Thomas JeffersonJuly 4, 2014
The vast majority of Americans believe the USA is already a Democracy because they hear it daily from the Presidents of both political parties, and so-called journalists. But as Harry Braun points out, this Orwellion misinformation is the ultimate "Big Lie," because as any dictionary can verify, the USA has never been a Democracy because it is and always has been a Republic, which is not majority rule, but rule by the tiny few of elected officials in secret with lobbyists.
case in point is Dr. Fareed Zakaria, who is now a highly respected host on CNN's GPS
program. In several of his broadcasts, Fareed had referred to India as the world’s largest and
oldest Democracy, which is simply not the case because India, like the
United States, is not a Democracy at all, but a Republic, as are the countries of China, North Korea, Syria and Israel. Braun
repeatedly emailed Zakaria and his executive producer about this
obvious mistake, as well as the other error Zakaria made when he proclaimed that
there was no energy alternative to fossil fuels. Y
Yet Zakaria refused to respond to Braun's emails, nor did he ever correct the record. While Zakaria has a Ph.D degree in "political science" from Yale (as though there was any science in politics, which is focused on money -- not science). All Zakaria needed was a dictionary to understand that Democratic and Republican forms of government are fundamentally different, and that many of the most profoundly serious problems that now confront the U.S. and the global human community stem from the fact that most governments in the world are organized as highly-corrupt and secretive Constitutional Republics rather than Constitutional Democracies.
Christiane Amanpour, another highly respected CNN journalist, made a similar mistake when she referred to Israel as a Democracy. This was an especially interesting comment because Christiane and others have stated that the majority of Israeli citizens did not support their government’s settlement policy on Arab lands, which most analysts would agree is the primary factor that is preventing any fundamental reconciliation between the Israelis and the Palestinians and other Arabs in the Middle East. It is why the definitions of words are indeed important.
It is indeed ironic that so many individuals with little or no scientific training think they know more about the subject of climate change than the thousands of professors who are members in the National Academy of Sciences, whose concerns are not based on opinions, but on verifiable scientific facts
In a Republic, candidates often say one thing in a campaign, and then do the opposite when they are elected and in power, where they get bribed by thousands of lobbyists in secret. In a Democracy, however, secrecy and bribery will be illegal and the term of an elected official will likely be determined by the majority of citizens who elected the official. As such, elected officials in a Democracy will truly become the servants of the People, and the Congress will then be operated like the U.S. Navy, as will the national health care and educational systems.
Most people now believe that because elections are held, that makes a Republic a Democracy, but elections, are often manipulated in many countries, including the U.S., especially since computerized voting machines were introduced as an alternative to the hanging-chad chaos of the punch card voting machines that were used in Florida in the 2000 presidential campaign. With the existing computer voting systems, no one can say for sure who won an election.
While many countries like Canada still use inexpensive and easily verifiable paper ballots that are collected and counted in public, typically with the news media present, the Bush administration encouraged the U.S. to purchase expensive computerized voting machines from private companies like ES&S and Diebold that can be easily hacked and then these private companies were then allowed to count the votes in secret. After the 2004 election, however, an independent audit in Oho showed that the voter-memory card totals failed to match electronic voting machine ballot tallies in more than one quarter of the samples checked in the state’s most populous county. And after a similar investigation in California, its Secretary of State, Kevin Shelly, called Diebold's activities in that state "fraudulent" and "deceitful," and banned the use of the Diebold touch screen “E-machines” until they could be proven to meet security standards.
When George W. Bush supposedly won a critical and narrow victory in Ohio in 2004, it was widely reported in the media that the exit polls indicated that it was Kerry who won the election, and although a legal investigation was launched, and a Judge ordered that all of the computer data on the vote was to be preserved, someone managed to erase all of the computer data, and Bush was certified as the winner. It is important to note that the CEOs of Diebold and ES&S made no secret of their partisan support of Bush, and the Bush administration even provided Ohio with a grant for $100 million to purchase the Diebold machines, which then presumably gave the election to Bush.
