The Reason Why Our Government is so Terrible, Proven in One Simple Stat

congress-approvalWhen people complain about our government, I often just kind of shake my head. Not because their gripes aren’t valid, but because ultimately our government is elected by us. As terrible as our government might be much of the time, and as disgruntled as many Americans are with both Democrats and Republicans, the bottom line is these politicians don’t get elected into public office unless we elect them.


The truth is the change we want in our government is found whenever any of us looks in the mirror. I know it seems insurmountable because it’s natural for many Americans to think to themselves, “What does my one vote change?” But imagine for a moment if the tens of millions of Americans who felt that same way all went out and voted. At the end of the day, we all only get one vote.

But another issue is that as voters we are too easily manipulated. We choose the politicians who lie to us the best. We don’t really want to hear the truth. We want politicians who are going to tell us exactly what we want to hear.

Think about modern day campaigns – they’re not even about issues anymore. They’re just back and forth attack ads telling you how “terrible” their opponent is. The Republican party won these victories all across the country with most of their candidates running not on their record, but by trying to tie their opponent to President Obama.

Their campaigns essentially went like this:

You want to know what I stand for? Not Obama! God Bless America! Support our troops! (Wild applause from the audience)

It was like watching a scene from the Will Ferrell movie The Campaign. 

But there is one issue where Democrats, Republicans and independents alike seem to agree: nobody likes our Congress. In fact, according to Gallup, Congress’s approval rating sits at about 14 percent. Which, sadly, is up from the 9 percent it was at not too long ago.

Yet despite that atrocious approval rating, congressional incumbents get re-elected about 95 percent of the time.


That is one of the main reasons why our government is so terrible. We have a Congress that almost nobody approves of, yet nearly every election cycle 95 percent of that very same Congress gets re-elected.

It’s like a really bad relationship where 95 percent of the time you go back to the very same person who made you miserable.

But like we saw this election year, far too few Americans vote. While Republicans celebrate their huge victories this year, we should all actually be mourning one of the saddest days for democracy we’ve seen in decades.

A day where practically every Republican who’s been a part of one of the most obstructive political movements in history won re-election. But not only that, the party that’s done everything they possible could to make our government as inefficient as possible just gained even more power.

So, if we want to bring about real change to our government, it starts with us. Because at the end of the day, if we’re giving Congress an approval rating of 14 percent, but rehiring the individuals who comprise that Congress at a rate of 95 percent, we only have ourselves to blame.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    Not showing up IS a form of voting. They are voting in support of the predicted outcome.

    • O Dubs

      Dems tried everything to get their base out. Pulled all their usual tricks. War on women, racism, abortion, tons of money, Bill and Hillary…..everything and the kitchen sink. None of it worked.

      Allen is still in denial.

      • Jim Bean

        I think Allen works so hard at his craft that he has lost touch with the outside world. Sorta like the way a video game addict becomes so immersed in his fantasy world that it becomes his reality.

      • supermouse35

        Or the way a Fox “News” watcher gets so immersed in that fantasy world that it becomes his reality.

      • GF of Dee Dub

        My Darque Wing hates that, but I like it. What can be done with his Littling Syndrome?

      • PRIME79

        Hey how did that massive Ebola outbreak freak out from the Fox “news” party turn out?

      • O Dubs

        A Republican tsunami happened. Disaster was averted.

      • OpenMinded

        … because a Congress that won’t take power till the new year had anything, at all, to do with the current lack of Ebola. Please, get your facts straight. As soon as the election was over, Fox stopped talking about Ebola, because there was never anything to talk about! We were never at any substantial threat for an Ebola outbreak, but the very thought was something Fox and the rest of the conservatives could blame on Obama.

      • cravin moorehead

        ….cut voting hours, Gerrymandered districts. Required special forms of identification. Moved poling places away from demographic areas that didn’t favor republicans.

        You guys are very special.

        If you can’t win on your ideas……CHEAT!

        How republican.

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Go ahead and believe that, Jim. I’m sure we all want to go back to where we were 8 years ago. Making voting more difficult, gerrymandering districts, and keeping your electorate ignorant had nothing to do with this outcome.

    • O Dubs

      You’re part of Allen’s clapping seal audience, Mrs_oatmeal. You’re hardly one to talk about others’ ignorance. Disaffected voters stay home. Those who want change come out. Simple as that. Obama over-promised and under-delivered. He hates the political process. Thinks he’s above it. Maybe he is, but folks know when a President is ineffectual and un-trustworthy, and he is.

      Whatever mollifies you about last week, I guess that’s fine by me.

      • cravin moorehead

        Any failure was caused by republican acts of sedition.

        True patriots, you republicans.

        Want to know whats wrong with America?

        Look in the mirror. You’ll see a body with NO soul.

      • O Dubs

        You lost, craven. Badly. Devastatingly.

        Suck it up, stop whining like a sick dog, and MoveOn. You’re embarrassing yourselves.

      • cravin moorehead

        Your reply was SO republican.

        I would liken it to a fart in a hurricane.

        republicans ARE un-American.

        Stop making excuses for yourself and seek help.

      • Jimmy Jaz

        cravin moorehead preps Bulls for his wife

      • OpenMinded

        HA! Because Republicans didn’t whine, non-stop, for six years, did they? They didn’t do everything possible to keep the government from getting anything done, hm? You need to do some research and reevaluate your political stance, friend.

