A Revolution of Democracy

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 8, 2018

What do we do when we finally understand that the elections really are stolen? Or rigged? Or thrust out of our reach by the manipulations of rich and powerful people? Corrupted by corporations? How long does it take before we call the bluff? Another disappointing election cycle? Two? Three? How much more gerrymandering, corporate buying of elections, voter disenfranchisement, and outright fraud can we stand? When will we take seriously the necessity of change?

Continue reading

Beyond Voting by Howard Zinn + What Else You Can Do: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action by David Swanson

Trouble Maker w Sign

Image by Lynn Friedman via Flickr

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 6, 2018

Gossip is the opium of the American public. We lie back, close our eyes and happily inhale the stories about Roosevelt’s and Kennedy’s affairs, Lyndon Johnson’s nude swims with unnamed partners and, now, Nixon’s pathetic “final days” in office.

Continue reading

Elections and Politics are the Games of Elites

If voting made a difference

Image by Stacy Noland via Flickr

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 2, 2018

The Vote – the beloved, abused, scorned, corrupted, stolen, hijacked, pointless, profound, hopeful, depressing, hard-won, cherished vote – is not the only way to take action for meaningful change. Currently, the elections operate in our nation like a cattle chute, all too often forcing us back into the deadly, no-win tracks of the two-party duopoly that serves only the moneyed class. It becomes a handy device for siphoning off the demand for revolutionary change by giving false hope that elected officials will actually enact their campaign promises once in office.

Continue reading

Universal Voting VS Voter Suppression by Ralph Nader

black-vote

Image by Democracy Chronicles via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 12, 2018

When will the authoritarians and their political henchmen stop harassing American voters and let all citizens vote? No other Western country comes close to imposing so many obstructions for certain categories of people to keep them from the voting booth. In Canada, England, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, it is very easy to vote.

Continue reading

End Plutocracy by William John Cox

used with permission, image copyright by Helen Cox

used with permission, image copyright by Helen Cox

by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamjohncox.com
January 25, 2017

The U.S. Voters’ Rights Amendment: Explained

The 2016 election just cost $5 billion and produced two major candidates who were despised by a majority of the People. Given the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, 45 percent of voting-age Americans did not cast a ballot, and only 46.5 percent of those who did vote choose Trump. Almost three million more voters selected Clinton over Trump, who prevailed only because of the archaic Electoral College. Elected by only one-quarter of the People, his policies, successes, and failures will affect everyone—including the 75 percent of voters who did not hire Donald Trump to be their CEO.

Continue reading

Who Voted and Who Couldn’t–Don’t Blame Jill Stein by Drew Robert Winter

black-vote

Image by Democracy Chronicles via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

Updated: November 16, 2016

by Drew Robert Winter
socialistworker.org
November 15, 2016

IN THE wake of Donald Trump’s presidential victory, Hillary Clinton’s campaign and many of its supporters seem intent on blaming their loss on everybody but themselves and their candidate.

Continue reading

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, The Movie–FREE Rent Today, Monday and Tuesday by Greg Palast

Voter Suppression Trend NC

Image by Democracy Chronicles via Flickr

Updated: Nov. 8, 2016

by Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
gregpalast.com
November 6, 2016

Yes, the hit film featuring Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodley, Willie Nelson and a look inside real live Rolling Stone investigation exposing the scheme that’s swiping a million votes in North Carolina, Ohio and the states that pick our President and Senate.

Continue reading

The Scandal of Voter Suppression by William John Cox + 16 States Face New Voting Restrictions

used with permission, image copyright by Helen Cox

used with permission, image copyright by Helen Cox

by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamjohncox.com
February 29, 2016

Ostensibly, universal voting is the ideal of a free and democratic republic; however, barriers have been placed between many citizens and the ballot box ever since the creation of the United States. Many of these obstacles, such as property ownership and the racially-biased poll tax, have been removed. They are, however, being replaced by voter identification (ID) laws and other voter suppression schemes designed to discourage and prevent many, otherwise eligible voters from participating in elections. Voter suppression takes many forms and—in its aggregate—could allow the election of a president in the November 2016 election who is not the choice of the American People.

