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I default back to my issue of time and that we simply don't have it. We first need to get Americans to view one another AS Americans -.........
What has this week brought us? The damned Chic-Fil-A debacle. One man expresses an opinion and first we have Chic-Fil-A support day and then we have "all homosexuals kiss in the parking lot day." We had a "tolerant" man verbally assaulting a young woman at the take out window - but Mr. Tolerant SO had to prove his point that he waited an hour or so in a line for the sole purpose of verbally berating a young woman who is just trying to make a living doing what most folks would rather not do and, of course, he had to film his abuse of another so that he could prove his tolerance. WTH??!! WHAT did any of that solve? HOW did he know the young lady even shared the opinion of the owner of the company? THIS is what our Nation has come to.
No, my realism wins out on this one. While I shudder to think of what the chaos would be prior to the change, I see the only hope of a really great change right now being one that rises out of the ashes of what we, as a Nation, seem h3ll bent on doing to ourselves IF we don't all decide very damned quickly that we'd better get our collective heads together, forget our differences and SAVE OURSELVES. While the Phoenix may be beautiful, the purifying fire is not for the faint of heart.
I do understand your stance on not voting and thereby declaring a state of illegitimacy, but my fear of dictatorial takeover in such an event says caution must prevail in such an endeavor. How can one declare illegitimacy without having Plan B already in place, waiting to literally spring out from the wings?
Yes, it did work for Iceland and they came together, but we're talking 320,000 people there. We have 300 MILLION here. There are countless suburbs in the U.S. with three times the population of all of Iceland. How do we unite ONE suburb? If that can be figured out, someone might be onto something.
Your idea of starting at Capitols was interesting. But who would we be backing at those Capitols? What would the demand BE?
Smaller? What if it was at the polls? How could we accomplish something such as almost everyone voting for Candidate "C" and then keep our own public tally at each polling station so that we could throw it into the face of the Electoral College and DEMAND the Candidate WE had chosen?
I have faith in my fellow citizens. Despite what I view as the government's blatant attempts to divide us, I believe we are bigger than that. We just need a 100 million or so to speak up.
Originally posted by freedomwv
Here is an idea(and it would have to start at the local level before the national level would take it serious) we add another option at the voting booth. We need an option to vote for no one. There needs to be an option to reject all the candidates. A vote of no confidence for all candidates on the ballot. It should simply say `No candidates are acceptable.` If no candidates get a majority then we have to vote all over again and the the same candidates cannot run again. All parties would have to offer a new set of candidates and we do it all over again until one candidate wins a majority of votes. And the popular vote must have final say. I have never been a big supporter of the electoral college.
The local level would be a good place to try this because at that level there is still a lot of direct democracy. The actual votes should decide who wins an election. That really is the best way to choose a leader.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
The US is a Representative Constitutional Republic not a "Democracy" I wish people would get that straight.