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The Lesser Evil Won, Now Get to Work, Set an Intention and Deal with The Cancer On Democracy We Are Living With

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Sure, you're happy, thrilled, overjoyed. Of the two evils you felt you had to choose from, the one who was the lesser of the two evils, by whatever parameters you measured, has won. 

Let's be clear. having chosen the lesser of two evils, we've moved towards more evil. 

It's not all your fault, having participated in the process. It's a dirty, ugly, broken system. Now, famous people, like Churchill, have made remarks, like, "it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

The problem is, there are all kinds of flavors of democracy. The system in the US is over 200 years old. The US constitution used to be the one other nations imitated. But that's no longer the case. It is archaic and worse, it has been enfeebled, corrupted and diseased-- malignant with corporatist cancer. 

Like an abused spouse, Americans who still love and embrace "democracy" with a little d-- the American version-- are in love with what they thought they were getting, what might have been at one time, maybe a bit during WWII, when Roosevelt was in the White House and the Supreme Court had humans who cared about humans and the middle class, not corpo-whores who serve corporatism. 

To love American democracy today is to love a fantasy, a delusion, a memory of what never really was. 

Clearly, when the American people were faced with rotted food or pure sh*t, they chose the lesser of two evils over misogynist, racist, greedy, extremists who served corporations over people. 

But the choices that we were given were not because we have a wonderful, enlightened democracy. When we watched the debates, the mainstream media-- symptoms of the cancer that is strangling American democracy-- kept legitimate candidates who were on the ballot in a majority of states out of the debate. They protected the two corporatist, lesser of two evils candidates from having to talk about the issues the third party candidates were raising.

We have four more years now to do all we can to treat the cancers on American democracy. Those malignancies will continue to metastasize, feeding on the corporatist and billionaire blood supplies unless we take big, bold, serious, aggressive action. We will not be able to vote our way out of this problem. We must do it extra-electorally. 

That doesn't mean we stop voting. There were a few motes of light in the election last night. There's a second independent in the senate. The first openly gay senator has been elected, and I have hopes that Elizabeth Warren will  prove herself to be a solid advocate for the middle class-- though it's hard to tell how much Harry Reid and the other Democratic corporatists in the senate will leash her in. 

But at the state level, Republican legislatures have successfully gerrymandered voting districts so they've protected the house. That must change. We need to end gerrymandering altogether and create districts that are as even in size, with no odd extensions or 100 mile long peninsulas. That won't be legislated by congress.., ever. So we need to make it happen by our actions-- street actions. 

Sadly, that's not likely. The peace movement, under a Democratic president, has become almost dormant, except for a few groups, like  Debra Sweet's World Can't Wait, Medea Benjamin's and Jodie Evans' Code Pink, Veterans for Peace and David Swanson's War Is A Lie. 

I've been involved with a local peace group and the turnout has almost collapsed. There are a handful of mostly over 65 dedicated activists, but it's been really hard generate interest under this lesser of two evils Democratic president. 

The reality is that Obama has been as bad as the Republicans, maybe worse, when it comes to cozying up with banksters. When the Obama win was looming on election day, the DOW was up, just as it was when Obamacare was passed. 


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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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 ... is still a pestiferous insect. Sorry, I'... by B. Ross Ashley on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 12:22:45 PM
If Attorney General Eric Holder, and Barack Obama,... by Steven G. Erickson on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 1:02:06 PM
Forgive me, but you started the comment with the w... by Alex Howard on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:46:02 AM
when they, like the repubs lay the blame on the wr... by Lynne Kringler on Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 3:13:29 AM
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Each of Obama's "accomplishments" comes with such ... by Bayard Waterbury on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 3:41:04 PM
For me the most disappointing part of this electio... by June Genis on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:39:31 PM
This is the chance, and the time we needed to fix ... by Kim Cassidy on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:49:49 PM
The republicans lost not because of Mitt Romney wh... by Mark Oetting on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 3:23:59 PM
I was much more concerned with Ryan and the thugs ... by Marta B on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 4:39:30 PM
Thanks, Rob!Thanks for introducing some objective ... by John Rachel on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 4:39:14 PM
Now this makes me very pleased. But now is not the... by Deborah Dills on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 4:40:45 PM
that's a tiny amount, but if that many people got ... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 7:37:25 PM
"a few motes of light ", quite a few. And, please... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 9:08:20 PM
No problem I did this interview in February. Their... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 9:33:15 PM
I enjoyed reading. However, I still question that... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:56:32 PM
How like a politician that response was.  You... by Alex Howard on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:52:34 AM
Agreed Rob, and major movements like the civil rig... by Deborah Dills on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 9:44:10 PM
everywhere except DC Gary Johnson received more vo... by June Genis on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 2:05:58 PM
You say "   the mainstream media-- symptoms o... by Jerry Wesner on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 5:19:31 PM
on the TV networks needs to be eliminated. The air... by intotheabyss on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 6:28:32 PM
This is a problem with many resources in this coun... by SwamperTom on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 7:01:53 AM
Not sold. These corps reap huge profits from the u... by SwamperTom on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 7:04:36 AM
On ways to use unlimited and free resources to beg... by SwamperTom on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 7:14:43 AM
The most immediate threat we face in our attempt t... by intotheabyss on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 10:01:02 AM
I spent a month there in 2010. Yes, many things ar... by SwamperTom on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 3:22:30 PM
TAKE ME WITH YOU.... by Ginger McClemons on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:35:04 AM
What?... by Alex Howard on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:54:17 AM
I'm sure everyone would like to escape from this m... by SwamperTom on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 3:34:38 PM
Rob gave us a very good prognosis and course of ac... by Peter Duveen on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 8:14:17 PM
With ordinary Americans. I watched the debate of ... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 9:02:20 PM
You ask why the numbers of third party voters has ... by Deborah Dills on Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 9:59:54 PM
... We could get rid of at least ONE huge politica... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 8:47:34 AM
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I have it from a wag on another website that the R... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 7:13:23 AM
For we on the left, it is tempting to look at what... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 9:02:28 AM
We want trustworthy elections-- meaning paper... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 10:54:57 AM
but with most Americans having these same prioriti... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:16:08 AM
Rob, one of your points was: -a tax system that... by Alex Howard on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 12:08:29 PM
That the poor, even if they get a boatload of welf... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 5:11:52 PM
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You know exactly whose reaping the benefits of tax... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 6:17:02 PM
 9/11 -  How Do Two Planes Bring Down Th... by Lance Ciepiela on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 9:09:20 AM
It has been a while since I have seen anyone bring... by Alex Howard on Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 12:42:25 PM
Well said, Rob. I keep asking myself what would it... by K V Ramani on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 9:48:15 AM
I don't understand why electronic ballots could no... by SwamperTom on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 1:03:37 PM
Rob, you are the progressives' greatest gift. ... by Bayard Waterbury on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 3:18:42 PM