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Dem Gov Says: Suspend Congress Elections

From a frantically spinning (Raleigh, NC) News & Observer:

Perdue jokes about suspending Congressional elections for two years


File this in the random-things-politicians-say file. Speaking to a Cary Rotary Club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.

"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that," Perdue said. "You want people who don’t worry about the next election."

The comment — which came during a discussion of the economy — perked more than a few ears. It’s unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious — but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea.

If it is unclear, then why does article’s headline claim Ms. Perdue was joking?

Later Tuesday afternoon, Perdue’s office clarified the remarks: "Come on," said spokeswoman Chris Mackey in a statement. "Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve."

If you read Ms. Perdue’s full remarks (posted below) it is obvious that she was not joking nor speaking randomly nor using hyperbole. She was telling us exactly how some Democrats think.

Democrats don’t want to have to be bothered with being re-elected all the time. They don’t like the voters holding their actions against them. That’s not fair.

The Republicans sure are taking it seriously as they look to score political points. Here’s a statement from GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood:

“Now is a time when politicians need to be held accountable more than ever. To suspend an election would be removing the surest mechanism that people have to hold politicians accountable: the right to vote. Does the Governor not believe that people of North Carolina have the ability to think for themselves about whether or not the actions of elected officials are working?"

Gosh, how venal those damn Republicans are. Trying to score points just because a Democrat governor has suggested doing away with a elections for a little while.

For the record, here is Ms. Perdue’s full statement:

"You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It’s a little bit more contentious now but it’s not impossible to try to do what’s right in this state. You want people who don’t worry about the next election."

It seems remarkably free of humor, randomness or hyperbole. (By the way, in typical Democrat fashion, the News & Observer closed their comments forum for this article.)

Meanwhile, just last week, the former White House Budget Director, Peter Orszag, wrote in the New Republic that we need "less democracy" to prevent "gridlock in our political institutions."

Again, this is how Democrats think. Especially, when they don’t get everything they want.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Dem Gov Says: Suspend Congress Elections”

  1. proreason says:

    Save us comrade, please. Just don’t make us pay less taxes.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Gov cupcake is pretty much done in NC and has been for sometime. She replaced a corrupt Democrat Mike easley, and didn’t get past the election before carrying on his mantel. But NC hasn’t elected a Republican governor in over 100 years, and our tax burden shows it.

  3. mr_bill says:

    Just another trial balloon, like Orszag’s remarks. Liberals want to see just how bad America’s reaction will be if they try to put off the general election.

    I’m still waiting to hear one of them say that the Presidential election should be cancelled because there will be riots when nerobama loses. It won’t be long before somebody suggests it. My money is on Rahmbo or Special Ed Schultz.

  4. Gladius et Scutum says:

    This is exactly what I had in mind when I wrote my post of March 2, 2009. http://sweetness-light.com/archive/dow-falls-to-lowest-point-since-clinton

    The Democrat Party is lead largely by people who believe in the democracy of the Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea and the (East) German Democratic Republic.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Rest assured, she’s not the only one who thinks this way. As Hitler said, “The people voted; Why keep asking them over and over again?”

      Then, there’s that particular illness whereby the elected official thinks it’s their birthright to be in office. That somehow, they have been ascended to the throne of governance, not chosen to uphold the desires of the people. The current myth in our societies by both sides of the fence is that “the president runs the country” and it’s an easy misconception to make.

      But it was designed, drawn up and implemented as Lincoln said, a government “of the people, for the people, by the people”.

      Ever since FDR, more and more socialism has crept in and made itself to home. Every so many decades there’s a “new normal” and this administration is trying to really push the envelope in that regard. Thousands of new laws on the books every year, further encumbering freedom and preventing people from exercising their unalienable rights. They’ve been chipping away at it for a long time and are very well-practiced at it. Just that now, they are really turning up the heat.

      The best analogy has been the frog in the cookpot.

