The Supreme Question

My Constitutional Amendment for the day:

The Supreme court is increased to up to 15 justices only nine of which sit at any one time while the rest not seated justices are assigned to the Federal Court of Appeals The currently sitting justices are chosen by lottery before each individual session or yearly sessions of the Supreme Court. In the event of a recussal a pool justice will be chosen by lottery for that case session

The process of selecting a new Supreme Justice will begin within 45 days of the opening of a position on the court whether it be through death, impeachment or retirement and a new Supreme Justice will be selected within 90 days of such opening. Should a new justice not be selected within the 90 days then a new justice will be selected by random selection from the top 10 most senior sitting judges on the US Court of Appeals.

No justice once seated may serve more than 15 annual sessions or beyond the age of 75

If a nominee for the Supreme Court is rejected by the senate then the minority party may put forth their own nominee for consideration. If that nominee is also rejected then the new supreme court justice will be determined by random selection between the two competing nominees the winner of such selection to be affirmed and seated by unanimous consent of the senate.

The foundational idea being that you do not want your nominee rejected so you may choose one somewhat closer to the middle of the road rather than gambling on a candidate with a more extreme ideology.

We need to someway reduce the role of politics in the Supreme Court…. just some off the wall ideas.

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Protesters, Thugs, Facists, Michael, Emily, and Bill

A protester is normally proud of what they are doing speaking loudly with their faces uncovered, some to support their cause openly others to feel the full force of the notoriety they believe they are gaining for their cause. . Their actions of course in a large part consist of singing to the choir, which may be ineffective as it is difficult to determine how many non-musical people actually begin singing a different tune after any protest.

A thug on the other hand conceals their face and depends on the anonymity gained in a crowd to damage things sometimes for personal gain, sometimes because they enjoy damaging things and sometimes, although rarely, by actually targeting the great evil American business which they believe is the source of their either fake or real anger.

The net result is that the protesters feel good about themselves because they have re-affirmed their own prejudice, while sadly only truly energizing those which they protest against. The thugs reaffirm their own proclivity towards destruction and violence as valid forms of protest, while at the same time blackening the eye of those who protest honestly. Sadly at the same time also reaffirming the prejudices of those at whom the protest was aimed.
Protesting is a zero sum game, it does little to change the minds those at whom it is aimed unless violence makes the subjects of the protest fearful enough to take an aggressive approach to quelling dissent and that in itself becomes dangerous to our form of democracy.

The United States has a huge angular momentum. built in, where the direction of the country runs in one direction AND is not easily changed, rarely does the direction of the country swing greatly in one year or two year’s time. Elections and appointments by their very nature are temporary and can, and I would guess will be,  partially remedied in two years and fully remedied at the end of four.

Continue to protest if you must, it is absolutely your right to do so within the laws of the country in which you live, but I don’t believe that this administration is going to be doing any listening or changing because of the protests. Which is not unlike the results gained by the previous administration that tended at times to belittle and ignore the belief systems of the people who later voted them out of office.

The net result will be the same for this administration.

On another subject those who are advocating ignoring the rules and laws of our country with which they disagree, rather than attempting to change those laws through the systems created to make those changes are setting an unfortunate precedent that will come back to haunt them in the future.  At least one celebrity pundit advocating the military step in to depose President Trump.  REmember that no other rule of politics is more inviolable than, “What goes around, comes around.”

Finally the throwing around of the word facist bothers me greatly. I reminds me a great deal of the history of the word communist in the 50s of the US. It is one of those words that even if you don’t know what it means it just sounds evil said aloud. The strangest part of the use of the word facist by protesters is that in a society controlled by facists openly calling those in charge facists would have nearly immediate and unfortunate consequences beyond tearing up your sign or quieting your rhetoric. I would ask that before you utter that word or put it on a sign again do a brief re-reading of the history of Italy up to and including WW II or barring that simply the dictionary definition although that will not be quite as clear.

Well now I have had my little protest, which has most likely changed no one’s mind, and I will now go back to doing my very best to not offend those around me for no real reason. Except for Michael who calls me nearly every day trying to get me to renew my car warranty or Emily who pretends that she doesn’t know exactly who she is calling on the phone, before offering me 4 days in sunny southern Florida and a cruise to the Bahamas for free. I may even offend Bill who always starts of his sales pitch for medicare advantage plans with ” HELLO SENIOR,” Even though I recognize they are simply doing a thankless job ( I think Emily may actually be a robot) I will probably not be too concerned if  I offend.

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Fake News

foggy-1853131__340This morning I spent some time wondering which is more insidious, fake news where we see things that don’t exist   or unreported news where we are unable to see things that do exist?



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Something to think about in these contentions times.


“Imaginary evils are incurable.”……..Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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James Madison… 230 Years Before The Fact

The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection  Thursday, November 22, 1787
by James Madison


AMONjames-madisionG the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction. The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for their character and fate, as when he contemplates their propensity to this dangerous vice. He will not fail, therefore, to set a due value on any plan which, without violating the principles to which he is attached, provides a proper cure for it. The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils, have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished; as they continue to be the favorite and fruitful topics from which the adversaries to liberty derive their most specious declamations. …. Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority. However anxiously we may wish that these complaints had no foundation, the evidence, of known facts will not permit us to deny that they are in some degree true. …..

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

talkingWhat is missing from this picture of two individuals talking to each other? The important missing part is what often troubles our society today. These characters have no ears and yet they talk, What is the value of talk when no one is listening. When no one hears you, why do you talk. Is it the same as whistling in the dark? Who is the talk valuable to if only those who already know what you are saying, listen to you? What will the talk accomplish? Will the talk be harmful or beneficial long term. Will it firm up the positions of some while not having any affect at all on others or does it have the possibility of leading to compromise, understanding and a harmonious future?

Perhaps actions might be better than words as others can see what you do even when they are not listening. But the only way others will watch what you do is if your actions resonate with them rather than express total dissonance.

The Butterfly Effect suggests that the flight of butterfly on the other side of the world can affect your own future. Perhaps it’s time that we spread our wings and fly  towards some new ideas rather than building a cocoon around our old ones  that allows us to stew in our own juices while protecting us from any outside influences.

Listening and compromise are two skills that are not being taught by our society. In fact many people now believe that compromise is a bad thing or at best a necessary evil rather than being  beneficial in the long term.  The definition of a good deal used to be that both sides walked away happy but not too happy, now it seems that only one side may walk away happy.

It occurs to me that chlorine and sodium are by themselves potentially deadly to all life but when mixed together create something that enhances the flavor of almost everything. We must re-learn the art of mixing ideas together rather than simply dismissing them in lieu of understanding them.We must begin again to  listen, compromise and accept if we are to survive as a democratic republic.  And as an object lesson, as to what this means  perhaps we should all look up what a democratic republic is!




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Newton’s LIttle Known Laws Of Elections

vol3-401-sir-isaac-newton-q75-1671x1725When dealing with modern day politics it might be reasonable to consider Newton’s laws of motion although actually part of physics might also be applicable to  political science.

Let’s consider paraphrases of Newton’s three laws and how they might apply to the last election.  The laws might  also be applied to The Affordable Care Act its inception, the mass of the American People and the force need to move that mass, and its potential demise.

1)An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

2)Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass (of the object being accelerated) the greater the amount of force needed (to accelerate the object).

3)For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action.

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