CURB THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS
|As if a stressed-out society and a looming economic crash isn't enough, President Clinton's legacy quest includes 29,000 pages of rules, regulations and executive orders surpassing President Carter's record of 24,000 pages. What kind of governmental insanity is that? .|
HILLARY CLINTON'S 2004 PRESIDENTIAL SCHEME
|Anyone who thinks Senator-elect Hillary Clinton isn't headed for the 2004 Democratic Convention with her $8 million book in hand lacks a modicum of common sense. Indeed, what is being touted as her "tell all" memoirs, scheduled for release in 2003, will instead be a blueprint for her presidential campaign.|
WHY COLIN POWELL DIDN'T RUN FOR PRESIDENT
|Though he never came out and said it, the reason Colin Powell did not run for president and why he said that he would not run for elective office speaks volumes about what's wrong with our political system.|
2000 ELECTION DIVIDES NATION
|We have just gone through a bitterly divided presidential election. The votes were razor thin and hotly contested in the courts. Neither candidate is broadly recognized by the people as a winner. Rather, both are looked upon by the public eye as losers.|
|It is disturbingly apparent that the flow of court battles and political aggression erutping from the 2000 presidential election is leading the majority of the American people to the inescapable conclusion that Gore Democrats and Bush Republicans have engaged America in what amounts to a "Civil War."|
BLACK ROBES ON WHITE HORSES
|Media headlines, top stories, commentary and opinion are replete with the contentious deadlock in Florida over the presidential election. But now, as is too often the case, none of it really matters because selfish interests have gone to the courts. They simply cannot get their way any other way.|
IT'S TIME FOR VOTING NETWORKS
|Regardless of the outcome of the fiasco in Florida, one thing is painfully clear. It simply doesn't matter which candidate becomes the 43rd President. Indeed, American voters are disenfranchised because the two-party system undermined the sovereignty of the people.|
THE 2000 ELECTIONS -- DIVIDED WE FALL:Unless we change the system
|The results of the highly contentious 2000 elections are far from being presidential or democratic. Indeed, the only winners of this historical exercise in spectacles are factions: political party powers, special interests, pundits and pollsters, lawyers and demagogues. And, of course, the news media and the recipients of political advertising dollars.|
|Wrenching democracy over the presidential election spectacle is the historical result of a destructively partisan two-party system. Indeed, we have what amounts to non-representative democracy in the United States. How much more divisive can we get? America is better than this...|
AMERICA IS BETTER THAN THIS..
|Shallow sniping, sniveling, whining, hand-wringing and crying foul is a disgraceful, highly disturbing, way to drag out the end of a presidential election. Surely, the country has endured enough back-biting, bitterness and deceit from the Clinton administration, the bungled impeachment, and the inept Republican Congress.|
AMERICA vs THE UNITED STATES
|The tragic loss of American lives in Yemen as the result of a terrorist attack on our Navy coupled with hostilities and instability in the Middle East makes it all the more important who our next president will be. Considering the current president's record and the lack of a quality candidate to succeed him, the outlook for our future is disturbing.|
SWING VOTER'S CHOICE 2000
|After watching the Clinton administration for nearly eight years, the presidential debates, "The Choice 2000" on PBS, the stockmarket and the disturbing events in the Middle East, this independent voter has come to a serious conclusion. There is only one issue. America is steeped in uncertainty.|
DO BALLOT INITIATIVESFAVOR DEMOCRACY OR BIG BUSINESS?..
|(ANS) -- Carol Hogan would seem an obvious backer of Proposition 38, a voter initiative in California that would create the nation's largest school-voucher program. She is the spokeswoman for the California Catholic Conference, a church organization that wholeheartedly supports the concept of school vouchers, which would funnel public education funding to Catholic and other private schools.|
AUDIT THE WHITE HOUSE
|The news about the Clintons favoring over 300 campaign donors with White House "State Dinners" at taxpayer's expense is beyond outrage, at least to those of us who are not Democrats. Just how much arrogance must the unanointed endure before a long overdue reckoning takes place?|
WHO CAN WE TRUST?
|What choice do voters have when they are faced with immature, self-absorbed, candidates for president? Did the American people learn nothing from the experiences of the election and re-election of the current occupant of the White House?|
IT'S TIME FOR REAL DEMOCRACY
|Governor George W. Bush and Vice-President Al Gore are glaring examples of what's wrong with government in America. Considering the performances of President Clinton and Senate candidate Hillary Clinton, it clearly tells us that, if this is as good as it gets, America is in deep, deep trouble..|
"RATS -- VERMIN -- GOVERNMENT -- POLITICIANS"
Letter from Founder published in USA TODAY|
The news media missed the mark by dwelling on the trivial outrage of a subliminal political ad calling bureaucrats, "rats." Rats are simply among species of "vermin," which aptly describes Democ-rats and Republic-rats that create and spread the plague of bureauc-rats.
