Suggested Amendments to the U.S. Constitution for 2011

It has become clear that our nation has a severely crippled political system where the will of the majority and the best interests of the nation are being ignored so a very few obscenely wealthy individuals and many international corporations can reap absurd profits. Our American democracy and way of life are under serious attack by elite, powerful forces exploiting grave weaknesses in our system of government.

In my opinion, we need to start serious discussions about how to amend our Constitution in an effort to both correct institutional weaknesses and reduce to power of excessive wealth to undermine our nation.

 

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Anti-Obama "Birthers" face challenge from Hawaii governor

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Obama Is Set to Shuffle His Staff
Emanuel Off and Running for Mayor of Chicago

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Something to Make You Feel Good for Thanksgiving

I met Esther Coopersmith about a decade ago thanks to Jeff Koopersmith (no relation). She's a savvy retired diplomat, and one of the best hostesses in DC. She has invited Beltway-bound diplomats to join her family to enjoy America's Thanksgiving tradition for over two decades.  Politics Daily has the story of the kind of statesmanship that takes place in Washington but rarely gets covered by WaPo or NBC News.

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Must-see TV: Rick Perlstein on the Tea Party Movement

(Hat tip: the indispensable Digby.)

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How Glenn Beck Doctors George Soros’s Words

From the November 11th edition of Glenn Beck's program on the FOX News Channel:

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Obama Should Fight, Not Compromise

 Dave "Doctor" Gonzo on what the President needs to do next.

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Game Day 2010: Teabaggapallooza

Late night results, 9:45AM EST:

MSNBC projects Republicans will take the House, Dems hold Senate.

Undecided:

  • CO-Sen: Bennet holds narrow lead
  • WA-Sen: Murray holds narrow lead
  • AK-Sen: Write-in projected to win, but every vote must be examined
  • FL-Gov: Scott holds narrow lead
  • IL-Gov: Too close to call

Full summary of key races below the fold,

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Last-minute Link to Send to Undecideds

Here. Via First Draft. Now get out and vote.

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The Rise of the Violent “Tea Party” Right

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Justice Department should go after bank fraud, not pot smokers

Attorney General Eric Holder has his priorities wrong what he says that he is going to "vigorously enforce" federal marijuana laws, calling it a "core priority". Statement like that makes me wonder, "What's this guy smoking?" Maybe the justice department should make catching the criminals that ripped off the banking system a core priority? Or make prosecuting the criminals in the Bush administration who got us into a war in Iraq through falsifying evidence a core priority? Maybe the should make going after Meth labs, drugs that really are dangerous, a core priority?

If Eric Holder thinks that going after pot smokers in California is a core priority then he has the wrong core priorities. I say that if the attorney general doesn't have a clue about priorities then he should be looking for a new job. I encourage California to Vote YES on Proposition 19 and tell the Feds they have better things to do.

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Hippie punching, the 2010 elections, and the Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Charles Utwater II on "hippie punching".

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