Oppose Corruption By Uncovering the Wizards Behind the Curtains
RepresentUS: Solving the Corruption Crisis
We don’t want to end up with Technocratic Tyranny, do we?
Whether national U.S. politics were ever really open and honest is a debatable point, of course. Before we went to a primary system, the old method of choosing presidential nominees at big, messy national conventions was often accused of being corrupt and undemocratic. Deals were made in smoke-filled rooms and, voila , here’s your ticket. But we got some pretty good presidents out of those smoke-filled rooms. I’m old enough to remember watching those conventions on television, and in retrospect they seem more honest and transparent than what we’ve got now.
Hillary Clinton’s 2016 nomination was a done deal months before the primaries started, a fact that has been publicly confirmed in many ways. What the Democrats did to railroad Clinton’s nomination makes the smoke-filled rooms at the old national conventions seem downright guileless and innocent.
. . . but was Biden’s nomination handled much better?
News media set the parameters of allowable political thought, and that has become a very, very narrow range of thought. We really don’t have the choices we ought to in American democracy, because of decisions made without the consent by people of wealth and power behind closed doors. It’s possible to continue to participate in a democracy after that. But not with a quiet mind.
American democracy can be reformed and given back to the people. Campaign finance reform, voting rights guarantees, ending political gerrymandering, and some other steps would do it, and those things are possible.