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The “Great American Race (‘GAR’)” Is Off.  Political Gerrymandering:  Courting The Problem (January 7, 2019)

Posted in Elections, Gerrymandering, Politics, Supreme Court, Voting, War and Wall Street Party on January 7, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The Great American Race (‘GAR’) begins in earnest this month.  America consigns two years to select its Great Kahuna whereas Australia only devotes a more reasonable two months.”

J          “And the race is rigged at every turn and twist on the track.  Some candidates such as Bernie in 2016 find that the ‘D’ division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ itself operates a rigged preliminary heat.  Many citizens are forced to drive a long distance to get to the betting window and/or are required to stand in a long line.  Some citizens do not even get to bet on a horse at all.  The Great Voting Gauntlet (‘GVG’) dissuades and discourages many citizens.”

K          “The Great American Race (‘GAR’) is also the Great American Crime (‘GAC’).”  

J          “Do the GAR and the GAC add up to the GAG (‘Great American Game’)?”   

. . . 

J          “The Supreme Court agreed last Friday to take up some of the unresolved questions regarding partisan gerrymandering.  The two cases consider rulings involving maps in North Carolina and Maryland drawn by Republicans and Democrats, respectively, so extreme that the lower courts say they violated the rights of voters.”

K          “Perhaps we are off and running.”

J          “Or on and stopping.”

. . .

K          “The way I see it, the courts are the people’s second to the last resort before the people resort to the streets.  If the Court abdicates its duty to address the matter with ballots, the people will at some time address the matter with bullets.  The Executive branch is effete and enervated yet admittedly still too powerful.  The Legislative branch is a product and a by-product of the problem.  The answers are not easy or elegant.  Failure to address the problem and provide a partial answer is a complete failure and capitulation.  The suite or the street, that is the question.”

J          The way I see it, the courts are the people’s second to the last resort before the people resort to the streets.  If the Court abdicates its duty to address the matter with ballots, the people will at some time address the matter with bullets.  The Executive branch is effete and enervated yet admittedly still too powerful.  The Legislative branch is a product and a by-product of the problem.  The answers are not easy or elegant.  Failure to address the problem and provide a partial answer is a complete failure and capitulation.  The suite or the street, that is the question.”

. . .   

K          “The Court of last resort may be the court of second to the last resort.”

J          “Unless the populace just does not care or does not understand.” 

. . .  

[See the e-commentary at “Partisan Gerrymandering:  From Ballots To Bullets?  Oh, And Happy National Voter Registration Day! (September 24, 2018)” and “Five Red Rich Republican ‘Catholic’ Corporatist ‘White’ Boys . . . Versus . . .  Four Blue Comfortable Democratic ‘Jewish’ Individualist White ‘Girls’ . . . And All By-Products Of The S.I.C. (October 2, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Election Day should be a national holiday

The suite or the street, that is the question.

GAR + GAC = GAG

Election 2018:  God Meddled (November 19, 2018)

Posted in Elections, Voting on November 19, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “God meddled in the election.”

J          “That’s the word from on high.”

. . .

K          “James Madison sent an unrelenting torrent of texts and tweets to God decreeing that only divine intervention would to save the Republic he worked so hard to sire and inspire.”

J          “Something happened on high.  If the people had not taken the House of Commons, the Republicans would have rapes and ravaged the Republic without check or balance.”

. . .

J          “Despite all the political gerrymandering and the active voter suppression, the House of Representatives is beginning to look like one of those ads featuring a Noah’s Ark of humanity tableau.”

K          “Whatever floats our boat is fine with me.”

J          “Me too.  Just keep everything in check and everything in balance.”

. . . 

[A “Blue Wave” may be an exaggeration, yet there were some lapis lazuli lappings at the shore.]