      • Maurice

        I see you’re just as much of an idiot as ever; making statements that completely ignore facts that are inconvenient for you, and harassing others for their usage of the English language and proper sentence structure. All this while you had 21 lines of text all as one paragraph and you continued to have misspellings of your own. That pretty well showed your level of intelligence! You’re such a hypocrite who is completely full of himself. Or is that herself? Only a woman would WANT to have two faces! The evidence still says you’re a female! And now, I must brace myself for your hissy fit; saying how hateful I am and how I’m against women…and any other group you can think of.

        There are well over 300 bills that passed with bipartisan votes in the House of Representatives, which have basically died on Harry Reid’s desk. He refuses to let them go any further! But you see that as the REPUBLICANS doing everything possible to keep the government from getting anything done. Do you work hard to be such an idiot, or does it just come naturally for you?

        When you’re in over your head, the first thing to do is to stop digging! Our government is in way over its head in many situations, but they continue to dig
        feverishly. And now you’re even criticizing the Republicans for not becoming accomplices in that stupidity. You need to stick to your comic books!

      • Jimmy Jaz

        cravin moorehead is despised by his neighbors

      • Tony Chollo

        “Wow, it really bugs you that progressives will help each other identify rabble rousers like you, doesn’t it?”

        nice cluster you all have

      • Darque Wing

        Yeah, we lefties have real people instead of just one asshole with a load of sock puppets. Jealous, aren’t you?

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa…andhttps://disqus.com/by/1Mart…… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” (https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_A… ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

      • GF of Dee Dub

        dis you leave? is your shift over? or are you seeing another? Clemans, help me . Older twirps know how to soother younger gentlemwn lie our Darque wing. Clemans, citizrn-13, Matheww-Y are yu guys on station?

      • Darque Wing

        Yeah, it’s so fine by you that you’ll go grab another sock puppet and go out on another troll patrol, right?

        Wow, you are one pathetic creature.

      • O Dubs

        D Dubs,

        Why are you so obsessed with me?

        And how long have you had these stalker tendencies?

      • Darque Wing

        By your own claims, you’ve been trolling the same liberal sites for years, going through up to five sock puppets a day just to get your right-wing talking points up on a screen for a few minutes at a time before you get whacked by the next ban-hammer.

        But you want to call me an obsessed stalker? If you project any more, you’re going to need a popcorn booth and a ticket stand.

      • O Dubs

        I don’t stalk you. You follow me around like an obsessed teenager in love for the first time.

        GAFL, dude.

      • Darque Wing

        Nah, I’m not stalking you. I’m giving the sites you troll fair warning that they’ve got a lousy sock puppet loser on their boards.

        And no, I didn’t say you were stalking me. Again, you don’t read. I said you’ve been sock puppet trolling the same sites for years – by your own admission. Or are you going to pretend again that what you said on another sock puppet yesterday doesn’t count?

        Wow, it really bugs you that progressives will help each other identify rabble rousers like you, doesn’t it? Does it really throw that much of a monkey wrench into your grand plans to troll liberal sites 24/7 while telling others to “GAFL, dude”? Good.

      • Tony Chollo

        Darque Wing used that same line on me last week, so it is rerun material that Darque Wing uses. What do you figure for Citizen-13, Matthew-y and grand-pa …clemens?

      • Darque Wing

        Look at this whole conversation you’re having, all by yourself. Let’s let everyone in on the gag, shall we?

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa…andhttps://disqus.com/by/1Mart…… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” (https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_A… ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

      • GF of Dee Dub

        so embarassed, no one to rspond to my plea, no acknowlege ment to your rude behaviores.

      • Darque Wing

        I was an English major when
        I read Ayn Rand. It was sort of like a medical student looking at a witch
        doctor.

      • Tony Chollo

        sez the head troll at MJ: Darque Wing Chris • 7 hours ago

        It’s okay, we’re all good at pissing people off, so
        sometimes we have to practice on each other just to stay sharp. But we’ve all
        upvoted each other, and laughed at each other’s best one-liners, way too many
        times to let there be hard feelings at this point.

        I wish
        I could take you guys out for… I dunno, Obamaphones and a daily abortion or
        something. I’m assured by the right-wing trolls that this is how liberals bond.

      • Darque Wing

        Oh, is this your little way of letting me know that you’ve been sock-puppeting Mother Jones for this long?

        Old news, Sock Puppet, much like yourself. But hey, you can always set up another fan site for my penis. That’s probably as close to real human contact as you’ll ever get.

      • Tony Chollo

        Nah, I’m not stalking you. I’m giving the sites you troll
        fair warning that they’ve got a lousy sock puppet loser on their boards.

        And no, I didn’t say you were stalking me. Again, you
        don’t read. I said you’ve been sock puppet trolling the same sites for years –
        by your own admission. Or are you going to pretend again that what you said on
        another sock puppet yesterday doesn’t count?

      • Darque Wing

        Wow, I sure did break you, didn’t I? You’re reduced to sputtering out copypasta.

        It sure says a lot about you right-wingers that you’re all insane, stupid, liars.

      • Darque Wing

        How low the fetid have fallen.

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa…andhttps://disqus.com/by/1Mart…… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” (https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_A… ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

      • Darque Wing

        But hey!

      • Darque Wing

        Yes, I already knew you were a sock puppet who lacks any personality of your own, so you need to try to jump my dick. And I already told you, nobody loves you because you’re a terrible person.

