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(Washington Post)   A majority of Americans disapprove of their own member of Congress, would rather see demon spawn of Fidel Castro and members of Nickelback run the country   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 143
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2014-08-05 08:48:13 AM  
All you Jackwagons need do is get off the couch and, I don't know, MAYBE, FARKING VOTE.
 
2014-08-05 09:08:16 AM  
Yeah, and the incumbents are overwhelmingly re-elected.
 
2014-08-05 09:21:36 AM  

snocone: All you Jackwagons need do is get off the couch and, I don't know, MAYBE, FARKING VOTE.


Yeah but it doesn't matter because like both parties are the same and nobody understands me and why can't I stay out past 11 and i'm gonna go sulk in my room
 
2014-08-05 09:30:55 AM  
A majority of Congressional districts are rigged so the incumbent wins no matter what.
 
2014-08-05 09:52:29 AM  

BunkoSquad: snocone: All you Jackwagons need do is get off the couch and, I don't know, MAYBE, FARKING VOTE.

Yeah but it doesn't matter because like both parties are the same and nobody understands me and why can't I stay out past 11 and i'm gonna go sulk in my room


So vote Republican.
 
2014-08-05 09:55:45 AM  
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Having said that, there's a thread on Fark about Congressional approval every what, five days? With the same snarky comments about the rigged game?

There you go.
 
2014-08-05 10:07:55 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: A majority of Congressional districts are rigged so the incumbent wins no matter what.


This

/my rep is one of the most worthless f*cktards in Congress
//and that's saying something
 
2014-08-05 10:17:37 AM  
I have voted in every general election since 1990. Not a single person I voted for went on to win their race to the House of Representatives.

24 years of electoral failure for me. How about you?
 
2014-08-05 10:23:34 AM  

bdub77: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Having said that, there's a thread on Fark about Congressional approval every what, five days? With the same snarky comments about the rigged game?

There you go.


At least this one polled individual members of Congress and not Congressional approval as a whole.
 
2014-08-05 10:24:20 AM  
They disapprove until they go into the voting booth.

/morans
//electing morans
 
2014-08-05 10:25:33 AM  

dr_blasto: I have voted in every general election since 1990. Not a single person I voted for went on to win their race to the House of Representatives.

24 years of electoral failure for me. How about you?


So your relatives were right? You really are the problem?
 
2014-08-05 10:26:39 AM  
This is very simple, people. You just pick the other sh*tty candidate.

everyoneisstupidbutme.com

/have very little faith left in humanity's ability to govern itself
 
2014-08-05 10:26:47 AM  
Sure, my Congressperson is a no-good, slimy bastard who is out to gut the country for their own benefit... but let's take a look at the competition they face.

Same package, different letter next to the name, even more odious political views.

Damned if you do, more damned if you don't
 
2014-08-05 10:27:24 AM  
Would being in Congress mean that nickleback stops "singing"? Got my vote.
 
2014-08-05 10:29:16 AM  

BunkoSquad: snocone: All you Jackwagons need do is get off the couch and, I don't know, MAYBE, FARKING VOTE.

Yeah but it doesn't matter because like both parties are the same and nobody understands me and why can't I stay out past 11 and i'm gonna go sulk in my room


You.  I like you.
 
2014-08-05 10:29:49 AM  
Well, to be fair, you either vote for the moron or the other moron, most of the time in some districts.

AKA both are bad.

AKA vote Republican?
 
2014-08-05 10:30:25 AM  
Yes, but the ones frothing at the mouth with their hate (i.e. the loudest ones) worship their own representatives. In other words, shiat ain't changing for the better anytime soon.
 
2014-08-05 10:31:16 AM  

dr_blasto: I have voted in every general election since 1990. Not a single person I voted for went on to win their race to the House of Representatives.

24 years of electoral failure for me. How about you?


Well if you vote for the good decent person who talks about hard work how will people get their rainbows and unicorns?!?!?
 
2014-08-05 10:32:02 AM  
Can I vote to burn it all down and start anew?

I'm sure we can get Canada to finish what they started in 1814, just makes sure you get all branches this time.
 
2014-08-05 10:32:38 AM  
Pull a name out of a hat.
 
2014-08-05 10:33:09 AM  
Yes, I disapprove of Michael Grimm. But the Bluedog he replaced was no better, because he was a lickspittle to the rabid Republicans on Staten Island.
 
