Two Unicorns In Every Pot!

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From the fever swamp called Salon:

We need a new constitution: Here’s how we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths and the 1 percent

The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll says that a clear-cut majority is disgusted with the present political scene and retains little hope that future generations will fare as well as we have. As candidates get down and dirty in the lead-up to midterm elections, 60 percent say the country is in a general state of decline. A mere 19 percent of those polled have a favorable opinion of Republicans in Congress; their Democratic colleagues (or “colleagues”) poll at 31 percent. But the most remarkable number is 79: that’s the percentage of the politicized public that presently voices its discontent with the entire American political system as constituted; and fully half of the respondents said “very dissatisfied.”

No one should be surprised. Congress is hated for good reason. It often seems that more representatives represent themselves, and cater to private rather than public interests. Government is meant to be a force for good, for fairness; not a stepping stone to private wealth and power for narcissists who grow up feeling entitled, or insensitive social climbers who live to pal around with the already privileged. As the Capitol building itself undergoes a facelift, that waggish definition of Capitol Hill, “Hollywood for ugly people,” is becoming more than mere aphorism.

What do the icy critics think of when they think of Congress in 2014? Perhaps it’s that there are too many tired, artless old men with bad haircuts and meaningless flag pins, commingling with Tea Party obstructionists–fatefully prone to insincere pronouncements about “the American people,” “freedom,” “sound policy” and “fresh ideas” as they stumble through misogynist gaffes. It’s known that these guys gravitate toward golf and strong drink. And, for some odd reason, inertia, too.

One thing (that virtually all can agree on) really stinks: Money makes our politics sordid. High-paid lobbyists exert as great a sway as ever. The formerly sanctimonious Eric Cantor, who worked against the interest of working people for years in Congress, gets booted from the House by an even greater ideologue, and promptly joins a Wall Street investment firm. We don’t want to know what he’s being paid. (We do, but we don’t.) It just makes folks angrier. This is hardly meritocracy, but he’s typical of what’s wrong. And for the record, some Democrats have cashed in, too. The system rewards the already privileged.

Though they haven’t articulated it as such, Americans want a new constitution that actually does what the original Constitution was supposed to do: serve the public good.

So, what would that document ideally look like?

It would surely reject outright the decadent, cowardly impulse to fashion a body of laws with special perks designed to prop up the few and wealthy while more or less throwing crumbs to the poor and powerless. Its overall function would be to improve the quality of life across the country, in places big and small. Let’s put it in all caps, and maybe stick it in the Preamble: TO CALL ITSELF A REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, A NATION MUST BE REASONABLE AND EQUITABLE IN THE DIVISION OF POWER.


That drivel was written by Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, two professors from Louisiana State University. I am embarrassed to admit they are history professors. Here is a summary of the authors’ proposed reforms:

-It would limit the number of terms a representative or senator could serve, so as to introduce fresh blood from a pool of more visible talent

-Reform the debased Supreme Court by reducing tenure from life to 10 years

-No more fundraising. Period.

-Partisan-directed state legislatures would once and for all be denied the power to gerrymander districts

-Use tax dollars exclusively to fund national political campaigns

-One hundred percent public funding, and a designated campaign season extending months, not years.

-Attend first to the poor (rural and urban alike), those who were born with the fewest opportunities to advance in our highly competitive society – Don’t treat poor people–white, black, Hispanic, Native American–as waste people

-Give everyone a boost, but especially those from traditionally underprivileged areas

-Make college affordable

-Institute a two-year national service commitment, allowing students to obtain college admission at the end of high school–deferred acceptance

-Tax those who will never hurt, who will never feel the loss of a few percentage points in their accrued wealth

-Protect Social Security by increasing the Social Security tax rate of those who earn over a certain amount (say, $300,000) in a given year

-Every day is Earth Day


At least one prominent member of the political intelligentsia has given her approval to the scheme:


That tweet is ironic and amusing, considering that Donna is all three.

Like many of the ideas that emerge from the hallowed bowels of academia, they sound good in the classroom but would be unworkable in the real world. I’m sure you will be surprised to learn that several of their proposals would involve massive increases in funding for education.

The authors never explain why amending the current constitution isn’t a viable option, nor how they propose organizing a constitutional convention. It took considerable effort to get the first constitution drafted and ratified, and the country was much smaller and more homogeneous back then.

Here are a few sentences that should raise the hackles of any civil libertarian or concerned parent:

We must not cheapen the voting privilege by allowing angry nonsense to obtain such credibility.

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“Because political ignorance has festered for a long time, the campaign against ignorance must, of necessity, be fairly radical.”

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As we cultivate good, inventive, intuitive teachers to open the minds of a rising generation, we must also see to it that the best teachers are not dictated to by having to measure student success through standardized tests.

