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Listen Up Voters – If You Want Change, You Can't Keep Voting for the People Resisting Change


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Listen Up Voters – If You Want Change, You Can't Keep Voting for the People Resisting Change

John Atcheson

The evidence that people are fed up with politicians and political parties is overwhelming. For example, the Smith Project found that nearly 80 percent believe that both political parties “…are too beholden to special interests to create any meaningful change.” And a recent poll found that just 35 percent of eligible voters think the Democrats believe in anything.


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This “getting fed up with” Political Parties happems the world over and the consequences are leading to the types of changes the people do not really want. As example , in reaction to the flood of migrants entering Europe and the erosion of good paying jobs as the Corporations off shore more and more production, the people of Austria elected a Right Wing Government that pledged to put an end to this migration and make “Austria for Austrians”.

They just introduced a bill to increase the workday to 12 hours per day and the work week to 60 hours per week. They did this to be more “competitive” with places like China and India.

This process is being repeated the world over. It Trojan Horse Politics and the more I see how Governments with one hand are destabilizing regions in Africa and the Middle East , and with the other are stripping away workers protections and rights in order to address the consequences of mass migration, the more I am convinced things go exactly as planned.

As such any Political Party that does not call for RADICAL change which would ensure there no more Corporate state and no more 1 percent is just going to be more of the same. As long as we have people with “net worths” of millions and billions of dollars as others starve and sleep under bridges , nothing is really changing. As long as Countries send 135 million dollars to build a single Aircraft , the purpose of which is to KILL, nothing will change.


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The “same people” who stand in our way would include just about all the institutional Democrats as well as all of the Rethuglicans. The ONLY party with ballot access that stands for what the author of this article says the people want and need at the official platform level is the Green Party. Yes, there are a handful of Democrats who are for much of what we want, but they do not speak for the party as a whole, and they are, or will be, put in their place, like Bernie Sanders has been, by the oligarchs who answer to their super-rich donor base. The Green Party has no super-donors, just it’s members and “People like you”, as PBS is fond of saying. No, we don’t control much, yet. This is what happens when the common people try and start a political party opposed to everything the powerful want. They do everything they can to crush us, including lie about us and what we do, and stand for. And so it will probably be in response to this comment. Just you watch.


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Despite much revisionist history, there have always been a significant percentage of the population who resist change. During the Murkin revolution they were called “loyalists”. Many of today’s dyed in the wool Democrats are likely descended from the loyalists who worked against the founding fathers’ efforts to break from Britain.
If France had not had it in for Britain and depleted its treasury helping the founding fathers win the war, there would be no USA.

Just as the founding fathers did, today’s progressives must keep fighting the fight.


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"… the Smith Project found that nearly 80 percent believe that both political parties “…are too beholden to special interests to create any meaningful change.” And a recent poll found that just 35 percent of eligible voters think the Democrats believe in anything."

Started out great (see above stats), but lost me soon thereafter. 1) Not all republicans are racists; 2) another Clinton or Obama to save the ACA is not the answer.


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Amend this to You Can’t Keep Voting for the People AND the Parties Resisting Change. Voting for a progressive in the Democratic party or one who aligns with the Democratic party is like placing a bet on a driver in a car race that drives a Yugo.


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That may be true, but when over 85% of Republicans support:

  • the racist policies of Trump and Sessions on immigration and the war on drugs,

  • federal and state Republicans on voter suppression,

  • equal protection (read police shooting blacks at will),

  • demolition of affirmative action,

  • housing (see our current HUD Secretrary),

  • annihilation of public education (see Betsy DeVos),

  • environmental injustice (see Flint, Michigan and Scott Pruitt),

and a host of other racist indignities, it’s hard to reach a different conclusion.


#8

This article needs to be rerun a week before the election. Most voters have a very short memory.


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Yes, everyone on the left needs to stay home on election day to show their indignation - so that the Republican voters can sweep all their fascist candidates into congress…


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Remember, that’s how the revolution begins. An absolute radical right majority on the Court, lower courts, and a well-gerrymandered majority in the House with a right wing Senate majority. You see, unless Democrats immediately call for the banning of fossil fuel use and the confiscation of all non-electric vehicles, we must throw them out! Then our revolution will succeed.


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WHAT IF THERE WERE NO ELECTIONS THIS NOVEMBER?

Right, Mr. Atcheson. But your not-so-rousing narrative begs an obvious question: what if there were no elections? In 2018, or in 2020?

