Picking the President – Hong Kong, Beijing, and the US

Folks are in the street in Hong Kong protesting the anti-democratic election system in which Beijing approves the candidates who stand for election. The current Chief Executive, C Y Leung, is taunted with the nickname “689” – the number of votes he received from the Beijing appointed 1200 person Election Commission.
HK students protesting election laws

borrowed wo permission from NYTs 10022014

Americans should turn a reflective eye to our own Election Commission, the super wealthy who pour $ billions into a presidential election circus that effectively provides them with control over who can run for President. At least in HK the hands on the control led clearly to the central party apparatus in Beijing. Here we have a shadowy group that never appears in public that hides behind the enormous hoopla that substitutes for real politics in our choice of leaders.

See my earlier post “The Corruption at the Center of American Politics” and its link to Lawrence Lessig’s talk.

UPDATE: See the first segment on the 10012014 Colbert Report: http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/full-episodes/a8c58v/october-1–2014—mike-mullen