Monday, October 27, 2014

Democracy is a challenge, when...

(WPA poster, image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.)

Democracy is a challenge, when...

Thousands of minority voter registrations are "lost." See "Tens Of Thousands Of Voter Registrations Have Mysteriously Vanished In Georgia."  

Democracy is a challenge, when...

A Fox "News" host tells young women not to vote. See "Fox News Concludes That Young Women Are Too 'Hot' And Dumb To Vote."

Democracy is a challenge, when...

Most young people don't vote. See "History shows young voters don’t, and won’t, turn out for midterms" and "Millennial Helplessness: Why Are Young Voters Abandoning Their Political Destiny?"

Democracy is a challenge, when...

The Native American vote is suppressed. See "Native American Vote Suppression Scandal Escalates."

Democracy is a challenge, when...

Voter suppression efforts (under the guise of addressing voter fraud) target minorities. See "GOP Official Resigns After Saying Purpose Of Voter ID Is To Suppress Votes Of Democrats, ‘Lazy Blacks.'"

Democracy is a challenge, when...

Corporations and super-wealthy Americans are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money to misinform voters. See, for example, economist Paul Krugman's op-ed "Plutocrats Against Democracy."

Democracy is a challenge, when...

Voting districts are drawn to keep minority representation low (racial gerrymandering). See "Some Call for Change in Wake of Gerrymandering Ruling."

Democracy is a challenge, when...

Democrats say pretty things to garner progressive support, but then, when the day of action arrives, they submit to Corporate America, as Obama did with the public option during health care reform (in 2009, President Obama said, "I continue to believe that a public option within the basket of insurance choices would help improve quality and bring down costs," but then, in 2010, we learned that "Obama Health Care Plan Drops Public Option." Also see "Public Option was in Obama's Platform.") And, of course, we know that Hillary Clinton will govern the same way if she ends up in the White House, since she has received huge campaign contributions from Corporate America.

Democracy is a challenge, when...

Ex-offenders, once they have completed the entirety of their sentences, are still not allowed to vote. See "Banned from voting booths: Ex-convicts."

Democracy is a challenge, when...

Congress listens to the super-wealthy and ignores everyone else. See "The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me" and "Democracy and the Policy Preferences of Wealthy Americans."

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Yes, democracy is very much a challenge--for a multitude of reasons. And that is why America, unfortunately, has turned into a plutocracy--a government of the rich ("Report: Most members of Congress are millionaires"), by the rich ("Super-rich hedge funders race to help GOP take Senate" ), and for the rich (Research Findings: "The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me").

Hopefully, the situation will change in the not-too-distant future. Hopefully, Americans will demand a return to New Deal policies and principles that, while not perfect, set us on the path towards a true democracy. Hopefully.

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