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Massive Impediments Standing in the Way of Solving America's Greatest Problems

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*Create legislation that will establish fines and other appropriate penalties for any American who has the ability to vote in national elections but refuses to do so, following the practice of twenty seven other countries that already do so.

So there we have a set of viable solutions for this country's major problems; but how can they be advanced in the face of the current resistance coming from this three headed consortium that has no intention of cooperating in the effort?

Let's talk about the fact that all Americans have been granted a Constitutional right to vote but, unfortunately, that only about 54% of eligible voters cast their ballots in federal elections. That is pathetic, that is disgraceful, and one might accurately conclude that this is the primary reason why our democracy is unraveling. But with that in mind what needs to be done to drastically improve voter turnout?

I see only two potential ways by which this can possibly be done and both of them involve the need for the American people to radically change their ways. They have to stop sitting on the sidelines just watching this election process continue to deteriorate and, instead, get in the middle of the action. They must recognize the degree to which our democracy is under attack and the fact that they are the key to bringing this situation under control.

Those that refuse to vote for various reasons must understand that by their noninvolvement and inactions they are allowing this election process to be controlled by the masters of Corporatism and their Republican facilitators, both of which know that suppressing the vote is the key to their success. The American people have a very powerful weapon at their disposal to use in this battle against the forces that do not want solutions, that fear change.

That weapon is their Constitutional right to cast their ballots in our local and national elections. The one thing that all of these reenergized voters must do is to refuse to listen to those many negative individuals who dismiss this kind of progressive movement and say that its futile and a waste of time to vote, that the system and elections are rigged and it just doesn't matter if you vote or not. We have to completely tune out these naysayers who are a major part of this overall problem.

When you are in a fight and are under attack by powerful forces you have to fight back; you cannot allow yourself to be bullied and beaten down. It's time for the people of this country to fight back against those who would destroy their Constitutional rights.

There are organizations hard at work to bring about changes in this government through the use of Constitutional amendments and a constitution convention. While this is a very complex and difficult process which involves huge turnouts of voters and the support of politicians in the Congress and in the various states, it is one way by which the power of the people can be used to solve many of this country's most critical problems. Those who are organizing the effort need the support of millions of Americans to make this a success. It can be done.

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We need to recall the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution which states:   "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

O.K. so the people of America did ordain and establish this Constitution. But then, unfortunately, over the next 227 years, succeeding generations slowly but surely absolved themselves of the responsibilities to see that this Constitution was followed explicitly by the three branches of the government. And the effect has been disastrous for this democracy.

So let's draw this conclusion: We absolutely must find the ways to take this voter turnout from the current pathetic average of 54% up to 80%, as is true in many other advanced countries. If we have 80% of people voting in federal elections, if we can motivate Americans to flood the Congress and the White House with emails, phone calls, and generate endless petitions demanding change we can turn this country in a new direction.

This is not a question of whether we should do this; it's absolutely imperative that we do it in order to preserve our democracy. We're not talking about some impossible endeavor; this is not rocket science or trying to come up with a cure for cancer. But one thing is certain; if we do not have the conviction and resolve to get such a critically important movement underway, if this initiative falls on deaf ears, if the people absolutely refuse to take responsibility and do what is right for their country then they will, collectively, be directly responsible for the death of this democracy.

And then this quote by the cartoon character Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is us" will become a reality in America.

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)

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