DEBATE OVER THE DEBATES
|The 2000 presidential debates have been reduced to childish bickering and political arrogance between Democrats, Republicans and the news media. If nothing else, it is clear and convincing evidence that the two-party system, pre-selected candidates and media campaigns are highly disturbing failures reflected by government as usual.|
THE SKIN GAME
|Most voters who have been able to sort through the myriad of propaganda, polls and demagoguery will come to the inescapable conclusion that the two-term Clinton administration, four Congresses and 2000 presidential elections are clear and convincing evidence that politics in America is little more than a "skin game."|
FOUNDER DEBATES EDUCATOR
|Of my many communications and e-mail discussions as the founder of the Direct Democracy Center, the most recent is topical and interesting. The debate was conducted between July 31, 2000 and August 9, 2000. It touches on government, democracy and public education.|
THE TWO-PARTY SYSTEM FAILS
|Those who continuously beat the drum for the two-party system are, in fact, handing down an indictment of a failed political system, which panders to the center with lies, deceit and political terrorism, then returns to its base and does what it wants after winning elections.|
CHENEY AND LIEBERMANTAPPED TO ADD CHARACTER, ETHICS AND RELIGION TO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
Bunk! The VP is a hollow office, and the only religions in politics are the Democratic and Republican parties.|
What will the voters really get from the 2000 elections? Pre-selected candidates from the two-party system's primaries and the political "show-biz" of carefully scripted "uncoventions."
FOUNDER PETITIONS THE SUPREME COURT
|On June 26, 2000, the Supreme Court denied the Direct Democracy Center founder's petition for a writ of prohibition which would have, in effect, ended the "two-party" system's control of elections and government.|
THE SUPREME COURT FAILS AGAIN AND AGAIN
|By refusing to hear the final plea in the Elian Gonzalez case the Supreme Court finished the term with another deplorable batting average in the democratic game of the republic. Castro's Communism came away with an easy victory over the principles of American freedom.|
DEATH PENALTY MEDIA SPECTACLE
|Headlines: "Death Penalty Looms Over Bush Campaign," etc., etc..|
Why are the news media making such an outrageous spectacle of themselves by vigorously campaigning against the death penalty when the vast majority of Americans have supported capital punishment for so long? There is nothing subtle about the disturbing answer.
|While attending the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention, President Clinton said that he didn't want and wouldn't ask for a pardon if he were to be indicted after leaving office.|
VOTE FOR YOURSELF 2000:
|If enough of us do it, no candidate will have enough voter confidence to hold office.|
The DDC recently learned about a new grassroots effort that rejects the political process by asking voters to write-in their own names on the November ballot rather than being left with no choice but to vote for "pre-selected" or "lesser evil" candidates..
USA TODAY'S "Ignoring Clinton's behavior
|invites weaker ethics" (May 25th)and a reader's letter ('Modern lawyering') raised the bar with a double dose
of common sense for the legal profession.|
As if lawyers could fall any lower in the public mind after President Clinton took office, he managed to drag the profession, not only down to his level, but beneath him.
CHEAP TRICKS AND STUPID SKITS
|What in the world is going on at the people's White House? It's one thing for President Clinton to produce stupid skits of himself to show at the White House Correspondent's Dinner at taxpayer's expense, but it's something else entirely when it demeans the already sullied office of the president.|
|Taking Elian Gonzales by force makes it a foregone conclusion that he will be returned to Cuba with his father. President Clinton has made that decision, probably as part of a deal with Fidel Castro, and probably as the prelude to normalizing relations with Cuba.|
|America will be paying the price for the Clinton era long after he has left office. Indeed, the billions he's wasted by meddling in various foreign affairs is nothing compared to the forthcoming results of his economic intrusions.|
|Mike Wallace's report on government mishandling individual American Indian trusts indicated in the 60 Minutes report, aired April 3rd, that there is at least $2 billion (that they know of) owed to individual Indians and their families going back nearly a hundred years.|
FREE ELIAN GONZALEZ
|Founder's letter to the editor published in The Los Angeles Times March 29, 2000 and in USA TODAY on March 31, 2000.|
TRUTH IN GOVERNMENT
|"America's voters starving for substance and honesty" letter from the DDC founder in the Letters to the Editor, USA TODAY: March 21, 2000.|
VOTER INITIATIVE AND DEMOCRACY BETRAYED WITH BLATANT LIES
California's Proposition 28 voter initiative to repeal the 50 cents per pack cigarette tax imposed by the narrow passage of Proposition 10 in 1998 was overwhelmingly rejected by 72 percent of the votes cast on March 7, 2000. But democracy was betrayed for the second time with a pack of Reiner lies.
