What Can Be Done To Change The Broken Political System by Guadamour


by Guadamour
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Guadamour’s blog post
Feb. 6, 2008

In election years such as this one, the word “Democracy” is constantly bandied about. It would seem that every politician running wants to make the USA more “Democratic.”

That is very interesting because the United States of America was not set up as a “Democracy,” nor has it ever been a “Democracy.”

The USA is a Representative Republic which is a far cry from a “Democracy.”

According to George Washington and the founders of the USA, the government of the country derives from the people. They do this by electing Representatives and Senators.

Theoretically these elected officials are suppose to vote the will of the people. There is, however, one big catch: they’re not legally obligated to vote for anyone but themselves (and more and more for their campaign contributors who helped to get them elected).

It seems evident that elected officials don’t vote the will of the electorate when over 70% of the population wants us out of Iraq and they keep voting funding for the war. That is only one of hundreds of possible examples.

It is foolhardy and naive to think that anyone running for the office of President will get the country out of Iraq without the express approval of their corporate backers or the “Military Industrial Complex.” This is as true for Ron Paul as it is for anyone else.

Ron Paul backers will, of course, say that it is not true because Paul does not take corporate contributions. Ron Paul will be hamstrung if he actually gets elected and tries to stop the war, because at that time Congress will actually reassert its constitutional authority as a co-branch of government. It can’t be any other way because most of Congress is bought and paid for by corporations and the “Military Industrial Complex (try closing a munitions or arms manufacturer in any Congressmen’s district).

When one studies newspapers, magazines and what’s posted on the net, one immediately becomes aware of the discontent in the country as it is being operated. This is true of people who want election reform, tax reform, a true investigation into 9-11, the anti-abortion contingency, gun-rights advocates, et cetera, et cetera.

It is blatantly apparent that politicians are a major part of the problem; however, how can one take voting seriously when it is a choice between two evils. And oftentimes the lesser of the two evils does not win. Besides that, with the Diebold machines now in use it is apparently easier to steal a US election than one in a third world country. One should not forget what happened in 2000 and 2004.

There are people upset over foreign policy, the “Justice” Department, the CIA, Diebold voting machines, mandatory IDs, the continued presence of the Electoral College (where apparently cheat sheets can be bought). The list goes on and on.

Everyone seems to be bitching and complaining about something, but no one is really offering much in the way of how to change the system which is stacked in favor of the wealthy and corporate interests.

Twenty-four states in the Union offer their registered voters the right of initiative or referendum. This allows the electorate to bring issues that are of interest to them before the voters. A simple majority will pass an issue, and it generally becomes law once the governor signs it (this, of course, varies from state to state). No governor in his or her right mind would not sign such a referendum into law if they want to remain in office.

There is now a national movement gathering signatures of registered voters (natural individuals and not corporations) via the internet to give the people of the entire country the right of initiative and referendum. Once 50,000,000 signatures are gathered the initiative will be put before the entire electorate. If approved it will be come the law of the land.

With that quantity of signatures no president or legislature can ignore it, nor the corporately controlled media.

This will truly give the electorate a say in the running of government, and it should spark a much more profound fire of interest in the electorate as to how their country is administered.

The movement is called The National Initiative For Democracy.

For anyone serious about changing the direction the country is headed and not just whining about it, it would behoove them to learn more about this movement at www.ni4d.us.

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  7. 1. Require that the US recognize trans-national corporations as states without nations (as their economies rival those of nations as large as Russia and the UK.) Transnational corporations should be restricted from donating any money to campaigns, directly or indirectly, in the same way foreign countries are.

    2. No-Party Registration – I’ve worked on local political races, and the bible of these races is the voter rolls. Every calculation is performed based on the fact that turnout decides the election (which it does) and whoever has more registered party-members (assuming full or equal turnout of both-parties) will win.

    That’s why GOTV is (really) the most important part. If people across the country were to switch their registration to ‘Independent’ or ‘No Party’. It puts them ‘back on the market’, and screws with the tabulator-toting hacks … like what I was 😉 — The Republicrats lose their base, quite literally. No stronger message could be sent than this one en masse.

    Of course, those same people also have to boycott exit polling, or polling of any sort. That’s only a tool in market manipulation anyways. They never seek informed opinions, just test sound-bites for impact. If they wanted our feedback, they’d read the letters and emails we send them.

    Which brings me to a final point; So many people don’t believe that letter-writing or calling is effective, because the politicians themselves don’t read the emails or receive the calls. They’re right, but it’s the wrong assumption.

    It’s about volume, not the individual letter. Basically, letters that are short, quick, express displeasure, the desired remedy, and the consequence of inaction (won’t vote for you next time), *many* of these from independent sources (not form-letter mass-mailings) swamp the politician’s office, giving their staffers a headache. That’s what the politician hears; staffers bitching about how many damn emails, letters or calls they got that day. Everyone likes to bitch to their boss. The pols only need to read the first few. They’ll get the point.

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