Democracy and Elections as a Popularity Contest

February 20th, 2019

Arriving At the ‘Acceptible’

In an article featuring former senator Barney Frank’s opposition to the Green New Deal as “a loser”, CNBC described the overall 2020 race for president with many now and soon-to-be Democratic candidates for president, … played its role as a Mainstream Media Bot by not including Tulsi Gabbard’s name on the list, even though she is a declared candidate, and has one the most unique positions on U.S. foreign policy among ALL candidates.

Good God, THAT could lead some voters to actually … THINK … about the practice of creating Regime-Change Wars to overthrow governments that WE (the U.S.) declare to be … “non-democratic.”

Since over 60% of this nation has shown itself desirable of Medicare-for-All Healthcare, why will our Congress not even discuss it? Would you call that democratic? Hey, “Representatives”: Majority = 50%+1 (that refers to the number of voting People). Remember THAT?

Cash contributions are not to be considered a determinant of … Majority. Remember THAT?

True-to-form, our Corporate owned-and-run BW (brainwashing) Media sources TELL us what to think, rather than report on issues and facts.

Barney Frank: Green New Deal ‘would be a loser’ for Democrats

KAVA-Naw II – Legality and Our Future

October 4th, 2018

Should Kavanaugh be voted onto the Court, law offices, law schools, and lawyer organizations ought to find a way to publicly ignore or negate the validity of SCOTUS decisions once he is seated.

The very incomplete “FBI Investigation” was aimed at addressing accusations without speaking to the accusers, but far more importantly, it seems NOT to have addressed the LIES made to our government under oath during the hearing, and for years before. THAT alone is disqualifying!

Is anybody ALIVE out there???

How can we ALLOW such a blatant law-wrenching travesty to occur to our nation … and passively accept it … as though it were a “legal” process??

THIS is EASILY as serious as a physical attack by some foreign enemy … but this time the attackers are domestic. Democracy … and Decency … are under seige in America.

WHAT??? We accept the Oligarchs’ RULES, even when they are obviously CROOKED?? Who ARE we??

We SHAME the history of the Nation if we lie down and accept this lifetime distortion to our Legal System!

Kava-Naw I !

September 26th, 2018

What on earth is WRONG with those people who have come to get the power to supposedly “represent us”?

And what’s WRONG with US for allowing it?

All this blather about being the Great or Exceptional Nation, and our system of choosing so-called leaders can easily result in giving us individuals who can stand up publicly and INSIST on pushing ahead with their decisions, even if they are seen to be blatantly non-logical, non-ethical, and non-humane.

This entire discussion about behavior from decades ago not being valid in the decision to support a supreme court nominee is such an example. Not even taking into account the falseness of such an argument, as seen in an article published by Ms. Jill Richardson of the Organic Consumers Association who discussed the long-term effects of past traumas, we all seem to forget or miss the point that this is not about going to trial or issuing a sentence for past incidents, but SIMPLY attempting to establish the Bona-Fides and Qualities of a person who will stand in judgement over millions of people for the Rest of His Life!

I repeat, …  stand in judgement over us all for his entire life!

Do not the people of this nation understand that we must not allow serious moral or mental doubts about such a person?

Even if it is not so clear anymore, do we not still pretend, at least, that this is a Democracy, and that all citizens should be entitled to relatively equal treatment?? A doubtful soul in the Supreme Court, VIOLATES this basic premise.

So we should not be judging the relative weight of evidences of past behavior as though this were about actually convicting an individual. Instead, any such doubtful candidate who sparks an uproar about judgement, personal, or otherwise, should CEASE to BE CONSIDERED. Period. Find someone else. Time to Move On!

Interfering in Elections — a bad thing, right?

November 19th, 2017

In the News: Distortions influence our election process!


Yanks “to the rescue” in Russia, ’96.
When WE mess with voting, it’s fine!

Russians, they say, are hacking our votes. That’s … alarming!

On this topic, however, before we’re all overcome with xenophobia, just maybe … we should take a look in the mirror!