Continue reading

Statecraft VS Politics As Usual by William John Cox

The End Of The Government Shutdown 2013

Image by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr

by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamjohncox.com
February 17, 2016

As Americans are once again suffering through a barrage of nonstop negative political advertising during yet another “hold your nose and vote” election cycle, they yearn, desperately, for things to be different. Featuring a host of lackluster candidates pushing misleading issues, the 2016 presidential election is up for grabs. Stocks, bonds, commodities, and currency markets around the world are weakening. Odds are that America’s relentless “War on Terrorism” overseas will again flashback to the homeland, and there is an increasing certainty that humanity is experiencing a devastating change in the climate. All of this poses a grave threat to the continuation of the United States as a free and democratic republic. Will the new president—whoever she or he is—be capable of resolving these dangerous issues and preserving the Constitution? What should Americans demand of all political candidates, and what should be their qualifications?

Continue reading

The Power of Individual Voters to Transform Their Government by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
April 13, 2012

America is once again in crisis! All three branches of its government and its major political parties are controlled by a plutocracy composed of large corporations and the wealthy elite. Irrespective of the candidates they elect, the voters are neither represented nor protected. Every American is at great risk, not only for their freedoms, but for the very safety and well being of their families and for the future of their children.

Continue reading

Voterism: A Government for The New Millennium by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
August 31, 2011

Are you tired of trying to figure out if there’s any real difference between Republican and Democratic politicians, and whether there’s a difference between liberals and progressives, libertarians and anarchists, independents and moderates, or tea partiers and neoconservatives?

Are you fed up with being forced to chose between the lesser of two evils when electing a president, and are you afraid to cast a vote of conscience because the worser of two evils might get elected?

Continue reading

Abandoning Those Who Have Clearly Abandoned Us by The Other Katherine Harris

obama_sellout_pstr

by The Other Katherine Harris
Featured writer
Dandelion Salad
Glitzqueen
August 6, 2011

Concerning that vow in my last post that I would never vote again for anyone who supported the evil austerity bill, I mean to keep it. If more of us abandon those who’ve clearly abandoned us, maybe a real people’s party will arise in response to the need and/or Democrats will wake up and start acting like Democrats again.

Continue reading

What about a National Policy Referendum and a write-in vote for president? by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
June 27, 2011

 on Jun 25, 2011

Voters Evolt! promotes a Peaceful Political Evolution consisting of a national voting holiday and a uniform paper ballot which asks questions on a National Policy Referendum and provides for a Write-in Vote for President.

Continue reading

The Family Jewels – A Veteran’s story + Gil & Gladys Palast interviewed by Greg Palast

Updated: Nov. 11, 2010 added video

by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
10 November, 2010

In 1930, when my father was an 8-year-old kid in Chicago, he asked his older brother why people were outside in the cold snow in a long line.

His brother Harold said, “It’s a bread line.  They don’t have anything to eat.  They’re hoping for bread.”

My father ran to his mother’s bedroom, grabbed my grandmother’s diamond brooch, ran downstairs, and gave it to a man in the line.

Continue reading

“Commit to Vote” – why I’m not “liking” it… by Abe Haim

by Abe Haim
Dandelion Salad
Guest Writer
http://exiledfromnowhere.wordpress.com
Nov. 2, 2010

So, a Facebook friend posted on my “wall” to ask me if I’ll join him in “committing to vote?”

Well, the simple answer is no.  I’ve been outside the States now for several months – so a bit tricky for me personally to vote this time.  (Yes, I know I could have contacted a consulate and tried to get an absentee ballot sent or whatever, but I didn’t think it would be worth the hassle to do all that…)

Continue reading