[See the e-commentary at “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Blue Splash

“It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government.  But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?  If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”  Federalist No. 51, generally attributed to Jimmy Madison of the Publius Brothers 

Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)

Posted in Clinton, Elections, Guns, Rule of Law, Russia, Trumpi, War and Wall Street Party on February 26, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “America has engaged in rampant election interference throughout the world for a very long time.  That is where Americans get the expression that something is ‘as American as apple pie and election interference’.  It is who we are.”

J          “America does not just interfere in elections, if the democratic process in a country lawfully produces an inconvenient outcome, America overthrows the government or assassinates the winner.”

K          “America is the beacon for the world and the city on the hill.”

J          “On some level, Americans should be proud that the Russians are emulating us.  They know a good thing when they see it.  And they are again stealing good things from us without a word of thanks.”

. . .    

K          “Russia appears to have given ammo cans of money to the National Rifle Association (NRA) to flood American voters with vile and evil propaganda.”

J          “Seems that the NRA subjected every NRA member to a steady flow of pro-Trumpi and anti-Clintoni propaganda each and every week and most days in the months before the election.”

K          “That Russian influence must be what has gotten the Republicans in such a tither.  They don’t like being in bed with the Commies.”

. . .

J          “I still don’t trust the Russians.  They are up to no good.”

K          “Who is up to yes good?”

. . .

K          “Keep in mind that the First Amendment limits government interference with speech and other forms of expression.  America and Americans have trouble with that truth when they don’t like someone’s speech.  Were the Russians engaging in anything nastier than the antics of the DNC and the RNC, the two divisions of the War and Wall Street Party?  No.  Did they have any greater impact than all the Dark Money that flooded the election courtesy of Citizens Disunited?  Not by a long shot.”

J          “I still don’t trust the Russians.  They are up to no good.”

. . .

J          “Collusion is a different animal.  When Americans work in concert with Russian operatives, we should all be concerned and ask questions.”

K          “Republicans may not adore Trumpi, but he is now the meal ticket and the money machine for them.  They have circled the wagons.  And something about the Clinton Global Initiative does not ring true.

J          “Republicans are anxious that Trumpi’s decades of money laundering for the Russians in real estate deals may not play well among good hearted Americans.  Trumpi’s deals violate enough federal laws to put him away in government-sponsored housing for two lifetimes.”

K          “Except that we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.”

J          “There is that problem.”

. . . 

[See the e-commentary on the efficacy of the sanctions against Russia titled “World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

We live in a country with many, many, many rules and many, many, many laws, but we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.

You cannot get out of bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In fact, and as a matter of law, you cannot stay in bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In practice, the United States is a system of men not laws because men and women opt from the panoply of laws that punish all behavior and decide who is and who is not imprisoned.

There is no law.  There is only ideology.

Boycott the NRA

Boycott the National Rifle Association

DNC = RNC = WWP

Suffer Clinton.  The Devil.  We know. (November 7, 2016)

Posted in Blue States / Red States, Elections, Political Parties, Politics on November 7, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The ‘D’ division of the War and Wall Street Party foisted a candidate who passionately believes in pursuing war and protecting Wall Street.  The ‘R’ division of the W.W. Party forwarded a candidate who may not be as passionate about pursuing war and protecting Wall Street but then with him who the devil knows.  He is a nativistic, nihilistic and narcissistic nut job.”

J          “Add Nazistic to that list.  And misogynistic, racistic, and xenophobic.”

. . .

K          “He is also supported by the Middle Finger Party.  Some of the more reflective people who support The Donald are thoroughly disgusted with a government and economic system that is corrupt to the core.”

J          “The Middle Finger Party is not the Middle Way Party.”

K          “I am confident that the only profitable party – The War and Wall Street Party – is the Wrong Way Party.”

. . .

K          “Her entourage includes punks, thugs, grifters, drifters, shop lifters, lifers, ex-cons, cons, future cons, neo-cons, neo-libs, criminals, war criminals, war mongers, inside traders, outside traders, traitors, terrorists, ne’er–do–wells and cattle rustlers (hereinafter “Kennedy School/Goldman Sachs” archetypes).”