      • Darque Wing

        I fully agree. I’m found wrong again. I apologise

      • Darque Wing

        Yeah, nothing proves you aren’t the lousy sock puppet troll like… flaunting all those sock puppets. The derp rides again.

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa…andhttps://disqus.com/by/1Mart…… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” (https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_A… ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

      • Darque Wing

        retreading stories?

      • Darque Wing

        You mean “necroposting,” where you go through old posts trying to have a good time because you’re too lame to make it on the new posts.

        You really are a boring nobody who needs to copy people because you have no mind of your own, huh? So sad.

      • Darque Wing

        hinky little bummer

      • RP

        you were here a long time

      • Darque Wing

        No, I wasn’t.

        And I still won’t be, because you right-wing fuckwits are annoying.

      • Tony Chollo

        He moved on to Martha and his happy boys have been flagging and tongue wagging, faster than a fiddlers elbow! Follow Darque Wing and give it back…share the pleasure!

      • Darque Wing

        Don’t you hate it when people know you’re just a lousy sock puppet troll? Let’s tell everyone.

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa…andhttps://disqus.com/by/1Mart…… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” (https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_A… ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

      • Darque Wing

        Stalker tendencies? You mean, you have someone making YouTube videos about your schlong? No, wait, that’s you doing all of that.

        Let’s tell everyone!

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa…andhttps://disqus.com/by/1Mart…… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” (https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_A… ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

      • Tony Chollo

        You been at this a long time! Just remember yesterday you said:

        Easy
        guys – friendly fire. Chris is no right-wing plant….

        Yeah,
        but he’s our asshole, and I wouldn’t want him any other way. Come on, friendly
        fire here, guys…. and…

        Darque Wing Chris • 7 hours ago

        It’s okay, we’re all good at pissing people off, so
        sometimes we have to practice on each other just to stay sharp. But we’ve all
        upvoted each other, and laughed at each other’s best one-liners, way too many
        times to let there be hard feelings at this point.

        I wish
        I could take you guys out for… I dunno, Obamaphones and a daily abortion or
        something. I’m assured by the right-wing trolls that this is how liberals bond.

        3

      • Darque Wing

        I love how you whine when your sock puppet routine is outed, but you still can’t help but show off all your sock puppets.

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa…andhttps://disqus.com/by/1Mart…… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” (https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_A… ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

      • Andy Kinnard

        Those who see a viable path to change and viable candidates to effect it show up. The rest of your comment was refuse bin worthy (except, perhaps, Obama’s disdain for the political processes embedded in DC).

      • Darque Wing

        Wow, it
        really bugs you that progressives will help each other identify rabble rousers
        like you, doesn’t it? Does it really throw that much of a monkey wrench into
        your grand plans to troll liberal sites 24/7 while telling others to
        “GAFL, dude”? Good.

      • Darque Wing

        Soc puppet to O Dubs:
        Darque Wing has an identical twin—>Darque Wing. One is happiest when being negative and a prog . the other surfaces to set the prog straight (no pun intended). The negative Darque Wing hates Martha Faskerdanke and tries to embarrass her, I am Martha Faskerdanke.

        Make no mistake, Darque Wing negative has his buddies all vote and swing the ban-hammer when challenged, the Darque Wing network is called to flag duty.
        Updates on youtube: Darque Wing

      • Darque Wing

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa…andhttps://disqus.com/by/1Mart…… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” (https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_A… ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

      • Darque Wing

        another snark strumpet

  • Victoria Gutshall

    The sad part is, those of us who DID vote will suffer along with those who didn’t bother. My only comfort is that in two years, after people see what the result of their not voting, or voting based on the lies perpetuated by FOX and the GOP is, they will flock to the polls in 2016 and do what’s best for our country. It boggles my mind that the states that have the most to lose by the GOP being in control are the very ones who voted in this congress. Well, now they won’t be able to blame the Democrats for what happens over the next two years. Hopefully they will finally see the truth before they cast another vote!

    • O Dubs

      The odds of a Dem winning a presidential election following a Dem president serving two terms are very long. Good luck with that one.

      Hillary has to praise Obama and separate herself from him at the same time. And stay healthy. And not look old and haggard. She’s not that good a campaigner.

      • mukesh cara

        That rule will change this time. The republicans will prove to the American people that they could never run this country.

      • supermouse35

        You mean the way Gore won the popular vote after 8 years of Clinton, and would have been President if the Supremes hadn’t appointed the Amazing Idiot Boy?

  • Citizen

    If anyone walked into a job interview saying “I hate your company and I want to dismantle it from within” they would never get the job. Yet, this is exactly what many Republicans did and it got them elected.

    • O Dubs

      If a president of a company had an affair with a 22 yr old intern who worked for him, he’d be key go immediately. Yet it endeared him to millions of Democrats who defended him and still do. Now they want to elect his wife who tried to paint the intern as a sex-crazed groupie with a daddy complex. Go figure, Citizen.

      • Citizen

        Actually, probably not, re: the CEO. What is more likely to happen is that the intern would probably be canned along with a severance check and an NDA. And I think GWB was the one with the worst daddy complex. How many trillions of dollars did his psychological disorder cost us?

      • cravin moorehead

        If a President took a nation to war, based on lies, he would be tried for treason.

