The recent defeat of loophole-closing background check legislation in the Senate, despite roughly 90% of the public supporting it, is another blunt reminder that our government is not “for the people” anymore.  Regrettably, “government of the people, by the people and for the people” is perishing from the earth. We now elect representatives in gerrymandered districts where some have enacted hurdles to registration. Voices of dissent and new ideas are drowned out by the loud voices of money. The legislative process has been rigged by artifices such as the filibuster (now a complete sham) to eliminate public accountability and skew the process toward the wishes of the wealthy and powerful over the broader public interest.

How and why this has come to pass is detailed in America Adrift. I urge you to read it and then do your part. Our democracy is on life support and only “we the people” can save it.

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