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      If corporations are people, and Republicans are against welfare, then corporations should not be getting any handouts from the government.  bear on tap
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    Mitt Romney buy and selling corporations could be argued as slavery. Or when he chopped them up and sold them piece by piece can be argued as murder and organ harvesting. The very idea that corporations are people open up so many ridiculous arguments. Can corporations vote? Hold office? Adopt children? If corporations are people and have the rights as people then where exactly do those rights stop?
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    I hope you'll consider watching my new video, "The Welfare Recipient." It's about racism, welfare, Jackie Robinson, Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump. You will either love this video or hate it. Please leave your feedback either on here or in the comments! youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=Rp34ctVIQtU
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    Unfortunately the US is becoming the most corrupt nation in the First World. With entrenched corporate interests giving legalized bribes in return for favorable legislation, plutocracy and graft go hand-in-hand. Replacing this system with a progressive one will be a long, uphill battle. But it's not impossible. FDR proved that in the 1930s.

    Among other things, we need to:

    - Get rid of Citizen's United.

    - End corporate personhood.

    - Institute a short campaign season. Maybe two months.

    - Bring about public campaign finance. End large contributions (bribes) by big money interests.

    - Limit congressional access of lobbyists to no more than an ordinary citizen. Votes should determine law, not money.

    - Term limits. Including 18 years maximum for Supreme Court judges.

    - Terminate the antiquated Electoral College.

    - Add your own

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    I would add mail in paper ballots for everyone plus early voting. And automatic voter registration for everyone turning 18.

    When the public votes in large numbers, Democrats win. Our biggest enemy is apathy, but voter suppression as we have just witnessed in Georgia must be stopped.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    I would add mail in paper ballots for everyone plus early voting. And automatic voter registration for everyone turning 18.

    When the public votes in large numbers, Democrats win. Our biggest enemy is apathy, but voter suppression as we have just witnessed in Georgia must be stopped.

    All of the measures you suggest are pro-Democratic. And as such, they harm Trump's chances of stealing the election; So he's dead-against them.

    If the electorate participated in significantly larger numbers, Republicans would rarely win.

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    As long as the "billionaires" get presents from "their" elected leader, forget the "elections"; they become an farce and get manipulated all the way, ask Georgia and Wisconsin. Paper "mail in" ballots would only work if you get an "confirmation" of receipt and if it is "processed" the proper way. The "mailman" may be also be "paid" to destroy the "ballots" if these come out of an "Dem's neighborhood . Corruption is here to stay, as long as their is an corrupt Republican party. Amen
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    bludog Wrote:

    Unfortunately the US is becoming the most corrupt nation in the First World. With entrenched corporate interests giving legalized bribes in return for favorable legislation, plutocracy and graft go hand-in-hand. Replacing this system with a progressive one will be a long, uphill battle. But it's not impossible. FDR proved that in the 1930s.

    Among other things, we need to:

    - Get rid of Citizen's United.

    - End corporate personhood.

    - Institute a short campaign season. Maybe two months.

    - Bring about public campaign finance. End large contributions (bribes) by big money interests.

    - Limit congressional access of lobbyists to no more than an ordinary citizen. Votes should determine law, not money.

    - Term limits. Including 18 years maximum for Supreme Court judges.

    - Terminate the antiquated Electoral College.

    - Add your own

    OK, the things we need to do:

    1. Get rid of Citizen's United

    2. End gerrymandering, all maps should be drawn by independent commissions, their final work to be voted up or down by the legislature, with no amendments allowed

    3. End corporate personhood. This was the stupidest idea ever. If a corporation breaks the law, can you send the corporation to jail?

    4. Institute public financing of all Federal candidates, impose and enforce limits on financing of non-Federal candidates (I can tell you as a former candidate for my State Senate, you would not believe the amount of paperwork you have to file concerning your campaign finances!)

    5. Limit political advertising the same way other advertising is limited...it must not make any false statements.

    6. Shorter campaign season is a good idea, but it is not enforceable. The best you could do is restrict the time period during which campaigns may spend campaign cash.

    7. Term limits for all public servants, no more than 6 terms in US House (total twelve years) no more than three terms in US Senate (total eighteen years) and Judges should all be appointed to ten-year terms and may be reconfirmed one time, for a total of twenty years of service on any one bench.

    8. If not eliminating the Electoral College, it should at least be modified. As it stands now, one Alaskan has a stronger voice than one Californian. Without changing the number of Congress seats apportioned to states, one CAN change the number of Electoral Votes a state gets...which should be based on population...so let's say there are 1,000 EV's and you have 1 percent of the total nation's population in your state. Then your state gets 10 EV's. If you have ten percent of the nation's population, your state gets 100 EV's and so on. You can then round as needed in a few cases in order to make an even 1,000 EV's distributed, but it should be as close to equal as is possible, so that one Alaskan doesn't have the voice of nearly three Californians.

    9. Institute the possibility of citizen recall, if a president is impeached and gets off, as Trump did...then they next have to have an election of the people, whether the impeached person gets to keep their office or lose it. If our Representatives in the Senate refuse to represent us, then we should have the right to represent ourselves. Lower bar on the election, 60 percent required for removal. And that is done by total popular vote, no Electoral College bullshit.

    10. All elections required to be on paper ballots, which serve as a receipt retained by the various Boards Of Election against a possibility of a recount. Ballot-marking devices for the disabled are the only exception to paper ballots. All ballots are to be fed into an optical scanner, which retains and tabulates the ballot, and issues a receipt to the voter, showing their vote was tabulated as intended. Such receipt should have an identifying number on it, that can later be matched, if needed, to the actual cast ballot, to insure it was tabulated as the voter cast it.

