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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Saving American Democracy


In the video above, Robert Reich talks about “10 Steps to Save American Democracy”, something that’s critically important, but sometimes difficult to get clear in our minds. The job seems so huge. The good news is that things can be fixed and democracy restored.

The 10 steps that Reich mentions (a screen shot of the list is below) are all good ideas that I fully support and endorse, but many of them are incredibly difficult and one—overturning Citizens United—is pretty much impossible. For that to happen soon, the Supreme Court would have to be “packed”, expanding the size of the Court to outvote the radical conservatives now controlling it. The alternative, amending the US Constitution, is even less possible—at the moment.

Some of the 10 steps are ones I’ve been advocating for years, like automatic voter registration and non-partisan independent commissions to draw election district boundaries. Both are among the top things that can restore democracy in the USA.

One thing is certain: We should all be talking about restoring American democracy, and anything that helps stimulate that talk is a good thing.

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