“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels
"A lie told often enough becomes the truth." Vladimir Lenin
Proverbs 26:4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him.
A very brief Civics class - Elected officials are to serve the will of the people who elected them, their constituents. They take an oath to uphold the United States Constitution. House representative elected by constituents in a state district and Senators are elected by their state as a whole. They represent the people who elected them and should therefore reflect the pollitcial views and opinions of the people. But do they?
House of Representatives Key Points
The major power of the House is to pass federal legislation that affects the entire country although its bills must also be passed by the Senate and further agreed to by the U.S. President before becoming law.
Each U.S. state is represented in the House in proportion to its population but is entitled to at least one representative. The most populous state, California, currently has 53 representatives.
In some states, the Republican and Democratic parties choose their candidates for each district in their political conventions in spring or early summer, which often use unanimous voice votes to reflect either confidence in the incumbent or because of bargaining in earlier private discussions.
The House uses committees and their subcommittees for a variety of purposes, including the review of bills and the oversight of the executive branch. The entire House formally makes the appointment of committee members, but the choice of members is actually made by the political parties.
The Constitution empowers the House of Representatives to impeach federal officials for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors and empowers the Senate to try such impeachment.
Senate Key Points
The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Two senators, regardless of population, represent each U.S. state. Senators serve staggered six-year terms.
It has the power to consent to treaties as a precondition to their ratification and consenting or confirming appointments of Cabinet secretaries, federal judges, other federal executive officials, military officers, regulatory officials, ambassadors, and other federal uniformed officers.
The Constitution stipulates that no constitutional amendment may be created to deprive a state of its equal suffrage in the Senate without that state’s consent.
Senators serve terms of six years each; the terms are staggered so that approximately one-third of the seats are up for election every two years.
Senate procedure depends not only on the rules, but also on a variety of customs and traditions. The Senate commonly waives some of its stricter rules by unanimous consent. Party leaders typically negotiate unanimous consent agreements beforehand.
Here are the Issues facing us and the United States Congress today:
criminal justice reform
Democratic Presidential Candidates:
Candidates can qualify for the December debate stage by hitting 4 percent in four polls approved by the DNC (or 6 percent in two approved early state polls) and by having 200,000 unique contributors, with 800 in 20 different states, territories or the District of Columbia. Candidates’ qualification is based off POLITICO’s tracking of public polling and donor counts; qualification is not official until confirmed by the DNC after the deadline to qualify has passed.