Making American Democracy a Triumph of Equality

Max Berger
Mar 6, 2019 - 5:00

As the numerical majority of white people dwindles, white conservatives are increasingly admitting that white supremacy and capitalism won’t survive if our government represents the will of the people.  Just last week, former Maine governor Paul LePage was asked about a bill that would allow states to opt out of the Electoral College and commit to awarding all their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. “If they do what they say they’re gonna do, white people will not have anything to say,” -->

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12 Replies to “Making American Democracy a Triumph of Equality”

  1. Because the ultra-right media corporations and the so-called leftist media corporations are both controlled by big money, these corporations have very successfully triggered a Hatfield vs. McCoy-style feud between left and right.
    These corporations have no intention of brainwashing us into allegiance to principles. Instead, they brainwash us into allegiance to “our side.” This is frightening because if we all believed in the principles of one person, one vote; individual freedom of choice; rule of law; the Bill of Rights, etc., it wouldn’t matter what color or religion we were. There would be nothing to defend but the above-mentioned principles. Life would be easier and a lot more fun!
    I love the fact that Bernie and others in Our Revolution have pushed the Democratic party to the left (closer to where the vast majority of Americans are when polled about policy). We definitely need to reclaim our Democracy.
    I support a new Constitutional amendment reversing Citizens United (via the work of Wolf-PAC and others). To me, that is the most important thing we can do to get rid of big money controlling all the resources (and by extension, the most prevalent opinions) in this country. When money stops controlling our two-party system, we will see a rise of plurality, possibly many more political parties, and hopefully a lot more authentic candidates. I see you’re working to organize the grass roots and bring us closer to great outcomes for the everyday people, and I thank you for that!

  2. Agreed. And the only way to make those fundamental changes to break up the two party system is to get the big money out of politics. Citizens United must be overturned.

  3. Very informative article. A few points I would make are 1. Capitalism is not at risk as long as the ruling class manages to create divisions among/between the rest. 2. The Democratic Party does not want the latest left progressives elected (AOC, etc), they want their constituents. Democrats and Republicans are merely different shades of grey. A few “socialist “ programs, while making life a bit easier for us, will not jolt capitalism in a meaningful way. We need progressive think tanks who do not represent capital to plan a long term strategy, and we need to capture the progressive energy that responded to Trump’s plan. A third party would peel off the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, thus ensuring a republican win, unless that progressive wing pulls in independents. People in all parties are sick of the corruption, and that corruption hurts people of color disproportionately.

  4. I agree that the Electoral College needs to be obliterated, especially since it was created to keep the vestiges of slavery intact. This support of white supremacy is a cancer since the founding of this republic. It is foul, toxic, and is a machination for the imagination of suppression and oppression against anyone not of European descent. I don’t know much about the filibuster, but with its roots also in white supremacy, it must be obliterated as well. This kind of progress cannot happen without a struggle. Frederick Douglass eloquently stated, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men (and women my words added) who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.” The fight continues…

  5. Why are we not voting out the Electoral College? It didn’t do it’s job out of fear of retribution in 2016, so why should we trust it to ever do the job it was put in place for? Let’s start with that.

  6. THANK YOU! Popular vote across the board is, in my opinion, the single most powerful catalyst for a true democracy. Get rid of the electoral college, redistricting goes along with it. One person, one vote!
    Second step, IMO, would be automatic voter registration at voting age for life regardless of criminal history. Step 2B (haha) would be eliminating party affiliation on registration.
    We also need a standardized voting system for the entire country. This might seem a little crazy — maybe it is — but I think we need a system that includes bubble sheets that are scanned whose results are automatically forwarded from each voting site to a central server to be tallied while officials at each site count the paper ballots by hand and forward their results along to all the other sites in a county to collectively tally the results. Those results can then be compared among those sites if there are any questions of integrity. Might seem like overkill but it seems like a comparably simple way to ensure fair elections. Purely digital voting systems are not reliably accountable or transparent.

  7. Thanks for this article. I like the idea of creating multi-member districts in each state. We have ranked choice voting here in San Francisco and so far, I’m happy with the results. Even when it doesn’t go to my first pick, I still feel I my vote was counted.
    When you mention needing social movement leaders, I feel a strategy that may be effective would be for each leader to focus on one aspect of pushing for transformational political reforms. There are so many reforms that have to be tackled, it seems if the goals were divvied up, studied, drafted and pushed individually, it would be less overwhelming for the leaders to tackle. The broader public may also see it as more attainable because when people hear long lists, especially if they tend to be more centrist or conservative, they write it off as “pipe dreams”, etc.
    Love what you’re all doing. Please keep up the hard work!

  8. Very thoughtful article — thank you for sharing your insights. As the illegal actions of the current administration continue to grow, I also worry about the future of our democracy. The electoral college and gerrymandering need to be replaced with a voting system that counts each person’s vote equally.

  9. Very well-researched and I agree with writer, with one exception. I’m not sure a political revolution is sufficient to wrest power from white men who seem determined to maintain the system of white supremacy by any means necessary, to include selling out to Russia.

  10. I very much appreciate the arguments made in this article. I agree that a drastic change to our political system is necessary. I also understand that much of the framework of our Constitution is the result of compromise with slaveholders, and as such should be closely examined. I am very much in support of the growth of smaller, more independent parties as well.
    Regarding the fillibuster, I really do not know much of it, so do not feel qualified to address it.
    Regarding the Electoral College, however, I am a little more knowledgeable. First, I completely understand that it did *not*, in 2016, fulfill the duty it is theoretically supposed to: decline to elect a President that is unqualified. Failing this, its prime purpose, definitely merits a reevaluation of the EC system. However, in the discussion of a NPV, there is something which I think is overlooked. I have read much (though not exhaustively) on the debates that surrounded the drafting of the Constitution. One of the purposes of the EC, and the make-up of the Senate, is to represent that we are *not* a pure democracy, but rather a democratic republic, founded on a constitution. One of the reasons for this construction is that the Founders attempted to account for many forms of tyranny. Obviously, they did not succeed in predicting all forms, fully dealing with the ones they did, or even fully protecting us against the ones they tried to. Corporations, slavery, and a stagnant Congress are respective examples of these failings. However, one of the forms they did predict was they tyranny of the many, or the mob. This has historically been a failing of pure democracy. The founders also predicted the tyranny of the executive, thus our 3 branches of government, which admittedly no longer function as intended. Some of them predicted the tyranny of factions, as we see in the (now almost) unified rule of the GOP, though they were not taken seriously enough. One of the biggest protections against the tyranny of public whim was the balancing of individual power (House) and State power (Senate).
    In all the discussions of eradicating the EC, I have seen no arguments discussing how the new ideas will account for the tendancy of pure democracies to devolve into swaying one way and the next in the wind of public whim. We already suffer from this tendency, with the ever-increasing partisan nature of our political discussion. How do we reverse this trend, while removing those structures which were (in part at least) engineered for precisely that purpose?

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