2014-08-05 10:33:58 AM  
Thank God for gerrymandering!
 
2014-08-05 10:35:15 AM  
demon spawn of Fidel Castro?

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-05 10:35:40 AM  

hillary: My congressman out-worsts all of yours:

[riponadvance.com image 220x331]

I assure you, I did not vote for this asshat.

I've been in the same room with him a few times. You just can't take enough showers after something like that.



You showered with him?  Ewwww....
 
2014-08-05 10:36:09 AM  
You mean Mark Sanford?  Well, he has his highs and lows.

Didn't vote for him because of his misuse of funds to bang his mistress.  At least Clinton didn't cost international travel.  I actually tend to agree with many of his points.
 
2014-08-05 10:36:16 AM  

hillary: My congressman out-worsts all of yours:

[riponadvance.com image 220x331]

I assure you, I did not vote for this asshat.

I've been in the same room with him a few times. You just can't take enough showers after something like that.


That's not Louie Gohmert.  Not that he's my congressman, but Gohmert is possibly the stupidest human being to ever serve in congress.
 
2014-08-05 10:37:04 AM  

snocone: All you Jackwagons need do is get off the couch and, I don't know, MAYBE, FARKING VOTE.


Ok.  So who do you suggest we vote for?  Because the only choices we have are the people that are propped up there by the people that are already in power.  The people that have no intention of letting that slide.

You can choose Republican or Democrat.  But you can't choose WHICH Republican or Democrat.  They are chosen for you.  By the party.  They make it LOOK like you have a say in the matter when they hold primaries.  But even then, they give you a choice of a couple of people that THEY have chosen.
To make matters worse...  When you vote for the POTUS, you get to cast your vote sure.  But the actual election is decided by a college of electorates.  These are people that are supposed to vote for whoever the people said they want them to vote for.  But they don't legally have to.  They can vote whichever way they choose.

Your only real alternative, according to the democratic model is to vote for a 3rd party.  But unless you can get a few million of your friends to vote for that same person in the same party, you are literally wasting your vote.

I'm not just being cynical or snarky about this.  Those are the facts.  And the final fact is that our democracy is completely and totally broken.  Short of all out revolution, there is nothing to change that.

I actually have a proposal that would turn this whole thing updisde down.  I suggest that NO ONE go and vote.  Every election would be instantly illegal.  And everything would have to start from scratch.
Totally unrealistic.  But it's better (and probably more realistic) than an all out revolution.
 
2014-08-05 10:38:32 AM  
Well, I can say that Shelly Bachmann won't be returning.
 
2014-08-05 10:38:39 AM  
I'm in Eric Cantor's district. 'nuff said.
 
2014-08-05 10:40:14 AM  
I'm good.

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2014-08-05 10:40:21 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: hillary: My congressman out-worsts all of yours:

[riponadvance.com image 220x331]

I assure you, I did not vote for this asshat.

I've been in the same room with him a few times. You just can't take enough showers after something like that.

That's not Louie Gohmert.  Not that he's my congressman, but Gohmert is possibly the stupidest human being to ever serve in congress.


Death match between Louie Gohmert and Sheila Jackson Lee?
 
2014-08-05 10:40:53 AM  
www.okgop.com

I've been voting against Tom Cole every cycle since he was elected.  Unfortunately, the rubes in my district want him to stay.
 
2014-08-05 10:41:17 AM  
I approve heartily of mine, but that's because I live in the gerrymandered-to-fark Token Liberal District of North Cackalacky. It's all snakey and hourglassy and I don't think the top and bottom halves technically actually connect. Basically they shoved the two major universities and the nearby heavily black area together.

We've had the same staunchly progressive rep since 1997, but fark all of getting anyone to the left of John McCain elected anywhere else in the state. Or, idk, they may have similar districts around Charlotte and Wilmington, but they keep us well-corralled, is the point.
 
2014-08-05 10:41:35 AM  
Didn't the house blow up in critters?
 
2014-08-05 10:41:39 AM  

dr_blasto: I have voted in every general election since 1990. Not a single person I voted for went on to win their race to the House of Representatives.

24 years of electoral failure for me. How about you?


Since 1982 I've voted for the winner exactly once.  He then promptly got killed in a plane crash.  This coming election I'll get winner number two as my scummy Member is retiring and the primary winner is acceptable though not my first choice. So yay.
 
