012 House elections, Republicans gained a 33-seat advantage.

We all know what happened in 2016. A natural progression.

The Tea Party representatives don't have to depend on mainstream Republican Party leaders for anything, they are almost assured of re-election in their mutant districts if they continue to have a heartbeat. Additionally, they threaten the seats of "moderate" Republicans simply because they have the freedom to challenge moderate views without consequence to themselves.

There's another census in 2020. That's only four years from now. Demographic projections for gains and losses affecting representation and shifts in the electoral college are already out there. Google Images "worst gerrymandering" and take a look at the psychotic, criminally discriminatory way our congressional districts are drawn. I call your attention specifically to FLA-5 and -22, MD-3, NC-12, and IL-4, which is split into two halves connected by an uninhabited highway median strip.

Nothing will change unless we take the redistricting power away from state legislatures and give it to independent commissions, like the one in California and only twelve other states...this needs to be made into a major issue in STATE elections.

All politics is local.

As much as we may fear and dislike Donald Trump, Steve Bannon et al., and their cabal now ensconced at the federal level, the only effective way to stop them is to use the tools of democracy we have at hand, and have always had.

Nothing will change otherwise. We are wasting our time.

Paraphrased with my personal opinions from the following excellent sites:


Posted by disalitervisum | Wed Feb 1, 2017, 06:35 AM (0 replies)

I tried to warn everyone about this bloodsucking cockroach

whose career I have followed since the late seventies when he first came to my attention. Trump doesn't care about anyone or anybody or anything (least of all your jobs or the country) except himself. He never has and he never will.


One of the biggest problems -- when you tell his supporters what a sack of shit trump is, their response is "THAT'S WHY WE LIKE HIM."

So this is what the rest of us have to deal with. Besides the neo-fascist Bannon/Miller wing of the tea party, using the malevolent adolescent figurehead of trump to destroy the United States of America. This is their stated goal.

Wake up.
Posted by disalitervisum | Thu Jan 26, 2017, 11:37 PM (0 replies)

bannon mostly (and trump) want to destroy

the career government civil service corps. Bannon especially, because he understands that doing so removes a major check on the executive power. trump only understands it because bannon explained it to him.

The checks and balances provided by the founders that exist within the constitution are the formal ones. The informal check on executive power provided by the career civil service is a result of the evolution of government, and allows for continuity and stability across varying degrees of radicalism or madness that may exist within the executive.

If allowed to continue, this course soon leads to the absence of anyone within government who has the ability to oppose or question policies put forth by the executive. Witness the gag orders already issued for various agencies.

Bannon and his wing of the tea party want to burn down the whole show and remake it in their image. This is their stated goal, which dovetails nicely with today's attack on the media by Bannon, who said "the media should just shut up," and "the media is the opposition party."

Posted by disalitervisum | Thu Jan 26, 2017, 10:42 PM (1 replies)

what about this gag order for employees

of EPA and HHS? Shouldn't that be some kind of story? Or am I missing something.
Posted by disalitervisum | Tue Jan 24, 2017, 07:55 PM (1 replies)

Trump and Bannon begin implementation of Economic Nationalism policy

What It Means To Be An Economic Nationalist

If you're wealthy, it means you're saying "fuck you" to anyone who works for a living.

If you're a supporter of the Trump economic plan, it means that when these high tariffs close the world's export markets to the United States, import companies like Wal-Mart, Target, Lowes, Home Depot, Costco, and every other import business that allows you to buy your TV's, phones, tires, clothes, computers, and appliances cheaply will be decimated.

If you're a "dispossessed American worker" who thinks globalism has screwed you, it means your newly minted USA ONLY job will allow you to possibly earn a higher wage, but you won't be able to afford anything you produce because the cost of production will skyrocket beyond whatever you're being paid.

If you're a company that can't sell its products because the export market countries retaliated against the United States for closing their markets, it means you'll have to lay off all of your expensive American workers.

If you're an expensive American worker, it means you'll soon find yourself in a recession ten times worse than the one you just got out of.

If you're an export market country, it means in order to prevent your own workers from revolting, you'll have to start a trade war by flooding some area like Latin America with your goods, which further contracts American companies' already weakened ability to compete, and usually leads to a real shooting war.

If you're an "economic nationalist," of course, you already knew all this.

Hi everyone. I wanted to do this by way of introduction, I felt it was an important perspective that doesn't get enough attention due to its less than spectacular nature (economics being known as "the dismal science."

I am not an economist, I am simply alarmed and worried, as I think most of you are, by what is happening. I have taken strength and inspiration to post my views from many of you who share these concerns, and I appreciate your diverse opinions and insights.

The above is from something I heard on the radio and just rewrote from memory based on my own understanding of what I heard. I welcome any comments or corrections from anyone who understands economic theory better than I do (lol almost everyone). Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this forum.

Posted by disalitervisum | Mon Jan 23, 2017, 08:44 PM (4 replies)

the federal hiring freeze is

the first move in an attempt to destroy the career civil service employee structure, which acts as a check to unrestrained power of the executive. What a surprise.

This is something these assholes said they were going to do during the campaign, no one really paid attention because stuff like this isn't as spectacular as crowd size, Putin, tax returns, pussy-grabbing, etc.

Posted by disalitervisum | Mon Jan 23, 2017, 07:30 PM (1 replies)

the federal hiring freeze is

the first move of an effort to destroy the career civil service employee structure, which acts as a check on unrestrained power of the executive.
Posted by disalitervisum | Mon Jan 23, 2017, 07:17 PM (0 replies)

Who said this piece of shit could stand there?

Defiling sacred ground. Will the Vietnam Memorial be next?

I'm sorry, but this is the most disgusting display of malevolent ego I have ever witnessed from this bloodsucking cockroach.

It has been said that the failures of the clandestine services are known, but its successes are unknown. The stars on the Wall Of Honor memorialize those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our liberty, and many of them represent successes.

I spent many years in the service of our country. During that time, myself and the men I worked with depended daily on information from the intelligence services to do our jobs. That information, provided at great cost, is a vital component of our ability to maintain freedom.

Yes, there have been abuses. Yes, there have been embarrassments. And yes, there have been tragedies. Hopefully, we learn valuable lessons from these errors, and move on, always trying to do better.

That is but a small portion of the debt we owe to those who have fallen on our behalf.
Posted by disalitervisum | Sat Jan 21, 2017, 11:13 PM (0 replies)

too funny, trump supporters couldn't attend the inauguration because

they all have jobs and had to work. That's the excuse they're using. If that's the case, then

1) what do they need trump for? I thought all his supporters were the "forgotten Americans" who can't get work because of globalization and bad trade deals.

2) When I was stationed in Washington D.C., even the Navy gave us the day off to attend if we didn't have duty that day.

3) Very first WH briefing; Spicer apoplectic, says it's the largest inaugural crowd ever, trump estimate is right, everyone else is wrong. What a surprise.

Posted by disalitervisum | Sat Jan 21, 2017, 07:25 PM (0 replies)

this woman

has been destroying public education in Michigan for years. She is a Christian dominionist who advocates using public money to fund private and religious schools, in order to "advance the kingdom of God on Earth."

Everyone should read the Mother Jones background article published yesterday. These people are truly dangerous. They believe trump is the most likely person "to bring Jesus into the world."
Posted by disalitervisum | Wed Jan 18, 2017, 04:46 PM (0 replies)
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