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Today shows why I'm an Independent! - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
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Today shows why I'm an Independent!
Fie on Congress! Fie on Democrats! Fie Fie Fie on Republicans! TWO years of listening to Republicans flip-flopping, lying, buying votes, there still existed small parts in the brains of we few, we precious few Liberals, that believed the Democrats when they PROMISED to change the filibuster. The Democrats shitted on all of us today, and for those of you who still insist on watching Fox News - and believing them while stating how MSNBC is too liberal and obviously pro-Democrat and pro-Obama, well, tonight, they proved you wrong as they REPORTED on the failed promise of the Democrats to return the filibuster to its original state. MSNBC showed video after video of harry reid (he doesn't deserve capital letters) promising if Obama won, promising if he retained the Senate, that the filibuster WOULD be changed and NO, it would not be by, "...a handshake, we tried that lasttime and it didn't work"... and then showing him today stating that he and mitch mcconnell (he never deserved capital letters) had struck a deal on the filibuster with a ... handshake.

So did the deal change anything?

You betcha NOT.

This was the ONLY opportunity to change the Super Majority rule and the filibuster.

THE. ONLY. CHANCE.

And the Democrats FAILED, BAILED and generally FUCKED UP. They can't give any excuses.

Congress is worthless, useless, corrupt and it's OUR FAULT.

OUR fault.

So why did this happen? Stupid question. Of course it happened because the Democrats may lose the house in two years (especially with the gerrymandering Republican-controlled states are currently attempting for the 2015 mid-terms - and again for 2016 Presidential election) and thus they'll then be able to stop governing, by using the same tactics (the new fake filibuster and the Super Majority vote) they've spent the last two years deploring,  in order to maintain the status quo - meaning the United States of America will continue to stand still and do
nothing.

oh joy.

I think it's time for a Monarchy. A benevolent monarchy - but a Monarchy. With a Queen - NOT a King.

*nods*

*offers to sacrifice current lifestyle in order to take on the mantle of Queen....*

First up: Change the Capitol Building into a research center for women's health
Second up: Retaining the Constitution, with some amendments having 'explanations' added:
  1. *Separation of Church and State; "We" (henceforth meaning me, the Queen) welcome all religions here. Hell, We welcome all non-religious individuals too! Just remember, "We" have no religion in public....
  2. *Guns; Gun shows, OK (as long as they meet the qualifications). Selling guns at gun shows? HELL NO. Waiting period to buy a gun: 30 days. Gun dealers will now pay $10,000 a year to keep their license (instead of the current and approximate $2250 per year) and will be investigated every 18 months to ensure they are still qualified to be licensed. To become a licensed gun dealer, one must pass a rigorous FBI and Interpol background check. Gun dealers may not sell any weapon deemed "military in nature". Gun manufacturers may not manufacture guns that can be 'modified' to replicate a weapon deemed 'military in nature' (We will determine what qualifies as "military in nature" - so there!). An additional permit must be obtained if a gun owner's situation changes and children are now present in the home where a gun - or guns - are kept. Restrictions will apply.
  3. *Right to Choose; "We" will support a woman's right to choose, but "We" will also strive to educate men and women, starting in grade school, on the merits of birth control methods (of their choice); to research new and improved methods of birth control, and to make the question of 'choice' a rare event due to supreme education, responsibility and inexpensive birth control while at the same time, striving to never make a woman feel she's anything less than who she is should she find herself in the situation where a choice must be made. "We" will support all facilities and protect all facilities that focus on women's health, etc. and will strive to become more educated regarding "Late term" decisions.

"We" are tired now, so will retire to our bedroom but check in later for more Royal Constitutional announcements as well as new laws and changes to existing laws (like, how "We" will start up Hostess Cupcakes again,
even if we have to use the Royal Palace to provide a factory....).

*yawns*

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caarianna From: caarianna Date: January 25th, 2013 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
All Hail, Queen Jude! ::bows low enough to graciously sweep the floor::

Hey, maybe you could get together with Queen Elizabeth, revoke the Revolution and create the new Dominion of North America ... for which Canada would be the blueprint in terms of political process and prevailing social mores and programs. ;)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 26th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)

"We" might be willing to

negotiate with a lesser royal - OTOH, "We" might wait until that lesser Royal is King William - yep, I'd definitely consider a 'coming together' of our respective crowns. *BG*
jokan From: jokan Date: January 25th, 2013 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I've come to the conclusion that we really have a 1-party system with deceptively different flavors that really have the same (Republican) goal.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 26th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)

*nods*

Precisely.
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: January 25th, 2013 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I've always said that between the far right and the far left there wasn't a whisker of difference - the vast majority of the population would be screwed either way.

Politics - I suppose - is a necessity. Party politics, on the other hand...
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 26th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)

See, that's the nice thing about a Monarchy....

when the Queen (me) gets tired of politics, the individuals will simply be banished (remember, I plan on being a benevolent Queen, so no "Off with their heads!" unless...well, okay, there *may* be a few individuals I can think of right now where "We" may use the "Off with their heads!" method of dealing....

*BG*
mizz_destiny From: mizz_destiny Date: January 25th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
*points to icon*
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 26th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)

*plans to reward mizz_destiny*

Brilliant coat of arms for the new Monarchy! "We" may consider you for a high position within the court! *BG*
mizz_destiny From: mizz_destiny Date: January 26th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *plans to reward mizz_destiny*

*bows to the Queen* you are most kind, Your Majesty.

(Totally snagable icon. It's totally an ongoing joke in my family ever since my uncle bought my aunt a mug with that on it :P ALMOST ALWAYS APROPRITE.)
starwatcher307 From: starwatcher307 Date: January 25th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
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I know! I listened to the news with my jaw dropping, and a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I'd really hoped for better.
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alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 26th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)

I wonder how Elizabeth Warren feels now?

She went in there with all these plans, only to have her own party dump on them. Rude awakening to the political arena for such an incredible woman. :(
starwatcher307 From: starwatcher307 Date: January 26th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I wonder how Elizabeth Warren feels now?

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I wonder how all of them feel, who were on board (and pushing) for meaningful changes, like Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley. It's so discouraging -- they were all, "Oh, these are common-sense, workable rules; we can live with them when our party is in the minority." And then, boom! They're crying, "Oh, no, we can't change anything, we don't know what will happen!" And I'm appalled -- and disgusted, and contemptuous -- they they couldn't get all 55 Dems to agree to the new rules and vote for them.

You know what I really want? I want all the Senators and Congresscritters to live by playground rules -- some powerful nanny-figure to force them to "play fair". That means no blocking votes, no gerrymandering to force minority votes into ascendance, and always with the awareness of, "How would you feel if you were forced to live under these rules / lack of resources / stifling of opportunities?"

I just realized -- we need some scientist to discover the empathy gene, then develop an artificial one, and all public servants must submit to testing for the gene, and have the artificial version injected if they're lacking, if they want to keep their job.
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alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 27th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I wonder how Elizabeth Warren feels now?

APPLAUDS LOUDLY!

I love the idea of an empathy gene!!!! Brilliantly stated, Linda, as always!
starwatcher307 From: starwatcher307 Date: January 27th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I wonder how Elizabeth Warren feels now?

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*damn off-again, on-again internet connection* Let's see if I can re-create my comment.

I wonder if it's a factor of being an eldest sister? To me, so many things come down to the basic question of, "is it fair?"

Fringe is now showing on the Science channel. I'm recording it on my DVR, and making DVDs for my friend Cindy. I'm afraid it pretty much leaves me cold, but I suspect that weird science exposure is having an effect. Thus, an empathy gene. <g>
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