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The Price Of Indifference

Gerrymandering:

If the United States Supreme Court were to have only one responsibility, I would have it be to protect the vote and the voter. But, the sad truth is that a highly organized effort to make sure that no vote is ever fair has plagued us almost from the founding of the country. Gerrymandering (under whatever name): the drawing of district boundaries for political advantage. This perpetual conspiracy to dilute and undermine the Constitution, corrupt the Congress – and devalue our votes, is the foundation of our modern Tower of Babel. The perpetrators use the Courts to their advantage by turning every problem into a Medusa. And the USSC, dazzled by endless reflections of themselves, are impotent. They play roles, but now without responsibility or consequence. They are self-proclaimed to be without power or authority, so they judge only from their lofty thrones, while Truth dies by the wayside.

The Electoral College:

A shadowy group of Elites ultimately decides American presidential elections. Some are accountable to the states, but if even one is unbound, he or she can decide an election. There is no justification for the existence of the Electoral College that makes sense in the Age of the Internet: it serves no purpose, except to distance the voters from their rightful authority. If all else fails, Trump will club a few members of the Electoral College over the head and win in 2020 by fraud and force. Like we always knew that he would.

The Primary Process:

When the now impeached president Donald Trump won the State of South Carolina in the primary of 2016, he did it with about 39% of the vote. He didn’t necessarily get a plurality – the process in S.C. was corrupted in so many ways that the results are not necessarily valid, or particularly meaningful. Regardless, the next morning all of South Carolina’s nominating votes were in Trump’s column. Say what! Yep, “People who did not vote for Trump played crucial roles in getting Trump elected! “All-or-nothing”, also, is pure idiocy. It is simply disenfranchisement.

Foreign Election Interference:

Trump has thrown our democracy to the wolves. He couldn’t even leave it alone for the Holidays, inviting more and more countries to influence and manipulate our electoral processes and elections at will. That’s the subject of the attached article. And still, the problem is much larger than the Public know; and still, crimes are being openly committed while the Justice Department does not a damn thing, their hands tied by partisanship, alter egos of the Mafia that they are.

Dirty Tricks and Lies, the Death of a Thousand Cuts:

On Election Day, 2016, I received a letter from the County Registrar. So did everyone else in the county. It said that my vote: “might not count,” that “some” ballots, “might not be valid.”

I immediately called the state’s Attorney General’s office. A junior flunky passed the buck, winked (over the phone) and reminded me that the Registrar was a close friend of his. That’s all. It must have happened a thousand times that day. I started logging incidents of dirty tricks and lies – on Election Day and gave up when I realized that it would be a more-than-full-time job.

In the Eighties, if you had hung all the Governors convicted of election interference, you would have run out of rope. But, nothing changed. Politicians seek power and shirk responsibility. And that is all. Truth be damned.

Influencers:

I grind my teeth, and curse them to hell when I think of the very word: “influencer.” Whether preachers, dishonorable politicians, or the asylum truants on Fox; they must sooner or later bear much of the blame – in proportion to the attention that they demanded – for the harm they have done. They seem to think that there is no punishment for spreading lies, for slandering; not even for outright treason. Not for stealing information, or colluding with enemies; and aiding and abetting known criminals and foreign spies in brainwashing us and defrauding us. Their goal is to make it impossible for us to make decisions for ourselves. All influencers are thieves. And if they can’t change your heart, they change your mind. (Think about that.)

Rural Preference:

This is also another permanent, set-in-granite, “feature” of our government. It is deeply embedded with racism, and white supremacy. It is a vestige of slavery. If you turn the clock back, “rural preference” becomes: “rural slave-owners, a tiny minority, had greater power than everyone else put together.”) Today, it means pretty much the same thing.

The Perverted Parliamentarians:

There is not a single word in the Constitution that even suggests that Mitch “the Grim Reaper” McConnell has the authority to shut down Congress by misusing his power as Chair. Or Paul Ryan. This is simply a crude, vulgar display of contempt for the Constitution. And, once again, it distances the voter from the actual seats of power. McConnell acts as though he is absolutely untouchable and invulnerable. Why doesn’t he defect to Russia? He isn’t an American.

Violence, And The Threat Of Violence:

For the last quarter-century, Republican thugs have threatened us with violence if we disagree with them. They threaten the old and frail. They block physical access to polling places. They disrupt town meetings. They threaten civil war, or indiscriminate genocide (“kill all the males”). And their sedition experts terrorize. The police have washed their hands of the matter, and the clergy has absolved themselves of blame. The President supports violence and has said so countless times. He doesn’t care for Democracy: it’s a nuisance.

