The bad news…
The world economic collapse of 2008, and subsequent fiscal cliff showdowns of the red and blue political machine during the lingering Great Recession, demonstrated some of the things that go wrong in a so-called democracy when the loyalty of the Congress is controlled by international corporate interests.
Oh sure, the Republicans campaign on limited government, and the Democrats have gun control, and the first woman president, and both sides weigh in on abortion and so-called gay rights. But in the meantime, America’s crippled education, healthcare, infrastructure, and social justice systems continue to decline relative to other countries, and genuine economic prosperity eludes most of the people.
We aren’t hearing too many real solutions however, as we are bombarded by soundbites and manipulated by a media that has become beyond Orwellian in its ability to polarize our persuasions.
We are constantly at war with bad guys. You must either be a Republican or a Democrat, and showing any signs of cooperation with the other party is viewed as traitorous. For example, after the devastation of hurricane Sandy, President Obama went to New Jersey and shared a hug with Governor Chris Christie. But even something as simple as that was taken during the first Republican debate as embracing the enemy.
Deliberate charades in divisiveness like this do nothing to help America solve fundamental financial problems, because they move people more and more away from any common ground they might have shared.
And, as America hurtles towards the 2016 elections and predictably the lowest relative voter turnout in its history, many have begun to wonder just how much of America’s vote will end up being rigged.
It hasn’t helped morale to learn that voting machines and the central tabulation machines themselves can be reprogrammed within seconds by anyone with a standard key and a flash drive, to skew results via cell phone in any desired way. In its most recent damage control effort, Premier Election Solutions, formerly Diebold Election Systems, the main manufacturer (or culprit if you will), of voting machines changed its name, and was then sold to its competitor ES&S. Apparently a new name on the box is intended to provide some comfort for those who still managed to hear the rumor amid the din of corporate media brainwash.
So even in America, where the election of its leaders is far too important to board members of international corporations, than to be left to the will of the people, the unprecedented electronic surveillance of our cell phones, media devices and social networks continues to insure that Big Brother will know not only who each of us are, but how we will react in any given scenario. And if we don’t vote the way we’re supposed to, they might even try to change the results and lie to us over the media.
The good news…
So wouldn’t it be great if we could come up with our own electronic solutions to give all of the citizens in every district the ability to make sure their legislators represented their interests to the burgeoning federal government, instead of having it the other way around for a change?
Well, in the last few weeks a team of people working here in Los Angeles at a company called PlaceAVote have been brought to my attention and I think the electronic platform they are developing is a terrific thing.
PlaceAVote is building a system to let voters tell their representatives exactly how they think on every bill. They are fighting to get congressmen engaged with their constituents and when they won’t they are working with candidates all over the country who share their vision that no one is 100% left or right. Their candidates pledge to actively engage all the voters in their district and make their votes based on this information.
It has long been debated how the two party system is bad for American democracy, and it appears to me that PlaceAVote is the much needed first step towards a better government that truly works for its people. In the near future I expect to run for the House of Representatives, and I’m looking forward to working with PlaceAVote to help bring true representation back to our government.
Let’s vote representatives into Congress who actually listen and act on the voice of their voters. Let’s use technology to prioritize the issues we care about and loudly communicate them to those we put in power as our delegates.