American Democracy Now An Oligarchy by Joel S. Hirschhorn + Ivy League Study Says the General Public Has Virtually No Influence on Policy

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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April 24, 2014

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History has been made. But few Americans are aware of it or angry about it. I say: Wake up Americans. A war has been waged against US democracy, from the inside. Time to pick a side and fight back.

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Replace Third Party Delusions With A Political Boycott by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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September 26, 2013

Recently, Jonathan Cymberknopf wrote a very upbeat article where he makes it sound like third party presidential candidates in 2012 achieved remarkable, even historic, success. He provides considerable data on how a number of third party candidates did better in 2012 than in the previous presidential election. For many years I strongly advocated third party options and even was a state chairperson for a major third party. Continue reading

Losing Constitutional Competition by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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March 2, 2012

Among Americans there remains strong pride about the US Constitution, even though there is widespread support for creating reform amendments to it.  Globally, however, what should surprise Americans is a significant loss of respect for it.  Other nations, especially those creating new democracies, see better constitutions elsewhere.  This is not opinion.  It is fact.  And it is important to understand this historic shift.

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Occupy Movement: Next Step Convergence by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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Nov. 30, 2011

There is a growing convergence of thinking about where the US Occupy movement should go as a next step to turning its values, concerns and commitments into changing what most Americans see as broken government under control of corporate interests.  When it comes to political and social movements, history shows us that they usually fail not because they disappear, but rather because they become marginalized, unimportant despite a core group of committed people and groups.

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Occupy Wall Street Visited by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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October 18, 2011

Last Saturday while in New York City I went downtown to visit the Occupy Wall Street group and also ended up walking in their protest march around big bank buildings. A terrific experience with a huge group chanting things like “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!”

My first impression was absolute amazement at how many police surrounded Zuccotti Park, as massive a police presence as any I had ever seen in countless news accounts of protests in other countries, including those trying to overturn awful regimes. No wonder that New York City has spent over $3 million so far on policing the Occupy events.

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Class War Winner by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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September 27, 2011

Tax the rich

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Much is being said by Republicans about a class war being waged by President Obama and Democrats. In their fantasy world this class war is attacking so called job creators. All this talk is pure nonsense, absolutely false and misleading, intentional political garbage designed to intentionally mislead gullible Americans stupid enough to believe the lies. Here is the truth: There has, indeed, been a class war waged in the US; it has been going on for a good thirty years. And this real war has been won.

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How Voting Perpetuates Evil by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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Oct. 19, 2010

For many years Americans have justified voting for candidates they were not especially thrilled with by convincing themselves that the lesser evil deserved to win office.  The fraction of people totally committed to one of the two major parties is small.  Most Americans see themselves as independents, liberals, conservatives, progressives or libertarians, but not as loyal Democrats or Republicans.  Most Americans are fed up with both major parties, not just incumbents.

But this year’s midterm elections will once again result in only Democratic or Republican candidates winning.  Other than staying home and not voting, nearly all voters will employ the lesser-evil justification.  Just one problem: That lesser-evil strategy has resulted in the dismal state of the nation that angers most Americans.

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Constitutional Traitors by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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Sept. 19, 2010

In recent days the idea of using the Article V convention option in the Constitution received support in an article by Texas US Senator John Cornyn published on the Fox News website.  He noted “Recent polling suggests that a plurality of Americans support a convention to propose a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution if Congress will not do so.”  He made a good case for using the convention option by saying it “would be part of a national conversation that could last well beyond one or two election cycles. The very length of the convention and ratification process would allow the American people ample opportunity to judge proposed reforms, and ensure that they would strengthen the checks and balances that have served our nation well.”

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Convention USA: Confronting Unconstitutional Inaction by Congress by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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May 29, 2010

Wake up patriots.  Voting is not the answer.  Not in our corrupt system.  But there is something else for US citizens.  First they must understand the importance of the provision in Article V of their Constitution for a convention of state delegates that can propose constitutional amendments just like Congress.  Then they must also learn that Congress has long refused to obey the Constitution and convene the first convention.  Sounds a little nuts, but Congress has gotten away with it.  Not that you need even more reason to have no confidence in Congress.

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Thank You Mr. LeMunyon for Constitutional Truth by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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April 4, 2010

For those of us advocating the first-time use of the Article V convention option in the US Constitution it seemed like heaven-sent blessing that the Wall Street Journal the other day published an oped article by Virginia state legislator James M. LeMunyon, a Republican.  The headline conveyed the key message: A Constitutional Convention Can Rein in Washington.

Okay, it would have been much preferred to avoid using the term constitutional convention and, instead, use Article V convention, because the language in Article V clearly limits a convention to amendments and prevents a wholesale rewriting of the constitution.  Still, the article focused repeatedly on a most important theme that the public urgently needs to fully understand: There really is no remotely possible scenario of a runaway convention that would do terrible damage to the Constitution, either from the left or right.  Thank You Mr. LeMunyon.

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Constitutional Hypocrisy by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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Oct. 13, 2009

Millions of Americans are politically informed, smart, active and angry.  They see many wrongs in our political and government system.  They are fed up with politics as usual, meaning corrosive corruption of politicians by corporate and other special interests.  They see little good in either the Democrat or Republican parties.  And they almost always share a common bond: They love and honor the US Constitution, even though they may see some flaws in it.  Yet they are also constitutional hypocrites.

Why do I say this?  Because Americans are overwhelmingly ignorant or misinformed about the constitutional paths for amending the Constitution.  Too many, in fact, seem to miss the profoundly important point that the Founders and Framers knew that they had not created a perfect document and blueprint for the US.  That is why they placed two specific paths for amending the Constitution.

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