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Old May 8th, 2017, 01:51 PM   #11
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You want to know what is "hijacking democracy" in the US?

The two major political parties.

They have been running the whole thing for over a century now and one of the things they have been exceptionally unified on is making sure no one else has a chance to play.

They have created the laws that make it appear that they are the only two "official" parties. They make the rules about who gets on the ballot and then they have teams of lawyers ready to challenge anyone who does get on the ballot. They control who gets to participate in any televised Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. They run the primaries that we all have to pay for even though only their candidates get to run in them.

Their idea of Democracy is A or B.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 03:52 PM   #12
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You want to know what is "hijacking democracy" in the US?

The two major political parties.

They have been running the whole thing for over a century now and one of the things they have been exceptionally unified on is making sure no one else has a chance to play.

They have created the laws that make it appear that they are the only two "official" parties. They make the rules about who gets on the ballot and then they have teams of lawyers ready to challenge anyone who does get on the ballot. They control who gets to participate in any televised Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. They run the primaries that we all have to pay for even though only their candidates get to run in them.

Their idea of Democracy is A or B.
Until we change it we have to deal with what we have. I am constantly trying to get term limits, line item vetos, more transparency, more truth in political campaigns and I join in a on movements I believe in, we can't change things unless we try, it seems like a losing battle but we can't give up. Protesting against the Vietnam war seemed useless but it paid off in the long run. We finally got healthcare, Obamacare needs some bug fixes but at least we got people thinking about it, we got people thinking about the corruption in the pharma industry, medical supply industry and insurance industries.
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