Class Warfare Blog

June 24, 2016

Structural Changes are Needed

We need to re-form our political system. How we do that is questionable, whether we start from the rubble of our old political culture of we use it as a ladder to reach higher is entirely up to us. I suggest that we may need to start with baby steps. Here are a few I recommend

Redistricting by Neutral Means Whether by nonpartisan commissions or computers we need to have a way to redistrict our governments by a process other than letting the politicians do it, aka letting the foxes guard the hen house. Gerrymandering should be a thing of the past. The only thing the partisan politicians need to argue over is the criteria to be used every ten years to do the redistricting.

Separate Politicians from the Money Taking politicians out of the fund raising process makes quid pro quo money donations marginally more difficult. Since our Congress people spend more time on the phone asking for money from people than they do on almost all of their other duties combined, this is needed for legislative efficiency if nothing else. Politicians or candidates for office shouldn’t be involved in the money coming into their campaigns, period. Let surrogates do it.

Limit Donations to Constituents Candidates for political office should not be accepting money from people they will not represent. What possible service could a congressman provide to someone who lives outside of their district? Even if it were not a quid pro quo bribe, serving an out-of-district “donor” takes time and effort away from serving his actual constituents. The same goes for initiatives and policy referenda. If you are not affected by the policy in question, you should not be giving money to its supporters or detractors. Speech is free, so fly into the district in question and rent a hall and speak to your heart’s content, but no money or other structural support should be allowed.

Others? What other “baby steps” would you recommend we do?

 

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10 Comments »

  1. You’ve hit the primary aspects. I would like to see voter registration made easier nation wide. On-line registration is big in some states and what few if any glitches there are, there has yet to be any evidence-based charges of voter fraud.

    Comment by lbwoodgate — June 24, 2016 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

    • Really good idea. That we have even allowed the voter suppression efforts because they are “legal” is appalling.

      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 24, 2016 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  2. Have at least one more “permanent” political party and have them all equally funded from a common pool. That way there are more choices and the traditional party freeze out of new candidates would be lessened.

    Comment by Holding The Line In Florida — June 24, 2016 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

    • I agree. I have asked Berniw Sanders to form a new Democratic Socialist party. If he did I would join.

      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 24, 2016 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

  3. No baby steps. Toss out your system. It’s broken. Parliamentary system all the way.

    Comment by john zande — June 24, 2016 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

    • This would be very, very hard. It would require a constitutional convention and with all of the crazies out and about, I fear for what we would come up with.

      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 24, 2016 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

      • No doubt about it, but the first step is to admit 1) you no longer have a democracy, and 2) corporatism killed decades ago.

        Comment by john zande — June 25, 2016 @ 5:00 am | Reply

        • Now, John, rubbing salt in our wounds? We have never had a democracy, per se, the Founding Fathers, being patricians, were terrified of giving the unwashed masses that much power. We have a democratic republic, or rather we had. We now have a corporatocracy or an oligarchy (take your pick). If you look at out history we have never had much choice in elections as political parties have molded all candidates to fit their needs, although when I was younger the main parties had some diversity. Now the GOP represents only their core constituency (monied interests and all who can be fooled into backing them) while the Democrats who before labeled themselves as the party of the people has become the party of the professional classes. The poor, the middle class, etc have no one working for us. It is sad. I have lived to see a world in which there were liberal Republicans and Conservative Democrats to … this … (see attached)

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 25, 2016 @ 8:24 am | Reply

  4. Here are some: no donations from organizations, humans (and constituents) only can donate money.
    No more electoral college – whoever wins the majority becomes president.
    A separate non-partisan branch of government set up specifically to run and control elections.

    Comment by List of X — June 24, 2016 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

    • All good … I have a list!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 25, 2016 @ 8:30 am | Reply


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