If you think the elected representatives are motivated by the best interest of the people you are living in a fantasy world. A politician's every thought is about the next election and his loyalty is to his political party. (No gender reference is intended.) Public employees are serving the public interest more than any politician and they deserve to be fairly treated and fairly compensated. The current right wing vilifying of hard working public employees is just a political strategy. They are telling people who don't think for themselves and who are totally self centered that if these greedy evil public employees weren't paid so much I could lower your taxes. The politicians feeding you that line are ripping you off more than any public employee.
"Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES SHOULD REALIZE THAT THE PROCESS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, AS USUALLY UNDERSTOOD, CANNOT BE TRANSPLANTED INTO THE PUBLIC SERVICE. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for officials to bind the employer. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt (emphasis added)
I don’t get it...you need ID to cash a check, board a plane, pick up a prescription, drive a car, even attend the DNC here in Charlotte, but the integrity of an election is to liberals somehow sacrosanct and above the suspicion of corruption? Please, where is that legendary skepticism you guys are supposed to have? Are you trying to suggest that there are tens of millions of people in America that don’t possess an ID to participate in these types of daily transactions? A quick comparison of any state DMV's license registrations alongside voter rolls will explode that assertion quite handily.
Voter fraud while hard to detect happens and has happened in all 50 states from Tammany Hall in 19th century NYC to the Daley Chicago Machine to Florida in 2000 and all points in between. Its documented, a hundred votes here, fifty votes there...According to various polls, Voter ID laws have wide support among both Democrats and Republicans as well as 82 percent of all Americans. States that already have voter ID laws provide them for free and they didn't hamper sending President Obama to the WH in 2008.
It is one of the best ways to ensure elections are fair and honest, that is of course unless one party or the other has a vested interest in allowing the votes of felons, illegal immigrants, family pets and dead people to disenfranchise a few genuine votes to win a razor thin victory. Voter ID laws do not suppress the legitimate rights of any voter but they protect the rights of every lawful voter...Its a no-brainer for reasonable people.
"because if rights come from one’s country (government) and not endowed to individuals at birth by the “laws of nature and nature’s God” then that same government can take them away and for any reason as well."
In case you haven't noticed, the Republicans are trying to do just exactly that. Everyplace they have a majority they are enacting new rules and laws designed to reduce voter turnout. They justify it with a ridiculous claim that we have massive voter fraud.
“...as Americans exercise their country-given right and tell all those VIPs and CEOs exactly what the fuck is wrong with this country.”
Country-given rights? I find this political concept repugnant, offensive, and disgusting because if rights come from one’s country (government) and not endowed to individuals at birth by the “laws of nature and nature’s God” then that same government can take them away and for any reason as well. Then, try as you may, you really have no moral basis to condemn oppressive countries like North Korea, Myanmar, Iran, Sudan, or Venezuela...et al.
236 years ago a bunch of radical political thinkers founded a country called America where the rights of its people were unalienable and the only business of government was to protect and secure those rights.
How far we have fallen, we are without compunction to demand endless government created rights and insisting that others bear their costs...and tyrants who may come to power are willing to oblige in exchange for more power...for a while.
History is littered with kingdoms and countries ruled by elites who enforced their beneficence for justice and equality with horrendous reigns of terror if you picked up a sign to dissent or protest and "country-given" rights gave them the basis to justify it.
Dispense with this “country-given” foolishness and reclaim your birthright. They pre-exist the establishment of government and are sacred.
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