The U.S. might not sport the Number One healthcare system in the world, but it seems we do lead the globe in our ability to interfere with and alter elections — both here and abroad.

Statistics and history for this abound, so this is hardly speculation. Across the globe and for over a century.¹ Haiti, Greece, Italy, Iran, Chile, VietNam, Guatemala, the Philippines, among others, come to mind. Whatever WE do to others…is right, right?

Not only have we done it, we seem to be proud of it! Just check out the 1996 Time cover story about “Yanks” helping elect Yeltsin.

How dare we pretend to be so serious about our own hypocrisy?

Do local forces ever “interfere” here, at home? Hmm?

Domestically, do not some of our own forces play games, deciding who here gets to vote … and how? Or even whether those votes actually get counted? Practices such as gerrymandering of districts and the very Electoral College itself serve to distort and dis-serve the desires of those of our citizens who even come out to vote (the media works hard to keep many at home). Add to that, there are machine “results” that are often unable to be verified.

And that’s only the start. The Monopoly of the Duopoly (D’s & R’s agreeing behind closed doors) affects many diverse aspects of hearing and knowing about the true concerns and wishes of our citizenry (a process often referred to as ‘democracy’). They include:

  • How election laws are made and whose interests they serve
  • The number of signatures and dollars needed to get onto the ballot can vary by party — & each state is has its own laws that often differ widely. This is called “state rights freedom” by some, and a clear lack of democracy by others
  • Who gets to vote? Varies by state. WHY? WHO can honestly say any variation should occur, especially when we are voting for president or other national offices?
  • Which candidates…and parties…are allowed to be heard in public forums and debates
  • Why there is no Free Time for candidates on TV, as there are in so many countries
  • Why do we lack Proportional Representation, which allows  different opinions to have a voice, if they represent a significant minority (See
  • Why don’t we always elect our presidents and other officials with a Majority Vote, 51%+ of the voters … to be truly democratic. But we don’t in the U.S.! How do we justify that? Easy ways to fix this include:

— Ranked-Choice Voting — an easily adopted system that always produces this majority … and in just one voting session, without the need for a runoff election! (See

• A corollary to this is: “binding NONA”. Nona? Yes, an official “None Of The Above” ballot entry so you can actually vote “NO” to ALL the candidates if you like none of them.
A “binding” NONA means that if, after counting votes, NONA should actually “win” the majority of votes, then that part of the election must be re-done … to end up with a majority winning human!

  • Why don’t we free up televised debate rules taking control from the “two major parties” (the Duopoly to many), to allow other significant Voices & Choices in our so-called Land of Free Speech and Opportunity? We should do that, if for nothing else than to bring out voters who might otherwise stay home! The League of Women Voters used to run them, but the Duopoly resolved to take them over, to the detriment of any other voices … or choices … that may be out there seeking support.
    — NEWS FLASH! Wearing an American flag lapel pin does not automatically make you a patriot defending the Constitution.
  • The way many such diverse factors can come together to distort an election, can be clearly seen in Greg Palast’s film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy which describes Florida’s role in determining the 2000 presidential race. Having the President’s state campaign representative also be in charge of the state’s voting rules wouldn’t create any conflict, would it? The Presisdent’s brother being the Governor would not have any connection with that either, could it? Sounds pure 3rd world!

MOST of these measures must be dealt with if we ever wish to have Free and Fair elections here in the USA.

The changes required to increase fairness and representativity (essential for democracy) have been actively opposed for decades by a number of institutions and well-heeled individuals,  some of whom are mentioned above. In other words, to say that there is active, full-time opposition to measures to improve elections here, is no exaggeration whatsoever.
— If some forces (largely of the top 0.1%) do not want to change electoral practices to better represent people right here, just imagine how they are willing to ignore … or even destroy … such practices in other lands.

The Voices and Concerns of The American People are barely ever considered in this process we label “elections” and describe as Democracy. We are then told we send our young to fight and die abroad to defend these practices — even in lands where our policies have disrupted other peoples’ elections, even toppling democratically-elected governments. We must be more than concerned about how elections are perceived … and run.