J          “His gang includes punks, thugs, grifters, drifters, shop lifters, lifers, ex-cons, cons, future cons, neo-cons, neo-libs, criminals, war criminals, war mongers, inside traders, outside traders, traitors, terrorists, ne’er–do–wells and cattle rustlers (hereinafter “Wharton School/Fly By Night REIT” archetypes).  But we do not even know who he will put on the public payroll.” 

. . .

K          “Clinton is a globalist and Trump is a nationalist.”

J          “So that means that Clinton will usher in a World War and Trump will usher in a Civil War.”

K          “They do not call it the Peace and Wall Street Party.”

. . .

J          “I concede that Clinton privately supports and will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it benefits the international corporations that fund and bribe Clinton, Inc.”

K          “Trump’s challenges to the international trade agreements, if genuine, are challenging because truly free trade can provide mutual benefits to many but not all.  He cannot reject all of the treaties carte blanche with executive orders.”

. . .

K          “Three score years ago, Adlai Stevenson ran against Dwight Eisenhower.  Statesmen both.  The nation could not go wrong with either candidate.”

J          “In two generations, a ‘win-win’ option then is replaced with a ‘lose-lose’ dilemma now.  That must be what they call progress.”

. . .

J          “Vote against Trump.  And for Clinton.”

K          “In the final analysis, it all comes down to the Supreme Court.  Vote for the crook over the crazy man.  With extraordinary reluctance.  Then despair.”

J          “It has gotten old.”

. . .

J          “Vote.”

K          “Vote.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Better the crook we know than the crazy man we don’t?  Applying The Conservative Tie Breaker. (June 20, 2016)”, “The ‘War and Wall [Street] Party’ On The War Path (February 1, 2016)”, “The Donald:  The Consummate Republican.  Sort Of. (March 28, 2016)”, “On Male ‘Diss’ ‘Coarse’ And Electioneering (March 21, 2016)”, “A Second Party:  Trump or Sanders? (March 14, 2015)”, “Trans-Pacific Partnership / United Nations Convention On The Law Of The Sea (May 25, 2015)” and “The First Look At The ‘Second Political Party’ (January 3, 2011).”)

Bumper stickers of the week:

Vote.

Vote Clinton.  With extraordinary reluctance.  Then despair.

Dividing The Divided Supreme Court In A Divided Country (October 3, 2016)

Posted in Constitution, Elections, First Monday In October, Immanentizing The Eschaton, Presidency, Supreme Court on October 3, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Divide the Court.  The Court is already quasi-formally divided, yet they meet in joint session.  The country is already divided.  Formally divide the Court in two.”

J          “So we simply acknowledge the divide in the country and divide the country and the Court in twain.  That is where we are heading.  That is our destiny.” 

K          “There is talk of dividing the Ninth Circuit which, if it is done, is always along geographic lines.  The Supreme Court is divided along easily demarcated ideological lines and adequately defined geographic lines.  The four Red Catholic Republican Institutionalist Boys should propound the law in the Red States.  The four Blue ‘Jewish’ Democratic Individualist ‘Girls’ should propound the law in the Blue States.”

J          “One Great Decision.  Two utopias.  I like it.”

K          “What is truly promising is that neither side would be forced to undertake and endure a great constitutional convention; that prospect is terrifying.  Each team could have a mimeographed copy of the same Constitution.  And then each team could continue to reach opposite results.”

. . .

J          “That would allow everyone in the two Americas to immanentize the Eschaton everywhere at the same time.”

K          “Not exactly.  One team would allow everyone in Blue America to immanentize the Eschaton and the other team would not allow anyone in Red America to immanentize the Eschaton.”

