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Unleash The Massive Power Of The People Against The Forces That Are Ravaging This Country

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America , difficult as it may be for some to accept, is a house of cards, i.e., "a weakened structure that is in danger of collapsing or failing if its foundations continue to erode." This nation of ours remains in deep turmoil as our nation and our democracy are being ravaged by Corporatists and rogue politicians. There is only one way to combat this dangerous coalition and that is by unleashing the massive power of the American people against it.

What brought us to this sorry state and condition? To begin with, America has become a democracy in name only and government of the people, by the people and for the people of America has been cleverly transferred to the masters of Corporatism. Powerful corporations have now assumed control over this nation and rule it with an iron fist. The tentacles of this giant octopus are wrapped around and are suffocating every important institution in this country.

Far too many Americans are seemingly oblivious to the depth of this dilemma and the precarious state of this nation. For those who doubt and minimize these dangers because they have been conditioned to think that this nation is invincible, all they need do is listen to some of the respected economists who warn that our financial sector can, at any time, be devastated by a monumental collapse of mega-trillion dollars of toxic derivatives that could wreck this economy almost overnight. Congressional oversight and regulation has been so weakened over time that it makes such a catastrophe a real possibility. See this article by Richard Clark to receive an alarming, in-depth analysis of this issue.

Now let's further examine how this government and the Congress have become the antithesis of how a democracy should function. The principles of our democracy indicate that the passage of legislation should be based on majority rule but that's not how this Congress and, especially the Senate, functions. And it never will until the use of the poisonous filibuster, by which legislation is routinely obstructed, delayed and destroyed, is brought under control. Congress, as is often said, is the place where good ideas go to die. Try as I might I can think of absolutely nothing of real substance that this Congress has done since America entered the 21st Century.

But it's more than just the deadly filibuster that is making this Congress dysfunctional. Another contentious issue involves how the people of this country are represented in the Senate. The Founding Fathers made a colossal mistake when they created the Senate and mandated that there would be two senators for every state instead of basing the number on states' individual populations. Time and again the votes of tiny states have proven to more powerful as those of massive states. For example, the eight least populous states in America have a combined population of 5,876,000 and 16 senators while California and New York with a combined population of almost 57 million have a total of only 4 senators. That condition limits and dilutes the overall power of the people.

Combine this political mistake by the Founding Fathers with the use of the filibuster by the Republicans and you know exactly why this Congress remains in gridlock and critical legislation never gets off the ground. This is concrete evidence of exactly why this country is so badly deteriorating. Both of these contributing factors to congressional incompetence could be altered if the power of the people is unleashed to begin the transformation of this government.

Therefore it's not difficult to conclude that this Congress, as currently constituted, is entirely incapable of effectively governing this nation and society. Then the really big question becomes: what exactly can be done about it? Well, that's where the massive power of the people of America comes in because this power represents the one and only way that this grave condition can be alleviated. It all comes down to the fact that the people must be energized and motivated to put an end to this political madness.

That massive power of which I speak is the voting power of nearly 210 million eligible voters in this country. Those who sincerely want to address this country's myriad of problems have to realize that voter turnout must be dramatically increased and that they must organize a massive movement to accomplish just that. They need to undertake this task at a time when the Republican Party is doing everything in its power to reduce the number of voters through all sorts of devious means because they know that their only chance to win elections is by low turnout.

Here is what must happen. The Center for the Study of the American Electorate, put 2012 voter turnout at 57.5% of all eligible voters in America, This study group estimated 126 million people voted in the 2008 election, meaning that 93 million eligible citizens did not cast ballots. How can this democracy function effectively when so many Americans who have been given the opportunity to vote choose not to? That is inexcusable; every American who could actually vote and does not is contributing directly to the gigantic mess this country is in. They are at the very center of this problem that is allowing our system of government to be corrupted by sleazy, greedy politicians. You would think that progressives and independents would recognize the great danger this poses and would be working tirelessly across America to substantially increase voter turnout.

Sure this could be a great thing for America but to many it's difficult to picture how that process would actually evolve. So, let's think of it this way; suppose you buy a house that needs a complete rehab. So where do you start? First, you have to address the rotting foundation, the sewage from leaking pipes and, of course, you will need to bring in the exterminators. You start where the worst damage is being done, spend a lot of time, money and effort to make the necessary repairs and then you move up to the higher levels of the house and finish the job.

So, let's proceed from that analogy back into the real world and see just how such a monumental endeavor could be progressed in order to cleanse and stabilize our currently corrupted political system:

*In the 2014 national elections: the objective must be to do everything possible to soundly defeat every GOP candidate. We need to get rid of every U.S. Representative and senator that has blocked critically needed gun safety controls, those who consistently obstruct job creation, those who support an agenda of perpetual war, and those who are working to restrict the Constitutional rights and freedoms of the people. In doing this certain Senate Democrats, Mark Begich, AK, Mary Landrieu, LA, Mark Pryor, AR, Heidi Heitkamp, ND and any other Democrats who too often vote against the best interests of the people must also be replaced.

The Republicans in Congress have now crossed the line, they have stabbed the people of America in the back time and again and as appropriate payback this party of control freaks must be dismantled. The voting power of the people, a power that, when ignited nothing can withstand, will do just that and turn this ideologically twisted party into a pile of smoldering ashes.

