What happened to the Democratic Party?!
Colorado Springs, CO
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Hello again: I may owe you all an apology, since I sometimes celebrate Freedom of Speech, a little bit too much. (ha) Sorry about any problems, if anyone took my words too seriously. I think this last few months has shown a deep interest in our democracy -- that maybe we are strong enough to FIGHT to keep it. If we don't we may find out what true Fascism is, & the problems included in it. But I have seen some marvelous things that are quite inspirational. Wow, it makes me think that maybe it is not all hopeless, after all. Millions of people are coming to hear "Politics" --- from Bernie, & Hillary, & Trump. And guess what? It is NOT boring!! Democracy is supposed to be loud, raucous, humorous, extremist, inspirational, and controversial. It is our life's blood -- the eternal struggle to be Free. We must make it alive, and Real. Use any tactic that is legal to inform, captivate, amuse, cajole, & arouse people to Vote. Maybe we'll invent more modern ways to do it, like Mail it in, or send it strapped to your pet frog -- trained to find the polling place, even in a blizzard. ---& what about drones?
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FreedomFighter Wrote: People say Bernie Sanders is so far out there, yet we see these things are happening in Oregon, now! I too see Clinton as nothing more than the same old same old. Of course she's better than Drumpf, but she is not an agent for change.
Welcome to the Hub, fellow Portlander!
I love Bernie and the vast majority of people believe in his message, but unfortunately the vast majority of people don't understand what a Democratic Socialist is.
FreedomFighter Wrote: I am mad about this super delegate crap that the Democrats have. Why aren't Americans entitled to an election by the people with no strings attached? No super delegates, no super pacs, no electoral college, no laws to prevent citizens from voting, just Americans voting for their candidates of choice.
I don't necessarily disagree with you that the process is flawed, but I always remind people who disparage super delegates that they are a big part of the reason why we have had President Obama for the past seven years and not President Clinton or McCain.
I would love to get rid of the electoral college, but we will need to change the language of Article II, Section I of the Constitution for that to happen. If we can get two-thirds of both houses of Congress and then three-fourths of the states to ratify it then the electoral college will be history.
The same goes with Super PAC's, although the Supreme Court could technically overturn it themselves if they decide to. That's a highly unlikely scenario though because the Court very rarely overrules itself.
That's not to say that I agree with any of this. I'd love nothing more than the electoral college to be history and Citizens United to be ripped to shreds, but we are a nation of laws and those are the laws now.
FreedomFighter Wrote: Until we get major campaign finance reform, life for the average American will continue to go downhill.
The ultra rich have always pulled the political strings in this country. It's not like corruption and backroom deals materialized out of thin air after the Citizens United ruling. There was Tammany Hall, mob bosses in Chicago, and smoke filled rooms of rich people brokering deals for nearly two hundred years. The term "smoke filled room" didn't come out of nowhere.
How do you define the average American? I consider myself an average American and I'm actually quite happy. I have a great job, great fiance, and wonderful friends. I'm not rich and I'm not poor. I just work hard and live a happy life.
I live in what I consider the best part of the country both politically speaking (we're going through a progressive revival in Oregon that is the envy of Democrats around the country) and I also live in what I consider the most beautiful part of the country. That's better than average if you ask me.
Now Americans living in rural Alabama and Louisiana who constantly vote against their better interests may have a different opinion on things, but I hardly have sympathy for people who vote for politicians who rail against the government and then get angry when their lives get worse because that politician cut the government benefits they were dependent on to survive.