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Make business executives prove themselves patriotic by cooperating with the majority’s interest in this country.


So in order to get “affordable” education, health care, housing, and food as well as a guaranteed “living wage” for everyone, all we have to do is expand the power of government! Of course “some people” will need to be reeducated to cure their ignorance and others will need to be dealt with to prevent them from obstructing these necessary reforms. Providing the greatest good for the greatest number will justify the means necessary to achieve it.

Don’t you agree, comrades?


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142 Responses to Two Unicorns In Every Pot!

  1. swanspirit says:

    The re-education of Dinesh D’Souza
    http://www.city-journal.org/2014/eon0924td.html

    Reading the New York Times account this morning of the sentence passed on Dinesh D’Souza—the filmmaker, writer, and outspoken critic of President Obama—for violating the laws relating to campaign finance, I was horrified to read the following: “As part of his probation, Mr. D’Souza . . . will also be required to undergo therapeutic counseling.” Assuming this to be an accurate report, one can only conclude that America is undergoing a gentle but nonetheless sinister cultural revolution.

    From what illness is D’Souza supposed to be suffering? Is it of such a contagious nature that he needs state-mandated therapy, like Typhoid Mary? To judge by the comments left by New York Times readers, not everyone likes D’Souza, and indeed some of the hatred expressed toward him seems—well, almost pathological, at least in the metaphorical sense. Even the preposterous Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, which makes patients of us all, could hardly find anything morbid in D’Souza’s conduct. The only justification for forcing him to undergo therapeutic counseling would be if crime were illness.

  2. votermom says:

    Can I just go back to bed and hope I wake up in America?

  3. votermom says:

  4. The Klown says:
  5. driguana says:

    Donna Brazile is truly disgusting and is the epitome of the hypocritical, progressive unicorns in the 1% themselves. When she talks about the “charlatans, loudmouths and the 1 percent” is she talking about the liberal 1%ers in the left-leaning media like NYT, NPR, CNN and MSNBC; is she talking about the liberal 1%ers in Obama’s top 50 bundler clique (lots of lawyers, bankers and real estate people); is she talking about the liberal 1%ers in the media and entertainment business; is she talking about liberal 1%ers in the sports industry: is she talking about herself?????
    No…she is only referring to 1%ers who do not think like she does. Now that is unbridled unicorn democracy!
    Here’s a little info on the 1 %ers…..
    http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/20/news/economy/occupy_wall_street_income/

  6. votermom says:

  7. The Klown says:
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  9. Lulu says:

    What do Progs do when they are loosing? Change the rules! Like six year olds playing checkers with grandpa and loosing they want to change the RULZ! It’s not fair that they are facing a complete repudiation of their hogwash. They want a new set of rules because they don’t like (aren’t automatically winning) with the old rules. Not gonna happen. Just like the argument that the president’s job is too big for one person (everyone else manages but Bronco) the constitution has worked for everyone but them. Poor, poor them.

    • The Klown says:

      If they could convince enough voters they are right they wouldn’t need to change the system.

      • Lulu says:

        They did for a little while until they majorly fucked up with Obamacare. It has been cascading catastrophe ever since. One of the things that people don’t think about is that the Obama programs were all payback for his cronies and contributors. All were bad programs gussied up to “appear” to be Vile Prog policy desires or hopes. They went tits up very fast because they are graft, clout, or theft to benefit Dems. Most of the WH crimes have been cover-ups to hide their fuck ups. Then the fuck-ups bled into everything including foreign policy. It all started with the bail-outs for Bronco’s paymasters and buds on Wall St. Then big insurance and big pharma, and so on. Those at the back of the pay back line are nervous, like the big business for slave labor and the radical open border weird allies (La Raza likes slaves because they profit from them as do big labor) or the eco greenies, because Bronco has run out of clout. This is why they are screaming and whining because they are going to get shafted. They voted for him twice but he has run out of juice and can’t “pay” them back.

    • gumsnapper says:

      Call me a grammar Nazi but seeing “loose” when the word should be “lose” is, for some reason, like nails on a blackboard for me. “Lose” is not winning, “loose” is not tight.

      Lose, losing, lost. VERB
      Loose. ADJECTIVE

      Someone can’t be “loosing.” They could be “loosening” however, it they were say, making a rope less tight.

      That quibble aside, I agree with your comment. Progs do want to change the rules when they’re losing.

      • elliesmom says:

        I left my red pen behind when I left the classroom, and I find I’m much happier for it. And the people around me seem to appreciate it, too. 😉

      • The Klown says:

        Is that one of you’re pet peeves?