MEDIA-DRIVEN LIES DECIDED THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS
It should come as no surprise that Al Gore and George W. Bush are the two gladiators left standing in the 2000 presidential election arena. Indeed, as we predicted, media-driven lies, deceit and distortions decided the outcome of the primaries before the votes were counted, and the media will decide it again in November.
THE CONCORD PRINCIPLES
|By Ralph Nader|
An Agenda for a New Democracy
Control of our social institutions, our government, and our political system is presently in the hands of a self-serving, powerful few, known as an oligarchy, which too often has excluded citizens from the process.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOVERNMENT
|What happened to America?|
The Ten Commandments of the consolidation of government power in Washington might give us a clue:
|3/3/2000||CALIFORNIA VOTERS CAN TURN AROUND A DANGEROUS TREND||There is much more to California's Proposition 28 than simply repealing the Proposition 10 tobacco tax. It's a matter of reversing a dangerous injustice perpetrated by self-absorbed celebrity filmmaker Rob Reiner against beleaguered smokers. Indeed, the knife of injustice cuts smokers even deeper by the mainstream news media either ignoring it or censoring the truth.||3/3/2000||THE MEDIA DECIDES ELECTIONS||The outrage of the week, and every week, is the fraud perpetrated by the media and politcal pundits.
Why does the media find it so difficult to admit creating the so-called John McCain phenomenon? . These circumstances are not unusual, unaccountable facts or occurrences. Self-criticism and claims of innocence by the media are insincere and softly spoken. Indeed, farming McCain was carefully cultivated by the media from the moment they were stunned by the seemingly unstoppable George W. Bush money train.
|2/19/2000||EMORY COLLEGE TO HOLD FIRST ELECTRONIC ELECTION||On March 1, 2000, Emory College in Atlanta, Georgia will hold campus-wide student government elections completely on-line. In addition to being one of the first college campuses to hold elections in this way, the "e-lection" sets a precedent for the way technology and democratic government can interact in the future.|
|2/15/2000||USA TODAY CYBERVOTING DEBATE||A Letters to the Editor debate about voting over the Internet began with reader's letters published in USA TODAY on January 31st, February 8th and February 10th. Two of the letters were against cybervoting and one was in favor. Of course, the Direct Democracy Center contributed to the debate with a letter from the DDC Founder, which was published on February 15, 2000.|
|1/25/2000||NONE OF THE ABOVE!||Proposition 23 "None of the Above" Ballot option is a California initiative statute that will be decided by the voters in the March 7, 2000 primary election. If passed, voters would have the option of casting a ballot for "none of the above" instead of choosing a candidate. The number of voters selecting "none of the above" would be reported in official election returns but would not affect the outcome of the election.|
Though the measure doesn't have any teeth, at least election results will reflect voters disdain for the process.
|1/15/2000||Who's Going to Control the Internet?||WHO'S GOING TO CONTROL THE INTERNET? THEM OR US?|
America Online's pending $166 billion mega-merger with Time Warner lends credibility and vast importance to the value of the Internet. Indeed, it marks the beginning of what could become a string of mega-marriages between competing Internet giants like Microsoft,Yahoo! and Amazon, with media monsters like General Electric's NBC, Disney's ABC and Viacom's CBS -- not to mention NewsCorp.
|1/1/2000||Direct democracy and direct education are inevitable.||DIRECT DEMOCRACY AND DIRECT EDUCATION ARE INEVITABLE!|
Advances in telecommunications and information technology are propelling democracy and education into the 21st Century over the Internet. Voters in Arizona, California and possibly a few other states could be casting their votes on the Internet in the 2000 elections. Colleges and universities are steadily increasing the availability of online courses.
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