0.1% Democracy

0.1% President
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USA

It is well known that it is just 1% of Americans hold America’s wealth. So if this is the case why do Americans do nothing about it?

Is it because they can’t?

People will say “but this isn’t true, the United States is a democracy and all the people are responsible for picking their President.” Are they really?

Yes it’s true that all Americans get to vote on who they want to be President but who are their choices from?

We start with the caucuses where candidates offer themselves to run. This process though costs money. The wealthy back who they want and ensure that they are able to blanket the media with their propaganda, especially since the creation of Super PACs has been endorsed. Other contenders who do not have the backing of the 1% get “bought” out of the race if they don’t go well at the beginning.

First of all the caucuses take place State by State and not everybody can vote in them, let’s be generous and say only 1% take part. Is this 1% a true cross section of the State?

How many homeless are invited to take part?

How many serving military can take part?

Now look at how many of that 1% is in fact part of the 1% of wealth or work for the 1% of wealth.

Then consider that by the time the candidates not backed by the wealthy drop out, perhaps only 5 States have held their caucuses. That is at best 10% of the country, so that means that, who actually runs for President, that all Americans can vote for, has in fact been decided by 10% of 1%, or 0.1% of the American people and this 0.1% has been heavily influenced by the top 1%.

America's Dark Age?
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Presidential Election

Now we get to the Presidential election, yes everybody does get a chance to vote. The 1% does not have to worry who wins, they have already ensured that anybody they did not want, or posed a threat to their dominance is not in the race. The 1% will back whichever candidate they want, often backing both, for promises of returned favors by the eventual winner.

The resulting vote by 100% of the American people results in, at best, a transfer of wealth between the top 1% and at worst an increase of their dominance over the country.

It is the realization of these facts and knowing that the election is just a sham for international propaganda purposes, that many people who have the opportunity to vote, no longer do. The ever decreasing numbers of potential voters, who actually vote, has dropped to below 50%.

The 1% will tell you though that this is because the common people don’t care about their country and if they don’t care then why should they care for them?

Democracy

So this is the great American democracy.

A democracy, that the US claims, that if others don’t have it, then they are barbaric, uncaring, uneducated, heathen or even demonic.

This is a democracy that the US has gone to war to try and spread. It is a cause that has cost many true Americans their lives, although rarely any of the 1%.

During the Dark Ages in Europe, the wealthy Lords would decide amongst themselves a King, and then they would tax their people and provide soldiers to the King in an effort to increase their combined power and wealth. The more power the Lords wanted, then the more the people had to pay in taxes and lives.

The United States has now begun its own dark ages and the Lords have set sight on the whole world as their target for control.

In most countries in Europe, the Dark Ages were followed by change brought about by violent revolutions of one kind or another.

Will America change its ways and show itself to be the great leader in humanities and peace, that it claims to be, or will it too find itself entwined in internal strife before its Lords and masters reach their ultimate goal of world domination?

The United States should certainly get its own house in order before it becomes a critic of others.

It needs to regain its democracy and tether its wealthy Lords.

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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

While I don't like it, you do bring up some good points. Our system is flawed in that, as you say, money decides who we get to vote for. I have said for months, and still contend, we need to take money out of the election equation by giving each candidate "x" amount of public airtime, the same for all and that's it, no excuses, no exceptions. Thank you for a thought provoking hub.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

rafken- "Make it so, Number One!"

I really resent all of this cash going to big media—especially because the American public supposedly own the airways.

Elections are a public right and public service; I don't see any networks or cable outlets (other than PBS & Cspan) providing a non-meretricious platform for the public good.

Americans are just too complacent and distracted to care about their civic duty or staying well-informed. They're Sheeple!


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Druid Dude 4 years ago from West Coast

Democracy here has been highjacked by the corporate bottom-line.


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rafken 4 years ago from The worlds my oyster Author

Wizard - What if all candidates were given equal air and press time, set a pre set cost long before election time. No privately funded political ads allowed. How a candidate used that time would be up to him, either promote himself or decry the others his choice but by allowing the freedom to pay for as much as they want, will always allow a bias towards money and thereby the implication that a candidate can be bought. A candidate would have to concentrate on winning the votes not gaining financial support. All State voting to be done on same day or at least in perhaps only 3 or 4 days.


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Louisiana Jobs 4 years ago from Louisiana

I think the biggest problem is the media. They try and handpick the Presidential candidate they feel is the right one, whether it be CNN or FOX, they all have their own agendas, which is to create news, when they should just be reporting news. Good for Newt Gingrich for embarrassing the moderator at the last GOP debate, more candidates should follow his lead and maybe the media would back off.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

I resonate with most of your points and it seems obvious that you see things about this country the way a global citizen would — as opposed to how a nationalistic dupe (my-country-love-it-or-leave-it) might.

Nevertheless, I'm having trouble seeing the point of the hub. Are you implying a parliamentary democracy would be better; or what exactly?

If American Democracy is only for 0.1 %, what is the solution to the problem—especially in the present climate of divided antipathy?


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rafken 4 years ago from The worlds my oyster Author

Aunt - It isn't that people don't notice, it is that the 1% owned media will try and dictate to you what you should complain about. It is like TV comedies, the "canned laughter" is needed to tell you something is funny. They want you to think that if you don't laugh, you think people could think you stupid for not getting the "so called" joke. They then say, everybody laughed so it must be funny. The people can't win, only those that the media support - the 1%.


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rafken 4 years ago from The worlds my oyster Author

567 - You say that Ralph the roofer would not be qualified why? There should be a lot of areas a person is qualified in before he can run. No one has all the qualities needed, they learn as they go along but at least Ralph may have 2 essential qualities that none of the recent ones have, a sense of justice for all and a love of America and ALL its people. He probably also knows that deficit means debt.


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Aunt Jimi 4 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

You make so many good points! Didn't realize anyone else had noticed these things.

Voting you UP and useful/interesting.


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Moderndayslave 4 years ago

Great Hub rafken Let the people think they have a voice with their vote. This is meant to satisfy the masses. That's why the internet is a threat to them, this is where the 99% have voice. Having a say in things has gone to the highest bidder.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

I think that there is enough free tv out there with 24 hour news for a candidate to run. Ralph the roofer isn't going to be able to be president, but Ralph the roofer is not really qualified to be president. I think that we have a bigger problem where no one wants to go through 2 years of media attacks, especially from the Republican party. Who in their right mind wants to deal with that, no one! That is why we get a bunch of egomaniacs that are not in their right minds.

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