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An oligarchy and not a republic? No kidding?
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:10:33 AM »
An Oligarchy and Not a Republic? No Kidding?
Frank Salvato
April 21, 2014

This article was originally published at Because Our Republic Is Worth It...

The Washington Times is reporting that a study by Princeton and Northwestern Universities has determined that the fundamental transformation of the United States of America has already taken place. We have transitioned from a Republic (as our Framers intended) to an oligarchy:

"America is no longer a democracy — never mind the democratic-republic envision by Founding Fathers. Rather, it’s taken a turn down elitist lane and become a country led by a small dominant class comprised of powerful members who exert total control over the general population — an oligarchy, said a new study jointly conducted by Princeton and Northwestern universities.

 "One concluding finding in the study: The US government now represents the rich and powerful, not the average citizen, United Press International reported...

 "Researchers then concluded that US policies are formed more by special interest groups, than by politicians properly representing the will of the general people, including the lower-income class, UPI said."

 Really? Who would ever have thought?! Oh, that's right, we "whackoids" and the "domestic terrorists" among us; those warning about the encroachment of dominant government into our private lives. We have been (first politely and now with a twinge of anger) voicing this ongoing event for quite a while, first as individuals and now in organized groups.

 This is what happens when Progressives capture the message-crafting media. This is what happens when we pass amendments to the US Constitution that destroy the protections built-in for the individual States. This is what happens when factions and big-money, special interest groups reign supreme in Washington, DC. This is what happens when the no- and low-information voters decide elections, our country's well-being hanging in the balance.

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 Whether or not it is too late to change anything is a matter of debate. Personally, I am inclined to fight for the country and the capitalist economic system that literally created the first Middle Class ever to exist in the history of man.

 To that end, there is an organization that has developed a solution - or at least the vehicle to achieve a solution - to the manipulation of the no- and low-information voters by the special interests and political opportunists currently transforming our Republic; the oligarchs, if you will.

 Founders Alliance USA*, a non-partisan group, has developed VoterFYI.

 The VoterFYI initiative is for voters (and especially unengaged, no- and low-information voters) who are dissatisfied with the current political system and the parties that have corrupted it. The initiative matches voters to the candidates on any given ballot whose positions are compatible with the voters' highest values using machine intelligence. Unlike the position paper model of think tanks, the VoterFYI process is more personalized by leveraging advances in social technology and artificial intelligence to match voters to their candidate, make recommendations on issues based on the data that is input, and save precious time.

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 Part of the pain of transitioning from the most promising form of government (the American constitutional Republic) to the failed tenets of oligarchical Socialism is the destruction of prosperity; the equalization of society by the denial of opportunity.

 There has been very little economic growth for the last five years. The "recovery summer" has come and gone with the worst recovery ever recorded. In 1950, more than 80 percent of the populace in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent do. Because they're feeling acute pain monetarily, the sleeping giant that is "We the People" is waking up to the disparity and recognizing the incompetence of both political parties. It is at this point that Progressives and oligarchic elites intend to swoop in with an expansion of the entitlement state; the nanny state, as the solution to ease the pain; government advances to control even more of our lives than it already does.

 The brilliance of the VoterFYI project comes in its ability to elevate the issues above the political parties and above the misinformation and deception of the terminal power-seekers. It allows each individual to formulate and refine their understanding of the issues, and then match these preferences on the issues to those candidates who best align to their preferences, thus circumventing the Madison Avenue political rhetoric that only well-connected money can buy. Once the populace understands the issues - and how they, themselves, feel about the issues - no intentionally contrived message of spin by either established political camp can deceive the voters any longer when those preferences are matched with a candidate's voting performance and/or official position statements...and this includes the unengaged, no- and low-information voters.

 Find out more about VoterFYI by clicking here.

 I don't know about you, but I am unwilling to stand by, doing nothing more than complaining, as Progressives and political opportunists finalize the fundamental transformation of the United States. I am choosing to actually do something about it. How about you?

"The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" ~ Patrick Henry

* In the interest of transparency, the author sits on the board of directors for Founders Alliance USA.
 
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« Last Edit: April 28, 2014, 06:12:00 AM by rangerrebew »
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Re: An oligarchy and not a republic? No kidding?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 07:38:21 AM »
Being an oligarchy or not does not depend on the size of your government. Your government could actually be quite small and still be an oligarchy. Oligarchies are created when the very richest among us seize disproportionate control over the system.
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Re: An oligarchy and not a republic? No kidding?
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 08:07:10 AM »
Being an oligarchy or not does not depend on the size of your government. Your government could actually be quite small and still be an oligarchy. Oligarchies are created when the very richest among us seize disproportionate control over the system.

And that is EXACTLY what congress and the voters have done.
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Re: An oligarchy and not a republic? No kidding?
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 08:08:45 AM »
And that is EXACTLY what congress and the voters have done.

