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  •  You're admitting that democracy has (1+ / 0-)
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    lotlizard

    failed.  

    What other methods of influencing our government must we try?

    •  no I'm not (0+ / 0-)

      is voting the only way to participate in a democracy? Doesn't democracy just mean that citizens have say in the decisions of the government? Surely there are other ways way we can have say beside voting. There must be other ways our voices can be heard. i'm not saying the idea of democracy should be abandoned.

      "Today is who you are" - my wife

      by I Lurked For Years on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:47:44 PM PST

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      •  The idea of democracy has been abandoned. (0+ / 0-)

        Sure, nobody wants to admit it.  We don't have a representative government.  We have a government that is run by lobbyists and corporations.

        The problem is that the American people have no power to influence how taxpayer money is spent.  

        •  Do we just completely abdicate responsibility? (0+ / 0-)

          If our government doesn't represent its citizenry, do we have no responsibility in the matter? There are 300 some million of us. We really have no power to influence our government? How can anyone govern except as how the American people allow them to? We might now like it, but we allow it.

          "Today is who you are" - my wife

          by I Lurked For Years on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:44:41 PM PST

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    •  Good point. Logically and simply, (1+ / 0-)
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      if Congress after Congress continues not to do its job of representing The People — no matter who is voted into office — that's a pretty good sign that our system of government as presently constituted has failed.

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

      by lotlizard on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:07:01 PM PST

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