This is no laughing matter. As a “collective” force, our nation is getting very good at this. And now, just as we can see our civil police importing and using the uniforms, materials and practices of our overseas armed forces on our own people, so it seems are we using similar practices regarding the relationship of the population to their ability to voice their preferences in a way that keeps them in charge of their own government, as expressed in our Constitution.

Elements to be considered:

Media – constant presence, “direction-ing”  impressions, pushing certain issues and candidates, while ignoring and excluding others, when not cynically distorting facts; creating a strong influence on the nature and intent of public “debates”, all in all, impeding anything resembling a truly well-informed public. THAT … is the opposite of journalism!

Electronic Voting, how those “providing the service” got selected, how their machines and internal circuits work, & what secrets they might hold which can effect results. How and by whom are we hampered from checking those results?

U.S. Influence in foreign elections. As we have seen, there is a long history of U.S. Influence … both mild and Major … in other countries’ elections — from sponsoring candidates, supplying money, troop training, arrests of candidates, media campaigns, toppling elected officials … and even invasions. Iran, Chile, Indonesia, VietNam, Guatemala, the Philippines, Nicaragua, to name a few.
• We have shown we can do it abroad — just how many of these “shenanigans” (and outright crimes) have been practiced right here?

Citizens United … perhaps the BIGGEST lie of them all. Corporations with the “rights” of citizens.
• Huge, UNKNOWN quantities of money and influence from hidden “donors” being called “Free Speech.” With all that money, might they not influence myriad elections, in a way that serves the donors more than the voters?? Hmmm?? Could they?

The Russian Factor. Given the above information for STARTERS, to talk of “Russian influence” on our elections — given these huge and constant influences that are regularly “part and parcel” of our own so-called “system” — is really a joke!

— No matter what and how much Russians might or might not have actually done, they could never begin to approach the ongoing and long-term effectiveness of, say, a Dow Chemical, Exxon, Pfizer, Goldman-Sachs, or a Koch brothers group, in altering our very own election results. Then, there’s the RNC & DNC themselves, with media and lobbyist connections. Let’s face it — the American Experience with Voting is hardly “free.”
— But we have been “taught” that somehow all that “stuff” is NOT interference with expressing our free will through voting. Oh, yeah, … really?
— So, by all means, let’s blame someone else, for what we created and permit to continue without question.

• Are we blind? Can we really no longer SEE … or have we lost the ability to judge and interpret?

Democracy, … it is not.
It is time to get off our butts, talk about it, then fix it, … while we still have a chance!

¹ As even the Washington Post & Huffingtonpost explain:

Freedom Fries are back

September 29th, 2017

In these days when a nation, its leaders, and media apparently seem not even to notice when an overwhelmingly popular winning majoritarian set of goals and desires are dismissed and “tossed under the bus” in a glaringly anti-democratic power grab, causing our electoral process to became a mockery as well as a fiction, it comes as little surprise that our Symbols, as well well as our Values (Facts, too), are all up for grabs.

Winners of the game (but not of a legitimate election), now muse about major tax self-benefits and possible war(s).

Our traditional power mongers and pundits today glibly speculate on the next set of upcoming “elections” as though nothing untoward or illegal had occurred in the last one.

For them … the People simply don’t exist — except to provide money and line up for occasional “votes.” A true Cosmetic Democracy.

Election 2016: like a rolling boulder smashing into a vehicle on the road, resulting in a trashed wreckage with glass, bones, blood, fatalities and some severely injured passengers, … but having the survivors get up, dust themselves off, limp and drag themselves around the wreck, catch rides and keep on moving, as though nothing inconvenient had happened at all.
— Oh, the wreckage gets removed, the boulder remains quite a while, but none of this … makes it into the news, so it never comes up in conversation. The traumatic incident is forgotten. We’re pretty much told what to remember. Life Goes On, Like It Never Happened.

