Category Archive: Political Action

On the way to the bank, political consultants walk by 35 million voters

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On Election Day, there is one key constituency that decides who wins and who loses – nonvoters. Sadly, the U.S. ranks 31st among 35 democracies in voter turnout. We’re behind Belgium (number one), Sweden, South Korea, Israel, Italy, Ireland, and more. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, “despite a cliff-hanger presidential election, major issues at …

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Voters Lose in “Open” Primaries

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There is a growing clamor for “open” primaries which permits voters of all parties, or no affiliation, to vote for a candidate before the general election.  There is a “top two” component to open primaries: candidates for a given office, regardless of party line, appear on the same ballot, but only the two with the …

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In Defense of the Electoral College

The Electoral College should need no justification – the Founding Fathers were pretty smart when structuring our unique republic. They debated and tweaked the idea through 16 votes at the Constitutional Convention. However, every four years James Madison, principal author of the Constitution, has to come back and make the case against “democratic” presidential elections. …

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Dan Smoot: the Man and his Message

If there ever was a real Horatio Alger story, the life and times of Dan Smoot certainly fit the bill. From farm boy, orphan, and hobo to the faculty at Harvard University, service as an FBI agent, and staff assistant to J. Edgar Hoover—that in and of itself makes for a fascinating story, with enough …

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Interview with Leah Durant of Progressives for Immigration Reform

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NOTE: Leah Durant, Executive Director of Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), a new Washington, DC-based educational organization, to get her take on the immigration issue from a traditional liberal point of view. PFIR focuses on the effects of immigration on the carrying capacity of the U.S. population, the nation’s ecology and energy resources, and the working …

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1988 USA Today Op/Ed: “Iron Triangle” Rules Washington

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President Reagan has correctly updated and refined the way Washington works” an “Iron Triangle”  of power and money interests perpetuate a big government run with red ink. He derided the coalition of left-wing congressman, special interest groups, and liberal elements of the media this week as usurpers of our democratic institutions. The Iron Triangle formula once included …

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Citizens United Ruling Empowers Banksters and Power Elites

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“Corporations are people, my friend.” Well, that’s what GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in Iowa, but he’s no friend of Middle America. The Founding Fathers created this Republic for, by, and of the people—with no fine print that says corporations were to be equal partners. Thomas Jefferson warned, “I hope that we shall crush …

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The New Poll Tax: Ballot Access Laws Foil Independent Candidates

There is no free market of ideas, candidates, or political parties on Election Day. It’s not for a lack of demand. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post survey, 57 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; 44 percent say they would prefer a third-party candidate to run. …

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Voters Need the Input and Impact of a Third Party

James Madison wisely observed, “When the variety and number of political parties increases, the chance for oppression, factionalism, and non-skeptical acceptance of ideas decreases.” Marginalized policy initiatives can often bubble up into the mainstream because of independent candidates and third parties. In his book, Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System, …

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Interview with James Hedges, Prohibition Party nominee for President

  The Prohibition Party was founded in 1869 and is the third oldest party behind the Republicans and Democrats. They have fielded presidential candidates in every election every cycle since 1872. The Prohibition Party had its heyday during the years 1882-1916, when candidates were elected to Congress, state legislatures, and changed the outcome of the …

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