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Closing Democracy’s Doors Until the People Open Them


Closing Democracy’s Doors Until the People Open Them

Ralph Nader

In 2006 a book was published called Losing Our Democracy by civic leader, Mark Green. His 21st book, it was the usual Mark Green brand of meticulous research with memorable examples. One would have thought such an important subject would have received wide coverage and circulation. In fact, it was almost completely ignored by reviewers and the media interviewers. In 2017, the danger of having the door shut on the practice of democracy by its citizens is more important than at any other time in recent history.


[quote=“CommonDreams, post:1, topic:42646”]". . . Look at some ways democracy’s doors are closing. Thirteen Republican senators (all men) are now meeting secretly behind closed doors to further deny American families access to affordable, accessible healthcare. They arrogantly (or cynically) have refused to hold a single public hearing. In 2009-2010 the Senate held over 100 bipartisan public hearings and 25 days of floor debate before passing The Afford- able Care Act, having accepted numerous Republican amendments."[/quote] In 2009-2010 the DamnocRats had to be forced by progressives to include a “Public Option” in the initial drafts of the ACA, and they quickly (and cynically) caved to RePooplican demands that it be removed.

[quote=“CommonDreams, post:1, topic:42646”]“The mass media is shutting out the works of citizen groups who are the advocates for more open doors for justice on behalf of consumers, families, marginalized groups, workers and the environment.  See breakingthroughpower.org and ask why, over eight days last year, this historic gathering of civic leaders and justice builders was blocked out by the big print and electronic media. In an age of narrow and sensationalized coverage, it is more difficult than ever for the civil society to participate in mainstream discourse via the media.”[/quote] No surprise here – the MSM is owned lock, stock & barrel by the Multi-NaZional Korporations.  Do you REALLY think that a lying wuss like Brian Williams or an arrogant, loudmouth boor like Chris Mathews is going to chomp on the hand that feeds him? [quote=“CommonDreams, post:1, topic:42646”]“Start with the Congress to whom you have delegated, but not surrendered, your Constitutional power. This Fourth of July, you can make your voices heard in front of your senators’ & representative’s local offices, and call on your friends and neighbors to do the same . . .”[/quote] Good luck with that, too!  IIRC, 26 state legislatures have passed – or are working on – laws to make public demonstrations all but illegal.   1984 . . . HERE AT LAST!!!  And thanks to Betsy DeVos, FAHRENHEIT 451
will be enacted soon at public schools and libraries near you!!


The Democrats needed no GOP votes to pass the ACA. Despite fake news to the contrary it was not the GOP that eliminated the public option in 2009, it was the Democrats. During August 2009 Obama said he would sign the ACA sans public option and in September told us that “health care reform must preserve insurance company profits”.

Was anybody surprised when Obama recently started his $400K per speech tour ?


This Fourth of July, you can make your voices heard in front of your senators’ and representative’s local offices, and call on your friends and neighbors to do the same through social media.

If this is all we have left, we should at least stop deluding ourselves that this is a democracy. Doesn’t mean we should stop protesting and resisting, but at least being honest about what we are facing will make us better prepared. We now join many a third world country where voting is little more than a ritual controlled by the state to create the illusion of democracy. Thanks to the Supreme Court and the duopoly, it is now impossible to vote democracy back into power. The Constitution has been shredded and gamed to the point of being irrelevant. It’s going to take a hell of a lot more than tweets and yelling at local representatives outside their offices to get it back. It’s going to take civil disobedience and forcing systems shutdowns on a massive scale to be effective. That working-within-the-system bus to effect change left a long time ago.


Try voting Green. They are still out there. The entire Duopoly is corrupt to the core. It’s not worth wringing one’s hands over. Our goose is cooked in any case. By the time of the next US presidential election, we will be in the midst of serious global warming, and there is no one in the US political gang, at any level, who will take it seriously.


If its not direct, its not democracy:



Thanks Ralph Nader. Always a pleasure to connect with your insights. Thanks for comin’ to Tucson a few years back! The word “Corporate” and with its iterations and phrases - has finally been shown for its true meaning as word that pushes ugliness, cruelty and obediance. Such machine-like ideology has finally found its true place in conversation - dirty word! I wish I could say the same for “consumer”. As a word, it embraces a mocking tone that We the People, somehow don’t deserve. Citizens, Customers, movers and shakers, Mother Earth lovers - and Family - is us.