        NO ONE DIED BECAUSE OF A BLOW JOB, you republican hypocrite.

      • O Dubs

        Democrats not only voted for that war, they were just as vocal as the president was about regime change in Iraq. If that concerns you, disavow yourself from Hillary Clinton.

        I’ll post some quotes of hers from 2003 regarding Iraq if you’d like your feeble memory refreshed.

      • Citizen

        Why are you bashing Hillary? She’s not officially a candidate. She may not even run. And honestly, I think Democrats want someone to the left of her because she is pretty “establishment,” for lack of a better word.

      • O Dubs

        Because she’ll be the Dem presidential candidate, and each and every one of you will vote for her no matter who she’s running against.

      • Citizen

        I definitely wouldn’t bet the farm on that. And, you’re assuming there will actually be a country and a world left after the Republicans pillage and plunder for the next 2 years.

      • O Dubs

        Please. Stop with the histrionics.

        This is a new and improved Republican Party taking over. Lots of historical first with minorities winning elections. Allen can’t be arsed to write about that. Doesn’t fit his narrative. You guys can keep repeating the craziness canards, but it’s just more of the same dumb charges that resulted in Dems getting drubbed last week. Apparently you guys like it.

      • Citizen

        LOL “new and improved.” All they did was lie their asses off to get elected. Yes, we have a few more women in Congress. Just because they can wear skirts in public doesn’t mean they’re a “win” for women. If we keep electing women at the current rate, women will be 40% represented within 200 years. BFD. Also, all the Koch bros did was pick women who support their worldview and give them money. They are trojan horses. They didn’t pick any pro-choice women now, did they? Of course not. They didn’t pick any pro-environment candidates, did they? Of course not. Check out your new and improved “I’m not a scientist” climate-change committee. We’re screwed.

      • O Dubs

        Bigger, better, stronger.

        You’re going to like yourself more, Citizen. You’ll see. It’s gonna be good. It’s a new day in America.

      • Citizen

        The future is going to be The Handmaids Tale + 1984 + Brazil + Judge Dredd + Mad Max + 2012.

      • Michael Albright

        Whenever Republicans claim to be “new and improved,” they tend to reveal that they have no new or improved ideas, doubling down on the policies that have wrecked our economy and stalled social progress at every turn. I look forward to celebrating the 100th failed attempt to repeal the ACA in April.

      • Thebob

        LMAO Obola won’t leave office…He will declare some executive order and suspend the elections….Some false flag will happen in 2016 right before the elections are to happen…

      • Citizen

        If you’re going to watch Faux news all day, please put your tinfoil hat on first.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Why are you here and who were you before you were banned?

      • Thebob

        LMAO, you can’t much farther left than Hillary….she is more left than Obola is, just smarter at hiding her true intentions….Also she is a muffin diver, not that I care about that. But even now, her husband cheats on her, most likely with her permission…..Also, I don’t think Chelsea is slick Willies daughter, she looks like her mom but nothing like Bill at all….

      • Tony Chollo

        Setting the bar low, so as to not disappoint.

      • cravin moorehead

        They voted BASED ON REPUBLICAN LIES!

        My god, you’re a moron. Oh, sorry. That would be redundant. You’re a republican.

      • O Dubs

        No, you’re wrong about that. Kerry, Clinton, Biden, Pelosi, Reid and countless others all made their statements about regime change well before anything you claim were lies made by Republiicans, which were not lies. No one coaxed them. They said them of their own volition. That’s a cop out, cravin. And a dishonest one.

        Hillary made her statements based on what she believed from her husband’s presidency, who was also a proponent of regime change.

        Don’t be a trained seal.

      • Andy Kinnard

        The entire run up to Iraq II was based on lies right from the very first rationale offered.

      • Stephen Barlow

        it was planned PRE ELECTION @ a Houston oil lobby office. This was about oil from Day one. The day Hussein first sold oil in EUROS and the threat to Dollar Domination terrified the REDS in the oil business.

      • Andy Kinnard

        I maintain disruption of the oil markets is what REALLY kick started anti-ISIS/ISIL military action and the sudden bipartisan support it received. It’s ironic that a mortal enemy, ISIS, drove down oil prices, therefore, the price of US gasoline, and has put OPEC on its heels (none of which we’ve accomplished on our own but would like to see happen).

      • Stephen Barlow

        interesting spin on it. Wanna solve the perpetual oil crisis? CLOSE speculation on oil futures. Make them BUY or SELL the commodity itself.

        BEtter yet, NATIONALIZE all American oil production. $2.50 gas, I kid you not.

      • Andy Kinnard

        I totally agree. At the very least close non-delivery speculation.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Agreed, but delivered prices have already been paid, or at least contracted.

      • Thebob

        Oh, and I am almost paying $2.50 a gal with out Government intervention….

      • Stephen Barlow

        YOu miss the point. Which is: You NEVER haveto worry about profiteering and speculation again, you can COUNT on $2 (Or what ever actual production + maintenance + improvement costs are) into the very far future.

      • Thebob

        It was all planned out at Builder Berger’s meetings, just like Africa was talked about at last years meeting and guess what is going on there…Obola is a mouth peice just like most of the other world leaders and top government officials….Why do you think he doesn’t care about his approval ratings, he is doing as exactly as planned for him…The only reason Obola was even elected was because of the color of his skin and now a lot of black voters are running from him and regret voting for him just because he is black…..Which he really isn’t, by far one of the; if not the whitest black person ever…

      • Stephen Barlow

        he doesn’t care because he’s in his last term.

