7 c) The public & politicians are in favor of abolishing the EC
Source for below: http://www.gallup.com/poll/159881/americans-call-term-limits-end-electoral-college.aspx
“Gallup has asked Americans about the Electoral College in a number of ways over the years, and regardless of the precise phrasing, large majorities have always supported doing away with it. That includes 80% support in 1968 and 67% in 1980 with wording similar to what is used today.
Compared with today, support for abolishing it was slightly lower from 2000 through 2011, ranging from 59% to 62%, when using a question that asked Americans if they would rather amend the Constitution so the candidate who wins the most votes nationally wins the election, or keep the current system in which the winner is decided in the Electoral College.
Gallup trends show that Republicans were far less supportive than Democrats of abolishing the Electoral College in late 2000, when Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush had lost the popular vote, but was fighting a legal battle to win Florida and therefore the Electoral College. Since then, however, Republicans have gradually become less protective of the Electoral College, to the point that by 2011, a solid majority of Republicans were in favor of abolishing it.”
The Bottom Line
Large majorities of Americans are in favor of establishing term limits for members of the U.S. House and Senate, and doing away with the Electoral College. Despite sharp polarization of the parties on many issues in 21st century politics, Republicans and Democrats broadly agree on both longstanding election reform proposals.”
It is interesting that across the board the public is in agreement on these two issues and yet there is no action being taken from among our duly elected officials!
8 b) Two party System – Adams & Jefferson plus Party Dogma
And John Adams added:
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny” Thomas Jefferson”
On the surface it appears that there are well defined differences in the agendas of each party. Following is a brief view a few of the supposed issues:
- States’ rights * Right to Life * Balanced Budget
- Strong Support for Military * Lower taxes * Support for Business
Republicans view the opposition as” “liberals( many bordering on pure socialism), “bleeding hearts”, pro-abortion (freedom of choice), anti-military, anti-business, pro-union, tax and spenders and many are atheists.
- Strong Central Government * women’s’ right to choose * Affordable health care * Environmental reform (fight global warming) * welfare entitlement
Democrats view the opposition as: “conservatives” (many bordering of religious zealots), have no concern for the less fortunate; in favor of prayer in school, folks who view the US as solely a “Christian Country” and still view the US as the World’s cop.
It would take a book to delve into all of these issues and understand that most are merely a smoke screen to divide the populace and gain party support to re-election purposes. In this chapter I would like to focus in one very important issue, based on the promoted agendas we should expect that during Democratic regimes the budget deficit would increase at a greater rate than when the Republicans are in charge.
stay tuned in next week for still more on this issue…..
37(c) Amazing precision tool work
Above are from Puma Punku, Peru.
“Puma Punku (or Puma Pumku), a mysterious site located in Bolivia, has astounded archaeologists. It is part of a larger archaeological complex known as Tiahuanacu, and is considered to be one of the most important sites of Andean history.
An Austrian explorer named Arthur Posnansky performed a study on Puma Punku back in 1926. According to him and his supporters, Puma Punku is considered to be one of the oldest archaeological sites on the face of Earth, dating back to 13,000 BCE. Another group of archaeologists used the (unreliable) carbon dating method to date the site to about 400 AD.
The most intriguing thing about Puma Punku is the stonework. The red sandstone and andesite stones were cut in such a precise way that it’s as if they were cut using a diamond tool, and they can fit perfectly into and lock with each other. Another phenomenon of engineering is that each stone weighs up to 800 tons. Interviews with modern day stone masons have revealed that even with today’s advanced technology, it would be almost impossible to replicate the precision observed in the stones found at Puma Punku.”
Regardless of the age, the stone work is amazing!
more on a related subject continues next week!