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Well, now it’s been 15 YEARS since democracy failed in America, updating my post below of Dec. 13, 2010. And, as we of into another Presidential debate tonight, we’re heading toward another such electoral failure next fall. Thanks to the Electoral College, my vote in Chicago is worth one sixth of a Presidential vote in Alaska. Want to learn more about this ongoing travesty of democracy? Google National Popular Vote. Want to learn even more? Send me a message and I will email you my essay written for the Chicago Literary Club on the obsolete and dangerous Electoral College. Whatever party you support, or none at all, the Electoral College is distorting the popular vote in America, together with gerrymandered Congressional districts and national election funding that should be government funded only.

December 13, 2010 in Electoral College, government, History, Politics | Tags: Electoral College, National Popular Vote, Presidency | 1 comment (Edit)
It’s been exactly a decade since the outmoded Electoral College system of electing our Presidents, with the aid of the Supreme Court, handed the Presidency of the U.S. to a man who lost the popular vote in the nation by the population of Milwaukee. It was a close election all right, and the finger on the scale of history tipped the balance away from the people’s choice.

It’s happened three times before in our history, and it will happen again, and again, until the Electoral College is eliminated or marginalized. The electoral college was a political compromise made in the founding days of the republic, when it was feared that the common man, in the days before mass media, could not know enough about the candidates to make an informed choice. So now, in all but two states, electors unknown to the people cast all of each state’s electoral votes for the winner of the popular votes in that state, throwing out all votes cast for the opposition, and in effect dumbing down the national electoral votes, so they do not necessarily reflect the overall popular will. How dumb is that?

The archaic structure of the US. senate worked against the will of the vast majority of the American people yesterday when the Senate rejected legislation that would have required minimal background checks for purchasing a gun.

A 21st century democracy requires more of a Senate and Federal government than what we are getting.

Is it time for a new American government, one that is a 21st century evolution of our original American Revolution?

We need a government that reflects the popular vote, not the archaic Electoral College. We need a government with a Senate that reflects the population distribution in our country. We need a House of Representatives that is not gerrymandered to serve partisan political interests. We need a government where elections are federally funded and that rejects being purchased by special interests. We need term limits for Congress, to restore civilian rule of our country.

Our government is not doing its job. Both parties are failures. It’s time — we need a new government, a Constitutional convention, a re-invention of America.

Gee, yesterday it just so happened that the President himself argued that the various tax benefits to be had by the middle class justifies his support for the continuation of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Republicans and most democrats seem to agree this is OK. Even many of today’s pundits are calling this a fair “deal.”

Partisan politics aside, if that is possible, why is it no surprise that once again our politicians, even those elected on the premise that they would help out the little people, are supporting un-needed and un-justified tax benefits for the richest one or two percent of the population, and the increased deficit be damned?

Is there no better argument than this hypocrisy for mandating government-funded elections, to put the people back in democracy, and help get some of the big money out of politics?

Congress just voted not to start debate on reforming the military “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” policy.

I say Congress is a bunch of Wimps, for ducking their heads in the political sand. They come off like the ones who are afraid to come out of the closet!

Somehow, leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq to work as “trainers and advisors” doesn’t smack of an end to the war in Iraq, and it doesn’t even stack up to the shameful 60-year garrisons we’ve left behind in Germany, Japan and South Korea.

While the returning “combat” troops deserve our thanks and appreciation, I hope there are no victory ticker tape parades in NYC or DC, or any crowing from the imperial White House for a so-called “end” to the war that’s gone on longer than the Civil War or WWII.

The criminals in the last White House who committed all these people, all these deaths and injuries, all these resources to a fantasy, remain at large. And 50,000 “trainers” left in Iraq does not end the war, while we pile on new mistakes in Afghanistan. I’m ashamed of our country’s former and current elected and civil leadership in Federal government, and their sick and vicious “defense” strategies…

I started my adult life wasting 3 years in the Army during the dumb Vietnam War, and the beat goes on to this minute.

The U.S. Congress has once again proven itself incompetent in not passing the Zadroga 9/11 Health Care Compensation Act. Democrats are guilty of not developing a winning strategy, despite their majority, and Republicans are guilty of once again ignoring the ordinary people of the country in place of special and limited interests that have only self serving goals. If we get the Congress we deserve, then we as a people don’t deserve much these days. A little patriotism from Congress would be nice. Maybe it’s time to elect the street sweepers and waiters and laborers of the nation to Congress. As Alexis de Tocqueville said 150 years ago, they might be rough, but they know enough. And Congressional Term Limits is a good place to start.

Many of us think Congressional incumbents should go — how could a new team do much worse for the country. Many think we need term limits, so we maintain a civilian Congress, responsive to its constituents, and not just the special interests. Some wonder why we need a Senate at all — when they just cancel out much of what the House does. Some think we’ve reached a time when one person/one vote becomes the rule of the day, and the antique Electoral College should go, so we can actually have a democracy in America. Some think it’s time to redo gerrymandered Congressional districts into blocks that reflect the natural distribution of voters, and not artificial partisan conclaves. How do we get the Congress to work for the people, and not build lifetime empires for themselves? If we don’t want a 21st century iteration of the French Revolution — maybe it’s high time we had a Constitutional Convention, to bring the operation and functionality of the Congress and our entire Federal government into line with what it takes to make our republic function as the democracy most Americans want.

We must do this…

Limit all U.S. politicians to two terms:

One in office and one in prison!

Illinois Already Does This.

Our current two dominant political parties are too compromised. The story below is another example — in this case of indentured, so-called progressives setting us back while selling us out. And conservatives say, “There aren’t enough health care lifeboats, so let those who can’t afford it drown.” What can you do about it? Why not withhold your vote for ANY incumbent, unless they are a proven independent or reflect your own views. Seek out and encourage independent candidates. Argue for term limits — whatever we gain in experience with career politicians, we lose in their lost independence of action. Many elected officials are losing or have lost their ability to discern between their “representative” role and that of advocates for influence peddlers and major campaign donors advocating special interests at odds with your interests. Under current election laws, most seem to be helpless to becoming increasingly influenced by such special interest major donors in the pharma, insurance, banking and other industries who play them for non-democratic advantage. Speak out. Don’t settle. (Senate Dems Protect Big Pharma « The Washington Independent.

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