      • Constance says:

        Most typos are people writing before coffee or subconsciously . My common problems are negligent use of to,too and two, your and you’re, their and they’re and this morning I typed herd for heard. BFD. I do understand the difference and while I do accept spelling advice my advice to you would be don’t be such a needle butt and try to get the meaning out of the comment instead of diagramming the structure of the comment. Because unless the structure is completely random it is not hard for an intelligent person to get the meaning.

  10. driguana says:

    I don’t personally watch 60 Minutes but after reading this I could see all of the delusional progs sitting in front of their TVs nodding in approval and in admiration of Obama. Wow…is all I can say.
    http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/28/obama-us-not-at-war-says-isis-not-most-difficult-situation-faced-during-presidency-video/

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Shorter Michelle: I know what’s good for you, don’t be mad at the changes I’ve made for your own good, so figure it out yourself.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/219008-first-lady-tells-kids-dont-be-mad-over-healthier-school-lunches

    • elliesmom says:

      The origins of the school lunch program were in providing price supports for farmers, not in feeding kids. Government recommendations for nutrition are formulated with lots of input from special interest groups. The best thing we could probably do for kids is to abolish the school lunch program all together. Put the money into increased SNAP allowances. Let everyone brown bag it. It’s the “multicultural” thing to do. Put vending machines that dispense cold milk and juice in the cafeteria if you must. Save the schools a ton of money. Make life easier for the teachers. Give the kids time for more outdoor play. No time wasted standing in the lunch line. Include good nutrition in the school curriculum.

  12. The Klown says:

    Can you guess who he’s talking about?

    • DandyTIger says:

      Haha, there’s a isolated bubble for you. Of course most American’s are not better off. But the idea that they think most are tells you how isolated the WH is.

    • Lulu says:

      It is getting to the point that no one cares why but rather how can we rid ourselves of this delusional president. Could we offer him a buyout? I am past analyzing to understand what the hell he is doing. I really don’t care and just want the damage to stop.

  13. lildoggy4u says:

    I don’t know if anyone remembers my email offering a sticker with Obama’s picture on it but now I got another. It reads :
    “My Name
    Answered President Obama’s Call-to-Action?
    NO DONATION”
    This one is actually an email from James Carville titled “we’re begging”. Guess they feel the need to shame me. Its not working. I am actually proud that I have not responded.

    • lildoggy4u says:

      I don’t know if anybody watched Obama’s interview on 60 minutes last night. I tried but only got about half way through it. I really wanted to get to the part about Obama saying it was an intelligence failure that he didn’t go after Isis (al-Qaeda) earllier in Syria when they reared their heads for the first time. Funny cause I was aware of it but I guess Obama was golfing or something. Anyway – he blames James Clapper from what I gathered.

      • Lulu says:

        Since it has been in his daily briefing for about a year and a half so that is not going to wash for long. Just because he doesn’t listen to or read it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Selective or ideological consumption of intelligence can be construed as “crazy-pants”.

      • driguana says:

        See my comment above.

    • lildoggy4u says:

      Let me add this:
      That email also says

      We’re out of people to email you.

      In the last week, you should have received an email from:

      — President Obama
      — Vice President Biden
      — Hillary Clinton
      — Nancy Pelosi

      I have received emails from all those people with one exception. Hillary Clinton has not asked me for one penny for the DNC. I’ve received plenty of emails from Ready for Hillary (I am a donor to that) but not once have I been asked for a donation to the DNC or DCCC from Hillary.

    • swanspirit says:

      I might even pay for one of those , as long as the money didn’t go any Dem organization LOL

  14. HELENK3 says:

    stolen from a commenter at No Quarter

  15. The Klown says:

    My brand new granddaughter is supposed to be delivered at 7:30 am this morning.

    They are using lip glue re: her name.

  16. The Klown says:
  17. HELENK3 says:

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/liberalism-in-america/

    a very good article on where liberalism is going

  18. The Klown says:
    • Propertius says:

      I still think Colin Powell was right when he said “you break it, you bought it.” If Saddam were still in charge in Iraq, there would be no ISIS and we’d still have a buffer state against Iran. The Saudis might be unhappy, of course, and we couldn’t possibly have that.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Wait a minute. So it was Kobe Bryant who said, “If you dance fast enough nobody will notice when you trip and fall”? I’m all confused.

    • The Klown says:

      When I joined the army Jimmy Carter was POTUS and he got no respect or support from the troops.

      We HATED him. That had a lot to do with why I cast my first vote for Ronald Reagan.

  19. fif says:

    What a bunch of entitled sloppy-thinking hogwash. This is a good line too: “And for the record, some Democrats have cashed in, too.” hahahahahahahaha. Intentional blindness is fascinating. Follow the money asshats – Obama’s Goldman golfing pals gave him more money than any other candidate. It’s all such a lot of self-indulgent “nonsense,” & of course one of the biggest buffoons of all endorsed it: our dear DNC Charter violator Ms. Brazile. Hilarious that they cite the Constitution but detest Tea Partiers too. Educators, Educate Thyself.

