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Archive for the 'Democracy' Category

Ranked Choice Voting Explained

We NEED Ranked Choice Voting (aka Instant Runoff Voting, or IRV). The following video explains it simply and well. IRV eliminates lesser-of-two-evils voting, eliminates the “spoiler effect”, reduces political hostility (because candidates need the favor of their opponents’ supporters as well as their own), allows greater third-party involvement and increases democratic choice. BTW, it has [...]

10 February 2012 at 21:00 - Comments

EPIC RANT…

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10 August 2011 at 01:37 - Comments

Dear Exxon, We’re the Same Now!

The Supreme Court says we’re exactly the same. I can lobby government (no, my letters aren’t answered), and you can lobby government (yes, your voice is well heard and followed). I can buy TV commercials for my favorite politician (yeah, no I can’t), and now you can too (yes you can). I can pay income [...]

24 January 2010 at 12:10 - Comments

HEED THE CALL!!!!

GO HERE to contact your elected officials.

22 October 2009 at 08:24 - Comments

Union Leaders v. the People

While I am still a huge fan of Ezekiel Emanuel’s health care plan, it is clearly not on the radar screen of Congress (at least in whole). The best health care legislation currently on offer is the Wyden-Bennett bill. Unfortunately, it suffers from the same problem as the Emanuel plan… it gets rid of the [...]

6 August 2009 at 20:43 - Comments

Texas to Iran: “We’re with you!”

Wednesday afternoon (17 June 2009) approximately 300 to 350 people marched on the Capitol of Texas expressing their love of, and hope for, Iran and its people.  Most assembled were of Iranian descent.  Many had voted in the Iran election.  Many hope to return to Iran. The people involved in this march and protest were [...]

21 June 2009 at 18:55 - Comments

Austin Supports Iranian Democracy

Supporters of democracy in Iran gathered yesterday (Sunday, June 14) in Austin, at Sixth and Lamar (in front of Waterloo Records), to protest what is believed to be a de facto coup d’etat in Iran, where the establishment overthrew the will of the people.  I was there between 2:30 and 3:30.  It started before I [...]

15 June 2009 at 11:36 - Comments

What is a Commoner?

It’s a good question.  Others may have other definitions, but for our purposes a  COMMONER is someone that either is, or is an advocate for, the common man (note I am being old school here, using the inclusive masculine).  A commoner is someone that is conscious of, and works for the progress of, the common [...]

12 April 2009 at 00:27 - Comments

Dr. Tim Keller and Jon Meacham on Christian America

11 April 2009 at 03:21 - Comments