Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 6, 2011, 2:18 p.m. EST by Briggs
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This is just a brainstorm on how to eliminate the ability of corporations and people of government (our elected officials ) to shape America to their future, not ours. If no one can predict who is going to win, if no parties exist, no division between normal Americans occur on a faux ideological level can occur. This creates a more direct influence by everyday citizens on the very body that governs them and allows everybody to have a direct influence in some way. Governments would be dictated by not only the 1% and not only the 99%, but by everybody.
A plethora can be said about the fundamental institutions of the United States were founded by capitalists, the 1% (not the 99%), and therefore innately geared for supporting those who can profit. The centralized, overarching Government (the Senate, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch (including Presidential staff, CIA, FBI, Military)) has not been bought out by corporations, but rather an extension of the interests of big business.
A fundamental change must be made to increase the amount of everyday people at the highest levels of government. Long senatorial terms allow senators to be bought out at an alarming rate and stay in power. Decreasing the length of service, and increasing the amount of our representatives will allow for a better representation of a wider group of people. The electoral college made the 2008 election appear as a landslide, with Obama receiving 67.84% of the electoral college and McCain 32.16%, when the overall popular vote was split between 53.68% for Obama and 46.32% for McCain. The electoral college is based on indirect voting, where the voting in itself is futile and a dissuasion of eligible voters to vote.