Daily Topics - Wednesday November 5th, 2014

Join Thom in our chatroom during the program!

Be sure to check out our new videos: CARBON, LAST HOURS & GREEN WORLD RISING - narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio

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

Comments

mathboy's picture
mathboy 7 years 11 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.

ckrob's picture
ckrob 7 years 11 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.

Thom's Blog Is On the Move

Hello All

Today, we are closing Thom's blog in this space and moving to a new home.

Please follow us across to hartmannreport.com - this will be the only place going forward to read Thom's blog posts and articles.

From Screwed:
"Hartmann speaks with the straight talking clarity and brilliance of a modern day Tom Paine as he exposes the intentional and systematic destruction of America’s middle class by an alliance of political con artists and outlines a program to restore it. This is Hartmann at his best. Essential reading for those interested in restoring the institution that made America the envy of the world."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Through compelling personal stories, Hartmann presents a dramatic and deeply disturbing picture of humans as a profoundly troubled species. Hope lies in his inspiring vision of our enormous unrealized potential and his description of the path to its realization."
David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy, The Great Turning, and When Corporations Rule the World
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom is a national treasure. Read him, embrace him, learn from him, and follow him as we all work for social change."
Robert Greenwald, political activist and founder and president of Brave New Films