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

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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.

 

Michael Payne

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