So much for free and fair elections.
However, even if verifiable and inexpensive paper ballots are used, there is a long and sad history of candidates, like George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who make campaign pledges and promises, but once they get elected, they simply ignore their promises, and the voters have no real power to hold the elected officials accountable.
That could never happen in a Democratic Republic like Switzerland has been using since the 13th Century, because a majority of the citizens who vote must approve all legislation that affects the majority. That is the nature of the Democracy amendment that Harry Braun is proposing, whereby the majority of American citizens will ultimately determine policy and not oil and coal company lobbyists, and the tens of thousands of other lobbyists who represent foreign corporations and the tiny number of super rich individuals and families who can afford to hire them. This is why the greatest transfer of wealth in history has been allowed to take place where some $8 trillion in tax cuts has made the super rich much richer, and such Robin Hood in Reverse" policies have devastated the Middle Class by a reducing the value of the U.S. dollar by over 90% just since 1970.
While the so called “free trade” policies that have been imposed by the corporate lobbyists have increased the short-term multinational corporate profits, these highly destructive and reckless policies have de-industrialized the USA; they have resulted in the an explosion of slave labor conditions abroad, which has encouraged the private sector to outsource jobs; they have imported millions of illegal immigrants who have driven down the wages for American citizens and transformed China into an economic and military superpower.
Moreover, under the current absurd interpretation of the 14th Amendment, the children of illegal immigrants are allowed to become American citizens, in spite of the fact that the 14th Amendment states that children born in the USA are only citizens if the U.S. Government has "jurisdiction" over their parents, which is why the children of foreign Ambassadors who are born in the USA are not U.S. citizens. Thus if an individual illegally enters the USA and has children, the child is obviously not a U.S. citizen.
The press reports that there are some 11 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S., but no one can possibly know if the real number is 50 million or 100 million because it is now illegal to even ask for such information -- in spite of the fact that such citizenship status could easily be acquired when a person signs up for utility services in the U.S. In addition, as the population graph documents, virtually every major population center in the USA and worldwide is now heavily overpopulated; that there are now more than three applicants for each job opening; that illegal immigrants receive medical benefits that are denied to American citizens who are forced into bankruptcy from medical expenses; and no country in the world allows tens of millions of illegal immigrants to register to vote with no identification, which underscores why all of the existing amendments need to be carefully evaluated and re-interpreted as necessary by the majority of American citizens.
Elections come and go, but very little changes regardless of who gets elected. Given this reality, and given the scale and scope of the current financial collapse, and the fact that the current two party system of government in the U.S. is so fundamentally corrupted by an army of over 35,000 lobbyists that only a series of amendments to the U.S. Constitution can resolve the problem. A Democracy amendment will put an end to the influence of lobbyists who are in the final stages of destroying not only America’s economy and contaminating virtually every every American citizen, but the biological life-support systems of the only planet in the universe that can sustain us and our future generations.
Given the economic and environmental State of Emergency that now exists, Harry Braun and his colleagues will work closely with citizens, the news media and State Legislatures in all 50 states to hold hearings and to organize an Article V Constitutional Convention as soon as possible in order to empower the majority of American people to bypass the lobbyists and essentially take control of the federal government. It should be possible for each citizen to vote to ratify the Democracy amendment, either by paper ballots or on-line with completely verifiable open source elections software that can be monitored by experts in every major college and university, as well as any citizen who wants to be sure his vote was properly counted. With this approach, the Democracy amendment could then be ratified in a matter of weeks, once the media informs the American public about this Article V move on the constitutional chessboard.
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Harry Braun and his wife Lucille have worked together for many years on both wind and solar development projects with McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, AlliedSignal and Sandia National Laboratories, and they are the principal partners of their Mesa Wind LLC company that developed a $150 million wind project in New Mexico that was completed in 2005. Dorothy is a Board Member of both the Phoenix Project Foundation and the Phoenix Project Political Action Committee.
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