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Here’s a coupla questions floating around out there — suggestions in the National Dialogue, if you will….

Is It Time To Abolish Congress?

Because Congress is not doing the bidding of The People, we ought to abolish the institution altogether. Nice straw man ya got there; be a shame if the Spark of Actual Thought or the Flame of Reason were to touch it….

Here’s another “idea”…

The shutdown is the Constitution’s fault

Max Weber, in conversation with Gen. Erich Ludendorff, advanced my [ Dylan Matthews'] personal favorite theory of democracy: “In a democracy the people choose a leader in whom they trust. Then the chosen leader says, ‘Now shut up and obey me.’ ” People and party are then no longer free to interfere in his business. …Later the people can sit in judgment. If the leader has made mistakes — to the gallows with him!”

Hanging leaders rather than failing to reelect them seems a mite harsh, but the overall idea here is exactly right. For a government to be truly accountable to the people, it needs to actually control the circumstances over which the people will judge it.

And that’s how the “acceptable area” of The Discussion is Nudged along.

21 Comments!

  1. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 11:33 am |

    The Prog/Left Kool-Aid-drinkers (say half of ‘em) truly believe their own propaganda, that America is at the tipping point, and that all they have to do is keep pushing.

    Trouble with that strategy is that those of us on the constitutional-republic side haven’t pushed back much over the years. We’ve been busy doin’, you know, constructive stuff.

    Yeah, we may well be at a tipping point …
    but things might not tip quite the way the Left wants it to.

  2. Posted October 5, 2013 at 11:36 am |

    Baby. Bathwater. Toss.

  3. Fawkes News
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm |

    Not at all surprising. I overheard one young Prog (who claimed to be studying PolySci at a prestigious instatoot of hyer lurning) assert that the President has the authority to fire any members of Congress who “don’t do their job.”

    The old saying is, you can’t fix stupid. But what should we do with willfully and arrogantly ignorant?

  4. tctsunami
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm |

    One man with a thousand rounds can be dangerous.
    A thousand men with one round each, well that’s a whole different story.

  5. Posted October 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm |

    You can’t fix stupid. But you can vote them out.

    It might not be time to abolish congress, but it might be time to establish term limits.

  6. mike
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm |

    Isn’t it a little too late to begin a trek to the polling station when Rome has begun to burn?

  7. Fawkes News
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm |

    ^ Depends. Both the Union and the Confederacy held free elections in the middle of the Civil War.

    Just sayin’.

  8. Steve Skubinna
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm |

    What kind of asinine obtuseness does it take to look to late nineteenth and early twentieth century Germany for inspiration on how to run a functioning democracy?

    No, I take that back. It isn’t obtuse at all. It’s sheer evil. These shriveled specimens yearn to lick the boot that crushes them, and resent those of us who categorically reject that existence. Within the heart of every progressive is a slave crying for the fuhrerprizip.

  9. TimO
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm |

    “Orders”, “Obey” and “Papers”…. the Democrats are sounding more like Nazis ever day…

  10. mike
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm |

    Fawkes – point well taken.

    I’m just fearful of how much more damage we take before there is no turning back and I don’t have an answer.

  11. iri
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm |

    No, it’s not time to abolish congress. It’s time to go French on their ass and start over with people that can read.

  12. PeggyU
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm |

    iri – I’m not sure cutting off their heads would kill them.

  13. mike
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm |

    LOL Peggy! “The Zombie Congress” Can’t live with ‘em and can’t kill ‘em! Whaddya do?! :)

  14. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm |

    American Democracy can`t be described, or distilled into a technique. America is not a *beehive* nor an *ant colony*.

    We are, fortunatley, hundreds of millions of individuals who vote for a specific notion that always ends up in some sort of compromise. It seems messy when viewed through heavy lenses by outsiders. But it has somehow led us to become the strongest and most envied nation-state the Blue Marble has ever produced.

    Unfortunately we are at a political impasse that might make us or break us! History does not have an end result…

    We may be living at a juncture where, once again, we have to choose between elections or gunfire!!!!

    The result which will either surely lead to more elections or more bloodshed from a world that is not far removed in cosmic time from savagery………….

    The Porch may be dug up centuries from now, when they discover our skulls while digging to produce a high-speed railroad; finally————-

  15. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm |

    Ever notice that, to a Prog, a republic doesn’t work when they don’t get their way.

  16. PatrickP
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm |

    Things are peaceful in beautiful downtown Visalia this evening. Gateway to the Sequoias and all that. I guess that park is closed.

  17. Larry
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm |

    It’s not just Congress, it’s the Invisible Empire of Unelected Bureaucrats, as well. Maybe more so since they’re so entrenched that they can just sit tight and wait for the election while dragging their feet on implementing what they don’t like, and leaking like sieves to undermine the current officeholders. The spoils system had its flaws, but current Civil Service rules have been proven to be even worse, I think.

  18. ZZMike
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm |

    The other thing is, a working democracy depends on an involved and educated population. So far, we’re short on two of those.

    In an ideal world, a benevolent dictator is the best form of government. (I think one of the Old Greek Guys thought of that.)

    And what better champion of democracy could we ask for than Gen Erich Ludendorff (“peace is an interval between wars”)?

    About that Congress thing: it should be plainly obvious by now (200+ years on) that we don’t need a full-time Congress. Maybe now & again, like when we’re at war (a real one). But with so many zillions of laws already on the books (and not more than a handful on automatic expiration), we really don’t need any more new ones. At least, not for a while.

    So let’s have Congress in session for 3 months after a presidential election, then have them all go home, shake hands, kiss babies, go on CNN, and such, until the next election. Maybe they could help out at local Wal-Marts to keep body and soul together between Congressional gigs.

    One problem with that idea is the 3-branch/check&balance thing. If Congress goes on an extended vacation, the Executive Branch might get notions.

    We’d have to pass some sort of new-fangled law that says the President – and the SCotUS – can’t do anything drastic without Congress’ approval.

  19. Hopefulone
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 2:24 am |

    Z, The populace is ignorant because the Press on which they rely is hiding and twisting truth (and they śpend too much time watchin’ TV).

  20. Posted October 6, 2013 at 8:33 am |

    Steve, they all think they’ll be wearing the boots. Or controlling them.

    They won’t like the surprise, will they?

  21. Melissa In Texas
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 8:55 am |

    Z, The populace is ignorant because the Press on which they rely is hiding and twisting truth
    THIS!
    I have been truly astounded at the lack of legitimate information being reported in the media. This past week, I have been attempting to educate those who do not have the information, but are willing to listen. I have been showing the videos of the Vets at the memorial, the idiocy of the barrycades at parks, the pettiness of the statement “Make life as miserable as you can”. Some of the folks voted for the precedent and slowly and way too late their eyes are being opened.
    *orders more ammo