    11. No optical scanner used for tabulation of ballots should ever be connected to the Internet. They should be secure, local systems only, which, at the end of voting, spit out a tape of the total votes that machine tabulated...such receipts are then manually delivered to the Board Of Elections by certified courier. Those tapes can be fed into a machine at the Board Of Elections, which machine shall also not be connected to the Internet.

    12. No state shall release election results until voting has ended, and at least 75 percent of all precincts have reported, and been tabulated.

    13. Networks may conduct exit polling, but the results are not to be publicly disseminated until after the state in question releases it's first tabulation of results (after 75 percent of Precincts have reported and tabulated, as above)

    14. All candidates for Federal and State office should be required to release a minimum of five years tax returns, as well as a certification of mental and physical fitness to do the job. They all should also be required to be background-checked for security clearance...if they cannot clear that check, they are disqualified.
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    15. Term limits for SCOTUS appointees too. No more of this lifelong appointment bullcrap.
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    Dockadams Wrote: 15. Term limits for SCOTUS appointees too. No more of this lifelong appointment bullcrap.
    My #7 included SCOTUS. But thanks for bringing that up.

    It's insane that we appoint for lifetime appointments, and could easily have someone on the bench forty-fifty years out of date...that a president or anyone...could still have influence through proxy fifty years after they leave office.

    They should be appointed to a ten year term, and then be eligible for reconfirmation for an additional ten years, and then that is it.

    And a time limit set in stone should be placed in writing, in our laws, limiting the amount of time the Senate has to fulfill it's "advise and consent" role...before it is assumed that, by default, they have. No more McConnell holding up judges he doesn't like. Requirement for an up-or-down vote within two months of nomination or else the nominee is assumed to have been confirmed and is seated.
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    No, the supreme court appointments should be no longer than 4 years; especially in this country with its totally outdated laws. Sorry such is just the top of the iceberg; I wrote an whole list of all the changes in another "thread" needed in this country, in order to not again get the Trump/Barr type of "corrupt" government.

    The most important one is that we get rid of the "electoral college", the second most important one is that "money" should be no longer part of any election. No more PAC's and limit "money" donations. Limit exactly what any candidate is allowed to spent. (no more than about $ 500K for instance) Also make sure all the voting equipment and ballots are uniform and straight forward without all kinds of "legal jumbo" in it. Furthermore subject all the candidates to a screening test which should include "background" and "mental" status tests. Also "qualifications" for the job should be proven; no longer "jobs" should be given just because of "loyalty" or party affiliation. For any Presidential election , such person should have worldwide experience and an university level of education cum laude. As well has to proof such. Emolument clauses and lots of "rules" such as "hatch act" should be changed into "laws" with penalties if not followed. Lots of "rules" here should become laws; and lots of new laws should be added, for instance an "proper" gun law; the Trump types break all the rules and drag their whole family into the government (who then can steal millions) and who have no "qualification" at all for any job there. I hope people here have learned from the Trump experiment ( however this country never will learn and maintains it 1800's laws without barely any updates) that the present "laws" are useless and can be walked over without anyone blinking. It is time to get rid of an two party system which only creates in-fighting and an next civil war. Wake up America!

    Yes a lot has to change here, unless the title "banana republic" is preferred.

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    I agree with Dutch, you're way too liberal on SCOTUS appointments, and I would go one step further in saying that SCOTUS appointees shouldn't be appointees at all, they should be elected like some state judges are, by the people. This could be a big step in treating gerrymandering of voting districts too.
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    Yes Dock you are correct; like lots of "appointments" in the government are political, which never should be the case.

    Indeed an "government" should be elected by the people and not by an "dictator". It should be the "government" is "FOR the people and "BY" the people and represent the people who elected them. Not via all kind of invented "tricks" to get it their way to screw the people and fill their own pockets as is the case now. Amen

    By the way Trump has made all kind of appointments via him without any congressional approvals, because the stupid system says you can "appoint" anyone as long it is "temporary" which Trump does; so he put all kinds of unqualified people into jobs as long as they are "loyal". So a lot of things should be fixed to get qualified people in place.

    Is n't time to write an "operating manual" for Presidents which dictates all the "rules" with which he has to "govern".

    Sorry to say; this country is still in the stone age related to "governing"

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    Dockadams Wrote: I agree with Dutch, you're way too liberal on SCOTUS appointments, and I would go one step further in saying that SCOTUS appointees shouldn't be appointees at all, they should be elected like some state judges are, by the people. This could be a big step in treating gerrymandering of voting districts too.
    The reason SCOTUS judges are NOT ELECTED...is to allow them to apply the law as written without being influenced by various interests.

    I oppose election of judges generally...and partisan election of judges I completely reject.

    In North Carolina, we elect judges...but recently the NC GOP changed the elections to being partisan from their former nonpartisan. The problem with this is that it flies in the face of judicial neutrality.

    Let's suppose I am accused of a crime, and hauled up before a judge that was elected by a consortium of people who hate trans?? How can I feel confident I will have a fair trial or be judged fairly, on the merits of the case only, and not for who I am or what I represent?
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    TG,whatever way, they should not be "political" but "impartial"; I don't care who elects them as long as the church or idiots with guns are not allowed to have an say. If not done with "brains" and "qualifications" then we get the types like Barr, Gorsuch, and the crying ass Kavanaugh. All is created by this "non-structured" ridiculous outdated British clothed cream brain system here. Sorry people this convoluted antique "system" of governing belongs in the garbage bin, ask Putin. ha ha.

    Better ask, Merkel.