The statue illustration shown here, though from a few years back, remains quite valid today, so it seems.

Click image to see an enlargement.

Thoughts and Democracy

August 21st, 2017

DEMOCRACY implies comparing and counting THOUGHT(s) … and expressed derived Desires.

Thought implies KNOWLEDGE, Information, Observation, Learning and EDUCATION, not to mention Exchange, and Dialog.

Democracy is nothing … without information and properly informed people, along with a transparent means to tabulate choices.

Informed People require free access to Information and its sources.

If Access to information is Restricted or Biased by the only providers who can reach a wide audience, then Open Knowledge, Appropriate Thought leading to Real Discussion and Communication, is not possible. In that case, neither is the true Practice of Democracy.

Welcome to 2017 America.

Single-Payer: Effective and Affordable … so what’s the problem? Here’s the REAL reason.

July 16th, 2017

note: Single-Payer = Medicare for All here.
Many of those actively fighting universal healthcare tell us:

  • “Single-Payer doesn’t work.”
  • “It’s not practical.”
  • “It’s just not politically viable.”
  • “It costs tons of money, we don’t have.”
  • “[It] makes us wait weeks to see a doctor.”
  • “It’s Socialized Medicine.”

… and the opposition’s list goes on and on! But—believe it or not—the main reason Single-Payer is being opposed so strenuously … isn’t even on that list!

Yes. The MAIN reason for such strong & well-financed  opposition … is because … Single-Payer offers us … democracy & freedom!!
Huh?? Don’t believe it?! Follow the explanation below!

• But first, some important S-P facts are
… that Single-Payer healthcare actually does work … as attested to and appreciated by considerable majorities in every industrialized nation … except our own. Besides that, as things stand, healthcare in the United States is considered the most expensive and least effective among those same nations.¹ Where are our journalists to deal with that?

Research shows that over 60% of Americans approve of such a system being implemented here—a figure which would be considered a legal majority in a properly functioning democracy. On top of that, many medical professionals and citizens’ groups here have produced all sorts of documents, meetings and marches calling for “Universal Healthcare … NOW!”

Is it “socialized medicine”? Not at all. It’s an insurance program that pays for all services & providers. ONE insurance company for everybody. It’s not government medicine. Doctors & other providers are free agents and are NOT required to be employees of the government. They just all receive payments from the one insurer. “Single Payer” — get it?

So what gives? With so many positives, WHY is there such an opposition?
— Or better … why such a highly organized opposition?

Actually, the answer is fairly simple, as we will soon see.

Is that surprising to you? Face it, whenever we hear about opposition to any universal health plan, there are usually all sorts of complex reasons and statistics that are trotted out. Hardly seems “simple.”

Well, indeed, there are all sorts of “justifications” given by opponenents … but, in the end, they are all really just excuses, not reasons, — because nothing they say explains the successes and acceptance rates elsewhere around the globe.

Those supporting universal healthcare, on the other hand, offer myriad affirmative arguments in their articles, books, testimony, speeches, and marches. They show and speak of the many resulting benefits and savings, while they attack the negative comments of big business, the health insurance industry and politicians, citing all the inadequate and untrue excuses being “pushed upon” the public.

• The truth is, that even the supporters of Single-Payer actually make their own major tactical error by ignoring the true goals of those in opposition.

Sure, they tell us that organized opposition is about the threat to insurance company and Big Pharma profits. We can see that. But … they are missing a bigger underlying reason — which is actually the main reason. The deep reason: Democracy & Freedom. Single-Payer promotes them.

That’s the one reason which few, if any, express openly in public … because they nearly always miss its connection to the Single Payer issue.

This “main reason” for the organized opposition to a national healthcare plan only rarely appears in our media and is almost never mentioned in our mainstream media. Most recently, however, that reason has been stated quite clearly and accurately in Nancy MacLean’s latest book, Democracy in Chains.²

Observing how many fundamentalist, free-market interests have come together with their own “stealth plan for America,” MacLean expresses the REAL underlying reason for such vehement and nearly hysterical opposition to Single-Payer … which is that those pushing this “stealth plan” — are actively working to oppose democracy in the United States — in all its forms:

• “[They feel that] Democracy must be, in effect, shackled, to prevent the majority will from being expressed …” (our italics).

