Hillary’s lost to Donald Trump in the 2016 election is once again being blamed on Comey’s press release. That assessment could not be more wrong.
Donald Trump is a national and international embarrassment. But Americans should be even more embarrassed by the circumstances that led to Trump’s victory — in particular, Hillary’s nomination. This post delineates the 12-step process that made it so.
This letter to the editor, sent to 5 newspapers in the San Francisco bay area, talks about Washington’s misguided priorities. It never mentions George W. Bush by name — because as far as I’m concerned it’s the people pulling his strings who are responsible for these policies.
Can term limits act to counter the effect of money in politics? In my Jan 8, 2005 post at democrats.com, I argue that they don’t. I’m willing to discuss any idea that has the potential to minimize the impact of money in politics. But I don’t believe that term limits address the real issue. (The post is reproduced here, as well.)
This short article by Martin Dyckman argues persuasively that Instant Runoff Voting produces cleaner campaigns and more moderate candidates who reflect the party’s mainstream, rather than it’s extremists. And it guarantees the person who is eventually elected is the one that a majority of voters prefer, instead of Naderizing the vote. (Naderizing: siphoning off enough so many votes from a similar candidate that a dissimilar, and less popular, candidate wins — as Ralph Nader did to Al Gore in 2000. Remember you heard that term here first!)
In 2004, the Democrats didn’t win a single state that had a farm or ranch in it — with very few exceptions. This article shows what they overlooked — and why they may not be able to do anything about it until we get the money out of politics.
Arizona and other states have managed to make money irrelevant to politics, and it’s changing the face of democracy.
Together, money and the media means propaganda — and that’s what controls the political process at this time.
In politics, it is indeed true that money is the root of all evil. The folks in Wisconsin’s Clean Money campaign have done an exceptional job of pointing that out.