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      Public interest in elections wanes in off years, understandably, but how, asks Palast, when more votes for members of Congress were cast by Democrats and yet the House is dominated by Republicans.

     There are so many issues within the EI movement to fight: just above I'd say that gerrymandering is the crime, among others. There should be a contest to determine which congressional [re]district in the country is shaped most weirdly. I think one district in Texas would win with its shape a microcosm of Chile's dimensions.

     Then there's the issue of discrimination at every stage from registration to electronic systems to provisional, absentee, and mail-in ballots to caging and other forms of deceit to harassing just about everyone caught voting a straight, or even partial Democratic ticket.

     And so the point is that we shouldn't roll down our sleeves. Democracy is a 24/7 way of life, not just when we vote, but that's the bottom line. Where I read recently that Marco Rubio didn't plan to run for president in 2016, more recently the decision has advanced to "maybe."

     I still believe that, given the demographics currently trending, the GOP will have a tough time regaining the White House in the near future, unless they take some lessons from Lincoln and revert to their founder's ideals. That doesn't seem likely.

     Other forms of GOP unscrupulous ingenuity will become apparent in 2014 if not sooner. They'll need to work much harder than they already have to gain any traction.

     Now the House of Representatives must be targeted, our House of Commons that does not reflect the true majority of everyday folks. Then we have to aim our efforts at smaller jurisdictions and the labyrinthian jumble of legislation focused on elections at every level from federal to small town. Then we have to eliminate all loopholes and rationalizations.

     And everything that slips through the cracks during this process.

     If we've worked hard, we must continue to work even harder. Every one of us. I've also preached to the choir that democracy requires contributions from everyone in the country, whether you inhabit a lean-to or a sprawling mansion.

     My book Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols was meant to reach beyond the choir. So far lots of voters are still whistling Dixie. And Dixie extends from the mountains to the prairies to the oceans brown with pollution. The real Mason and Dixon were British. In terms of how their names have been immortalized, I'd prefer to be Mason.

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