So … THIS … is what it’s all about: Working to Prevent Democracy! Ahh, but, who is telling us?

Those anti-democratic interests wanting to derail democracy in the USA feel that the True Majority (the People’s Will) must neither be heardnor empowered! And Single Payer does both!


ALSO … did you know? Single-Payer is a Freedom of Speech issue! Surprise!

How’s that? It FREES you from your employer, who is no longer involved in your health insurance! AND, at the same time, it frees employers from bureaucratic busy-work that only hinders them and wastes their time, money, and energy.

Like Europeans, you & your family would be fully insured for any illness, treatment or operation — even if you were fired!  With Single-Payer enacted, you can say whatever you want about your job or boss, even go on strike, change jobs … and run NO risk of losing your family’s healthcare. THAT is freedom. Freedom of speech. Of association. From worry.

THAT Freedom reduces Fear and Anxiety — making you not only freer … but making you healthier — all by itself! That alone might be one of the biggest advantages of Single-Payer.

All those opposition “reasons” handed us — like increased costs, delays, etc. — are really just secondary ones, used to create a negative public opinion. Distractions. The Oligarchy’s Biggest Goal? Ending democratic decision-making once and for all in America — without you finding out!

Right now, there are people, chosen or not by us, who create the Rules for everyone, … and the rest must merely follow. Single-Payer defies that. It strengthens people’s health … and dignity!

You see? Beyond providing quality healthcare to everyone, Single-Payer also results in:
Empowerment, Independence, & Freedom … for ordinary Americans.

THAT, you see, must be avoidedat all costs! Or so say our “Oligarch Bosses.”

You SEE? Those buying votes & political control all across America, don’t want Single-Payer — but they dare not tell us why!
They don’t want us to know … they just always want to get their way. Always.

No matter their party affiliation, power-brokers and their minions will say or do anything to prevent Single-Payer! Recently in California, it was a pharmaceutical-friendly Democratic head of the state assembly who stopped (!) state-based Single-Payer by blocking the majority-supported bill.³

These folks are very serious. Deadly serious. Tens of thousands needlessly die every year, as they continue to get their way.

3 D’s: the Duopoly Damns Democracy!

• Successfully achieving universal healthcare demands, therefore, revealing, exposing and opposing all those who are working hard to destroy democracy in the U.S. Nothing less. It’s a big chore.

It is up to us … to stop them!

Single-Payer would be a major VICTORY for the American People … and for democracy! Nothing less! Like in 1776, this would help free us from “the King’s Court.” We must work together!


RE-READ: “History and Responsibility — A Lesson for July 4th”

July 4th, 2017

Worth re-reading:

N.Y. TIMES worried about threats to democracy? Oh, really?

May 25th, 2017

Frequently appearing as worrisome  public narratives are the fears of external threats to U.S. democracy, be they bricks-and-mortar attacks or cracks appearing in the basic legal underpinnings of our nation.

The below-referenced TIMES article goes there, … but effectively gets it UPSIDE-DOWN … seriously adding to our confusion.

The piece aims to disclose potentially damaging ramifications of what they say is Russia’s social media “warfare” against the U.S.

— “If there has ever been a clarion call for vigilance and action against a threat to the very foundation of our democratic political system, this episode is it,” former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before Congress — as stated in the article.


WE in the U.S., of course, … would NEVER do anything to create — or further — an “information war against global democracy,” undermine another nation’s sovereignty, or interfere in their elections, … would we? [wink, wink, nudge, nudge] Neither, heaven forbid, would we use REAL war techniques like soldiers or bombs or drones to disrupt internal affairs abroad, would we? No …, not US!

