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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-07-07 04:16 PM
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30. Our form of democracy is somewhat experimental and
may need changes, but the problem here may not really be with the Constitution. It's with people and culture. We are facing an opposition party that has successfully intimidated the press; they have successfully undermined the value of science, facts, and critical thinking; and they have (perhaps inadvertently) dramatically elevated the influence of fundamentalist Christian belief on the government. These are all things the founding fathers warned against.

We are a victim of our own success. Many have become complacent and are no longer willing to participate in a meaningful way. I still hope that the pendulum will swing before much more damage is done, but it's going to take courageous people. There must be leaders willing to sacrifice what they have in order to advance the common good. Hell, some of US must be willing to sacrifice what we have. Hopefully, there are people who are now organizing their lives for this possible eventuality.

From a political standpoint, I think the solution lies more in opening up ballot access to more parties, and holding elections on weekends or making election day a holiday. I also think that Instant Runoff Voting, or Choice Voting, would be very helpful. People have to feel they have a voice, and more diverse candidates can do that. More parties would likely mean coalitions in Congress, which means less chance of complete domination by extremists.

From a cultural standpoint, we also need heroes there. Professors need to speak out for science. Editors must protect and defend the truth. Religous leaders must recognize that faith cannot be imposed. We must somehow learn to value our success not only by corporate profits, but by our poverty rate, and our infant mortality rate, and our literacy.

Anyway, too many people feel unaffected by the actions of the Idiot In Chief to want to do much about it. They still have a job, it's not their kid getting killed or maimed, their preacher says the alternative (a Democrat) is worse, and American Idol is on!
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