...how does one start a Whole New Congress Movement? We could start with rallies in or marches to the public squares of major cities all asking people to commit to throw their Senators and Representatives out of office in the next election.

We need to throw a scare into our Senators and Representatives.

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Edit: "voted for Gore over Bush once, and Obama twice".

Come to think of it, if Bush hadn't screwed up 2000 - 2007, maybe people would have elected a Republican instead of Obama so soon.

No, wait, "...and elected Obama twice".

(As for period outside of quotes, that's intentional.)

I read an interesting article last week about a Republican, so called, "Suicide Squad," composed of Senators, and mostly Representatives whose districts are so into them (read, "so fucking stupid"), that no matter what they do, they will inevitably be reelected, hence they can propose anything without fear of repercussions.

Thought this, from The Secular Coalition of America, might interest some:

The government is shut down...

Gallup reports the Republican Party's approval rating has sunk to 28%—the lowest rating in the history of Gallup polling...

The Congressional approval rating is an abysmal 5 percent...

But positive things can come from even the worst of situations.

This is potentially a pivotal moment for the political presence of secular Americans; despite the shutdown, the Secular Coalition for America is actively your voice on Capitol Hill.

Essential staff on the Hill are still working and that because of that, the Secular Coalition for America has turned this negative into a positive. The shutdown has allowed us access to higher level staff, and we've made use of every minute. Since the beginning of the government shutdown, SCA has:

  • Presented Congressional briefings in both the House and Senate featuring Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker;
  • Arranged 15 meetings with Richard Dawkins and Congressional offices including ten meetings with actual Congress members;
  • Published scorecards for the Virginia gubernatorial race and the Massachusetts 5th District Congressional Race;
  • Announced our 2014 Lobby Day and Policy Summit featuring panels and discussions with the lawmakers, officials and thought leaders that directly affect public policy; and,
  • Met with the office of Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.

According to Pew Research Center for Religion and Public Life, more than 20% of
the American population have no religious affiliation. In this climate of political strife, no political party can afford to ignore 20% of the electorate. The Secular Coalition for America has an unprecedented opportunity to seize respect and recognition for religiously neutral and secular Americans.

On the one hand, this debacle has done a fair amount of economic damage already, so the news that it's a short-term fix is not particularly good.

On the other hand, if the Republicans keep these shenanigans up all the way till the November 2014 elections, the Republicans will surely lose control of the House. In fact, if the election were held today, they'd lose control of the House, and not just by a small margin.

Yes, but it won't be - they're counting on the forgetfulness and gullibility of the American people, and their own abilities to sweep things under the carpet between now and then.

I think you're right about this - after all, they've already been working hard on shifting the blame for the shutdown. If the percentage of the public that blamed the Republicans for the shutdown was over 80% then we could count on those responsible for it being voted out of office. But that percentage is far below 80% so we can expect to see most re-elected unless a concerted effort is made at election time.

Jefferson said that this country needs to have a revolution every twenty years, maybe it's time to revisit that idea.

Twenty years seems a bit too often. But it's well over 200 and our government isn't working properly so it does very much seem time.

Hey, I'm just passing on what he told me --

Well but they seem intent on giving us a crisis every few months, so we may not find it easy to forget.

I personally hope that when campaigns kick in next Fall, that there are plenty of Democrats around to voice their reminders.

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