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Hearing Empowered 2.0 April 23, 2009

Posted by Sanity in Uncategorized.
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I’ve been receiving emails from Grassfire for some time, and have been blogging on other sites, plus my own I created this year. I am curious how much of Grassfire is… “non-liberal”. But my comments are not strictly for conservatives.

The thing I see when I group my Grassfire emails over time is that things tend to be reactive rather than proactive. I WANT to be corrected if I am wrong, but don’t misunderstand my view. Conservatives are most definitely being attacked from multiple directions so I am not invalidating the need to fight ridiculous stuff such as being labeled as a terrorist for disagreeing with the administration. But what has worked or prevented these attacks in the past?

From my perspective, too many people are talking and attacking and not enough people are listening. The Republicans are scrambling and there are too many names being tossed around for me to keep track of who is worth keeping track of for the future of the party. As valuable as many of the Grassfire actions are, I would like to suggest a focus on proactive, constructive ‘guidance’ either for the Republicans or for a third party to replace them. Defending our rights is great, but it is also important to define our goals, contribute plans and establishing credibility that has been lost in empty campaign promises and squabbling. Yes, we need our voices heard, but we also have to listen to the criticism and attacks to analyze how we can become stronger.

Now, I have weaknesses. I will never vote 3rd party unless I know there is a chance to win, not just split the vote for the other guy/gal to win. I am also a skeptic on “writing your congressmen” things (but I’m working on it). What I have tried to do is mobilize methods that would show more of America that a 3rd party COULD get enough votes, by having a 3rd party-only primary before the other primaries. Just like Ron Paul ran AS a Republican, this new primary would select a conservative AND a liberal candidate to run as a Republican and Democrat, respectively. This would give “We the People” the power to define the Party’s rather than be presented with a limited pool of people the Party wants to support. (I would also fight for a new voting system, like IRV, that removes the damage of more than two people running and splitting the vote.)

But I have not the influence or voice to have gotten anywhere… yet. I admire some of the third parties but they seem to be so uncompromising that is better to lose to someone they totally disagree with than support someone they mostly agree with.

Things I Promise To Waste My Time On April 1, 2009

Posted by Sanity in Constitution, Politics.
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First, in response to a certain challenge to lay out how I would change things, I will do what Obama promised to do and hasn’t. I will try to find a detailed report on the most recent and complete national budget I can find, and also the detailed list of national debt, and *I* will go line by line. Might be boring, probably will never finish, but if no one else is going to add up all the wastes and try to fix them…

Second, I plan to rewrite the Constitution.  I already started and I am already having trouble. Every time I read the Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc, there are things that distract my understanding, or focus from finishing to read it. There are terms and formal language that I don’t think younger generations really understand. I don’t want slang, or “You know, like, we want freedom” stuff. But I wanted to rewrite the Constitution as if the Bill of Rights was included in it, as if it was written in current times, merge in the Amendments as if they were originally there, and then add new amendments, in place, to address the problems and abuses we have and are currently having. If someone does not care or understand what would motivate me to do so, skip this, but I’ve already learned interesting things like what is a “direct tax” and that the 14th Amendment was never legally ratified.

And it has brought up other questions.

  • If a new Constitution was REALLY created now, who would have to sign it? The President, VP, and all of Congress? Or just the governor of each state?
  • How do I properly merge the Amendments? What exactly should be inserted or replaced?
  • The number of Senators is fixed, but how was the present number of Representatives maintained?
  • Why are U.S. territories allowed Representation but not a vote? How “U.S.” are those territories?
  • I don’t want to suggest a new flag, but why not combine Rhode Island and smaller states, then split the large states like California? Would Southern Californians then be called scalions(sic)? Would Northern Illinois be Nil?