  20. votermom says:

    I saw a comment somewhere that Valerie Jarret had a cameo on the Good Wife.
    And that Donna Brazile has been on that show too.
    WTH.

  21. DeniseVB says:

    A common sense rant against the climate people, Alphonso nails them good…..

  22. driguana says:

    Wow….two presidents in a row that lacked intelligence!!! Will we every have a real leader again in our lifetimes????
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/29/obama-faces-backlash-after-blaming-intel-community-for-missing-isis/

  23. The Klown says:

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!

    “8 lbs 7oz. Healthy little girl.”

  24. The Klown says:

    I GOT RETWEETED BY INSTAPUNDIT!!!!

  25. The Klown says:
  26. The Klown says:

    Blogging is getting harder and harder.

    One minute I have three frisky kittens climbing all over me, my desk, and everything in my office. Then suddenly I have one kitten sleeping on my lap (after clawing his way up my bare leg), one sleeping between my feet and another sleeping on the floor next to grumpy old Molly.

    Tigger was having a blast playing with my mouse while I was trying to post about my AWESOME NEW GRANDDAUGHTER.

  27. SHV says:

    I usually think of Camille Paglia as a bit of a wacko but this is pretty good:
    “Camille Paglia: The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil”
    http://time.com/3444749/camille-paglia-the-modern-campus-cannot-comprehend-evil/

  28. DeniseVB says:

    I didn’t want to put politics on Miss Lily’s page, so put it down here. I love charts 🙂 Which shows get the most political ad buys by which party.

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/09/182384-political-ad-buy-charts-reveal-shows-democrats-republicans-think-watch/

  29. HELENK3 says:

    just saw where Seattle is going to fine residents and businesses for the amount of food they throw out.
    ok who climbs in the garbage can to check? can you picture being robbed and being told no cops available they are on garbage patrol?

    • 49erDweet says:

      Not cops. It will be the employees of the private company who pick up the trash who will issue the fines. Who knew garbage collectors were also cops, prosecutors, judges and jurors all rolled into one? PREDICTION: Ain’t gonna fly!

    • Constance says:

      Yeah is that BS or what? We have to put all food waste and yard waste in a compost recycle bin and It totally stinks. It stinks in the kitchen and it stinks in the collection bin. You know how you occasionally find some leftovers in a plastic deli thing that might have been in the fridge for a few months, well you are supposed to actually open the container and dump the stinking food in the compost and then wash the recyclable plastic container and put that in the plastic recycling. Like that’s going to happen! As far as who is going to enforce it? Must be another job for illegal aliens.

      • 49erDweet says:

        Assuming Seattle is at least as modern as Salinas, CA, the job requires a commercial drivers license – which takes some training – and should be pretty automated. The driver probably sits in the cab and with a hand control lever causes a hydraulic grabber system to grasp the container, lift it high overhead, tip it over so it dumps it’s contents into a hopper HE CAN’T SEE, and then reverses the process to set it back down..
        The only time the person gets out of the truck is when a container is overloaded or ungraspable. So I’m betting the penalty system will be used rarely, and is most probably intended as a scare tactic – not a serious piece of environmental legislation. All-in-all, pretty typical, I’d say.

      • The Klown says:

        Composting is a really cool way to produce your own fertilizer/soil, but only if you have the time and inclination to do it right.

        Otherwise it’s a smelly, fly-producing mess.

  30. HELENK3 says:

    Netanyu speech at UN today

  31. 49erDweet says:

    Something is Rotten in D̶e̶n̶m̶a̶r̶k̶ The White House!
    Wow! The Swedes must be relieved! The old saw is passe. The whole world now knows not to trust anything coming out of TWH anymore. Now we find out the recent “armed” {no weapon, but “he DID have bullets in his car” type dangerous) White House intruder didn’t just make it “into” the WH. He made it all the way upstairs, INTO THE EAST ROOM! http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/white-house-fence-jumper-previously-thought-sources/story?id=25847524
    Everyone who doesn’t think this isn’t so much a failure of the Secret Service but a backtrack micromanagement of WH security raise your right hand. Anybody? OK, just two of you.

  32. HELENK3 says:

    http://bearingarms.com/oklahoma-beheading-isis-threats-arkansas-firing-range-become-first-exclude-muslims/

    OKLA firing range becomes first to exclude muslims

    wonder how long it will take holder’s dept of crime to swoop down

    • 49erDweet says:

      Stole it for FB. She could have a rule about an Arkansas Driver License being mandatory, for instance, which in hindsight would have handled the problem, But her solution won’t stand.

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