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Why the Minority Hold Us Hostage

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: electoral college, Republican Reich, voting rights )

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TomCat S (125)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 10:28 am
In 1917, an extreme-right fascist minority staged a military coup and overthrew the majority democratic socialist government. Lenin [R-RU] called his minority Bolsheviks, which means majority. He called the majority Mensheviks, which means minority. This Republican Reich dominated Russia for almost a century, and now that nation has fallen prey to another Republican Reich under Vladimir Putin [R-RU]. A similar minority holds the US hostage under Resident Donald "Putin’s Pervert" Trump. Here’s how they do it.

Sue H (7)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 10:30 am

Trish K (29)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 10:40 am
It's because of Fake News and Russian Interference . Nothing has changed in a hundred years.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 10:54 am
This article and the companion one (well, maybe not intended as a companion but has companion material) are both, IMO, required reading. I have not finished either yet because they have been very slow loading (which I HOPE is because so many people are trying to read them at once.) Thanks for this, TC


JL A (281)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 11:06 am
I agree with Joanne

Pat B (356)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 11:10 am
Good articles, passing on too.

Thank you for this, Tom.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 11:31 am
I too agree with Joanne.. Thanks TomCat

Ted W (127)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 11:37 am
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!!! RESIST!! Thanks for sharing, TomCat!!!

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 12:00 pm
Very interesting article; thanks for posting, TomCat. Some points are very obvious, some examples rather surprising (the numbers on guns, gun owners and gun control really threw me), some just so darn frustrating. With elections probably remaining as they are, there’s only one thing for it at the moment: vote, vote and vote again. Because you can be sure that Republicans always do.

Winn A (179)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 2:02 pm

Kathleen M (208)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 2:35 pm
Nuts!! Thx for sharing TC.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 2:57 pm
Noted, Thank you

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 3:25 pm
Noted, Thanks

Peggy B (43)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 3:44 pm

pam w (139)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 4:11 pm
Thanks, Tom.

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 5:29 pm
Understood! That’s why this is a Plutocracy!

Glennis Whitney (393)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 7:26 pm
Interesting article Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

David C (75)
Monday October 2, 2017, 5:20 am
thank you.

Nita L (127)
Monday October 2, 2017, 6:03 am
Thank you TomCat.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday October 2, 2017, 11:30 am
o me, there are two primary things that are needed to reclaim some semblance of majority rule: 1) electoral reform; and 2) getting the money out of politics.

“In the South, for instance, with a population of 103 million, Republicans are essentially awarded 22 seats automatically. (The only Democratic senators in the old Confederate states are Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia and Bill Nelson of Florida.) Meanwhile, four large Democratic states — California, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts, with an aggregate population of 80 million — get eight seats. This is minority rule, plain and simple.”

To put this in numeric terms, the populations of CA, NY, IL and MA constitute 77.67% of population of the South. On a proportional basis, they should then be allowed 17.09 Senate seats, not the 8 they have. Talk about a disconnect!

“… one of the major reasons the GOP persists with its inane health care repeal plan — again, the public be damned — is that big donors have threatened to withhold their money if the Senate doesn’t proceed. The GOP, needless to say, has a near-monopoly on oligarchs.”

Look at the massive amounts of money spent during the 2012 campaign. From Politico:

“About $7 billion was spent by candidates, parties and outside groups on the 2012 election – beating even the unprecedented expected total of $6 billion, according to a review of campaign finance reports by the Federal Election Commission.”

That’s a lot of money that could be better used, and it is more heavily weighted to Republicans.

I agree with Lona when she says:

“… vote, vote and vote again. Because you can be sure that Republicans always do.”

Resist, Persist and Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!

TomCat S (125)
Monday October 2, 2017, 2:16 pm
Thanks, stars and hugs to all.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday October 3, 2017, 8:10 pm
Thank you for the interesting article TomCat
thank you TomCat
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