You say you want a revolution?

Capitol Hill Blue

Famed Watergate-era reporter Carl Bernstein says Congress is so out of touch with America that it may be time to scrap our current system of government and convene a new Constitutional Convention.

“If a private company functioned like Congress it would be out of business,” Bernstein said on MSNBC Monday. “The current system is not working.”

Recent polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans believe our government is broken.

Recognizing that our current system doesn’t work is the easy part.

Fixing it is where it gets dicey.

I’m not sure a new Constitutional Convention will accomplish anything because it most likely would be composed of the same out-of-touch political hacks who lead our government today and the current political system that allows well-heeled special interests to control the legislative process would also weigh in.

It would take approval by at least two-thirds of the 50 state legislatures to call a constitutional convention and any changes would have to be ratified by four fifths (40 of 50 states).

Impossible? Probably, given the sad fact that most state legislatures are as split along bitter partisan divides as those we see in Congress.

So, what’s left?


Risky at best. The United States government has nuclear weapons. Unless the Tea Party has cut a secret deal with the former Soviet Union that gives Uncle Sam a clear advantage.

True, the U.S. military is overextended fighting multiple wars but all it would take is a smart bomb or two to take the life out of any budding revolution.

So I have an easier solution: Let’s require all ballots for Congressional and Presidential elections to include “none of the above” as an option.

This would give voters a chance to say they don’t want any of the political hacks on the ballot.

If “none of the above” gets more votes than anyone on the ballot, nobody’s elected.

Then a new election would have to be held within 60 days but no one who ran in the first election could be on the new ballot. Each candidate in the new election would get an equal amount of public funds for the campaign and no outside contributions or participation would be allowed.

Also, any incumbent who loses to “none of the above” in an election would lose all pension and benefits from service in office.

That’s what happens in the real world when you get fired.


Michelle Bachmann suggest Nancy Pelosi should be Impeached

News Busters

The latest maneuvering by congressional Democrats to make their brand of health care reform a reality has a lot of Washington, D.C. insiders scratching their heads and unable to forecast what is around the bend when it comes to this legislation.

But have the media completely dropped the ball and that is allowing those in power to circumvent constitutional process? According to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., they have. She had some harsh words for the fourth estate on conservative talker Sean Hannity’s March 16 radio show. (h/t Kevin Eder)

“Well yeah and the other thing is treason media,” Bachmann said. “Where is the mainstream media in all of this not telling this story? This is a compelling story – that the Speaker of the House would even consider having us pass a bill that no one votes on?”

According to Bachmann, this is such an egregious maneuver by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, to force through health care reform using the Slaughter Rule, as known as deem and pass, that it warrants her impeachment from the post.

“That should laugh her out of the House and there should be people that are calling for impeachment off of something like this,” Bachmann continued. “That’s how bad this is. I mean, trust me – Dennis Hastert could have never gotten away with this. President Bush never could have gotten away with it.”

But if anything, Bachmann contended this could be a teachable moment in civics for the country. She explained this is what happens when a one-party dominant rule occurs – an abuse of power and the trampling of the United States Constitution.

“And that’s why this is a very useful example to all of us about growing up and being serious and knowing how valuable and important our country is and the value of election,” Bachmann said. “That’s what we’ve learned about the value of this last election with one-party dominance and rule. And this is how they view our most precious, sacred document – the Constitution? They’re going to ignore it? No.”