Sunday, May 02, 2010

Reboot Democracy

America's economy is being ravaged. Our planet's environment is at a tipping point. And all because our American political system is broken.

This video, by Lawernce Lesig, provides a thorough explanation of what went wrong - and some very good suggestions for what we can do about it.

I think he's onto something very important here...

It was interesting to hear what I've long suspected; that the bank bailout was essentially promised - if the financial crisis might happen (which, of course it did - possibly because of this promise).

Think about that. We have to save the fat cats when they get themselves into trouble, but they don't have to save us. This can only mean one thing. The people who control these banks are the privileged class. We are not all equal in America - not even close.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

Links that were mentioned in the video:

Citizens United

Fix Congress First!

Call a Convention

The only way to even start to fix our government is to have truly fair elections - that are not decided by campaign contributors. This will not be easy. The privileged class would rather everything break around them than lose their privilege. And the corruption is self-sustaining. (If somebody gets a conscience, somebody else will step in to take their place.)

It is going to take an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reform our elections. Let's get started.

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