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A post-Caucus editorial:
“American elections ranked worst among Western democracies. Here’s why.”

Rainer Caucus led by Area Coordinator John Marley
Photo credit: Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art,
award-winning Yelm-area photographer.

Editor’s Note:
The almost 3 to 1 Sanders Caucus win in Washington State will force our state’s Super-Delegates to decide if they will stick with their endorsements of Hillary Clinton and vote with the Establishment, or vote with their constituents wishes, whom they represent!
This includes Governor Inslee, our Senators, and Congressional Representatives.
After serving as the Democrats Yelm Area Caucus Coordinator, I learned much and I agree with these assessments of our political system:

– “American elections ranked worst among Western democracies. Here’s why.”
“The 2015 annual Year in Election report compares the risks of flawed and failed elections, and looks at how well countries around the world meet international standards. The report gathers assessments from over 2,000 experts to evaluate the perceived integrity of all 180 national parliamentary and presidential contests held between July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015 in 139 countries worldwide. These include 54 national elections held last year.

Forty experts were asked to assess each election by answering 49 questions The overall 100-point Perceptions of Electoral Integrity (PEI) index is constructed by summing up the responses.

This chart compares and contrasts the overall 100-point PEI index for all elections held since 2012 in the Western democracies covered in the survey. In the U.S., this covers both the 2012 presidential elections and the 2014 Congressional contests.

Americans often express pride in their democracy, yet the results indicate that domestic and international experts rate the U.S. elections as the worst among all Western democracies,” quoting The Conversation.
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– “Can We Change the Political System? Strategic Lessons of the Bernie Sanders Campaign”
“Less than two months into the 2016 primary season, and in defiance of all expectations, it appears that Bernie Sanders has profoundly reconfigured the US political landscape. By relentlessly denouncing what he refers to as the United States’ “billionaire class” and its “rigged economy,” he has given voice to the mounting anger of millions of young and working-class Americans whose economic insecurity has intensified in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2007-2008.”

“What then is the long-term significance of the Sanders campaign, and how can the left make the most of this opportunity and avoid the pitfalls encountered in other places and times?”

‘The “Rigged” Political System”

This thoughtful op-ed was written by Patrick Barrett, Truthout, and is a must-read!
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– “The Mind-Boggling Story Of Our Arcane And Convoluted ‘Primary Politics’ : NPR”
“Author Elaine Kamarck explains superdelegates, the difference between caucuses and primaries, what happens in a brokered convention and how the rules of primaries can sometimes change,” quoting NPR.
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– “Socialism beyond the ballot box”
Speaking at a campaign event in Iowa last August, Bernie Sanders said:

Let me tell you something that no other candidate for president will tell you. And that is no matter who is elected to be president, that person will not be able to address the enormous problems facing the working families of our country. They will not be able to succeed because the power of Corporate America, the power of Wall Street, the power of campaign donors is so great that no president alone can stand up to them.

That is the truth. People may be uncomfortable about hearing it, but that is the reality. And that is why what this campaign is about is saying loudly and clearly: It is not just about elected Bernie Sanders for president, it is about creating a grassroots political movement in this country.

Sanders is absolutely right,” by Eric Ruder, SocialistWorker.org.
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– This quote from Winston Churchill puts all into perspective:
“Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.

Posted by Steve on March 28, 2016 at 7:02 am | Permalink

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  1. nice

    Comment by david on May 5, 2016 at 1:05 am

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