      • Michael Albright

        Unlike the bulk Republicans, however, most, if not all of them, admitted they were wrong about that. You may call it a flip-flop, but one of the great things about being human is the ability to change one’s mind after being presented with new information.

      • O Dubs

        There was nothing great about their flip-flops. It was all political expediency. Just like Obama’s ‘evolution’ on gay marriage. Same with Hillary’s. It’s idiotic to call that greatness.

        It’s phoniness, pure and simple. If we had gotten out of Iraq with minimal loss of life but still hadn’t found WMD’s, do you still think those Dems would’ve renounced their decisions? No way. Only because the war was going badly did they see it as political opportunism.

      • Michael Albright

        Who called it great? My point is that judging two people for sharing an opinion a decade and a half ago when one of them, for whatever reason, publicly recanted, is disingenuous.

      • Stephen Barlow

        You can’t read can you?

      • GF of Dee Dub

        Darque Wing hates me. We are special and with happy endings. now he an’t do that, he is just mad allof the time. He now sleeps when we need to corresponde. what can I do??

      • Stephen Barlow

        Blah blah blah blah blah blah.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Clinton may have believe in regime change in Iraq, but he was smart enough not to blunder into a disaster. Bush wasn’t that smart.

      • cravin moorehead

        Bush WASN’T that smart.

        But, he’s smarter than most other republicans……and that’s the scary part.

      • Thebob

        Why does everyone keep bringing up REPUKES AND DEMOCRAPS, they are all the same other than maybe 6 key issues which shouldn’t even be issues at the federal level…like Pro-Life or Pro-Abortion, this is a States Right issue not a federal government issue. Shouldn’t exist at the Federal Level…IF Florida want to ban Abortion then so be it, if you don’t like it then pick your candidates better or leave the state go find one more to your liking. Same with Gay marriage, if New York want it fine cool with me, but if Alabama doesn’t that’s fine to it’s their right of the people to decide that for THEIR STATE not some POS judge that isn’t elected shouldn’t get the over ride the rights of the people of that state. If that were my state and I was the Gov.. I’d tell the SOTUS to GTFO and STFU….The only reason SOTUS was to exists was to protect other states from each other and the from the Federal Gov. themselves…..Same goes for Voter ID laws….if your state wants it cool if your state doesn’t I think that’s dumb but that’s their choice….

      • Brian

        The CIA admitted they’d made it all up. You haven’t a leg to stand on.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Nice catch!

      • Thebob

        They voted based on Intelligence lies from the CIA, oh but wait, wasn’t just announced they proved that Iraq had WMD’s….they found what was stock piles of chemical weapons that they don’t know were they went, although we probably moved them to Syria for Syria….You all are dumb, I don’t agree with either Afghanistan or Iraq, especially after being in Afghanistan. We the US GOV. are the biggest drug dealing cartel in the world. Afghanistan went from about 8% world opium producer to 90% of the world opium and guess what our Marines and Soldiers guard those opium fields all through growing and harvest and then we guard the trucks that transport it out of the country right to the planes and ships that ship it the States….all true…The CIA isn’t run by our government they may have a figure head, but they do as they want and they can because the funding comes from the drug trade…All proven facts, don’t take my word for it do your own research.

      • schwarherz

        I didn’t realize Alex Jones posted here.

      • Tony Chollo

        They must have been to ignorant to vet the information? I don’t buy that! Where were you, to set them straight (no pun intended)? It appears that even the ignorant democrats fail to take your responses into consideration.

      • cravin moorehead

        Are you, “paid by the post”, or are you just another republican dumb fuck?

        The bad information came from the CIA, and Congress had no idea that the Bushwackers would be evil enough to have the CIA pervert such critical information.

        Lesson learned. NEVER trust a republican

        Let me demonstrate just how smart you are, dumb fuck.

        Did you vote for Bush….TWICE?

        All that is left of the republican party are the very, very rich and those like you, stupid enough to vote republican and against your own best interests.

        Get lost.

        I don’t engage in repartee with stupid fucks.

      • Jay Floyd

        I’m sorry. A little Chollo goes a long way.

      • Darque Wing

        Somehow it doesn’t feel so special to know that you do this same dumb spiel everywhere you go – say something stupid in a clear but failed attempt to be inflammatory, get scared away, then come back under a different name to let the person know that the absolutely only way you know how to talk to people is through your imaginary sock puppet friends.

        He’s right, though. You are one stupid right-wing fuck – under any name.

      • Darquewing Fingerself

        oops

      • Darque Wing

        You’re talking to the dippy right-wing sock puppet troll from Mother Jones – one who uses a lot of fake accounts to pretend to be a bunch of different people. You’ll know you’ve caught the real sock puppet troll when they make a half-dozen accounts to copy you, then create profiles to impersonate you on Facebook and G+, then start posting YouTube videos in honor of your dong.

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa… andhttps://disqus.com/by/1MarthaF… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” ( https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd ( https://disqus.com/by/disqus_Ag3SgVuEFe/ ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

        He hates it when anyone talks about all his imaginary friends. So I’m telling everyone, naturally.

