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Break the Duopoly

Inspired by the latest manufactured DC drama over the rollback of the Dodd-Frank Act, this Ghion Cast goes at the heart of the deception of the Democrat and Republican duopoly. Make sure you read full article below the video.

Freedom to vote on a controlled ballot of limited options is not Democracy but a tyranny of false choices. I write given the current state of our nation where too many of us argue over symptoms as we overlook the cancer that is eating away at the fabric of our freedoms. America was founded on the premise of power belonging to the people; the founders of this nation envisioned a government that was to be of, by and for the people. A revolution fought to free America from the yoke of King George’s despotism promised to deliver a new day of representative Democracy.

When the Constitutional Convention concluded on September 17th 1787, an elderly lady asked Benjamin Franklin what the framers had given the public. “A Republic madam, if you can keep it”, responded Franklin. The republic betrothed to the people has been hijacked by the plutocracy; a duopoly owned and financed by the wealthiest few has eradicated a representative democracy and replaced it with a kleptocracy. The new day of liberty has devolved into a midnight of nepotism.

Democrats and Republicans are presented to the public as a façade of suffrage, in the process, we have been conditioned to believe that voting is akin to redress. Time and again, both parties have shown that they do not work for us. Democrats and Republicans are equally crooked, they’re just bent in different directions. The whole system depends on a slight of hand where each party caters to their base while vilifying the other side. All of it is smoke and mirrors, empty rhetoric and meaningless indignation being leveraged by every politician in DC to hide their complicity in the fleecing of America.

A deceptive system of Cyclical change keeps foisting empty suits and cult of personalities upon us, we get fooled by politics not realizing that policies are a continuum.

Most Americans have woken up to this fact and refuse to buy into the fraudulence of electioneering. More than 66% of Americans who can otherwise vote refuse to do so. Out of the roughly 33% who do vote, Congress has an approval rating below 10% while Donald Trump get a vote of no-confidence from more than 60% of voting Americans. When you add in people who stopped voting out of frustration or indifference, the vast majority of Americans do not approve of our government.

In other words, we are being governed without consent. This is the very condition that led the colonists to rise up against British despotism. Billions are spent in marketing, disinformation and peddling news of outrage and sensationalism to paint over the fact that the American government is illegitimate. Saying so should not be taken as treasonous; in fact patriotism demands that people speak up when they witness this level of malfeasance.

So I rise today in defense of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. We must find a way as a nation to break the duopoly that is entrenched in our nation’s capital. Voting for the same parties over and over again and expecting a different outcome is the height of insanity. When both parties are on the payroll of Wall Street and globalists, what we get is a government that sacrifices the public good for the sake of private interests.

Consolidated power is the root of corruption. If we have any shot at restoring the credibility of our elections and returning power back to the people, we can only do so if we find a way to break the criminal enterprise that is the two-party scam. To call Democrats and Republicans criminal enterprises is not an exercise in hyperbole, both parties—and establishment voices as a whole—conspire to limit access to the ballot and eradicate competition from unaffiliated candidates. In a fair world, this level of mendacity and illicit behavior would get prosecuted under the RICO Act.

Just this morning, Donald Trump fired Rex Tillerson as the Secretary of State over Twitter. To recap, a reality show clown axed a former Exxon-Mobil CEO over social media only to replace him with a CIA spook. The founders of America must be rolling in their graves, a grand experiment birthed on the idea of limited government and accountability to the people is disintegrating into a Chiquita Republic before our very eyes. From the pan of Obama into the fires of Trump, our nation is being fractured at the foundation by a system of governance and an institution of greed that caters to the 1% as it craters the rest of us.

If there was any doubt as to who is really in charge of this country and where we stand as citizens, the 2016 presidential election should serve as a crystallizing moment for all of us. The massive lawlessness of the duopoly was put on full display as Hillary and the Democratic National Convention colluded to stifle voter intent and rig the outcome of the primary election. Republicans are no different on this front; both parties exist to nullify our votes and impose a corporate agenda throughout the land. The ballot has become the bullet; voting is purely a symbolic act where we get to choose which party will serve us up to multinational aristocrats.

The two party scheme is a 21st century poll tax where moneyed interests and consolidated powers dictate policies as we argue over politics. Tokenism and window dressing gives us the mirage of progress, yet for every one achievement mannequin that is pushed as proof of triumph, there are a hundred thousand who are getting left behind. All the gains made over two centuries are being unraveled; for the first time in the history of America, the generation entering the workforce will be worse off than their parents. This level of iniquity can only be turned back if we somehow neutralize the veto power corporations have over our government.

We can’t depend on intervention from big government to save us from big government. Change will not come by way of the upper-crust and the establishment. People who are thriving in the status quo and making fortunes from this duopoly will never reform the system from within no matter how much they speak against it from without. How many more candidates promising hope and change and pledging to make America great again must we be bamboozled by before we wake up to their lies? Click To Tweet

There is another way besides waiting for political saviors to rescue us. The Constitution gives the states the right to administer elections and set parameters for the ballot box. Instead of praying for another pie in the sky candidate to come and looking forward to 2020 to be duped yet again, how about we address the systematic issues that is enabling the duopoly and tackle the issue of pre-selected candidates at the source?

What I’m proposing is a state by state campaign to pressure state governments to ban party identification on ballots. Let candidates run on the strength of their ideas instead of being dependent on political affiliation. The current system has Democrat and Republican candidates listed at the very top with all other candidates listed as also-rans. This set up gives both parties and incumbents an almost insurmountable advantage; there is a reason why only 7% of Americans approve of Congress yet nearly 95% of incumbents get reelected.

By banishing party identification on ballot boxes and randomizing the listing of candidates without giving preferential treatment to incumbency or political brand, a fairer and more representative election is possible. Preventing party ID on ballots also has a way of lessening the influence of PACs, Super-PACs and dark money has on our election process, an election that has multiple viable candidates running on the ideas instead of their labels makes it harder for billionaires and corporations to buy up politicians. We can actually vote on plans and policies instead of choosing between pre-selected candidates.

This idea can only be implemented if we get beyond the left/right divide and look past the sporting nature of our politics. I’m not presenting this as a liberal idea or a conservative idea; this should be a movement that is open to all and accepts all viewpoints. Let’s put aside our differences because this is an initiative that all Americans, irrespective of ideology or identity, can embrace and move forward.

This effort is part and parcel of the 50 State reSOLUTION campaign, but I really hope that this blossoms beyond one person and becomes a movement of, by and for the people. If you agree with the concept spelled out in this article, take ownership and agency and do what you can to push this idea forward. Consider this a seed planted, a modest proposal that can have a profound impact on how we view government and how we are governed as a people.

It is up to each one of us to water this seed and grow it into a collective cause. Instead of arguing about politics and bashing each other over partisan talking points, let us unite and work towards a solution. We have the power of social media in our hands, use #BreaktheDuopoly on Facebook, Twitter and every other platform you are on to push this campaign forward. Can we do this, can we make government great again? Yes! We! Can!

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” ~ Frederick Douglass

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Lij Teodrose Fikremariam is the co-founder and former editor of the Ghion Journal. He is currently the chair of Ethiopians for Constitutional Monarchy. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Lij Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Lij Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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