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Open-Primaries movement? More democracy?

Open Primaries Movement Interview with John Opdycke of OpenPrimaries.org

From Bradblog (http://bradblog.com/?p=11660)

“What the open primaries movement is pushing for is public primaries, not partisan primaries,” he tells me, citing states like California, Nebraska and Washington that hold “Top Two” primaries (also known as “Cajun” or “Jungle” primaries) for many elected public offices, allowing candidates of all (or no) parties to compete against each other to run in the general election. “This is a fundamentally different conception of what a primary is. It’s a public primary. Not a partisan primary.”

While recognizing that political parties are private organizations with a First Amendment right to organize as they see fit, Opdycke explains how the result blocks people from the process and makes it nearly impossible to change the system. “They control the political process. They control the boards of elections. They control how redistricting is done. They control the primaries. They control voter registration. They control every aspect. They even control the Presidential debates. And we Americans, we’ve participated in that. We have in some ways ceded our power to these political organizations and I think the time has come to take that back. Not abolish political parties, but simply return them to an appropriate place.”

The April 21 BRADCAST is worth a listen! (www.bradblog.com)

 

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Fix War-Capitalism with More Democracy?

Capitalism?
* I care about Wealth Disparity & International Wall Street abuse.
* Less oligarchy and more democracy.
* War-Capitalism. War for money… when we have no major enemy.
* 60% of our tax money goes to war for profit… and not mine.
* A good sufficient education
* Infrastructure, water, power, air and public transportation
* Women’s rights. Pay equity and social equality.
* True LGBT rights… total equality.
* The end of systematic government oppression based on skin color
* Mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. End legalized slavery.
* Union rights and American workers – the crime of outsourcing.
* Banking freedom for the scammers who break the law and get slaps on the wrist, or a big bonus while robbing our families of their savings.
One of the greatest things about 2015 and 2016 is that the idea that war-capitalism can be reset, redone and retired has been mainstreamed. We are all focused and changed by this. People have been overly focused on the White House. That’s how Americans are… “who will be our new parents?” But the IDEAS that we can be free of CORPORATE and OLIGARCH TYRANNY … we have the power of democracy to become free again… is a joyful thing. And I am running into more and more people who are saying, some for the first time, “It doesn’t have to be this way anymore…”
 
They are exactly right.

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Corporation Quote of the Day: W. Berry

“This massive ascendancy of corporate power over democratic process is probably the most ominous development since the end of World War II, and for the most part “the free world” seems to be regarding it as merely normal.”
Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

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The Fault for Paris?

Remember: ISIS and AL QAEDA in IRAQ would not exist had Cheney not lied us into "war" (invasion, murder, occupation) in Iraq on behalf of his oil plans. Cheney could not have done any of that had Bush not *ceded power to the Vice President's office. ISIS and AL QAEDA in IRAQ ... and the murders in Paris are therefore, mostly the fault of George W. Bush and his people.

- Corporations_ate_my_BABY!

Fox Owners

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Are you qualified for democracy?

Lower wages, fewer jobs and bleak futures are the result of decisions. If I ask someone “whose decisions?” and they answer “the president.” they are not *yet* qualified to engage in democracy.


That’s when I do my best to explain what the legislative branch is (2 houses of congress, the house based on population, and the senate based on a “2 each” model.) Then I tell them that they make their decisions based on who pressures them.

Then I tell them that both parties pretty much only listen to the richest and most powerful. Then I tell them that this means the top 0.1% is making the choices regarding our experience of our economy.

Then if they can still follow me, I tell them that getting money out of politics would immediately change the decisions of law makers. Without even discussing the overreach of the supreme court and if they heard me, they are now (possibly) qualified to engage in democracy.

Do you do something like this?

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Disconnect the levers!

I post a lot of facts that should make right-wingers see the light… but they don’t.

“Conservatives” love power.  The facts don’t matter.

If you make the non-rich a struggling working class with very little access to services, you have a ruling class that get to be treated as gods. So far every society ends up going that way before it falls.  Every second we don't vote to tax them more; tax their upper brackets at 90% - and even tax wealth above a billion dollars at 100%, we are in danger of ending the America of our Constitution.

“That lever does damage!”

A world dominated by violent totalitarians (like China or some alliance between former communist nations -- or hell... the Saudi Kingdom) could/would be a dark age that we may never come back from... (unless they stop burning fossil fuels and just hook us all up to pedals.) Without democracy, honest exploration of human potential and scientific discovery (beyond weaponry) ceases.  It's nice that we know why a minimum wage hike would be beneficial, or how climate change works against Wall Street banks and insurance, but before we try to convince rightwing zealots, first we have to disconnect the levers that they manipulate the system with.  Money must be removed from policy.  Until then, we can be "right" all day long but they will use their "might" ... and end the republic.

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Pledge Allegience To The Madness?

Gawd Bless Owrr Cuntree

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