      • Darque Wing

        If you don’t want to engage with stupid right-wing fuckwits, then you should probably stay clear of this sock puppet pack – a bunch of fake profiles, including impostor profiles, all controlled by a single, sad, deeply obsessed right-winger:

        “Martha Faskerdanke” number one: https://disqus.com/by/marthafaskerdanke/

        “Martha Faskerdanke” number two: https://disqus.com/by/1MarthaFaskerdanke/

        “Darque Wing” impostor one: https://disqus.com/by/disqus_TzTkW2Hfho/

        “Darque Wing” impostor two: https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWinq/

        (Plus the associated Google+ and Facebook profiles, and a whole YouTube channel, because once you start pretending to be someone, it’s hard to stop, apparently.)

        Now “Tony Chollo” is renamed “GF of Dee Dub,” because the Darque Wing obsession is strong: https://disqus.com/by/TonyChollo/

        “Jay Floyd” is now “Darquewing Fingerself:” https://disqus.com/by/disqus_Ag3SgVuEFe/

        “Ester Hisl” https://disqus.com/by/esterhisl/

      • Stephen Barlow

        We’re all guilty too. DEMOCRATS wanted the WAR REPEALED once the TRUTH came out. Bush failed and needed a stimulus and the REDS gave it to him!

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        SOME Democrats voted for the war because they were spineless and didn’t want to be called traitors. Remember “You’re either with us or the terrorists.”

        It’s always funny when you try to weasel out of Iraq by saying “Well, the Democrats thought is was a great idea.” Yeah, and if your brother told you to jump off a bridge, would you do that as well?

      • O Dubs

        They said he had WMDs. They were certain about in their statements.

        You’ll call Hillary spineless and gullible, dumb, even, but you’ll still vote for her. Where’s your spine?

      • Jimmy Jaz

        cravin moorehead is a cry baby

      • cravin moorehead

        Thank you for your typical republican reply, Jizzy Jimmy.

        BTW – How is it, living in your mom’s basement?

      • Jimmy Jaz

        Pretty Good. Hows it FuckingYour moms mouth?

      • cravin moorehead

        Look every one! Jizzy told me off! Albeit with typos.

        It’s hard to type while you are touching yourself, isn’t it, Jizzy?

        Here’s a piece of advice for you, stupid.

        Never bring a knife to a gun fight.

        I won’t post anymore responses, as you don’t have any teeth left to kick in.

      • Jimmy Jaz

        Typical wimpy White guy

      • Jimmy Jaz

        Typical Computer tough guy running away. What else is new? Liberal coward jizbag

      • Thebob

        If a citizen took it upon themselves to be judge jury and executioner to another citizen of our country with out being tried by a judge they would spend the rest of their pathetic life in prison….Unless your name is Barry Obola…..

      • cravin moorehead

        Do you have ANY idea of what you are talking about, Mr. Pretzel Logic.

        When your clone, Bush, invaded Iraq, he killed HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Iraqi civilians.

        He’s a fucking war criminal. He should be indicted, along with Cheney and Rumsfeld.

        You smell republican.

      • Darque Wing

        and they didn’t call on you for the “good” information, must be frustrating.

      • cravin moorehead

        Whew! Did someone fart or did you just post something?

      • Darque Wing

        last nights stew, the same vat you were found in

      • Michael Albright

        Wrong on all counts. The president of a company certainly puts himself in an ethically bind by doing that, but unless he’s already on thin ice and his job performance is adversely affected AND the company had a strict intra-office dating policy, he’d be at no risk of losing his job. The intern would, eventually, if it came out, but that doesn’t make the president a villain in this scenario.

        The left wasn’t endeared by Clinton’s affair; we already liked him because he was a good, if annoyingly right-leaning from time to time, president. It wasn’t until the Republican party decided that they would hypocritically bring him down over the least interesting scandal ever that people jumped to his defense, and rightly so; the Clinton impeachment was a national embarrassment.

        I’m a liberal, not a Democrat, so I won’t speak for a party, but I’m disappointed in how we treat Monica Lewinsky. She suffered enough under the prurient eyes of our self-appointed moral guardians. However, both sides do this, so it’s not a democrat problem but a societal one that, like most social issues, starts from the left. After all, if both parties treat women badly based on knowledge of their sexual activity and we want them to learn not to do that, which party do you think Is more likely to listen?

      • O Dubs

        Clinton’s advisors treated every woman hotribly who dared to make claims about his sexual perversions, Michael. From Paula Jones, to Kathleen Willey, Lewinsky, Juanita Broaddrickand Gennifer Flowers……it didn’t matter who or how many, they were all made out to be the crazy ones.

        You’ll still vote for Hillary, though.

      • Michael Albright

        They did, and I don’t care for it any more than I do with Monica. That doesn’t actually have any bearing on whether he was a good president, which, ultimately, history shows he was.

        So yeah, I’ll vote for Hillary, even though she is too far to the right to represent me to my satisfaction. I’ll vote for her because while I don’t feel they’re enough, Democratic policies are better for our country than Republican policies, and a sitting Republican president appointing the next Supreme Court Justice would be a civil and economic disaster that will make the Bush II presidency look like the Bush I presidency, and the Bush I presidency look like the Clinton presidency.

      • O Dubs

        It doesn’t have any bearing on his presidency other than he was a serial molester of women with some pretty weird perversions and an uncaring attitude for some of the wonen’s lives he destroyed, with his wife’s assistance.