2014-08-05 10:42:36 AM  

Farce-Side: Well, to be fair, you either vote for the moron or the other moron, most of the time in some districts.

AKA both are bad.

AKA vote Republican?


While silly overall, there is some amount of logic behind this, as Republicans, supposedly in favor of less government, would be the least likely to have their moronity affect you.
 
2014-08-05 10:42:38 AM  
I voted this morning, there were some primaries, some state amendments that I voted against, and 1 for the local municipality to raise money for a new fire station/police station/city hall building.  The old building is pretty crappy, so that one was alright.  Most of the primaries had only 1 person running.. save for the St. Louis County Executive race, where the ads have been vicious for months.
 
2014-08-05 10:43:02 AM  

durbnpoisn: You can choose Republican or Democrat. But you can't choose WHICH Republican or Democrat. They are chosen for you. By the party. They make it LOOK like you have a say in the matter when they hold primaries. But even then, they give you a choice of a couple of people that THEY have chosen.


Actually, despite the fact that the movement is fueled by Koch and insanity, I think the teabaggers are on to something.

Adding a third candidate rarely has the intended consequence (Thanks, Nader).  But by forcing incumbents to fight for their seat in the primary, you can have much more direct control over the the party.  What happened to Cantor is a good example.  It would be nice if it worked as well for the non-batshiat crazy, but those people vote and vote reliably.

People in this country need to stop equating "moderate" positions with "don't really care, doesn't really matter, why should I vote".  Moderates need to understand that they need to be active in order to avert extremism from either party.
 
2014-08-05 10:43:16 AM  

pkellmey: dr_blasto: I have voted in every general election since 1990. Not a single person I voted for went on to win their race to the House of Representatives.

24 years of electoral failure for me. How about you?

So your relatives were right? You really are the problem?


I think so. Perhaps I should start voting for Republicans.

punishmentforshoplifting: I'm in Eric Cantor's former district. 'nuff said.


Fixt.
 
2014-08-05 10:44:04 AM  

durbnpoisn: snocone: All you Jackwagons need do is get off the couch and, I don't know, MAYBE, FARKING VOTE.

Ok.  So who do you suggest we vote for?  Because the only choices we have are the people that are propped up there by the people that are already in power.  The people that have no intention of letting that slide.

You can choose Republican or Democrat.  But you can't choose WHICH Republican or Democrat.  They are chosen for you.  By the party.  They make it LOOK like you have a say in the matter when they hold primaries.  But even then, they give you a choice of a couple of people that THEY have chosen.
To make matters worse...  When you vote for the POTUS, you get to cast your vote sure.  But the actual election is decided by a college of electorates.  These are people that are supposed to vote for whoever the people said they want them to vote for.  But they don't legally have to.  They can vote whichever way they choose.

Your only real alternative, according to the democratic model is to vote for a 3rd party.  But unless you can get a few million of your friends to vote for that same person in the same party, you are literally wasting your vote.

I'm not just being cynical or snarky about this.  Those are the facts.  And the final fact is that our democracy is completely and totally broken.  Short of all out revolution, there is nothing to change that.

I actually have a proposal that would turn this whole thing updisde down.  I suggest that NO ONE go and vote.  Every election would be instantly illegal.  And everything would have to start from scratch.
Totally unrealistic.  But it's better (and probably more realistic) than an all out revolution.


Have you ever considered running for office yourself?
 
2014-08-05 10:44:31 AM  
Bridenstine ran unopposed.
 
2014-08-05 10:45:39 AM  

durbnpoisn: You can choose Republican or Democrat.  But you can't choose WHICH Republican or Democrat.  They are chosen for you.  By the party.  They make it LOOK like you have a say in the matter when they hold primaries.  But even then, they give you a choice of a couple of people that THEY have chosen.


The Tea Party would disagree. If you have an alternative to the primary process, let's hear it.

durbnpoisn: But the actual election is decided by a college of electorates.  These are people that are supposed to vote for whoever the people said they want them to vote for.  But they don't legally have to.  They can vote whichever way they choose.


Your concern about something that has happened maybe a handful of times, and never on the scale to swing an election, is noted.

durbnpoisn: Your only real alternative, according to the democratic model is to vote for a 3rd party.


