The majority will just stick a piece of paper in a box once every 4 years in order to choose (together with the electoral college) between a few already pre-selected people that have hundreds of millions of dollars behind them. Then the majority will brag about american "democracy" and spend their lives arguing about "republicrats vs demopublicans" while they wonder why they are getting increasingly poorer, devoid of civil rights and seeing the concentration of wealth increase no matter which party is in power.
If politicians are influenced by corporate america then perhaps the people could try voting with their wallets against such corporations.
More parties and candidates with easier access to the ballot in all states.
An hour of free daily time on all TV channels, with time equally divided between all candidates, starting a few months before the elections (instead of candidates needing millions of dollars for TV time).
Drastically restrict or abolish campaign contributions.
Restrict donations from the private sector to government even outside elections.
Abolish the electoral college.
Outlaw the "revolving door" between private and public sectors.
More power to elected officials and less power to appointed officials.
Perhaps a clean criminal record as a requirement for all candidates and appointees of all government positions?
Put civics classes in the required curriculum of all schools.
Get involved in the process instead of being a spectator.
Those are the standard ones from the top of my head and apply to lots of other countries as well.
I think you're right....you need more than advice don't you think? LOL
Last edited by Trojan_Ripper; 25th June 2012 at 07:31 PM.
From your source:
"The massive cache of almost 400,000 Iraq war documents released by the WikiLeaks Web site revealed that small amounts of chemical weapons were found in Iraq and continued to surface for years after the 2003 US invasion, Wired magazine reported."
"The documents showed that US troops continued to find chemical weapons and labs for years after the invasion, including remnants of Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons arsenal -- most of which had been destroyed following the Gulf War."
Inquiry told Iraq could not 'use' chemical weapons:
"Foreign Office official Sir William Ehrman told the war inquiry that a report suggested that such weapons may have been "disassembled"."
"A separate report suggested Iraq might also "lack" warheads capable of spreading chemical agents, he added."
"He also said it was a "surprise" no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were ever found in Iraq."
No WMDs in Iraq:
"During its investigation, the ISG reported that "[a] total of 53 munitions have been recovered, all of which appear to have been part of pre-1991 Gulf war stocks based on their physical condition and residual components.""
"Saddam Hussein ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war. ISG found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program."
"While a small number of old, abandoned chemical munitions have been discovered, ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991. There are no credible indications that Baghdad resumed production of chemical munitions thereafter."
"In practical terms, with the destruction of the Al Hakam facility, Iraq abandoned its ambition to obtain advanced BW [biological warfare] weapons quickly. ISG found no direct evidence that Iraq, after 1996, had plans for a new BW program or was conducting BW-specific work for military purposes."
"Experts from the three nations failed to document any existent biological or nuclear weapons and discovered only a few random chemical weapons. The ISG concluded that contrary to what most of the world had believed, Iraq had abandoned attempts to produce WMDs. In his congressional testimony, the head of the ISG, Charles Duelfer, admitted, "We were almost all wrong" on Iraq."
"The ISG report was sufficient to convince the Bush administration that there were no WMDs to be found; they called off the search in 2005."
All that was found in Iraq were abandoned chemical munitions that had dissembled many many years ago. AGAIN NO WMDS WERE FOUND. Without the chemicals these weapons could have been put in a museum. That's how useless they were.
The intent was there, even though they didn't have the ability...yet... Again, no one ever said that he had working nuclear weapons, but his intent to one day create them was quite valid.Quote by: ISG
TR, short of truth(and the others on his end) actually being there and seeing for themselves, they can only believe that no weapons were found, Saddam was completely innocent and Iraqi's were better off under his gentle, and legally elected, rule.. I'm done with this waste of time.
You’re still on that kick that “NO WMDS WERE FOUND” and that all sources that say they did are conservative? Well how about CNN and The Guardian….will they work from say May of 2004 findings? Maybe this time it will be the weapons inspectors or the Danish troops who don’t know what they’re talking about?
Even though mustard gas is nasty stuff, do you really think that 36 old decaying mustard gas warheads is really a good enough reason to invade?However, the find of a small amount of mortar shells is unlikely to satisfy a growing chorus of criticism that the much-touted weapons of mass destruction either never existed or were destroyed years ago. The Danish team has found only 36 mortar rounds buried in desert about 45 miles from Al Amarah, a southern town. But it added that up to a 100 more could still be hidden at the location. The rounds were in plastic bags and some were leaking. It seems they had been buried for at least 10 years.
Even coalition military spokesmen said the weapons were likely to be a leftover from the Iran-Iraq war fought during the Eighties when mustard gas was widely used. The gas blisters the skin painfully and can be lethal if it is breathed in. Victims die in excruciating agony.
You know, Paul, Reagan proved that deficits don't matter. We won the mid-term elections, this is our due. : Dick Cheney