J          “Exactly.  Toward a more perfect division.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary for the last half dozen years in the Category “First Monday In October”, “Boycott Red America (January 3, 2005)”, “Immanentize The Eschaton: Move To Sunny Somalia (December 20, 2010)” and “Immanentize The Eschaton.  Say What? (August 22, 2016).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Election is all about the Court

We are selecting one of the two Courts not one of the two court jesters

With liberty and justice for some

Better the crook we know than the crazy man we don’t?  Applying The Conservative Tie Breaker. (June 20, 2016)

Posted in Clinton, Elections, On [Traits/Characteristics], Political Parties, Politics, Presidency, Solstice, Sports, Supreme Court, Trumpi, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on June 20, 2016 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Better the crook we know than the crazy man we don’t?”

J          “You sure?”

. . .

K          “Better the crazy crook we know than the crooked crazy man we don’t?”

J          “You sure?”

K          “Better the war-savoring, crazy crook we know than the xenophobic, crooked, crazy man we don’t?”

J          “You sure?”

K          “Better the war-savoring and Wall Street-favoring, crazy crook we know than the xenophobic, bigoted, crooked, crazy man we don’t?”

J          “You sure?”

K          “Better the lying, war-savoring and Wall Street-favoring, crazy crook we know than the lying, xenophobic, bigoted, crooked, crazy man we don’t?”

J          “You sure?”

. . .

J          “We are now stuck with two presumptuous Presidential nominees and zero hope.”

K          “Clinton is part of the problem; the Donald does not even understand the problem.  Full stop.”

J          “I’m sure that we have a problem.”

. . .

K          “The conservatives resolve these conundrums by resorting to the aphorism:  ‘Better the devil we know than the devil we don’t.’”

J          “I sure don’t know who is the devil we know and who is the devil we don’t?”

K          “In the final analysis, it all comes down to the Supreme Court.”

. . .

K          “The solstice is the sunniest day of the year up here.  Defaulting to the lesser of the two diabolical devils isn’t the most promising ray of sunshine.”

J          “It starts getting darker every day after 22:34 UTC this afternoon.”

K          “There are still some long days in our future.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The First Look At The ‘Second Political Party’ (January 3, 2011).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“And how many more of these stinking double-downer sideshows will we have to go through before we can get . . . a chance to vote for something, instead of always being faced with that old familiar choice between the lesser of two evils?”  Hunter S. Thompson

Better the crook we know than the crazy man we don’t?

The other election this week in Britain on the “Brexit” will be revealing.

Cleveland was hot yesterday and may be hot this July.

The Donald:  Enough; Bastante; Basta (April 4, 2016)

Posted in Education, Elections, Health Care, Voting, Wall Street, War on April 4, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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X          “Dangerous.”

Y          “Enough.  Bastante.  Basta.  In any language, enough is now more than enough.”

X          “Danger has caught fire.  Those who kindled a small fire are fighting their fire with another fire.  Fighting fire with fire is more likely to create a great conflagration than to contain the fury.”

Y          “For a time, in his own twisted way, he challenged the war and Wall Street memes.  Now he is at war with decency and civility.  I have had enough, but his followers may have not gotten enough yet.”

. . .

X          “Both the Donald and the Cruz are dangerous, very dangerous.”

Y          “General elections are always about choosing between the lesser of two evils.  Primaries and caucuses are not supposed to present such a bleak choice between evil and vile.”

. . .

Y          “The current Senator and the former Senator are ratcheting up their spat.  However, the undemocratic process of the Democratic Party machine dooms Sanders.  Even their system is rigged.”

X          “Everything is rigged.  Sanders is proposing time-honored first-world public policies.  The country cannot afford a rational and efficient single payer health care system and cannot afford not to adopt a rational and efficient single payer health care system.  The country cannot afford a system of affordable education and cannot afford not to adopt a system of affordable education.  The country cannot afford to adopt what it cannot afford not to adopt.”

Y          “We could pay for it by paying for it the way we pay for war.”

. . .

[See “Physicians For A National Health Care Program” for some perspective on health insurance.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been.  The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”  Isaac Asimov, “A Cult of Ignorance”, Newsweek, January 21, 1980.