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“For The People, By The People” ? September 17, 2007

Posted by Joe in health care, homosexuality, law, media, politics.
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I am of two minds about the state of the US government, which is supposedly an institution for the people and by the people. On one side it seems obvious to me that the US was never run by the people and was never run for the people. It has always been run by the rich and the white, who grant those without power the benefit of governmental power only at their whim.

Of course, this has improved massively with time. Women, minorities and the poor have all gained much more access to the power structure than they previously had. On the other hand the power of the media and corporations has grown to the extent that the current democratic system is overwhelmed by the power of the constant corporate propaganda.

How can the voice of the underdog be heard in this country? Are the media setting the current political agenda?  Are global warming, health coverage and gay marriage just the play things that they let us rant about while the critical issue of who controls the power in this country remain hidden behind the curtain? Could a genuine grass roots movement have the power to change this country like it did in the 60s with the civil rights and anti-war movements?

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1. coollikeme - September 17, 2007

The Internet is the great equalizer. The underdog can speak.

2. Joe - September 18, 2007

Certainly this is true. The internet allows anyone to get a voice and helps the minority opinions and view points to be heard. It also subjects them all to the criticism and questioning of others.

Let’s just hope that we can keep the internet this way and that free expression can have a positive impact on the power structure.

3. Lord Crimson - October 4, 2007

And I thought you were just another global warming hit dog. Glad to see you don’t completely waste your time CO2 jousting and write about topics of substance. Well said.

Lord Crimson


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