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stewjack

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Not at all.

My interest is as a democracy activist.  I just educate people about how the U.S. political system actually works.

I do think you overlooked my primary point. It was that the Internet can be used to distribute political platforms!  I try and point out that, unlike essentially every other nation, U.S. political parties do not control their ballot labels.  To the voter, ballot labels mean very little.  They know they are voting for an individual candidate. Particularly in the national congressional elections. Yes, politicians of the same ballot label ARE organized. They are organized by money, but that happens behind the scenes in the National Committees.  The very fact that every modern Internet platform has been so successful shows that the voters aren't stupid.  They know that one politician can't pass a law, and they hate to waste their votes.

If I wanted to institute political change I would start off by educating the voters about how the U.S. political system works.  Even if they already know this information, they will tend to trust you.  Almost all voters know that motive is everything, and political rhetoric is a joke.





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I did not mean to be dismissive; you are absolutely correct in that the Internet can be a very powerful tool for distributing information -- particularly the educational type you are promoting -- to a more or less ignorant public.

Moreover, I am happy to see that you are as adeptly aware of the absence of control of ballot labels.  To me, the ballot label should be used to benefit both the party and the candidates of that party by establishing a concise and well-understood set of principles the public can dependably reference to in casting their votes.  Obviously, the Democratic Party has done a misleading job in this regard, but it does in fact demonstrate how powerful this method of branding can be.

I've been more cynical than you concerning what the public really understands concerning the lawmaking process.  You may be right; perhaps our more astute voters understand that it takes the party or caucusing method of parliamentary practice to pass a law.  But if the vast majority of voters understand that much, then why are they so obsessed by who becomes president rather than who becomes Senators and MC's?  Why does the American public not take their legislative vote more seriously and intently thereby turning it into their lever on power?  Obviously, we can look to our MSM and other distractions in our society to explain at least some of this.

So these questions might well be addressed by your first contention, using the Internet as a learning device, a tool to educate the public on American civics!  Your idea deserves much attention I think.

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