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MeE says
source: ... “Message discipline can win elections, but it is not a healthy way to run a country.” SEN Tom Coburn.

This remaining piece, while purely our thought, paraphrases some of his longer article on the same theme.

The recent political trend is to use repetition and “message discipline” - never straying from the same slogans and talking points - to create reality regardless of the facts. It is commonly called brainwashing, and it works if you are not aware of it. It works however if the goal is solely to win an election or sway the public on a particular popular political issue. Saying something is true doesn’t make it so, and when a misleading message clashes with reality, the result is not good or true or even realistic. It leads to mindless conflict driven by sub conscious thinking and not rational thinking. In a republic, this type of brainwashing is destructive. Without truth there can be no trust. Without trust there can be no consent. Without consent there is only gridlock and, sooner or later, chaos and dictatorship created to end the chaos. It has happened throughout history. It is happening to us right now. Congress has more than earned its 6% approval rating. Even the president’s is way down there, but the fact that the president’s is higher than Congress is dangerous. It means that the office of President, which the Founders intended to be as weak as possible and subordinate to Congress, is becoming more and more powerful. It is a formula that follows the ancient historical trend towards dictatorship which has brought down all previous republics. Hitler, for instance, was elected.

The rational fact is that only We/You the PEOPLE can stop the pending destruction of this republic, by electing better representatives and watching them to make sure they do what is right for the republic first, the people second, and their party last.

Can We/You the PEOPLE do this? History awaits your answer.
... Worth repeating from Facebook.

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seth 2014-01-06 12:42:24 17005
re the citizen's project's post
i kind of like that the author does not seem sure what voice he/she/it wants to talk in .   then too, i think how we draw a real distinction between "the republic" and "the people" might just be important ... and i am not so very sure that his/her/it's party should even *be* in the priority list ... but, of course, it goes without even saying, that is just me .
It is nested, dude, you should have been able to figure that out! You should know by now or if you had taken civics in high school, that this is a democratic republic.  The states & the federation of them into the US is all of us - we the people.  Again, none of this is a surprise to English speaking people.  Maybe just you.


MeE says
seth 2014-01-06 13:46:40 17005
MeE 2014-01-06 12:58:12 17005
seth 2014-01-06 12:42:24 17005
re the citizen's project's post
i kind of like that the author does not seem sure what voice he/she/it wants to talk in .   then too, i think how we draw a real distinction between "the republic" and "the people" might just be important ... and i am not so very sure that his/her/it's party should even *be* in the priority list ... but, of course, it goes without even saying, that is just me .
It is nested, dude, you should have been able to figure that out! You should know by now or if you had taken civics in high school, that this is a democratic republic.  The states & the federation of them into the US is all of us - we the people.  Again, none of this is a surprise to English speaking people.  Maybe just you.


... oh shucks, maybe even my message could not have been clarified by a civics lesson at all ....  maybe my language spoke a truth that was just missing over there ... since, it rang quite true over here.    But perhaps i should have posed it as a question, rather than just an opinion:  What is the salient distinction between the republic and us?  do the two different terms really point to different things?  Should they?  ... eh, dude .... eh, we the people?
Argue on dude, I gave you the answer already! 

MeE says
Maybe read the preamble to the US Constitution as well.