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.

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Police Shootings: Law, Policy, and Accountability by William John Cox

"Am I next?" - Justice for Philando Castile

Image by Tony Webster via Flickr

by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamjohncox.com
October 6, 2016

From amongst themselves, the People of the United States have empowered some of their members to enforce their laws and to police their society, but things have gone terribly awry. The police are killing those they are sworn to protect and they themselves are becoming the target of public anger over racial inequality and discrimination. Video images of recent police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota were followed by the mass murder of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, apparently in response to these shootings.

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The Presidency: Character Matters by William John Cox

The Trump & Clinton Show

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by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamjohncox.com
September 8, 2016

From its creation, the citizens of the United States have had a special relationship with the person they choose to lead their republic. Given extraordinary powers by the Constitution, the President is expected to not only be a wise and effective administrator, but to possess the moral compass established by George Washington, the Nation’s first president.

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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.

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Statecraft VS Politics As Usual by William John Cox

The End Of The Government Shutdown 2013

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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?

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Taxation Without Representation—Déjà Vu by William John Cox + Greg Palast: One Person, One Vote

by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamjohncox.com
June 7, 2015

texas-redistricting-flag

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The Supreme Court’s acceptance of a case about the allocation of voting districts will have consequences far beyond the millions of U.S. taxpayers its ruling may deprive of representation. A decision that only counts voters, rather than all persons, will undermine the very foundation of the Republic.

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Violent Revolution is Not the Solution by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
November 12, 2013

Nov 19 March & Re-Occupy Oakland 038

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Two hundred and fifty years ago the people of America were subject to an unrepresentative government controlled by powerful commercial interests. They rebelled and formed their own government, which has now come to be controlled by powerful commercial interests. Once again, “these are the times that try men’s souls.” What lessons can we learn from history to help us through this crisis?

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Paying The Toll On The Economic Highway by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
November 5, 2013

The political coma of the U.S. government induced by Congress and its failure to represent those who elect it can ultimately be traced to the unfair and complex system of income taxation. Better for the country and more equitable for its taxpayers would be a toll tax on the movement of all money along the nation’s economic highway.

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The Separate Security Interests of the United States and Israel by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
September 14, 2012

A balanced analysis of the security interests of the United States vis-a-vis Israel requires a careful review of their security interests and the history of their interaction.

That review demonstrates that Israel will always put its interest before any other nation, including the United States, if its leadership believes Israel’s existence is at risk.

One should not expect anything different, given the experience of the Jewish people in Europe during World War II; however, that experience does not give Israel the right to dictate the foreign policy of United States, whose interest may diverge from Israel when all risks are evaluated.

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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.

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Small Business Owners and Labor in America: The Backbone of the Nation by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
March 19, 2012

Small business owners and working people constitute the core of the American electorate. They share the same origins and have far more in common than the major political parties would have them believe. Their shared political, social and family needs are being ignored by both parties, as they are cynically played one against the other.

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Transformation: Effectuating Democracy by a Voters’ Rights Amendment by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
February 12, 2012

used with permission, image copyright by Helen Cox

used with permission, image copyright by Helen Cox

Reversing the Supreme Court’s gift of constitutional rights to corporations in Citizens United will not cure the political ills weakening the sinews of democracy that bind the United States. The nation was infected at birth and it will continue to be diseased until its government is transformed into one that is responsive to the needs and ambitions of ordinary people, irrespective of wealth or influence.

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A Voters’ Rights Amendment To Unify Occupiers and Tea Partiers by William John Cox

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by William John Cox
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
November 29, 2011

Unification of the Tea Party and Occupy movements for a common goal – a Voters’ Rights Amendment – will reestablish the United States as a democratic republic and will restore control of its government to the voters.

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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?

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Airport Screening Policy: Repression or Discretion? by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
August 22, 2011

TSA Sucks

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Google “TSA stupidity” and you will find that almost one-and-a-half million websites have something to say about the subject. If the United States is to avoid another major terrorist attack on its air transportation system without placing greater restrictions on the civil liberties of air travelers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had better get smart.

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