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Saturday, February 18, 2017

How to restore democracy in America

Something fewer than 50% of Americans might be satisfied with how the nation is performing today. For all of the negative ranting about President Trump, and I would say for good reason, his base is holding steady and so is the opposition. That means that Americans remain staunchly divided.

Since the majority of the population voted against Trump from the largest populated areas of the nation, the divided can be summed up as rural versus urban, and then, however, the demographics follow.

"“For the most part, Republicans are sticking with the President: 83% approve of the way he is handling his job. Democrats and Independents give Trump a negative job assessment, making the overall Trump performance evaluation one of more disapproval than approval. Overall, 48% of Americans disapprove. 
It is important to note that while his overall job rating is negative, the President receives overall positive marks in two key areas — his handling of the economy and his handling of terrorism (both seen as very important issues). 43% approve of his handling of the economy, and 32% disapprove. On terrorism, the poll shows 42% approving and 37% disapproving. However, just about a quarter have no opinion about President Trump’s performance in each area.”

Here are some facts that reflect the health of the American democracy:

1. The President routinely chastises the free press. The free press is the pillar of Democracy.

2. The President has failed to come clean about his business conflicts of interest. A suit is filed that he has broken the emolument law. If proven, he could be impeached.

3. The Republican Congress is stonewalling investigations into President Trump's links to Russians, while the FBI and CIA have proven that Russians interfered in America's free elections with leaks and propaganda.

4. Trump's National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, had accepted payment as a consultant to Russians; engaged in talks with Russians, covered it up, while Trump knew fully about it.

5. The Republican Congress is attacking government services that support the middle class and poor as their policies discriminate against minorities and women.

6. The Republican Congress cannot separate church from state as prescribed by the US Constitution.

While the economy stays buoyant, Americans are less likely to complain, until or unless policies impact them directly.

The best way to improve, in the long run, is to attend to how we select and evaluate our elected representatives.

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