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Trump’s SOTU January 30, 2018

Trump’s SOTU, instead of being a catalogue of fabulous eccentricities, should be a panoply of congressional failures sourced from the last 30 years. During this portion of the presentation a rotating screen will capture the projected images of those bad actors responsible for these legislative failures including those who have made a career out of bleeding the American Public by remaining in office for more than 2 terms. Trump would serve the interest of the American public best by illustrating how quickly even the best and most promising of his ideas quickly decomposed due to bipartisan compromise or the poisonous elixir of political expedience, a system unwilling to be productive. Trump should include a new SOTU feature which highlights the legislative or meritorious bumbling of Congressional Members including a current year report by the Congressional Ethics Committee. For the inaugural offering might I suggest the illustrious antics of Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Barton, Sen. Graham or Sen. Durbin.

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The Color of Representative Democracy

Laying waste to the spirit of Representative Governance, particularly as refined by Lincoln’s “Proclamation” and no less, the 14th Amendment, seems to be the only purpose of Politicized America where passing laws to both mask a political preference or legislative barb has rendered contemporary government still born or, at best, a haven for predators. And, quite frankly, much of the legal system fairs no better.

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Debate the Washington Bureaucracy

This past Wednesday’s CNN Debate offered Senator Lyndsay Graham an opportunity to express a sweeping indictment of Congress. Whether by design or by error it was refreshing to hear him admit to the reclusive value of “political capital”; that the order of the day for Republicans was to not “waste” political capital on issues that would advantage Obama and disadvantage Republicans – a tragic admission of reality in Washington, D.C. It would appear that the strategy must then be that we only fight the fights that can be won and take a pass on the ones that need fought. So much for the representative strength of conviction.

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