Proportional representation is the only real way of electing representatives according to the wish of the people. Therefore systems based on proportional representation provide for true democracy.
Unfortunately the US system is far removed from a real representation of people's wishes and interests.
America was a Consitutional Republic, became a Democracy, and now most closely resembles a Fascist Oligarchy.
Oh God. Another one of these wingnuts.
TVBrain -- (a) Tell me how America was ever a straight democracy. We have the occasional referendum, but that's it. America elects people to represent and vote in place of them. In a true democracy, the people vote on every issue.
(b) I'd also like you to elaborate on calling America a "Fascist Oligarchy". It's ironic really, because if we were living under a fascist system, you'd be sent to the gulag for comments like this.
American Fascism - Rampant Nationalism and Racism, a disdain for human rights, Controlled Mass Media, Supremacy of Military and National Security over domestic issues, Religion and government intertwined, Corporate power is protected while labor power is suppressed, Cronyism and corruption, fradulent elections, the list goes one.
Our Government does not have a dictator, but our President acts like one. the end of checks and balances, the erosion of the constituion, the loss of civil liberties, signing statements, I AM THE DECIDER.
An Oligarcy, a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few. In America all the power rests with the Elite. Wealth is Power.
Of the People, For the People, and By the People has become... Of the Elite, For the Rich, and Buy the Corrupt.
Nice generalizations. You could point to virtually any country and it will have certain fascist elements.
Patriotism -- sure.
Racism -- exists everywhere, yet it's not as bad here as it used to be or as bad it is in other countries (especially Muslim ones). America, more than any other country, is a melting pot formed by immigrants from all over the world who have adopted (until recently) core American ideals and values.
Emphasis on Nat'l Security -- we were attacked 8 months into the President's term. That kind of changes things in regards to national security and defense concerns. Unfair assertion
Religion -- Christianity has been an inherent aspect of this country since it's inception (https://www.houseofpolitics.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1241&postcount=3)
Corporate power -- another dubious talking point. The curbing of the power of labor unions is not nearly as aggressive as it has been previously in American history (late 19th/early 20th century). In fact, I would argue that labor unions are seeing a sharp increase in power and collective leverage against corporations.
Corruption -- show me one country in the history of mankind that wasn't susceptible to corruption. A constant in politics.
Fraudulent elections -- yeah, like Gore supporters in Florida not being able to figure out how to vote on a simple butterfly ballot that 2nd graders could easily navigate.
Instead of blind accusations, I'd like you to provide some substance. Exactly where has the checks and balances gone? Were the Democrats not elected to the House and Congress? Does the Supreme Court have unanimous decisions in favor of conservatism in every case? Who has lost what civil liberties (other than terrorists)?
I agree to a certain extent. We need another Reagan-like figure who will be able to reduce the size of the gov't and all the beauraucratic nonsense to reasonable levels. It's just so hard to find people these days who are willing to limit their own power.
Most Americans don't want to rely on the government. Why? Because it just makes everything take longer, more expensive, and less successful. As my hero, General George S. Patton (US 3rd Army) said, "people will surprise you with their ingenuity.
agreed that this is the way things are, does not mean they should be.
Corporate Power has increased dramatically under the Bush administration. You have a very good understanding of right wing talking points and are an intelligent person. i challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and read something that doesn't placate your already made up mind.
Not being able to grasp the fact that the corporate world and the elite families of bankers and industrialist play a major role in US and foreign policy is just not seeing the whole picture and having a narrow minded understanding of history. The corporate world comes first when it comes to any form of policy in american gov't. When you have a system that operates as such, you have an Oligarchy.
"susceptible to corruption" ? If that helps you sleep at night. Yes corruption is a part of politics. This administration has taken it to a whole new level.
There is no checks and balances when the executive signs a law and then adds a signing statement that it does not have to abide by said law. You do not live in a republic when the Supreme Court "appoints" a President. When the Rule of Law is secondary to anything you do not live in a republic.
I have lost my civil liberties, because if 1 american loses them, we all have lost them.
Most Americans want a better Government.
Sorry Brian but do you remember that three newspapers did there own recount of the Fla. vote count and each time the bush win was bigger. Also I like the college if not for that only N.Y. Fla. and Calf. would matter in the election. Personaly I don't what the cranola state making the differance evry time
Ohio was much worse in fact. It's a documented fact. All it takes is a little research into what you DON'T want to believe. It's easy to study and understand what you want to be true, it's much harder to look at the other side objectively and then come to your conclusions.
The Conyers hearing, in which Clinton Curtis testifies that he was hired by a republican congressman to create hackable voting machines that would swing an election 51-49 in whichever direction was desired.