A Democracy? I’m not so sure. Democracy was a goal. A dream. But dreamlike, it now fades into the distance. And we hang our heads like oft-beaten ragamuffins; more in shame than in fear. The price of indifference.

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TOCB
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No, the USA has never been a democracy. The founders and framers of the Constitution laid a framework for a democracy and they set a goal of becoming a more perfect union. I suppose it is unquestionable that we have become a “more” perfect union, but we are a long way from being perfect.

Khirad
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Absolutely. Built on slavery but a democracy.

TOCB
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It is still not a democracy. Yes, we CLAIM to be a democracy, but we are far from it. Currently 538 people get to decide who our president is, in spite of how over 120 million people voted. Nine people get to decide what our Constitution actually says, based on political ideology. Our so-called justice system could not be more unjust. Well, I guess it COULD be, but not by much.

Khirad
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What is a democracy? Let us us start from the beginning.

TOCB
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A basic tenet of democracy is majority rule. We have never had that, even through our representative government. When a presidential candidate receives 3 million more votes than her opponent, but the one who received fewer votes wins, that is NOT democracy. When nine people are able to determine what our Constitution says, in their opinions, not based on the intent of the law, but rather on political ideology, that is not democracy. Yet, a “democratic” process is required to change these undemocratic laws, that were not originally put in plant by democracy.

Khirad
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Indeed, you got democracy! It is what you were supposed to vote for!

TOCB
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I suspect you know this, but maybe you view it in a different perspective than I do. When our country began, only white male landowners could vote. For a brief period after the civil war, black men could vote, but that did not last very long. It wasn’t until 1920 that even white women could vote, and it wasn’t until 1965 that black people could vote again.

Today, for whatever reason(s), in most national elections fewer than 60% of eligible voters vote.

So, you were saying???

Khirad
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I talk with my dad about all this. I am definitely grateful for his wisdom. It’s been a long time, but I miss a few that passed on here with similar wisdom.

The purism I’ve seen on the so-called left.

It all ignores this basic set of facts about our government in America and its foundations.

I applaud the enthusiasm for progressive values – but it’s almost like the other side of the coin of Trumpism in certain respects.

There are other democratic systems of interest to me. Proportional voting, other quite convoluted systems of preferential voting.

I for one scratch my head at how candidates in countries derived from the British system can just choose to run in another constituency without even living there for long.

But try explaining the Electoral College? It’s fair that Wyoming has representation, but shrubbery shouldn’t count for even two senate seats when D.C., let alone Puerto Rico have no say. Of course those are two separate issues constitutionally, but they strike a similar vein in my mind about who has power.

The sore spot with the so-called left in America who were too pure is the Supreme Court. The right is more organized and has a longer view – even if they just want to send women back to alleys and the kitchen.

Did you hate Hillary I ask? Good for you, but she would have never nominated a Kavanaugh. Those are life time appointments, you can put up with her for 4-8 years. Silence.

My first vote was for Nader. Silence. I’m feeling my own post coming on where I’ve seen the left become as rabid as the right. Being called a centrist, Neo-lib, corporatist Dem on one side and from the other being called a commie f*g big government loser.

What we are missing are the fundamentals layed out here. My dad talks about how the so-called hippies were as clueless even as he hated Nixon. Yeah, call me a centrist. I’m about what can be done, and trying to change what can’t yet – not yelling into a bag of Doritos.

TOCB
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Everyone is entitle to their preferences. I disagree with almost everything in your post, but I respect your right to say it. I don’t see any value in degrading people who have a history of helping others. It is extremely difficult for me not to degrade people like trump and his supporters. I guess I have to feel comfort in knowing that I actually don’t degrade people, but I do degrade their words and their actions.

TOCB
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wrong post.

Khirad
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Can we pick one thing to disagree on? Like how I degrade people? Your opinions and your life experience are worth listening to.

TOCB
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Hillary? A First Lady with a rather unspectacular career as a civil servant, who had a shot at the Bigs; but blew it because she failed to actually say anything. She became a live target for the Base. They killed her political aspirations. I would never have voted for her, because she was in the inner circle of the devisers of the “War on Drugs/The People.” I have often said that Hillary Clinton eats sh*t and runs rabbits; but I have never once called her a “bitch.” I swear.

This post was what was on my mind when I responded to your post. You did not post this, so I was not saying YOU degraded anyone. I just said I don’t see any value in that. Actually, as I re-read your post that I responded to, I agree with most of it. I have never been one to cast a protest vote though. Voting for Nader, to me, is a protest vote.