A very broad coalition of rational-thinking Democrats, progressives, independents, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, and every other minority group in America, together with the majority of Caucasian Americans, must band together to flush these traitors, be they Republicans or rogue Democrats, out of the Congress and send them into political purgatory.

*If the people would send the Republican Party into political oblivion, it would naturally follow that for the first phase of this governmental transformation, the Democrats would take full control of both houses of the Congress. That could be another problem in the making and so it would be crucial to immediately initiate a movement to create and develop a Progressive Party that would, for all practical purposes, take the place of the defunct GOP and challenge the Democrats on all key issues and problems facing this nation. Such a movement could be formed through the collective efforts of progressives, independents, the Green Party and other similar groups.

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This American democracy is on life support; it has... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 4:34:27 PM
...do the trick is, I think, unfounded, as I expla... by Jill Herendeen on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 1:19:24 PM
Michael Payne, I admire your intentions, but I mus... by Hal O'Leary on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 7:39:57 PM
a plan such as the one I outline could be jump sta... by michael payne on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 8:44:35 PM
I can tell you, the ones who would like to take up... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 2:25:32 AM
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First, recognize that BOTH major parties are part ... by Stephen Unger on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 8:19:17 PM
by the same token, we cannot prove that it has NOT... by Jill Herendeen on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 6:49:04 PM
CFR is the key. The catch 22 in enacting it is the... by Timothy Gatto on Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 6:49:54 PM
Only if we ignite the power of the people can we b... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 7:13:41 PM
and getting them to the poles is very important. B... by dorothy przystas on Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 8:09:27 PM
We will never get the money and Corporate America ... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 10:27:40 PM
I'm just saying that trying to get honest politici... by dorothy przystas on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:38:24 AM
For all we know, Jill Stein actually did win the l... by Jill Herendeen on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 1:15:45 PM
Michael writes: "So these millions of Americans do... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 6:42:47 PM
As I read the comments all or most seem to have wo... by Hosea McAdoo on Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 9:16:50 PM
Get a hold of a teacher. A English Teacher, perhap... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 10:02:46 PM
...splinters the opposition yet further.... by Jill Herendeen on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:54:22 PM
Lets say there are one million voters in the natio... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 7:15:44 PM
(For all we know, yours could be an accurate descr... by Jill Herendeen on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 8:56:24 PM
Jill. I agree with you 100% about the responsibili... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 12:39:17 PM
Even the most intelligent among voters have troubl... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 2:32:40 AM
After all, when 2% of this country's population ow... by Jill Herendeen on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 6:53:11 PM
...should include Our doing Our Individual best to... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 12:48:43 PM
Maybe We "The Other Few", who see why America has ... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 6:28:11 PM
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we are left with the same problem we started with.... by David Vicks on Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 8:29:53 PM
It still will require a majority of voters to get ... by David Vicks on Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 4:18:23 PM
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i'm not sure it would, ultimately. i think to brea... by b. sadie bailey on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:50:55 PM
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Unrest is building around here.  I am talking... by Bobs Your Uncle on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 1:52:14 PM
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A  good and important article. While the... by Hosea McAdoo on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:00:42 PM
and if Mr, Payne is with me we can make historycli... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:24:41 PM
Michael, as you know I have been advocating the or... by Gary Brumback on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 3:23:23 PM
Yes, we can write, we can inform, try to motivate,... by michael payne on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 5:38:13 PM
 Sir,  About how many charismatic leader... by Ad Du on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 10:01:01 PM
Thank you Ad Du for asking them.Yes. The More the ... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 8:03:34 PM
I, in my foolishness, I fear the worst.  I wa... by Ad Du on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 10:41:44 PM
Yes. I too have these "fears of the worst". But I,... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 2:03:10 PM
...... and many reformers after him.... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 2:43:53 AM
Elections are only as good as the CHAD count!Will ... by Gary Glaxon on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 3:31:02 PM
Mr. Payne, Your analysis of the problem is good bu... by Rick Kincade on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 3:40:38 PM
I'm not attacking American people who vote Rep... by michael payne on Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 6:12:32 PM
Dear, dear MichaelMove-On, Public Citizen, and man... by Pal Palsimon on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 2:55:13 AM
Hey Rick, I'm still waiting; I asked you several v... by michael payne on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 6:16:59 PM
The 1% is just terrified that we're going to becom... by Jill Herendeen on Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 7:10:56 PM
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I know exactly what you mean and feel about the la... by Daniel Penisten on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:39:54 PM
IF... they are lucky enough to have enough power (... by David Vicks on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 5:56:25 PM
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Maybe they have a fricken disability!  I woul... by David Vicks on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 6:47:14 PM
very commendable and I admire your passion, empath... by michael payne on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:02:49 PM
is creating a stronger society.  A society th... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:06:09 PM
Still it's good to get the arguments out in the op... by David Vicks on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 1:11:19 AM
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Americans are basically stupid. Wholly uninformed ... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 5:42:05 AM
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Everyone has the freedom to make bad choices. ... by Doc McCoy on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1:29:43 AM
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I appreciate your sharing your thoughts and feelin... by Daniel Penisten on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1:36:34 PM
From the "worlds economy", as much as possible. We... by Daniel Penisten on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1:55:02 PM
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