      But I submit that in 1934, they went too far. In 1939, they went too far, and every year thereafter. Kept spending and spending and spending….then with Social Security, the biggest LIE to ever appear up to that time…the original Ponzi scheme and people back then recognized it but were excoriated as “not wanting to help the elderly”. Sold as a “benefit” it simply increased the coffers of the government to allow them to spend money in areas that would get them re-elected.

      But it’s been shown how stupid they actually were/are by spending it all and then some by removing those monies from protected status to buy votes on the basis of “issue-de-jour”. How much SS “income” went to pay for “green” energy crapola? No one will ever know. Because the accounting office has NO IDEA where the money goes. They’re too busy watching porn on their computers.

      And on and on. Now, that they have spent 4 trillion dollars….they think the only way to get more money is to steal more from the people and have tried to come up with various, though thinly-veiled ways to get it. Healthcare being the first on the list. They think they are clever and with the sycophant media carrying their water, they appear to be just that.

      At the end of the day, I think everyone instinctively knows the truth. Whether they want to admit it to themselves or not. They know they want to be on top of that pyramid, to be able to thumb their noses at all the rest (that would be you and me) and to belong in the “in” crowd so they get the special favors, the preferential treatment, the better doctors, etc.

      Of the party, by the party, for the party. Yeah, sounds similar….but couldn’t be more opposite. One is based on freedom, the other is based on the imposed will of a few over everyone. Right now, this country is in a test to see if the will of the free people is stronger than the will of the ruling class elites.

    • Mithrandir says:

      The Democrats have been throwing monkey-wrenches into the gears of Democracy for decades—trying to frustrate and dishearten you.
      ~You think all that fraud / waste / abuse is by accident?
      ~You think standing in long meaningless lines at the D.M.V. or by the T.S.A., or other gov’t services with REAMS of stamps, stickers, papers in triplicate is by accident?
      ~You think gov’t being the root cause of all our problems, then pretend to fix it, only to make it worse is due to incompetence?

      It’s all planned out, to frustrate you, “Man! Democracy SUCKS! -it just doesn’t work. We need to be like China or other quasi-dictatorships, because they get things done!”

      You hear grumblings now, but when do you think there will be a serious attempt to suspend Democracy for a “temporary” dictatorship in America? How bad does everything have to get before people start begging for it?

    • sticks says:

      “It’s all planed out to frustrate you, “Man democracy sucks” I agree that that is precisely the plan in order to get people to accept a “better” form of government like they have in China; stronger, more efficient, able to quikly get things done and if we have to give up some or all of our individual rights to attain it so what. On august 19th 1932 some 95% of registered voters in Germany went to the poles and 90% voted to make Adolf Hitler both chancellor and president giving him absolute tyranical power over the nation because for most of them at that time he was making things better and restoring order (shortly before that he had “surpressed” the SA brown shirts). However, as I’m sure you know our founding fathers never intended this country to be a “democracy” they understood that such a government would be unstable and fleeting. They apparently hoped that men elected to office woul be motivated by the need of the country and the good of the country
      and excepting of the constitutions limitations, but now allmost all we seem to get is self serving politicians (with some rare exceptions). this is the main reason we want two more years, to see if we can straighten things out enough or screw things up enough to stay in office.

  5. Alternative headline: Democratically Elected Democrat Governor Embraces her inner Autocrat; ignores Constitution; Declares ‘we doan need no steenking elections.’

    BTW, Gov. Perdue. I do want people who worry about the next election. Power to the people.

  6. xdannyh says:

    According to the laws of North Carolina: the Oath of office required from all state elected officials requires, and was so stated by the current governor, that they (will) support the constitution of the United States. In that regard gov. Perdue should be recalled or arrested for crimes against the constitution.

  7. Mithrandir says:


    I wish I would have thought of this on the day this article was posted, but basically, term-limits resolves all of this rigmarole.
    –If politicians knew that they had a certain window in which to get things done, I think the odds of them actually doing so, are greater under term-limits than the career lifetime system we have now. Forget suspending elections, how about suspending politicians after 6-8 years?

    RIDICULOUS! List of longest serving politicians via wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_members_of_the_United_States_Congress_by_longevity_of_service

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