Larry Bradley’s Ezine #360 Do You Feel Powerless in Politics?

Weekly Ezine #360

What Is a Key Reality We’re Missing in Our Politics?
Do You Feel Powerless in Politics?

Notice: The thoughts offered in this Ezine are not intended to either support or oppose any individual candidate for the 2016 election. The thoughts are, instead, (as always) intended to demonstrate the inadequacy of our current election processes and offer solutions to make those processes better.

What Is a Key Reality We’re Missing in Our Politics?

One of the key pieces of wisdom I’ve carried with me for a long time (since high school) has been this marvelous bit of wisdom from the Irish poet Robert Burns.

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion.
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us
An’ ev’n Devotion

I was reminded of this quotation and how it applies to the mess that is how we conduct our politics today in this posting by Seth Godin.

See if you don’t agree.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2016/06/all-mirrors-are-broken.html

As part of our efforts to help people see themselves (politically) as others see them, I’ll be doing another class through the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Communiversity on June 12 and July 14. I’m categorized under “Skills and Studies” and the title is “Attention Angry Voters: Don’t Get Mad—Get Even!” Those of you who’ve seen my shorter version at your service club, this is your chance to see the more complete version and to invite others to come find out about Election Reform. Here’s a link you can use to sign up. https://ecommerce.umkc.edu/commu/CatalogViewDetail.aspx?category=skills

Do You Feel Powerless in Politics?

Apparently, there are quite a few people who answer yes to that question.

The other way I thought about phrasing the Paragraph Two question today was, “Do you feel American Elections are rigged?” Apparently, that would have gotten a lot of yes’s, too.

There’s a new poll out that says Americans have no confidence in their political system and their political parties leave them feeling “helpless and alienated”. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/31/rigged-2016-election-has-voters-feeling-helpless-unheard-and-ashamed

Also see this article by Dave Helling in the Wichita Eagle. http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article80965252.html Dave offers many of the same thoughts.

We wonder how many people would feel so helpless if they knew (as you know by being a reader of this Ezine) how to get their power back.

The challenge for all of us is to make more people aware of the solutions that are available. Making more people aware means forcing them to divert just enough of their brain power from the task they are focused on to the one they should be focused on.

That is to say most people are focused on how they can get other people to think like they think and vote like they vote, not realizing the impossibility of the task. Instead, the focus should be on instituting a process that will give all voters more and better choices, more flexibility and elect candidates a true majority can support.

In order to make more people aware of what they should be asking for, we have a plan to raise awareness in several states with a new initiative. We’ll have more details as they develop.

Meanwhile, our efforts to inform just got a boost. Time Magazine recently published the following article: Donald Trump’s Nomination Showed a Problem with How America Votes. Maine Thinks It Has the Solution. The sub-title for the article is “The Winner Doesn’t Always Get a Majority”.

You’ve heard that before here, right? Read it for yourself. We think the article does an excellent job of explaining how our use of the winner take all ballot is allowing minority political thought to dominate our politics. http://time.com/4352797/ranked-choice-voting-maine-donald-trump/

See you next time.

Regards

Larry

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