I’m just shocked how much of an extremist government we are fast becoming. Why do I say extremist and not communist or fasist? Because, in reality, they are so close to each other that the average person probably wouldn’t know the difference. In a communist government, press is state controlled, personal rights are severely limited in the interest of the state, companies are nationalized overtly or through coercion, pro-state propaganda is unchecked, anti-state rhetoric is censored and then criminalized, etc.
In a fascist government, press is state controlled, personal rights are severely limited in the interest of the state, companies are nationalized overtly or through coercion, pro-state propaganda is unchecked, anti-state rhetoric is censored and then criminalized, etc.
The biggest difference is the communist state it is for the people meaning the people with the reigns of power and the fascist government states it it for the country meaning for the people with the reigns of power (the rich yes men because if you are rich under either government and don’t goose step in unison with the government, you will be stripped of your wealth and in jail).
But to state a problem without offering a solution would be sad. The start of the solution would be these steps:
First, we need to codify the first 10 amendments so they can in no way be altered in the future. I’d include others, but for the sake of simplicity, I’ll stick to the first 10.
Second, term limits. If the POTUS is restricted to two terms, there is no reason every politician shouldn’t be restricted to the same. They become far too out of touch with their constituents the longer they remain in office. Notice, I don’t say public office because they are in office for their own power and greed. In addition, elected officials will not be compensated beyond they wages during they term(s) in office. Furthermore, all lobbying will be scheduled and conducted in public. It will be recorded and available for the general population to ensure it serves the public interest.
Third, require the media to be unbiased except in editorial programs. The news should only present a full spectrum of facts with no editorial comments. Furthermore, the press should be required to provide the facts supporting their editorial comment and held liable for false or misleading information.
Break up Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, etc. They have exceeded the power of Ma Bell before it was dismantled by the US government. No independent organization should be able to state that since a government is not acting according to their liking, they feel impelled to do so in its stead. Nor should any private entity be able to restrict access to any information. To do so allows them to essentially create, disseminate, propagate, and reinforce ideas benefiting their own agendas.
I only include Apple because of the stranglehold they exercised through their app store to limit apps used to allow free speech.
Hold all public officials accountable for their actions while in office. Permit private citizen to bring forth suits against public officials if they do not represent the best interest of their voters. I dislike lawsuits, but public officials get a free pass for actions conducted in their own best interests with little regard to their constituents.
All voting should be completely transparent and voters need to be properly identified to ensure only mentally competent citizens vote. If any side contests a vote, then verification of the ballots and recount should be conducted with representatives from all parties present under military guard. Why, because it eliminates any questions regarding the voting process. Just in case people think I am just referring to this last election, I’m not. Personally, once the votes were tallied, the President should have conceded given he did nothing to secure the voting process.
There are a multitude of other steps that are required, but we need to have a starting point. and my feeling is these are just some of those steps to begin the process.