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I am a 66 year old, retired Democrat who lives in the red state of Missouri (gawd help me!) and I have been following the articles here for quite some time. I genuinely love the camaraderie and fellowship of your site and hope that in some way I may contribute to your message. I am also a veteran who is appalled at the direction this country took with the last president and want to do what I can to see that that never happens again (gawd help us all!).

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America's Constitution is terrible. Let's throw it out and start over.

The American Constitution is an outdated, malfunctioning piece of junk — and it's only getting worse.

When written, the Constitution made a morally hideous compromise with slavery that took a war and 750,000 lives to make right. And while its basic structure sort of worked for awhile in the 20th century, the Constitution is now falling prey to the same defects that has toppled every other similar governing document the world over.

The truth seems clear: America is going to have to overhaul its basic structure of government, or eventually it will fall to pieces.

The major problem with America's Constitution is that it creates a system in which elections generally do not produce functioning governments, and there is no mechanism to break the deadlock (like calling snap elections). Most of the time, control of the House, Senate, and presidency is split between the two parties in some way. Bipartisan compromises to keep government functioning used to be common, but are near-impossible anymore due to extreme party polarization. So as Michael Kinnucan points out, during divided government "there is de facto no legislative body."


This article is from 2018, but it really surprised me with what’s happened since then. It promotes 5 things that should be changed: “To fix the problem, America should aim to make itself more like a proportional parliamentary democracy, by far the most successful and road-tested form of government.”

What do you think?
Posted by XacerbatedDem | Mon Mar 7, 2022, 07:48 PM (83 replies)

Fact check: Phony images masquerading as CNN coverage go viral amid war in Ukraine

As CNN works to debunk misinformation about the war in Ukraine, some social media accounts are working to spread misinformation about CNN's own coverage of the war.

A series of phony screenshots -- screenshots supposedly depicting CNN's reporting but that are actually fabrications that aren't from CNN at all -- have spread widely on social media platforms over the past week.

One of these fakes, a screenshot of a nonexistent "CNN" report about actor Steven Seagal being spotted in Ukraine, was shared and then deleted by prominent podcaster Joe Rogan on Monday.

A second fake was posted by a hoax Twitter account that falsely claimed to be affiliated with CNN. That fake, of a nonexistent "CNN" report about an American being killed in Ukraine, was amplified on Monday by a Russian representative at the United Nations.

Posted by XacerbatedDem | Sat Mar 5, 2022, 06:49 AM (2 replies)

Tucker Carlson can't stand Black excellence

From Obama to Ketanji Brown Jackson: Tucker Carlson can't stand Black excellence

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson — the man cheered by white supremacists for repeatedly peddling white nationalist talking points — served up some dog whistle racism on his show Wednesday night with his comments about President Joe Biden’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Carlson simply can’t believe that Jackson — who would make history as the first Black woman to serve on America’s top court if confirmed by the U.S. Senate — really is, as Biden has claimed, one of the “top legal minds in the entire country.”

Let’s cut through the B.S. This has nothing to do with LSAT scores.
Last week, Carlson claimed that Jackson — who served eight years as a federal district judge before being elevated last year to the prestigious U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Washington, D.C. — was not “much of a jurist,” was “simply ignorant of the law” and that her nomination was an effort by Biden to “humiliate and degrade” our nation — turning it into “Rwanda.” (Yes, Carlson actually said “Rwanda.”)

Carlson went further and demanded to see Jackson’s law school admission test scores because he wants his viewers to believe that she’s not qualified to be on the Supreme Court. Carlson even suggested Biden is intentionally shielding Jackson’s LSAT scores from the public: “How did she do on the LSATs? Why wouldn’t you tell us that?” Of course, Carlson never demanded to see the LSAT scores of the three people then-President Donald Trump nominated to the Supreme Court during his term. But then again, those three are white. Let’s cut through the B.S. This has nothing to do with LSAT scores, which law schools consider in addition to an applicant’s grades. I’m a lawyer, and I can tell you that no one speaks of LSAT scores after their acceptance to law school; nor do those scores indicate how good of a lawyer or judge a law school applicant would be.

This is simply Carlson, like so many other white bigots, trying to diminish Black achievement because such achievement is a threat to the myth of white superiority that he peddles. Carlson wants his viewers to believe that Jackson couldn’t possibly have been admitted to Harvard Law School on her own merit — despite the fact she graduated with honors from there as she had as a Harvard undergraduate.


Posted by XacerbatedDem | Fri Mar 4, 2022, 07:39 AM (33 replies)
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