Democracy is not a unique concept to the United States. Several countries around the world enjoy the ideology that their citizens can voice their opinions and make a difference that effects change in their own society. The United States differs, however, on the level of power and authority they allot to Legislative and Judicial Branches of the government, in that they are much more empowered in the US. The idea is that no one Executive Power should be supreme, and giving a greater deal of authority to the other two branches will keep the US from ever having an elected king. We are a country of the people, by the people and for the people. As long as by people, you understand that I'm talking about small, but powerful gun lobbyists who have the entire US hostage at, *ahem* gun point.
A big THUMBS DOWN today the Senate cowardly not passing the gun laws today requiring universal background checks on anybody purchasing a gun. Frightening by a small minority of people who were lied to by organizations like the NRA and GOA into believing that passing a bill that would make it harder for people to own weapons illegally would be some sort of infringement on their rights to own a gun and protect themselves in times of civil upheaval, the Senate did not get the majority vote it needed to pass the bill. A Bi-partisan bill, which was favored by the President, the majority of the senate and oh yeah, 80% of the American public based on the last poll, couldn't pass. That's the new America. That's our "democracy" at work. Hopefully that 80% comes to the election polls when it's time and gets rid of the jokers in Washington who are more concerned with who's going to finance their next election than they are about their, um, oh yeah, doing their job.
On the flip side, I'm giving a big THUMBS UP to Wildwood, Missouri native Bart Cohn, who after somehow finding himself on the mailing list of State Senator Brian Nieves (R-Franklin County), desparately wanted off. Why would he want off you ask? Because Bart Cohn is a bat shit crazy Tea Party moron (I know, that's redundant), known best for appearing in a Tea Party movie about an armed revolt against the government, and for assaulting a staffer employed by his political rival. That party really goes for only the classiest! Cohn sent an email to Senator Nieves asking him to take him off the distribution list, by saying, "take me off your mailing list" before throwing in the word "freak" for good measure. Nieves chose to respond directly to Mr. Cohn and a verbal assault ensued between the two men. I think my favorite line came from Cohn who at one point said,
"I didn't threaten anyone,
you tool. You are such a douchetard it's not even funny. Now go do some work on
your insane conspiracy theories that everyone laughs about behind your back.
You're a joke!"
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Well that's it for today. I'll leave you with a quote from my favorite poet -
"The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people."