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  •  my real world solution is (5+ / 0-)

    as I already said in another comment:

    The ONLY way to change anything is to simply GET THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS.  Until that happens, nothing else will happen.  Ever.  The monied interests will always win in the end.

    Unfrotunately, the sad fact is that neither party wants to give up the gravy train, so neither party will ever make substantial changes in election financing.  Why should they?--*both parties benefit tremendously from the current system*. It gives them far more money than they could ever have without it, and money wins elections. They have no interest in changing it (despite the occasional lip service that both sides give to the idea).

    It is utterly impossible to meaningfully remove the money from a system that is already utterly dominated by money. It's like asking mafia dons to enforce laws on themselves. They'll think about it if it's in their interests.  If it's not in their interests, you can't force them--they own the system, not you. To even BEGIN to change the electoral system, you first have to beat the money that already owns it. And that is impossible by working from within that system.

    The ONLY way to change it is to go outside that system, the way our grandfathers did in the 60's and our great-grandfathers did in the 30's.

    Editor, Red and Black Publishers, http://RedandBlackPublishers.Com

    by Lenny Flank on Fri Feb 26, 2010 at 04:49:24 PM PST

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    •  I'm reccing this ... (1+ / 0-)
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      but "grandfathers in the 60s"?  Geez, way to make me feel old.  But yes -- get the money out of politics.

      •  I was born in 1961 and (3+ / 0-)
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        became politically aware in 1973. I lived at the time in Rapid City, South Dakota, and had friends on the Pine Ridge Reservation when the American Indian Movement took over Wounded Knee and the Nixon Administration sent tanks in. It was quite a wake-up call for a 12-year old kid.

        So I juuuuuuust made the tail end of the 60's (the "60's" as a political era didn't really start until around 1964 and didn't really end until around 1974).

        Editor, Red and Black Publishers, http://RedandBlackPublishers.Com

        by Lenny Flank on Fri Feb 26, 2010 at 07:11:16 PM PST

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