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Edward Gibbon (27 April 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. (that’s a long time ago 😉

One quote of his on ancient Athens I really appreciate is the following:

“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”

I am truly afraid history is repeating itself. I hope I am wrong. The coming election will be a watershed moment in U.S. history.

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Supercommittee; Super Stupid

From Richard’s World

So now our lazy, so-called “statesmen” have selected their picks for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also being called the Supercommittee and Super Congress. I call it Super Stupidology.

It’s just plain laziness, cowardly, and dereliction of elected duty, IMHO. And I’m afraid we’re headed down another slippery slop that will take more power away from the people and give it to a select few political insiders. I’m afraid.

The stated goal of the panel — composed of equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans from the House and the Senate — is to reduce federal budget deficits by a total of at least $1.5 trillion over 10 years. It was given a deadline of Nov. 23, 2011. Any recommendations it makes are to be voted on immediately by both chambers of Congress, with no filibusters or amendments allowed.

Read that again, please. Any recommendations it makes are to be voted on immediately by both chambers of Congress, with no filibusters or amendments allowed.

So why have the other legislators any more? Why not put the Supercommittee recommendations up on the Internet and let registered voters vote on them electronically – yea or nay. Why pay these hundreds of individuals to be there and all of their expenses and pensions and so on any longer. Shoot, we now have a Congress of 12 people.  Seems unconstitutional to me … but hey, what do I know … I live in Richard’s World.

I thought making legislation was about discussions, debates, compromise, amendments, and open dialogue in public. I read today where legislation has been introduced to FORCE this new Supercommittee to conduct their business in open public. So you know what that means, don’t you? Right now, as it is, they don’t have to conduct their business in open public. This is scary folks. Be very, very scared.

I know, I know … granted, Article I, § 5 of the Constitution provides that “Each House may determine the Rules of its proceedings.” They just changed their rules a tiny bit.  How convenient.

And the rules made by the Houses at one point may be changed later, and the Act acknowledges this: “The provisions of this title are enacted by Congress … with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change such rules (so far as relating to such House) at any time, in the same manner, and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of such House.”

But for some strange reason I’m just getting bad vibes from this Supercommittee idea. How about you?