Next Steps for Progressives

The Trump election debacle demonstrates the bankruptcy of the current leadership of the Democratic Party. Faced with a foe who has engaged in serial bankruptcy as a business strategy, is a notorious know-nothing bully with a very sensitive ego, and is best known as the red-faced guy on reality TV who says “You’re fired”, they could not come up with a candidate and story to retain their core voters in the old rust-belt states. Continue reading

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

 

Big Money, Big Politics…the best government bought, not by you…..

Wonder about the Impact of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United Decision? 

Government in the US, as everywhere, has always been tilted in favor of the wealthy. But, the Citizens United  decision in 2010 giving corporations the right spend unlimited money has made government, really at every level, into the sole playground of the rich and big corporations.

A couple of weeks ago This American Life broadcast “TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN FOR OFFICE”. Listen to this program. It will further clarify how totally corrupt our government has become.