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The Electoral College;


It is
217 years old, was originally intended to evade the people's vote,

and worst of all is a direct legacy of
slavery.

The origins of this distortion go
back to the 1787 constitutional convention in Philadelphia, the South
forced through significant additions to its population count via a
shameful clause inserted in the constitution, by which each
slave counted as three-fifths of a white person.


So, although denied a vote, blacks
added political power to their Southern white oppressors.


After the Civil War (1861- 65), the
three-fifths clause was abolished, but the damage was done. The
electoral college remains; how its votes are apportioned perpetuates
the imbalance first dictated by slavery.


This bias enabled the South to
disproportionately influence US politics for decades when slave states
held a third more congressional seats than their
free populations warranted. Before 1850 slaveholders controlled the
presidency
for 50 years, the Speakership for 41 years, and provided 18 out of 31
Supreme
Court justices.


It prolonged slavery, and, as the
Senate is the final arbiter of new laws,
Southerners were disproportionately able to kill reforms of any kind.
They still can, and do.


Scores of attempts to abolish the
college have failed, the first in 1816 doomed by a stark political
reality: the South would never accept them. The issue was not small
states versus big states but slavery and racial discrimination.'



Those in favor of the Electoral College
seems to be a sense that the founding fathers knew something we don't.



Four reasons for the Constitution's framers to hesitate to select the
direct popular vote:



1. the lack of awareness and knowledge of candidates
by the people, with unforeseen consequences.

2. the loss in relative influence of the South because of its large
nonvoting slave population;

3. the dislike, on the part of the small states of an inferior role in
the choice of the president

4. the fear of many that direct election of the president would
consolidate too much power and influence in one person.


The Electoral College system was not
designed to guarantee popular-majority elections, but to give
slave-holding states
3/5 of a vote bonus which counted that 5 slaves = 3 people towards
Congressional allocation of seats. It was a jerry-rigged improvisation
which has subsequently been endowed with a high theoretical content.



The sad truth is that millions of Americans are being
disenfranchised by the archaic architecture of an outmoded electoral
system.




The Electoral College actually punishes minority interests in a serious
way: by re- enforcing a two-party system.
All-or-nothing systems
disenfranchise millions of voters and prompt
campaigns to focus solely on closely contested states. Whether a
country is democratic
or not cannot be assessed by legal and
constitutional trappings alone . The extent of economic and social
equity is the major indicator. (See
Gini Index for USA which is highest for any developed nation)



An
Electoral College system

conceived
by the Founders as an insulating mechanism between a
landed aristocracy and the masses makes more 2000-style fiascoes
distinctly possible in 2004.












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Electoral College Reform

Garry
Wills
' "Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power,
offers a richly detailed study of the United States' tragic
constitutional bargain with
slavery. Ultimately, "Negro President" is a book that recovers slavery
as a context for understanding early American political life.



The book addresses a long-neglected subject in American studies and
will prove invaluable to readers interested in understanding America's
early
struggle to balance Northern versus slave-state power















































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approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the
government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may
act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of
human history, the stage of rule by brute
force. - Ayn Rand








1. REGISTER TO VOTE
.

2. LEARN ABOUT THE CANDIDATES . Mainstream newspapers are
controlled by right-wing media conglomerates. Listen to NPR, read The
Nation, look for internet news from other countries.

4. READ . Do not get information merely from political pundits.

5. GET INVOLVED . Do more than just a bumper sticker.

6. VOTE! Make sure you are registered early. I recommend the
mail-in ballot instead of in person on election day. There are time
limits at the voting booths. Voting from
home with a mail-in ballot allows time for you.

7. GET THE WORD OUT . Talk to people about the election.
Discuss issues and candidates. Tell them to register early in order to
be able to vote. E-mail this URL to others.



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10
Common Excuses Why People Don't Vote




My Vote Won’t Make A Difference.

One vote can make a difference. Not voting ensures that your
views won’t matter
to elected officials. Be a patriot, take pride in being a good citizen,
take part in our democracy.



The Candidates Are All Equally Bad. It’s Choosing Between The Lesser
Of Two Evils.

In most elections, a voter can
write-in a candidate of their choice. Voting in a democracy is not
supposed
to be easy – sometimes it’s about making difficult choices. Not voting
only makes things worse.



Elected Officials Are A Bunch Of Crooks.

If more people vote and become active in
politics, elected officials will be held accountable for their actions.



Elected Officials Don’t Level With People. All I Want Is A Straight
Answer From A Politician.

. If someone feels like
a candidate will not address their question or issue, then they should
see if other candidates have something better to say – and vote for
that candidate.