So what are we going to do about it? Continuing to play by their rules and electing the same types of politicians to be bought off and used to further the interests of the elite will get us nowhere.
« Last Edit: April 28, 2014, 08:11:29 AM by Dex4974 »
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2014, 08:47:34 AM »
I have maintained for several decades the American people should vote against every incumbent for three House cycles.  That way every person in congress would be voted out at least once and the American people would have sent a message that they still control the government.  Am I naïve enough to think that could ever happen?  Absolutely not.  Liberals/progressives have bought their "loyalty" with welfare and entitlements and every low life who makes a living being a leach off the government will continue to vote themselves into tighter and tighter chains.
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Re: An oligarchy and not a republic? No kidding?
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2014, 08:51:30 AM »
I have maintained for several decades the American people should vote against every incumbent for three House cycles.  That way every person in congress would be voted out at least once and the American people would have sent a message that they still control the government.  Am I naïve enough to think that could ever happen?  Absolutely not.  Liberals/progressives have bought their "loyalty" with welfare and entitlements and every low life who makes a living being a leach off the government will continue to vote themselves into tighter and tighter chains.

So you believe liberals/progressives are solely responsible for us descending into a state of oligarchy? I tend to believe it is more of a bipartisan issue, and that the elites that own everything don't actually have a party affiliation. I think both sides have been bought, and that the entire process is now being used to oppress the people and further their goals.
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Re: An oligarchy and not a republic? No kidding?
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2014, 09:35:23 AM »
So you believe liberals/progressives are solely responsible for us descending into a state of oligarchy? I tend to believe it is more of a bipartisan issue, and that the elites that own everything don't actually have a party affiliation. I think both sides have been bought, and that the entire process is now being used to oppress the people and further their goals.

It IS a bipartisan issue Dex - there are a lot of us that recognize that progressives exist in BOTH parties - politicians who, regardless of party affiliation, believe that an ever-expanding government is a GOOD thing - and that the difference between each party is that each party espouses the notion they THEY can administer government to us better than the other party. 

It is this nanny-state that I mean when I refer to progressives.  I believe in the use of the word "conservative" to describe those who believe in a very conservative approach to the taking of, and using the taxpayer's hard-earned dollars.  A definite cut the fat approach!

Some would lump "social" conservatives in with fiscal conservatives - but the original Tea Party fight had nothing to do with social issues.  I believe there are those that are trying to co-op the movement, and it is definitely muddying the waters. 

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Re: An oligarchy and not a republic? No kidding?
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2014, 09:42:43 AM »
So you believe liberals/progressives are solely responsible for us descending into a state of oligarchy? I tend to believe it is more of a bipartisan issue, and that the elites that own everything don't actually have a party affiliation. I think both sides have been bought, and that the entire process is now being used to oppress the people and further their goals.

Notice I said liberal/progressives, not democrats/republicans.  I also said ALL members of congress should be voted out.  That doesn't seem to me that I am supporting anything but America and the Constitution and believe, like you, both sides have been bought by the highest bidder.
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Re: An oligarchy and not a republic? No kidding?
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2014, 09:44:25 AM »
It IS a bipartisan issue Dex - there are a lot of us that recognize that progressives exist in BOTH parties - politicians who, regardless of party affiliation, believe that an ever-expanding government is a GOOD thing - and that the difference between each party is that each party espouses the notion they THEY can administer government to us better than the other party. 

Government expansion and the formation of an oligarchy are two separate issues. One did not create the other, and they are not mutually exclusive. Our political system is completely run and controlled by money, which creates a situation where money = power. You don't even have a chance as a politician if you don't get on your knees and worship the big money that pulls all of the purse strings for campaign funding. Allowing money to influence politics and then allowing the rich to use their money to influence politics is what creates an oligarchy.

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Re: An oligarchy and not a republic? No kidding?
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2014, 10:18:43 AM »
Government expansion and the formation of an oligarchy are two separate issues. One did not create the other, and they are not mutually exclusive. Our political system is completely run and controlled by money, which creates a situation where money = power. You don't even have a chance as a politician if you don't get on your knees and worship the big money that pulls all of the purse strings for campaign funding. Allowing money to influence politics and then allowing the rich to use their money to influence politics is what creates an oligarchy.

What you say is true, but I maintain that "progressivism" is really just a money and power grab.  It parades itself as a movement that seeks to help the poor and unfortunate by doling benefits to them.  On the surface, it sounds very compassionate - but dig deeper and you will see a bacchanal gluttony of elites and their cronies profiting from these multitudes of government programs that are poorly administrated and rife with abuse. 

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Re: An oligarchy and not a republic? No kidding?
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2014, 09:47:36 PM »
The GOP-e is more interested in "oligarchies".

The democrats are totalitarian statists who will use technology to support a police state.

And the GOP-e oligarchists will help them do it!


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