How does voting 3rd party change anything? Do 3rd parties never have primaries? Would a 3rd party candidate for President not have to go through the electoral college?

durbnpoisn: I actually have a proposal that would turn this whole thing updisde down.  I suggest that NO ONE go and vote.  Every election would be instantly illegal.  And everything would have to start from scratch.


How would that make the election illegal? Unless you get literally everyone in the country to agree at the same time to not vote, the winner will be (as always) decided by the people who do show up.

durbnpoisn: I'm not just being cynical or snarky about this.  Those are the facts.


No, much of this is opinion. The only fact here is that the Presidential election is actually decided by the college of electors.
 
2014-08-05 10:45:44 AM  
Smaller districts would be more homogeneous and harder to gerrymander, resulting in representatives who are more, well, representative.

Increase the membership of the House to 8000.
 
6M
2014-08-05 10:46:23 AM  
Yea, I want Nunn V2.0, but I live in Georgia.  I'm hoping but it's too red around here.
 
2014-08-05 10:46:45 AM  
My representative was Gabby Giffords, until some maniac shot her in the head. Her replacement, Ron Barber, is okay, but I was a big fan of Giffords. I also have John McCain and Jeff Flake, and the least said about either of them the better. This isn't about governors, but my governor was Janet Napolitano, and now I have the keeper of the crypt, Jan Brewer. We went from having a governor I loved to a governor who embarrasses me (thanks, Obama).
 
2014-08-05 10:47:31 AM  

FLMountainMan: Farce-Side: Well, to be fair, you either vote for the moron or the other moron, most of the time in some districts.

AKA both are bad.

AKA vote Republican?

While silly overall, there is some amount of logic behind this, as Republicans, supposedly in favor of less government, would be the least likely to have their moronity affect you.


lolwut? Perhaps in fantasy land this is true. Right-wing authoritarians like the types that make up the Republican Party just don't want government helping poor people, they're not actually for smaller government-unless you mean small enough to fit in your uterus.
 
2014-08-05 10:48:02 AM  
My personal gripe - I live just north of downtown San Antonio, my representative represents what is known as the I-35 corridor district.(coincidentally District 35) - a small sliver of San Antonio and parts of multiple counties just north of me and including parts of Austin (Thanks GOP redistricting).  He is a Democrat and I lean that direction.  I live at the corner of a residential street and a "main" street.  I can literally walk across the street and be in a Republican represented district.  My point is that I don't feel represented by a congressman  who's more concerned about his constituents in Austin.  So basically I don't give a shiat anymore.
 
2014-08-05 10:48:43 AM  
All y'all being cynical and biatchy about your choices for elected Representatives, if you don't like the choices, run yourself. I'm not kidding.

"Oh, but I don't want to expose myself/my family to all that!" Tough shiat. That's what it takes to make Congress, and it's never gonna change until someone farking tries it.

"Oh, but I have a life already." Tough shiat. You want a better Congress? Make it better yourself.

"Oh, but I don't have a zillion dollars to mount a campaign." Tough shiat. You wanna know how these yahoos get to be millionaires after two terms? "Influence" - meaning "sucking up to everyone with a dollar". Fundraising is a necessary evil at this point. No need to actually sell your soul; the party machinery can often lend a hand (until your name becomes toxic).

"Oh, but what's one Rep out of 435?" 0.23%. So what? We all know who Michelle Bachmann is, we all know who Alan Grayson is, we all know the names Dennis Kucinich, Eric Cantor (though he made leadership), and Steve King; many of us recognize Marsha Blackburn, Cathy McMorris-Rogers, Virginia Foxx, Aaron Shock... It's tough to be obscure in politics for very long, especially if you're of a mind to really shake things up.

You're never going to find a perfect candidate unless you run yourself.

// and for those not running, at least get involved with local politics
// seed better primaries, and you get better candidates for the general
 
2014-08-05 10:49:00 AM  

dr_blasto: pkellmey: dr_blasto: I have voted in every general election since 1990. Not a single person I voted for went on to win their race to the House of Representatives.

24 years of electoral failure for me. How about you?

So your relatives were right? You really are the problem?

I think so. Perhaps I should start voting for Republicans.

punishmentforshoplifting: I'm in Eric Cantor's former district. 'nuff said.

Fixt.


We've got 13 days left of that asshole. A whiny, smarmy child till the end.
 
2014-08-05 10:49:08 AM  
I'd vote for Nickleback.  I'm pretty sure they would be an improvement in terms of approval ratings...
 
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