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Resecuring Democracy

I think democracy is losing ground in America. I'm not very optimistic about the prospects because it was imperfect to begin with and the last couple years it has lost some ground. Some of these seem out of reach altogether.

  • Eliminating Opposition Voters
    • Limiting Access: Access to voting and voter rights have taken a step back in the last year or two.
  • Making the Vote Irrelevant
    • Gerrymandering: Lines are being drawn to prevent certain groups or certain parts from winning any representation.
    • Electoral College Reform: Representational election of our President is necessary. A proportional electoral college (still 538) would provide 10x the resolution and eliminate the rural bias. This is a good compromise and preserves the values of our republic while providing a more just representation. This would also give a boost to a multi party system.
  • Manipulating the Voter
    • Digital Bubble: We finally achieved targeted advertising and targeted entertainment and it has left us of a bubble that doesn't give us any exposure to multiple view points.
    • False Advertisements: While simultaneously we are being bombarded with fake news and many people cannot tell the difference and the technology to deceive is improving rapidly.
  • Representation of the Voter
    • Term Limits: Modest term limits of say, 12-20 years be imposed on all members of Congress.
    • Citizens United: At the same time the access of some and the influence of others be reduced and allow for a balanced representation of all peoples and groups and individuals.
    • Transparency: We need visibility into everything, not just the final legislation. Why? How? Who?
    • Participation: Greater access to local representatives and the ability to organize and discuss issues.
    • Metrics: Published platforms and goals with explicit outcomes and reports that measure progress towards those goals.
    • Accountability: There is no effective accountability of a Congress or body of law that does not represent its people
    • Party System: The two party system has always been fascinating, but the fact that you must run under one
      party or the other is ridiculous. One party per platform is the rule. We need a system with a) Ranked voting and b) functioning multi-party system.

    Updated on 12/2/18 for formatting and clarity

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