Money Rules Politics Today. The Government Is Run By A Few, Big,
Powerful Special Interests That Set The Agenda For Congress. There’s
Really No Point In The Rest Of Us Getting Involved.

If people organize
and hold candidates accountable, elected officials will respond to
the needs of their constituents, not just special interests.


Why Should I Learn About Congress And Follow What They Do? Congress
Doesn’t Affect My Life.

There is not a single aspect of daily life that isn’t affected by
Congress and often more directly by state and local government. The
roads you drive on, the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food
you eat, the schools that teach your children, the parks you visit, and
the freedom you enjoy – are all a function of government.



I Vote For People Who I Believe Will Make This World A Better Place
For My Children, But It Seems Once They Get Elected They Can’t See Past
The Next Election. They Don’t Think Long-Term.

It is important for voters to
tell their representatives that they care about the long-term, and
they will vote for officials who are working for the future.



I Had High Hopes For Our New Senator. Then Gets Into
Congress And Sold Us Out.

Without compromise, nothing would get done in Congress – it would
simply be a debating society. We cannot expect our exact views to
prevail on every issue.



It’s Distressing How Nasty Political Campaigns Have Become –
Personal Attacks, Distorting Records. It’s Almost As If Campaigns Were
Designed To Turn People Off.

You’re right, one strategy of campaigns is to ensure that only their
voters go to the polls. Don’t let it happen



There Is Too Much Pork Barrel Spending By Congress. They Only Want
Funding For An Expensive Road In Their District That No One Needs.

Pork barreling spending constitutes only a tiny portion of all federal
spending.






Identifying Characteristics of Fascist Nations:



"#1: Powerful and continuing nationalism - Fascist regimes tend
to make constant use of patriotic mottos, symbols, songs and other
paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on
clothing and in public displays."



"#2: Disdain for the recognition of Human Rights - Because of
fear of enemies and the need for security, the people of fascist
regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases
because of 'need.' The people tend to look the other way or even
approve torture, summary executions, assassinations, long
incarcerations of prisoners, etc."



"#3: Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
- The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need
to eliminate a preceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or
religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists; terrorists;
etc."

"#4: Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are
widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate
amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected.
Soldiers and military service are glamorized."



"#5: Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist regimes tend
to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes,
traditional gender roles are more rigid. Opposition to abortion is
high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy."



"#6: Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes the media is directly
controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is
indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media
spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is
very common."



"#7: Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as
a motivational tool by the government over the masses."



"#8: Religion and Government are intertwined - Governments in
fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a
tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology
is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the
religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or
actions."



"#9: Corporate Power is protected - The industrial and business
aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the
government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial
business/government relationship and power elite."



"#10: Labor Power is Suppressed - Because of the organizing
power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor
unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed."



"#11: Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations
tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and
academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be
censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly
attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts."



"#12: Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist
regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws.
The people are often willing to overlook police abuses, and even forego
civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national
police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations."



"#13: Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost
always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint
each other to government positions and use governmental power and
authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not
uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures
to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders."



"#14: Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist
nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by
smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates,
use
of legislation to control voting numbers or political district
boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also
typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections."



--Dr. Lawrence Britt, political scientist, who studied the fascist
regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and Pinochet and
who compiled their 14 shared identifying characteristics.














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Rental
Search Blues in Honolulu






Low
wages in Hawai'i in relation to high cost of living







Ahhh - the sweet
aroma of paint wafting from Schuman Carriage that I've grown to be
accustomed to permeates the air with a pungent point. I wonder; what
color this smell is? .







out
of luck in search for Honolulu apartment -

Posted on: Monday, April 28, 2003
*


... it sucks to be a renter these days: Demand is up, supply is
down and, accordingly, you'd be hard pressed to find a Roach Motel for
less
than $1,000 a month.



tight
rental market - The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Sunday, April 13, 2003

... three weeks ago Kuchler rented a one-bedroom apartment in the
dense diamondhead end of Waikiki mauka of Kuhio Avenue for $795 a
month. Last week he was asking $895 for a similar unit in the same
building.

"If I wasn't able to get $895, then I would drop the rent," he
said. "But I think I'll get it."


Dusty Woodstock, owner of 'Aiea-based Woodstock Properties,
said she recently rented a three-bedroom townhome in 'Aiea for $1,850 a
month, up from $1,600.


Woodstock said that within the past year, she has been able to
increase rents at any property where tenants moved out, including nine
properties since January.















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