Daily Topics - Wednesday November 5th, 2014

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Hour One: The fatal flaw with democracy / PLUS, Obama Should Not Accept ‘Lame Duck’ Status - John Nichols, The Nation Magazine

Hour Two: Thom takes your calls about election 2014 / PLUS, election analysis - Professor Harvey J. Kaye, The Fight for The Four Freedoms

Hour Three: Brunch With Bernie (special edition) - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes your calls

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mathboy 8 years 12 weeks ago
#1

*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*

We can't vote our way out of this situation unless we do a big push to replace an overwhelming number of the bad people all at once. But we have to use that big push to do everything we can--not just elect decent politicians, but reform the system that makes doing that so difficult.

Now, only so much of this can be done at the federal level, so that's where our choice of people matters the most. But at the state level, we also have referenda.

I have blog posts on here about the fundamentals of how we let people into various parts of the government, not that anyone seems to care. But I've got ideas for changing the election of legislators, districting, appointments to the supreme court, etc. (I can't get to some of my old blog posts. Once I can, I'll probably clean house and see if I can delete the ideas I no longer advocate, though there's at least one I need to add.) If my ideas aren't as good as they could be, suggest modifications.

Please, let's change the election system, and not just the people elected through it. Let's hold referenda on the system, and not just on legislative issues.

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ckrob 8 years 12 weeks ago
#2

Well, it's time for our remaining elected Democrats to go to their offices and go back to sleep. This can let the Republicans continue their relentless pounding away on their talking points for the next two years. If the electorate doesn't know the Republicans oppose almost everything voters support it's because the Democrats don't function as an opposition party. Now that the Republicans will control everything that comes up for vote, do the Democrats assume the bipartisan role? Obama will have plenty of opportunity for 'compromise' now 'cause everything is on the table! The Dems allowed the voter to forget what things were like six short years ago and who got us there. So in '16 we'll still be chasing the crazies further to the right, incapable of actual representation of the majority of the American People and the Common Good. Will the last person leaving please turn out the lights and never mind counting the silverware.

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