Bernie Sanders is down by just 8 points in New Hampshire and has gained tremendous momentum in Iowa. If the Vermont senator wins both the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, the odds will favor him getting the Democratic nomination. What was once thought of as a long shot is becoming a reality, primarily because Bernie Sanders has energized his base while Hillary Clinton has been forced to defend against email and foreign donor scandals. However, this isn’t the first time in recent history that a challenger to Clinton was once thought of as a long shot.
Influenced by the Coffee Party emphasis on civility, and the observation by leaders of Living Room Conversations that we really do need to include Republicans and Democrats in the conversation about electoral reform, Robert Steele has changed the cover of his book to offer a more neutral itemization of the eight core reforms that are needed, without demonizing the blood-sucking carpet-bagging treasonous corrupt two-party tyranny. With a chuckle…here is the kinder gentler cover as now offered at Amazon.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Arizona’s voters were entitled to try to make the process of drawing congressional district lines less partisan by creating an independent redistricting commission.
Jesse Ventura explains how Benito Mussolini (who coined the term) defined fascism as the merger of state and corporate power, exactly what lawmakers like Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Jeff Sessions (R-MS) have warned might result from allowing an un-elected body of bureaucrats to regulate the global economy at a level which supersedes the U.S. government.
We’re the boss people, get that in your heads. We’re supposed to be in charge, but we’ve allowed them to be in charge. What do you get? Fascism…
American voters say their top concerns about the upcoming presidential election are wealthy individuals and corporations who might have too much influence who over wins, as well as campaigns that spend more time on negative attacks than proposing solutions, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
What’s really at the root of America’s political misery? We say: people just are not listening to each other. It’s not merely at the level of elected officials. Elected officials are only the tip of the iceberg. And the iceberg is … us. (The good news? We can transform… everything. And it’s already happening.)
We are not the only ones to notice the problem. The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics recently published a fascinating article entitled The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is The Other Party.
The authors, two political scientists Alan I. Abromowitz and Steven Webster, both from Emory University, observe:
I don’t recall a time when more people were running for president and fewer of them offered anything more than poll-tested generalities designed to rally their own bases. No one surprises you with any daring. If we could tax their clichés, we’d balance the budget.
Micah Sifry says it best in his new book, The Big Disconnect, when he outlines how all activists are as fragmented and ineffective today as they were in the 1960’s. — the two-party duopology and the 42 billionaires behind that two-party duopology have successfully “channeled” all activist groups — including MoveOn and IndependentVoting.org and the Libertarians and the Greens. Everyone is obsessed with “their” hashtag, “their” micro-issues. However well-intentioned they might be, the fact is that we are hanging separately for failure to come together on the ONE THING that we can both all support, and also win: #ElectoralReform.
I have a vision of Angus King and Jill Stein, Dennis Kucinich and Cynthia McKinney, Ron Paul and Rand Paul, all coming together with Ralph Nader, Jesse Ventura, Jon Huntsman, myself and others, to effect a non-negotiable Statement of Demand for the Electoral Reform Act of 2015, in time for us to elect an Independent presidential team with a coalition cabinet announced in advance of election day. Neither Jeb Bush nor Hillary Clinton — nor any other candidates from the two-party duopoly — have the gravitas to do this.
CounterPunch has published the below four pieces from Robert Steele. The oldest two discuss how our government lacks intelligence with integrity. The most recent two outline how We the People have the power to dump the two-party tyranny and establish an honest coalition government that makes decisions on the basis of evidence and always in favor of the public instead of special interest.
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