Our current political system is organized in geographical districts. That was an arrangement that made sense in 1776. It’s an arrangement that makes less sense now, considering the mobility of our population.
Instant Runoff Voting is used in many city and state elections around the country, with great effect, It’s used in many international elections, as well. When it comes to indigestible electioneering, Instant Runoff is the bromide.
America’s founding fathers wisely enshrined the separation of church and state in the Constitution. Eliminating religious control of government created a unique new culture of religious tolerance and individual freedom. The result was a nation that people flocked to, from all around the globe. Those areas of the world in which there is no such separation tend to vividly remind us of the wisdom of that principle.
The American political system is far beyond the need for minor reform. It has come to the point that America needs a complete political overhaul. It was a good system. But its limitations are becoming apparent.
The health of society depends on equality and opportunity for all. Effective government depends on adequate funding. The quality of the food and water supply depends on government regulation. Today, all three of those propositions are in peril. The solution for all of them may reside in a progressive tax that is free of loopholes.
When does it make sense to impeach a sitting president? At this time in our history, it’s a reasonable question to ask.
Corporations represent the most powerful instrument of progress ever invented by man. But a chainsaw is powerful, too. The problem is, if you don’t have control of that chainsaw, it will just as easily rip off your leg as do useful work. There is no question that corporations need to thrive. But people need to thrive, as well. So clearly, corporate profits need to be balanced against public need.
American corporations are not regulated by the market, by the government, or by themselves. They are so far out of control, in fact, that they have a bigger impact on government than government has on them. There is no chance whatever to create a healthy population or a healthy society until they are reined in.
If you’re an American, you’re probably fat. And if you’re an American child, odds are overwhelming that your life will be cut short by complications rising from obesity and other complications. Despite what you may have heard, it is not your fault. It is not a matter of “personal responsibility”. There are ingredients in the American food supply that are making you fat. Those ingredients made their debut in the 1970’s. They are a matter of corporate responsibility — and culpability. To protect yourself, there’s a lot you need to know. (Original image courtesy of