Do you not see this possibility, Mr. Atcheson? Does no “reputable” journalist have the requisite equipment for recognizing this possibility?

If not, why not?

Since the regime is running neatly down the stereotyped list of stages of full-frontal fascism, and meeting nothing that would signal that they cannot continue to do so, why wouldn’t they proceed to the next steps?

Promote chaos and divisiveness, by any means necessary. Check!

Continue to fan the already-hot fire of violence in the hearts and minds of the increasingly terrified masses, by any means necessary. Check!

Use the violence as a pretext for establishing still more direct armed control over the masses and the machinery of law and governance. Some version of martial law and cancellation of elections are normal expressions of this stage…

Is there some law that requires journalists to report only on what is happening right this moment?

I perceive that “Vote!” is currently serving as a kind of fetish for AmeriKKKans. A talisman we imagine has magical powers to redress our feelings of terror, betrayal, and helplessness. A talisman we imagine we imagine will enable us to exact—if not satisfying revenge, then at least something resembling justice, on our “enemies”.

Of course, there is no evidence that fascism can, at this stage, be curtailed by elections. There is abundant evidence that our system of voting has been and continues to be manipulated in a variety of ways.

There is abundant evidence that the eruption of open fascism we are experiencing today is the natural offspring of 242 years of supremacy—white supremacy, male supremacy, human supremacy, mental supremacy—not some strange aberration. 242 years in which “we”—those of us granted the “privilege” of voting mostly have been exercising that “privilege”.

Why would anyone—including any journalist—believe that doing more of the same would bring Truly different results?

And in any case, elections will not occur until November. It’s July. This is an emergence/y.

Is there really no journalist with the Common Sense to suggest that we ought to be focusing on what needs doing today, rather than on a slim prospect of salvation months from now?

I guess not. Because who wants to buy such scary news?

God Money requires his followers to take certain things on faith, no matter how completely incongruent they are with our lived experience.

God Money requires his followers to accept that certain things could “never happen here”—could never happen to those who finance and lend moral legitimacy to his reign. In the words of Handel’s Messiah, “And he shall reign forever and ever!”

“God Money/just tell me what to do!/God Money I’ll do anything you want me to!/God Money nail me up against the wall!/God Money doesn’t want everything/He wants it all!” (Nine Inch Nails)

As is often the case, artists tell the Truth better than do journalists. And a hell of a lot sooner…


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Nice rearrangement of words into an article that has been written and rewritten hundreds of times since someone long ago said, “There ain’t a dime’s bit 'o difference between democrats and republicans.”

Here is the article’s slight hint of appreciation for the problem people face, “the one belief most Americans share is that government no longer represents them.”

But even this naively assumes there was a time when representative democracy actually did represent the people over the interests of capital. Step back a moment and think about it. When was it that representative democracy represented family scale home owners and farmers? Never.

Step back another step and look at representative democracy itself. Every government on Earth is doing everything it can to grow the economy faster and faster to infinity on a finite planet. There is no representative democracy anywhere that is not accelerating straight into oblivion and extinction. Representative democracy does not work anywhere and it never has.


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Our country’s governance is dysfunctional. The reason for the dysfunction and the cure are staring us directly in the face. The problem is too much money in politics and the cure is to change Congress. Only we voters can affect the needed change and that is by getting rid of any congressmen or candidate that takes special interest money.

The most important question this midterm has got to be “do you take special interest money?”. If we could make this a single issue election on the subject of election reform we could regain control of what is supposed to be our republic. Without true election reform our future will be nothing but politics as usual.

The fundamental problems we have as a community are not being addressed. We have a Congress that simply does not have our best interests at heart in their legislative actions. Our governing system is one of legislation for sale. Only 6 of the 535 members of Congress do not take special interest money. We have had at least four decades of congressional candidates seeking special interest money, for TV ads, and sellings their souls to get it. The end result is 529 legislators doing the bidding of the 1% and the corporate and financial industries, while ignoring the needs and wants of the American People.

In most western democracies the taking of special interest money (also called bribery) by those in or seeking office lands them in jail. Here our Congress, backed by a politicized Supreme Court, has not only made the practise legal but has opened control of our electoral system to essentially unlimited amounts of money. This allows those who exercise their political influence thru our elected officials to control governmental processes in perpetuity. Money buys votes!

As sick, frustrating, and pervasive as the present rigged system is; it has an Achilles heel: That is that our elected representatives must stand for reelection every 2 or 6 years. If we would judge them on whether or not they take special interest money and favor a complete rewrite of election law we would have a Congress with a completely different set of values. This should be the overriding criterion for our votes in this year’s midterm election. It is a simple, straight forward question: “do you take special interest money”?

