Nearly all of the Tea Party lawmakers elected in 2010 had signed a document in which the signer forsakes one of the most sacrosanct responsibilities of his office: their independence to use their judgment to make the best decision to ensure the welfare of the American people.
Defaulting on our national debt would also be historically unprecedented--and in a much bigger way. So why don't Democrats make a deal with Boehner? As long as Republicans hold a majority, they'll agree to cross the aisle and support him for Speaker.
The government maintains a "no fly" list. Car rental companies keep "do not rent" lists. Hotels sometimes blacklist guests. So it probably makes sense that your favorite consumer advocate has a "do not mediate" list.
Although it is easy, we cannot just blame politicians for our broken political system. Like the elected officials we castigate, voters often blindly follow their party even when they disagree with the party line on policy.
Being tempted by the devil was the first incident in Jesus' ministry following his baptism, and since it was initiated by God, it should be taken as a foreshadowing of Jesus' lifelong battle with Satan.
Grinding the federal government to a halt by abusing the filibuster is just one of the strategies that a handful of fossil fuel companies are using to undermine our democracy to keep their near-monopoly status in politics.
What I will be remembering -- and which I sincerely urge that today's politicians and media personalities read up on -- is the fact that the Civil War was actually postponed for decades by the most fierce ideological divide in our history.
Citizens, for their part, grow cynical and angry and learn nothing from poorly designed, empty-gesture or cynically rigged public participation exercises. As a consequence, the spiral of mistrust, gridlock and political dysfunction deepens.
I support Senator Davis and I oppose the bill she fought against. However, that doesn't change my opinion of the filibuster tactic and the way it is used now, both in individual state senates and in the U.S. Senate.
Protecting the oceans isn't about political power; it's about empowering the people. Forget about Citizens United. We have our voices and we have our votes, and if we have the will to win, that's all we need. We will prevail in protecting the oceans.
Our government is not always going to protect us from everything that may be harmful or close loopholes to make our tax system more equitable and fair. That is just the way our system works. But, that is where all of us come in
A week later she telephoned me and rather sheepishly admitted that, much to her surprise and contrary to what she had been taught, "fishes" was the correct plural of "fish" when referring to different kinds or species of fish. Her seeing the light pleased me. But then I made a mistake.
Today the NLRB has no teeth, but if H.R. 1120 has its way, tomorrow it might not survive. A vote for H.R. 1120 is a vote to send this country to a pre-1935 era, before the National Labor Relations Act.