Among the tremendous ironies, disinformation, and outright lies of such a major and “serious” article, is the TOTAL ABSENCE OF AWARENESS of just HOW MUCH our own home-grown oligarchy with their bought-and-paid-for media empire and cash-driven political machinery … are indeed actively engaged in multiple levels of attacking, dismantling, and destroying whatever remains of a functional democracy right here, in the USA — one that should consistently hear, reflect, respect, … and serve … the American People!

This would just be a perverse joke, … were it not so deadly serious for us all, and for the planet. Here we have many local proponents actively tearing down democratic practices & institutions both domestically and abroad, while screaming about their concerns over possible “Russian influences” upon our internal politics! Sounds like it’s coming from SNL! Obfuscating what really goes on right here daily by controlling “news coverage,” is how they cover-up their own true actions and roles.

Yes. We SHOULD be afraid … afraid of those arrogant domestic automatons constantly chipping away at our rights and freedoms … and of those home-grown individuals paid good money to call themselves “journalists” while misleading us and even hiding from us major realities that they themselves might not even be capable of perceiving, … much less comprehending!

— based upon “Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America”


March 4th, 2017


The 2016 Narrative … in a nutshell.

DNC Democrats, desperate to please their Owners, got Down and Dirty this past year, and — along with Bankers and Bought-out Media — Denied Democracy to the largest People-Centered Majority that had formed in the USA since the days of FDR’s New Deal. Current Dem high-rollers pushed hard for their 1% corporate agenda — essentially Hijacking their own Primary … and along with it, the Will of the American People.

They then went on to lose what little remained of the Dollar-Distorted “Election” to an extreme rightwing-led Minority (yes, a minority!), also disgusted with what they, too, saw as bad “choices.” A “minority”? Indeed, when compared to the “New-Deal-style” poll-confirmed true majority described above.

NOW, in total Denial, the DNC Dems assume NO responsibility for what they did, the mess THEY themselves created, and, in fact, go on to BLAME EVERYONE else, including the Disinformed, Distraught, Demeaned and Derailed Voters, Berners, Johnson, Stein, Russia, Putin, Sarandon, and more.

Like the stern parents they have often shown themselves to be, the Democratic establishment does not listen, but instead lays down the law to any free-thinking offspring about what is permissible conversation and whom they must heed. Essentially, for them, American voters are children … not to be heeded, but herded … then to be blamed, should they dare step outside the “rules.” With incredible cynicism — and without shame, reflection, or respect — they still label this drama … “democracy.”

Furthermore — willing to do anything to PREVENT a true People’s Agenda from even being openly discussed — what would essentially be a verbalized list of those things Americans might actually want or need — corporate-led Dems go beyond scolding, silencing, and scripting, to even greater extremes, such as seeking possible anti-democratic Deep State “solutions” to their dastardly deeds (those which effectively led us to the current presidency) — including examining non-electoral “solutions” that would Dictatorially Dash what might remain of any Democratic Hopes of the American People.

And these “leaders” … many folks still refer to them as  “the good guys”!? When We the People are relegated to the shadows, little overall illumination occurs,  and democracy cannot be seen.

All this should have put us into deep crisis. That is, if we had a clear means to see it.

A Dark Hour, indeed … and, remember this  the gloom is independent of the current occupant of the White House — for, while Trump may very well be a bitter fruit for our nation  he is not the seed!

It will likely remain dark until that True “New-Deal-style” Majority that Sanders & company helped emerge this past year is, finally … and publicly recognized for the very American Voice it isand it comes back together with Force and Purpose and allies to claim its rightful place, heading a truly Representative Democracy.

Worth noting: While the “Parent-Child” relationship in this essay refers specifically to how the Democratic establishment deals with its minions, this is also a basic truth for how the U.S. Oligarchy in general treats the Citizens of the nation. Like children. So much to the contrary of popular patriotic sloganeering and justifications for our frequently going to war, the attitude of those who, without our consent, manipulate most power in this nation, essentially mocks the very notion of democracy to its core … denying us our Heritage.