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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

From inception as designed by the nation’s founders, democracy in America has been and continues to be pure fantasy — the real thing prohibited by executive, legislative, and judicial actions.

Powerful interests control things — the will of the people shut out.

Money-controlled secrecy and back room deals substitute for a free, fair and open process.

Americans get the best “democracy” money can buy.

Jimmy Carter earlier called the US election process “one of the (world’s) worst…because of the excessive influx of money.”

The system is debauched by design.

Candidates for high office are selected, not elected.

Key outcomes are predetermined.

One party with two right wings runs things, independents shut out.

Corporate controlled major media manipulate the public mind, journalism the way it should be silenced.

Voter disenfranchisement is rife. According to the Sentencing Project:

“As of 2020, an estimated 5.17 million people are disenfranchised due to a felony conviction” — countless numbers wrongfully or for misdemeanors too minor to matter.

“One in 16 African Americans of voting age is disenfranchised.”

“(W)e can conservatively estimate that over 560,000 (voting-age) Latin Americans…are disenfranchised.”

“(W)omen (comprise) over one-fifth” of disenfranchised voting-age Americans.

Most often when US elections are held, around half of eligible voters opt out because their interests are unaddressed — Election 2020 turnout an exception to the rule.

Elections are privatized. Corporate-controlled voting machines — using secret software — can manipulate totals with electronic ease.

Mail-in ballots can be counted or discarded.

Time and again, losers are declared winners at the federal, state, and local levels.

What Tom Paine called “the primary right by which all other rights are protected” — voting-age enfranchisement — is more myth than reality in the US.

In the West and elsewhere, most countries have proportional representation (PR) governance.

In the US, it’s winner-take-all. A one-vote majority shuts out the other 49.9%+.

Legislatures of US states choose  Electors to decide who’s president and vice president, not voting-age Americans.

The Constitution’s Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 states:

“Each state shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress…”

Electors are free to vote independently. Throughout US history, it happened scores of times.

The Electoral College system is fundamentally undemocratic.

Electors can override popular sentiment at their discretion. So can the Supreme Court — Bush v. Gore (2000) Exhibit A.

Sixteen times in US history, winning presidential candidates won a minority of votes.

When half the electorate opts out, presidents can be elected or selected with as little as around 25% of eligible voter support.

If no candidate receives a majority of Electoral College votes, House members choose the president, Senate members the vice president — the public entirely left out.

The Electoral College system permits duopoly rule, shutting out opposition independent parties.

Previous articles discussed electoral fraud since at least 1824.

John Quincy Adams then got 32% of the vote to Andrew Jackson’s 42%. Two other candidates had 13% each.

Since Jackson lacked an Electoral College majority, House members decided the race for the White House — choosing Adams in what became known as the “Corrupt Bargain.”

Jackson evened the score by defeating Adams in 1828, winning a second term in 1832.

As president, Jackson notably vetoed congressional legislation to grant the privatized Second Bank of the United States a 20-year charter. 

Jefferson opposed the first US Bank. Both were 19th century versions of today’s (Wall Street owned and controlled) Federal Reserve. 

Jackson called the Second Bank of the United States a “hydra-headed monster” for good reason.

No US president or key congressional members today would dare describe the Fed this way — nor explain that money power (the supreme power over all others) in private hands and democracy can’t co-exist.

Truth and full disclosure are absent in US political discourse. Establishment media operate the same way.

The US public is fed a steady diet of political doublespeak and  demagoguery, along with managed news misinformation and disinformation by corporate-controlled media.

Gains from Civil and Voting Rights legislation of the 1960s are long gone. 

Elections are more selections than reflections of popular sentiment.

There’s nothing remotely democratic about US governance.

It’s always been of, by, and for privileged interests exclusively — ordinary people to be exploited, not served.

Both right wings of one-party rule represent Wall Street, other monied interests, and their own, ordinary people spurned.

Rare short-term periods earlier went the other way — none since David Rockefeller-led Trilateralists in the early 70s warned of and took steps to counter what they called the threat of too much democracy.

The US dark side reflects a legacy of serving privileged interests exclusively at the expense of the general welfare — facilitated by the nation’s debauched political system.

Trump v. Biden/Harris is the latest glaring example — a billionaire businessman/reality TV president v. a cognitively and physically impaired/longtime dirty politician challenger, along with his authoritarian running-mate.

Like many times before in US history, the likely result is being determined by brazen fraud, a coup d’etat process — the will of the people nowhere in sight.

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My two Wall Street books are timely reading:

“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”


“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”

Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.