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The American Spectator : Going North

The American Spectator : Going North.

Feature

Going North

In a parliamentary system, we would easily solve our debt crisis.

AFTER THE STANDARD & POOR‘S downgrade in early August, it didn’t take long for the blame game to begin. Predictably, the mainstream media blamed the Republicans. The problem began with the November 2010 election, when a group of Tea Party “terrorists” were elected to Congress. Those who take a longer view blamed it on George W. Bush (who else?).

I go back even earlier. To September 6, 1787, to be precise. That’s when the Founders in Philadelphia abandoned their plans for parliamentary governance in favor of a presidential system.

The presidential system, with its separation of powers between the different branches of government, is at the core of the Constitution, and questioning its worth seems almost unpatriotic. And yet we very nearly adopted a system not unlike the parliamentary regimes of Great Britain and Canada, which lack a separation of powers.

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The Myth of Voter Fraud – NYTimes.com

The Myth of Voter Fraud – NYTimes.com.

Editorial

The Myth of Voter Fraud

It has been a record year for new legislation designed to make it harder for Democrats to vote — 19 laws and two executive actions in 14 states dominated by Republicans, according to a new study by the Brennan Center for Justice. As a result, more than five million eligible voters will have a harder time participating in the 2012 election.

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N.C. Dems brace for GOP remap – Alex Isenstadt – POLITICO.com

N.C. Dems brace for GOP remap – Alex Isenstadt – POLITICO.com.

North Carolina Democrats largely survived the carnage of the midterms — eluding the fate that claimed many of their Southern colleagues.

But the redistricting nightmare they now face will be harder to escape.

With North Carolina Republicans slated to unveil a new congressional map this week, Democrats are bracing for a buzzsaw. Party officials sullenly concede that as many as three Democratic incumbents could be imperiled and that there is little they can do to stop it.

“I don’t think there will be anything subtle about it,” said Mike Davis, a longtime Democratic consultant in the state. “It will be more like a bulldozer.”

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Partisan Corners of Online and TV News – NYTimes.com

Drilling Down

The Partisan Corners of the News

By TEDDY WAYNE

Published: May 8, 2011

Almost as many Americans now receive their political campaign news from the Internet as from newspapers, with nearly a quarter getting the bulk of their information on the 2010 midterm elections that way, according to a Pew Internet report.

Online news tends to be partisan, and 55 percent say they believe that the Internet increases the influence of those with extreme views, compared with 30 percent who think it has mitigated such perspectives by giving “ordinary citizens a chance to be heard.”  Forty-four percent of Republicans usually get political news from online sources that share their point of view, versus 37 percent of Democrats.

Read the full article here:  Partisan Corners of Online and TV News – NYTimes.com.

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Wahlbenachteiligung für Studenten in New Hampshire

Weil sie, wie der republikanische Sprecher des Repräsentantenhauses in New Hampshire, William O’Brien, liberal wählen, plant die republikanische Partei dort neue Wahlgesetze, die es Studenten in New Hampshire erschweren bis unmöglich machen, ihr Wahlrecht auszuüben. So sollen Studenten in Zukunft nur noch dann an ihrem Universitätsort wählen dürfen, wenn auch ihre Eltern dort schon vorher ihren ständigen Wohnsitz hatten. Andernfalls müsstne si an ihrem Herkunftswohnort bzw. in ihrem Heimatbundesstaat wählen – was für viele einen Ausschluss von der Wahlteilnahme bedeuten würde.

Diese Maßnahme, sowie auch die Einführung von Wählerindetifikationen, zielt nach Angabe demokratischer Politiker darauf ab, Kerngruppen demokratischer Wähler – klassischerweise Studenten und Angehörige von Minderheiten – von den Wahlen auszuschließen.

Mehr dazu im Slate Magazine und in der Washington Post.

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Auch die Demokraten …

… sind – und das auch noch nach den vielen kürzlich im Gefolge des Attentats in Tucson ergangenen Appellen, die Polemik im politischen Diskurs zu zügeln – immer noch nicht frei davon, wenn z.B. einer ihrer Kongressabgeordneten, Steve Cohen [D-Tennessee] in der erneuten Debatte um das Gesundheitsgesetz die Republikaner mit Nazis vergleicht:

They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels. […] You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing.

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Hillary Harridan

“a creepy literary type [… of] irrational, emotional, self-referential women”

quoted from: Slate Magazine

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