Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington D.C. © 2016 Robert R. Gerlits, All Rights Reserved.
1) Observation: To resolve an issue, first we need to observe, correctly identify and acknowledge that the problem exists.
Applied to current election issues
1) Observation: Our election systems do not accurately reflect voter intent. They are designed to produce distorted results, concentrate power in a wealthy elite, and exclude many or most of the electorate from decision making.
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2) Understanding: Without understanding root causes and why issues persist, no solution(s) will successfully address the underlying issues.
3) Remedies: Solutions are devised to specifically address known and anticipated issues.
4) Attention: Support must be gathered by educating and motivating a critical mass of people.
5) Action: Legislation must be passed to resolve the issue(s).
See an excellent dramatization of this process in the film “Selma”.
2) Understanding: Election issues that distort outcomes like Gerrymandering and the Electoral College, did not happen suddenly, in a vacuum. Current issues have historical roots in archaic 18th C. value systems. 21st C. values are significantly different from those of the Founders, most of whom owned slaves. To prolong slavery and keep a wealthy elite in power, Madison designed the government and electoral system to "protect the minority of the opulent against the majority". He did this by practicing extreme voter suppression (94%) and distorting election results to consistently favor Southern slavers.
Today's financial elite continue to expolit legacy systems that concencentrate wealth and power in a small percentage of the population. Through a 2 Party Cartel, they control a giant industry called Government. They have colluded to keep in place goverrnment and electoral systems designed to exclude competition.
Our goals in 2019 are vastly different than the goals of the Founders and today's ruling, plutocratic elite. Until we remedy the slavers' product, their government structures and electoral systems, we're stuck with their legacy, archaic values. We will have concentrated power and wealth until such time when government and electoral systems are designed to reflect the full diverse spectrum of voter intent and interests.
3) Remedies: Inclusive, group decision making is better than exclusive, autocratic decision making. Dispersed power is better than concentrated power. The majority of OECD countries use Proportional Representaion. Existing Pro Rep governing systems and voting methods designed to disperse power and include nearly eveyone, can serve as proven models for remedying persistent Issues.
4) Attention: Educating candidates and voters about issues and remedies, we can introduce these solutions to the public, with the goal of widespread adoption.
• Promote candidates who champion election reform.
• Introduced and pass initiatives using Direct Democracy to implement election reform in Home Rule cities and counties.
• Lobby the Secretary of State office and local county clerks in every state, to measure governance system performance using EIU Democracy Index standards on: Electoral Process and Pluralism, Functioning of Government, Political Participation, Political Culture, and Civil Liberties.
We can implement election reform following Dr. Martin Luther King's proven protocol for abolishing 100 years of Jim Crow.