Resolver Bouchard wrote:
Thomas Paine wrote:The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of man change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it.
It's quite simple, you follow the thinker that inspired your founding fathers and change it. And ditch the second ammendment as well!
Asside from the slight historical inaccuracy (they weren't all that much inspired by Paine, who was a bit too much of a radical revolutionary for most)... Paine had a point. The 'founding fathers' never intended to be whorshipped as 'icons' and for their constitution to be regarded as a secular version of the bible, which seems to be the way many in the US regard them and that piece of paper now. And Carter's grandfather was right as well, I think.
But even if the US system isn't all that great (and certainly NOT the cause for the 'success' of the US as a nation, and not PERFECT just because a fairly smart set of guys thought it up), or... just 'weird' as Carter calls it... it IS what it is. It can't be changed. It is hard to change, democratically. Politically, it is impossible. (Even a new amendment would be nearly impossible at this time). And given the legal culture in the US, changing it would go against everything people are taught. It is just unthinkable.
My point is that IF House Republicans are going to cockblock anything coming from the White House or the Senate, hold the US hostage to get the stuff they believe in... than that is just too bad. The democrats are just going to have to deal with it. And if that means giving in to the republicans, then that is what it is. Going for far-fetched loopholes to circumvent the US system/constitution is not just fighting fire with fire, it is fighting fire with petrol. If people in the US dislike the republicans being totally uncooperative most of the time, just saying 'no' to everything (and spending their time in creating their own rival proposals that they know won't get the approval of Congress in general instead), I don't think that they are going to like the democrats any better for trying to find ways to subvert the existing political system, so they can bypass the fu... I mean, the House Republicans. I knew Kaitlin would like the proposals (the more committed liberals seem to generally like these 'tricks' a lot), but I think they are sacrificing their own credibility with their voters if they pursue these quazillion dollar coins and 14th amendment section 4 'coups'-plans.
Even using it as 'leverage' against their opponents won't work. The republicans will probably dare them to try and go ahead with these plans, saliva dripping from their lips.
It is silly, and the USA already has too much silly in politics.