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November 16, 2016

Equally Empower the 7 Largest Political Parties

By Roger Copple

Everyone who is very displeased with both Trump and Clinton for different reasons should work together to take all money out of politics. We can give a voice to every political party that garners one percent of the voters, and in the final stages of any presidential and legislative election, we can equally empower the 7 largest national political parties in public televised debates. Outlaw all political advertisements on TV.

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There have been many thought-provoking articles in the alternative news lately. Robert Reich says all current members of the Democratic National Committee should resign so that we can have a new democratic party. Noam Chomsky says, "Trump's win puts government in the hands of the most dangerous organization in world history." Bill Gates has argued that we need socialism to save the planet. Robert Scheer says this [the election result] is "the revenge of the deplorables." Chris Hedges exclaims in, "It's worse than you think" that "Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump's base realizes it has been betrayed."

One article said, "George Soros is paying protesters to scream and yell in Chicago." Paul Craig Roberts wrote an article entitled "The Anti-Trump Protesters are Tools of the Oligarchy." Since I have gotten emails from socialists groups (who definitely do not support Hillary Clinton) urging me to participate in various local and national protests, I would say that the protesters are a mixed bag.

Everyone who is very displeased with both Trump and Clinton for different reasons should work together to take all money out of politics. We can give a voice to every political party that garners one percent of the voters, and, in the final months of any presidential and legislative election, we can choose among the 7 largest political parties in public televised debates. All TV and radio political advertisements should be outlawed, as we implement public financing of all elections.

Imagine how much more interesting the recent presidential election debates would have been if they had included not just the Republican and Democratic parties, but the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, the Constitution Party, the Socialist Party, and the Communist Party. We could have a more informed citizenry if all the major parties could be represented. People could then actually vote their conscience, and not the lesser of two evils.

Large numbers of people are now realizing more than ever that the Electoral College method for electing a president has to go. Later we can think about implementing proportional representation in a unicameral national legislature, as the undemocratic US Senate is eliminated altogether. But more amendments and ultimately a new US constitution will be required to truly rectify all the wrongs in our political system. But first, let's equally empower and give a voice to the seven largest political parties, and not just to the Republicans and Democrats, as we take all money out of politics. Can we work together to do just that?



Submitters Website: http://www.NowSaveTheWorld.com

Submitters Bio:

June 4, 2019:

I grew up in a church that said you had to speak in tongues to get saved and go to heaven. I often prayed fervently for the experience in the prayer room at church, where people would cry and wail, and roll on the floor. One 80-year old lady would get happy in the spirit and run around the church, which was always entertaining.

About my sophomore year in college, I became transformed by the protest of the Vietnam War, the anti-nuclear movement, Eastern philosophy, the study of psychology, smoking reefer, and of course, democratic socialism, which I started believing could save the world.

Two times in my twenties and thirties, I am embarrassed to say, I had brief periods where I went back to being a Christian fundamentalist or an evangelical Christian. Later going to a liberal seminary, where I studied the New Testament like a scientist, helped me realize that there was little grounds for believing in the virgin birth and literal resurrection of Jesus.

Growing up in an anti-intellectual home, I had the most trouble with high school courses like U.S. history, which seemed like a boring subject that was a waste of time. Later in my life, European history would become an important and fascinating subject.

Fascinated with yoga and meditation, I starting reading many books by Swami Rama. When I later met him in person and was initiated and given a mantra (which I never repeated over and over), I remember that being in his presence was the most powerful spiritual experience I have ever had in my life: I felt rapturous love and indescribable bliss. So I became convinced that meditation and spiritual disciplines can transform a person.

In my mid 50s, I started advocating the integration of the perennial philosophy (that's the term Aldous Huxley used)--or it is sometimes referred to as ageless wisdom (describing the nondual mystical experience)--with a democratic form of socialism as a way to save individuals and the world. I created a website called www.NowSaveTheWorld.com because the website name SaveTheWorld.com had already been taken by somebody else. I created the website in 2010 right before I retired at age 60 from being a teacher of high school special education and also of general elementary education, mostly third grade.

On June 3, I became 69. I have become more disturbed by the fact (as expressed in my articles) that so many of the people who are into meditation, the New Age movement and some of the New Age churches are not very concerned about political issues, especially U.S. imperialism, which I strongly believe is necessary if one is going to be an ethical or spiritual person.

Even the so-called enlightened individuals are often not politically astute or very concerned about why there is so much suffering and turmoil in the world. They are not concerned because the world of time and space is just maya to them--it's not even real compared to the rapturous mystical state of consciousness. But if we value being a world citizen, the world of time and space must become equally important as the timeless and spaceless realm of nondual consciousness.

Buddha said that desire is the cause of suffering, but I think most of us do not always want to give up our various passions--in romance, for example. In mindfulness meditation, we disidentify with our momentary thoughts or memories, becoming detached and objective.

It seems we have a dual contradictory human nature. Walt Whitman expressed in 'Song of Myself' (1855): "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes)."

I identify with what I would call the Radical Democratic Left.

Veganism is important for environmental, ethical, and health reasons. I have been a vegan since 2012.

I get weekly emails from www.VictorZammit.com about people who have had Near Death Experiences.

For about 3 weeks in December of 2018, I was deeply studying the research about aliens and UFOs, and though I rarely think about the subject now, I do believe the U.S. government has lied to us about what it knows.

I enjoy websites that interview individuals who are spiritually awakening such as Buddha at the Gas Pump, Soulproof.com, and Science and NonDuality.

I have submitted almost all of my political articles to www.OpEdNews.com because I like how, after you create a free writer's account, you can revise your articles after they have been submitted and even after they have been published for a limited amount of time. OpEdNews is truly an online community. Here are other websites where my articles have been published:

www.Truthout.org
www.CounterCurrents.org
www.GlobalResearch.ca
InformationClearingHouse.info
www.Tikkun.org
www.IntrepidReport.com
www.DemocracyChronicles.com
www.DissidentVoice.org
www.GreenSocialThought.org


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