I mentioned this in a prior post but I wanted to expound upon it a bit, just to eliminate any doubts and to encourage all of us to take a look at this.
It is clear that our political system as it currently exists is is no longer a representative republic, but instead a corporate plutocracy. In simple terms, whoever or whatever has the most money gets to be the leader.
Our two party system is partly to blame, along with a couple of asinine court decisions in the late 19th century. Actually I should place those in reverse order since the parties predate the corporate person-hood fiction of the judicial system of the 19th century.
In any case what it did was allow corporations, whose sole avowed purpose is to turn a profit and hoard money, for it’s investors of course, the largest of which sit on their boards of directors, etc. to buy elections.
Until the Citizens United verdict by the U.S. Supreme Court, they couldn’t do a complete capture of the political system. But now any regulation, any limits have been removed. And with only two parties, it’s easy to buy BOTH candidates. So even if the Republicans do act like horses asses, their Democratic colleagues are just as bought and paid for as the Republicans.
But my proposal to randomize would make it virtually impossible for them to buy elections.
In essence here is my proposal. Take the pool of registered voters in the U.S. Pull out only those who’ve ‘voted’ in the last 4 elections. There are 169 million voters in the U.S. and only about 50% of them actually vote, so the pool drops to 84,500,000. Leave the age limits for senator and president in place. Using that you would drop the pool to about 20,000,000 people. Add an educational requirement for all office of at least a Bachelors. You’d drop that pool to 5,400,000 people.
From that randomly select your 100 senators every six years, and 435 representatives every 3 years from that pool. Do the same for the President and Vice President every 4 years.
So lets say we implemented this in 2016. We’d randomly pull 537 people from the pre-qualified pool. It’s a 1:10,000 chance. Sure, they might be able to bribe 10,000 people but WHICH 10,000.
And once you serve one term, you can NEVER serve again on the federal level.
I dare corporations to try buying elections when they would have a