Ideological Inebriation on Capitol Hill by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
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July 26, 2011

Rally at Todd Akin's office

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Legislating while under the influence of ideological inebriation is not yet a statutory offense. It is only a multi-directional menace to much of what anxious Americans hold dear for themselves and their children.

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Democrats Squander the Swing Vote by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Nov. 5, 2010

The mid-term 2010 Congressional elections are over and the exaggerations are front and center. “A tidal wave,” “an earthquake,” “a tsunami,” cried the Republican victors and their media acolytes.

Wait a minute! No more than 7 percent of the actual voters switched sides to create a 14 point spread. This amounts to about 3 percent of all the eligible voters who produced this “tidal wave.” That is what happens in our winner-take-all system. So when it is said that “the people have spoken,” chalk it up to 7 percent or so switcheroos. The rest voted the way they did in the previous Presidential and Congressional election (and about 28 million voters stayed home.)

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John Boehner, Mr. Republican by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com September 22, 2009
Oct. 1, 2009

So House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi becomes very unusually emotional in recalling the events that lead up to the murders of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in November, 1978. She calls for some civility in the increasingly hostile attacks on herself, the Obama Administration, “liberals” in general, and “the government.” And then up steps Rep. John Boehner, the House Republican minority Leader. This is your big chance, Jack. You could say something like, “yes, the current protesters have perfectly legitimate grievances, but we do think that the rhetoric and the mood are getting out of hand, that threats of violence have no place in the conduct of our treasured American democracy, neither civil war nor secession is on the Republican agenda, that in fact we do have a major chance to begin to ‘take back America’ in the 2010 Congressional elections, that the Republican Party is organizing to do just that, and we welcome the support of everyone who wants to participate in the democratic process in order to accomplish that goal.” But you didn’t say anything like that. Instead, you threw red meat to the wolves.

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