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Greg Palast: Bernie Sanders Needs You More Than Ever

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NOTE: Consistent with Choice #2, the survey participant must be asked what his/her second of the 3 choices is, and the survey results must therefore reflect the initial results as well as the ''run-off results'' (in the event that none of the 3 choices were to garner 50% support).

(Consistent with Senator Sanders's success, the survey would plainly reflect the VAST demand for change. Above all, it would demonstrate questions and participants' choices that analysts would be forced to deem fair and reasonable - hence, the birth of Sen. Sanders's party and its platform for democracy.)

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To capture survey participants' increased interest, I advise adding a policy question, so as to illustrate what kind of change is possible when citizens' voices enjoy democracy's ear, as opposed to the deaf corporate-sponsored political parties' arrogant dictates:

QUESTION: ''Do you support a ban on ALL firearms, with an allowance for the on-site rental of hunting rifles, including an additional exemption for police forces which may use rubber bullets? ''Yes'' represents favouring all of the preceding, while ''no'' represents the status quo.''

Would Americans find the above plan too difficult or unthinkable, solely due to opposition to it? As Sen. Sanders has been the defiant one, have recent events opened up this door, rendering Trump's victory a blessing in disguise?

Dangerously false democracy, democracy, and lousy *democracy

*Canadians have suffered under the absurd ''first-past-the-post'' system and it has led to a drop-off in voter turnout.

The ''first-past-the-post'' system allows a candidate to win his/her riding with less than 50% of the vote and, as a result, Canada has been humiliated with MAJORITY governments that were supported by less than 37% of the vote.

{Americans haven't enjoyed voter turnouts in excess of 50% for most the U.S.'s existence, reflecting an implicit statement by the people that they do not have a democracy, self-congratulatory praise of democratic greatness set aside in favour of reality. (Therefore, not voting has been the most democratic and non-violent expression of patriotic duty.)}

Therefore, Canada, in its modern (post-1984) history has suffered under a right wing tyranny which led to numerous popularly opposed and sovereignty-crippling measures, thereby dropping the voter turnouts from the 70-75% zone enjoyed by the other Western democracies.

NOTE: A 2-party system feeds negative campaigning, and the latter in turn leads to lower voter turnouts, since positive reforms which appeal to the electorate are replaced by strategic off-putting 1negative campaigning.

Meanwhile, given the U.S.'s laughable voter turnouts, policies are not deemed supported by even 25% of the people.

The more base the democracy, the greater the propaganda proclaiming its existence, and the combination fuels the ever-increasing sense of desperation and frustration, along with the latter's attendant ever-increasing levels of violence and murder.

For most in the free world, the 2-party systems found in France and the U.S. is NO democracy at all. Nor can the system be a parliamentary structure in name only (Japan), as the political infrastructure must NECESSARILY allow for a minority government.

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