Reelection rates for Congressional incumbents is historically in the 90+% range despite their historic approval ratings being below 60% and currently around 17%. We voters need to somehow get past this disconnect. Any Congressman or candidate that takes special interest money is simply not worthy of our votes. We need to act accordingly. We need a movement to: CHANGE CONGRESS.


#14

A tad shallow yet still funny.


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As we move into the midterms, polls show that the most important issues to voters are:

Health care costs with a majority favoring preserving the ACA or adopting single payer;
The economy, particularly jobs paying a living wage, a higher minimum wage and more equitable tax policies;
Stricter gun control laws;
Fairer immigration laws; and
Getting the money out of politics

#1) the affordable care act is a gift to the insurance industry.
#2) we live in an imperial police state; do we trust these folks to write just laws? really?
#3) refer to #2–do the “maintain the status quo elites” even comprehend just laws?
#4) the corporate oligarchy controls legislation and voting doesn’t change that.

i see nothing on this list about curtailing our massive and unaccountable military budget. not a word about tackling global warming. democracy, by definition, is about people. democracy is not about “leaders” or money.


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Don’t like one set of electoral rules for duopoly parties and another, more onerous set for third parties and independents? Vote the bastards out!


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given congress is corporate controlled, this article seems pretty clueless. It’s that old " vote in the democrats and out the repulbicans." Well, wish that made ANY difference, but in my 56 years, just ain’t seen any evidence of that. Unless the corporate dems get voted out by true progressive challengers - there’s little likelihood of any REAL substantive change - simply no incentive for it.

I’d say it’s clear the millenials are are best hope. If Octasio-cortez and the “march for our lives” dynamic grow and expand, then MAYBE there’s a real chance. But that is the key, a ground swell of support for progressives who don’t take corporate $ and them actually replacing the old dogs of the dem party.

It’s pretty obvious that corporate dems like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Kirsten jilibrand (or other corporate similar dems of their ilk) are going to go up for the Dem primary for president in 2020. Basically, we’re going to see a Hillary clinton do-over with one of her protégé’s. Any chance the demo’s would get behind people like Tulsi (don’t know if she takes corporate or not, so she’s a ? anyways), or Octasio-cortez? NOT likely. They clearly and chronically are not learning their lesson. And frankly, unless there’s a true sea change and most of these corp toadies are ousted, they will have no incentive to change.

I wish we’d all just grow the fuck up and vote the green party in - but that is SO unlikely due to the BS voting system (no run off voting) and the forces against sanity.

Anyway, this article seems particularly wrong headed and seems to consider that the Dems will save us - if we only would vote for them. CLEARLY not the case - history has shown repeatedly - most recently in Obama’s tenure - Dem’s lack spine. They are bought - part of the elite millionaire’s club that has NO interest in the people.

So, if there’s hope, it’s gonna come from the kids, we old folks are just to damned scared and brainwashed to do the right thing. Voting only works for us if we vote for our values - NOT a party. Clearly, if a large swath of people only voted progressive values (universal health care, black lives matter, economic equity, etc) whether they were green, demo, or independent. We’d take the country back. But we don’t seem capable of simply voting for those who actually reflect what we need. Instead, we vote in the same mediocre liars and they give us the same mediocrity. So, that’s the rub as I see it.

Peace


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Other problem the 2 parties exclude 3rd parties in the debates. Elections are also rigged. We complain about other countries but U.S. has destroyed and killed democracies in other countries and supported many dictators.
Next election already being rigged for 2018


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Instead of playing the rigged elections game with sold out politicians, have the people decide with help from modern technology. Electronic referendums via blockchain and cellphone would achieve near 100% voter participation:


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Ah yes, the old “get out the vote” canard. Well, here in “top two primary” California, the state has ensured that only politicians vetted by the elites make it to the much higher voter turnout general election. That’s right, there will be no greens or peace & freedom options on most general election ballots here! Just your friendly neighborhood dem or repub and there litany of corporate sponsorships. And if THAT isn’t enough for you, how about this: California law says that if your party doesn’t participate in 3 successive general elections then you lose state certification as a political party! The elites are methodically dismantling any meaningful opposition and purchasing the politicians to maintain their power for decades to come. There will be no voter revolution in this country. The elite saw to that. Just wait until ALEC gets its constitutional convention. Then it really will be over for we the people.