      • Michael Albright

        No. Of all the women who claimed sexual misconduct only two of them said it was unwelcome and one of them he didn’t even touch. That doesn’t make the behavior OK, but characterizing what of Clinton’s extramarital sex life has come forward as ” serial molester” is a flat-out lie.

        Back to the point: even if it wasn’t, in what way does it affect his ability to govern?

      • O Dubs

        I think he raped Juanita Broaddrick. He exposed himself to Pauka Jones. The advances to Kathleen Willey weren’t welcome. Those are symptomatic of a seriously flawed sexual molester.

      • Michael Albright

        Protip: If you have to lead a statement with “I think,” you are acknowledging that you do not KNOW. If you make objective statements of fact on the basis of things you do not know, you are LYING.

        Further, you haven’t answered the question: in what way is an individual’s ability to govern hampered by whatever character flaws led him to have an affair with an intern?

      • Jillz

        “…and a sitting Republican president appointing the next Supreme Court Justice would be a civil and economic disaster …”

        I wish I could “like” this comment more than once. Get the extreme right wingers off the Supreme Court before they completely destroy your country.

      • Thebob

        WTF did Clinton ever do in office….NOTHING. He floated on the policies set by Regan and the Regan economy…The polices a president puts in place typically don’t effect anything while they are in office. Just like 2008, Nothing Bush could have done would have stopped our economy from tanking…It was all Clinton’s policies that cause that bubble to burst….100’s of thousands of sub prime loans that the Clinton administration forced banks to give out, and the repealing of the act that kept investment back as investment banks and Saving and Loan banks and normal banks….They were kept separate because guess what history repeats itself, same thing cause the Great Depression..Oh and it was FDR’s policies that kept us in the Depression longer than needed…..just like Obola’s are doing today….

      • Thebob

        Bill is a rapist several women came forward even before the Monica thing…He likes to bite his victims…Several women came out and it was shut down by the Liberal Run Media in this country…..According to the Media there is only one party and that is their party everything else is junk…..Oh and he has an illegitimate son by a black women he raped back in the 70’s….

      • Michael Albright

        That your response to my insistence on the line between honesty and falsehood is to rattle off a list of unsubstantiated claims from World Net Daily is just boring. If you can’t have a discussion in good faith, I’m done with you.

      • Stephen Barlow

        That is a a conundrum. But the REDS showed us under Gingrich that they were NEVER about legislating America’s issues. They are all about school boy pranks and one up man ship. The focused ENTIRELY on Bill Clinton’s PENIS (most likely because it WORKED and theirs DIDN’T) and after their Contact to America Failed miserably, they had nothing else.

        Flash Forward, a RED Congress with the SAME agenda that failed then, failed 8 years ago and will fail in perpetuity. Wanna know WHY Rome lasted 800 years? TAXES. They collected the TAXES they needed to put running water in homes, put on sports events and provided border security and free marketplaces.

        But TAXES gladly paid Funded America in BEFORE REAGAN prime. In it’s BEFORE Bush heyday!

        I didn’t vote AGAINSt My country and My best interests.

      • O Dubs

        You’re a whack job, Barlow.

        Certifiable.

      • Stephen Barlow

        yay

      • Michael Albright

        I agree with you; his use of seemingly random capitalization does make him seem like a fringe element.

        However, he’s also entirely correct.

      • Thebob

        Agreed, the 16th admendment was the start of our decline in this nation….THE ONLY RIGHTS THE FED GOV HAS BY THE CONSTITUTION ARE TO DEFEND OUR BORDERS AND SETTLE DISPUTES BETWEEN STATES THAT IS IT. That is the way it was intended to be so the Federal government didn’t get to big and powerful…Blame Woodrow Wilson and FDR for this…both racists. They weren’t meant to create the IRS, DoE, DoA, or any other agency. Oh fun fact, the Department of Ag, employs more people than there are total farms in our country…Use to be flip flopped…Family own farms are in the few thousands these days, most are corporate owned by Monsanto. Also the FBI is unconstitutional as well, they also had to pass a specific law and amend the Constitution just so they could carry a gun… The Federal government isn’t allowed a Police force…but look now, the DoA has a swat team, the DoE has a swat team. The IRS has a swat team…..WTF does the DoE need a swat team for…all those unruly cows damn them…damn them all to hell.

      • Darque Wing

        Must have been one of your sock puppets, then.

        How many is that, just today?

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa…andhttps://disqus.com/by/1Mart…… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” (https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_A… ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

      • Kim Serrahn

        Wrong. If the president of a company had sex with an intern, He’d either get more in bounces and/or replace the old wife with the new eye candy and get a slap on the back from all his male friends.

      • Tony Chollo

        And…they claim that the same intern is being trotted out by their adversaries each time there is an election. The stain spoke for itself.

      • Darque Wing

        Sock Puppet A, this is Sock Puppet B, come in, over…

        So sad to see someone trying to pretend to be a grown-up while maintaining conversations between their dolls.

      • Tony Chollo

        It’s okay, we’re all good at pissing people off, so
        sometimes we have to practice on each other just to stay sharp. But we’ve all
        upvoted each other, and laughed at each other’s best one-liners, way too many
        times to let there be hard feelings at this point.

      • Darque Wing

        Don’t worry, I don’t have any hard feelings. I won’t be setting up any fan sites to your nonexistent genitals anytime soon. No fan videos. No dozens of sock puppet accounts set up in your name, because you have no name. No trying to ape your personality, because you have no personality. No trying to steal your identity, because you have no identity.

        Actually, that’s pretty sad, when you count up all the things you’ve failed at in life.

      • Darque Wing

        kinda like you usual square dance calls:
        “swing that ban-hammer-two by two”
        “impress your cluster with the old hate too”
        “call out the soc puppets if you can’t get traction”
        “Look to old clemans for a little action”

        Pretty snappy, needs a little sauce for your pasta

      • Darque Wing

        Yes, I already knew you’re obsessed with this site. Is it because you’re such a phony that you can absolutely never make it on your own? Probably.

      • Darque Wing

        obsess talk, duck and hide now.

      • Darque Wing

        Gee, I wonder why people ban you from their sites all over the internet? Maybe it’s because you’re a sleazy sock puppet troll?

        “Martha Faskerdanke” ( https://disqus.com/by/marthafa…andhttps://disqus.com/by/1Mart…… and a few other identicals), “Darque Winq” ( https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWi… ), “Tony Chollo” (https://disqus.com/by/TonyChol… ), “Eggson Hamer” (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_T… ), “Ester Hisl” (https://disqus.com/by/esterhis… ), “O Dubs” (https://disqus.com/by/o_dubs/ ), and now the brand-new sock Jay Floyd (https://disqus.com/by/disqus_A… ) – just a few of the profiles in use in the last day or so by this pathetic creature.

      • Darque Wing

        l the list, pleese!!

  • Matthew Reece

    The fundamental flaw in this piece is the phrase “our government.” The government is not “ours,” whatever that means. It belongs to those who can buy its influence or lie their way into its positions of power. This has always been the fundamental nature of the state, and it is an important reason why we must abolish the state.

  • Matthew Reece

    “The bottom line is these politicians don’t get elected into public office unless we elect them.”
    Mr. Clifton has unwittingly stumbled upon a powerful truth. If they held an election and nobody voted, the politicians would not be elected into public office and the state would lose its capacity to operate, as it would be clear that no one consented to its governance.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Even Forrest Gump knows that answer to this question! VOTE FOR EVERYBODY ELSE.

  • Jimmy Jaz

    cravin moorehead fingers his mothers Gash Hole

  • Jimmy Jaz

    cravin moorehead shares his wife with coworkers

  • Jimmy Jaz

    cravin moorehead is a Liberal cowardCunt

  • Thebob

    Whose says they are elected by us….I didn’t like either of the candidates that were promoted back in 2008 they were and still are both trash, just Obama has proven how trashy he really is…..There isn’t choice with a 2 party bias ass system where the only candidates that get promoted are per-selected by companies and then even if the people do vote on a candidate the electorate can still over ride their vote….The people are sheeple, this country is trashed and needs to be reset…..start over with fresh people not career people….POLITICIANS WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE POLITICIANS FOR LIFE…….SHOULDN’T be allowed to happen……Oh this joker here @democracydied2014:disqus sorry but its the libtards that needs to destroy the country from within to redesign and pick apart the constitution piece by piece to fit their agenda….EVERYONE OF THEM IS BROKEN ALL OF THEM BOTH SIDES…..John Boner is a moron, just like Hairy Dick Reid……

    • Darque Wing

      Darque Wing has some like minded friends to swing the ban-hammer. Darque Wing and his ilk flag as a group , when called. Can you flag a little more and get some help too?

      • Darque Wing

        Have you ever thought that maybe the problem isn’t people flagging you, it’s the fact that you go out of your way to break all of the rules on the site? Like impersonating people, using sock puppets, and trolling so badly that you can’t even pretend it’s anything else? Nah, of course not. Must be someone else’s fault.

      • Martha Faskerdanke

        Temper, temper! Your words:

        Darque Wing
        1. Atemporal masturbation.

        2. It don’t mean a thing if itain’t got that schwing!
        Darque Wing Just
        popped into my head: atemporal, outside of time; masturbation, playing with
        yourself. My future self may have given me a heads-up about that being a
        common thing in the future.
        ———————————————————————-
        You are so silly. I still find you a loving friend.

      • Darque Wing

        Having trouble posting on MJ and doing your usual routine of upvoting yourself with your alternates? Maybe it’s because of all the obsessive psycho-stalking and your many, many sock puppets:

        “Martha Faskerdanke” number one: https://disqus.com/by/marthafaskerdanke/

        “Martha Faskerdanke” number two: https://disqus.com/by/1MarthaFaskerdanke/

        “Darque Wing” impostor one: https://disqus.com/by/disqus_TzTkW2Hfho/

        “Darque Wing” impostor two: https://disqus.com/by/DarqueWinq/

        (Plus the associated Google+ and Facebook profiles, and a whole YouTube channel, because once you start pretending to be someone, it’s hard to stop, apparently.)

        Now “Tony Chollo” is renamed “GF of Dee Dub,” because the Darque Wing obsession is strong: https://disqus.com/by/TonyChollo/

        “Jay Floyd” https://disqus.com/by/disqus_Ag3SgVuEFe/

        “Ester Hisl” https://disqus.com/by/esterhisl/

      • Martha Faskerdanke

        trouble, trouble? but hey, but wow

      • Darque Wing

        Ever say anything that isn’t explicitly insane? No, huh?

      • Darque Wing

        ooooohoo bye!