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[6-16-2009 Update Insert: Most of what is in this space is now moot. I found out what I was doing wrong and have reinstated Archives and Labels searches. They do work. However, in certain cases you may prefer Labels to Archives. Example: 1976 Today begins in November of 2006 and concludes in December of 2006, but there are other related posts in other months. Note: Labels only shows 20 posts at a time. There are 21 hubs, making 21 (which is for 1976 Today) an older hub.] ********************************* to my online poems and song lyrics using Archives. Use hubs for finding archival locations but do not link through them. Originally an AOL Journal, where the archive system was nothing like the system here, this blog was migrated from there to here in October of 2008. Today (Memorial/Veteran's Day, May 25, 2009) I discovered a glitch when trying to use a Blogger archive. Now, it may be template-related, but I am unable to return to S M or to the dashboard once I am in the Archives. Therefore, I've decided on this approach: a month-by-month post guide. The sw you see in the codes here stood for Salchert's Weblog when I began it in November of 2006. It later became Sprintedon Hollow. AOL provided what were called entry numbers, but they weren't consistent, and they didn't begin at the first cardinal number. That is why the numbers after "sw" came to be part of a post's code. ************** Here then is the month-by-month post guide: *2006* November: 00001 through 00046 - December: 00047 through 00056 -- *2007* January: 00057 through 00137 - February: 00138 through 00241 - March: 00242 through 00295 - April: 00296 through 00356 - May: 00357 through 00437 - June: 00438 through 00527 - July: 00528 though 00550 - August: 00551 through 00610 - September: 00611 through 00625 - October: 00626 through 00657 - November: 00658 through 00729 - December: 00730 through 00762 -- *2008* January: 00763 through 00791 - February: 00792 through 00826 - March: 00827 through 00849 - April: 00850 through 00872 - May: 00873 through 00907 - June: 00908 through 00931 - July: 00932 through 00955 - August: 00956 through 00993 - September 00994 through 01005 - October: 01006 through 01007 - November: 01008 through 01011 - December: 01012 through 01014 -- *2009* January: 01015 through 01021 - February: 01022 through 01028 - March: 01029 through 01033 - April: 01034 through 01036 - May: 01037 through 01044 - ******************************************************* 1976 Today: 2006/11 and 2006/12 -- Rooted Sky 2007: 2007/01/00063rsc -- Postures 2007: 2007/01/sw00137pc -- Sets: 2007/02/sw00215sgc -- Venturings: 2007/03/00216vc -- The Undulant Trees: 2007/03/00266utc -- This Day's Poem: 2007/03/00267tdpc -- Autobio: 2007/04/sw00316ac -- Fond du Lac: 2007/04/00339fdl -- Justan Tamarind: 2007/05/sw00366jtc -- Prayers in December: 2007/05/sw00393pindc -- June 2007: 2007/06/sw00440junec -- Seminary: 2007/07/sw00533semc -- Scatterings: 2008/08/00958sc ** Song Lyrics: 2008/02/sw00797slc ********** 2009-06-02: Have set S M to show 200 posts per page. Unfortunately, you will need to scroll to nearly the bottom of a page to get to the next older/newer page.


Monday, December 3, 2007

Our nation's forefathers were highly intelligent, but they created a structurally-flawed nation. It is a democratic republic, and republic is the key word. For many years I have maintained in one-on-one conversations that this country may well be "the home of the brave" but it has never been "the land of the free". "These United States"--see the morrisonhimself comment--need to be reconstructed. However, this post will only address the Electoral College issue because it is the core reason so many of this nation's citizens do not vote. The Maine-Nebraska method is an insufficient improvement. Inherently, the Electoral College cannot be fixed. The Electoral College idea subverts democracy. (Of course, "democracy" is a dirty word; and "of the people, by the people, and for the people" is a pile of doo-doo.) "Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them." Paul ValĂ©ry Tel Quel 2 (1943). See Quotation #163. Before any other federally-mandated institution is, the Electoral College must be garbaged. There is not one argument in its favor that stands up. The distribution of US citizens cannot be accurately accounted for by even a census every year. Circumstances, natural and otherwise, constantly keep people on the move. Giving a state to a candidate who won by 70% is not the same as giving a state to a candidate who won by 55%, even if the population in each is relatively equal. Red states, blue states, purple states: the conception itself is anti-freedom. Wyoming gets 2 senatorial votes and California gets 2 senatorial votes: what kind of crock is that? What I'm saying is not that California ought to have more than 2 senators, but that the supposed checks and balances the E C provides is untenable. There are other problems: 1) the voting age 2) citizens who don't vote (for whatever reasons) are automatically disenfranchised 3) balloting systems are too diverse and unreliable 4) the ways in which campaigns are conducted, to say nothing of the cost of them. About point 1: The age at which one is allowed to vote should be the same age in every state. Sometimes states' rights = states' blights. Maybe each state should be its own country. Wouldn't that be the cat's diapers. Have so far not founda state-by-state voting age chart. Read this pertinent cogent argument for lowering the age to 16. About point 2: Say that in a general election 30% vote for Bluu, 25% vote for Redd, 5% vote for Purp, and 40% vote for Nota. I think every ballot should include a "None-of-the-above" option. I think such an option would encourage more citizens to vote, especially if it were accorded its rightful power. That is, if the majority of citizens chose that option, then the election in which it occurred should be considered null-and-void. Well, do you or don't you want a democracy? & what about Americans who are in prisons in this country? About point 3: Every ballot across the land should have the same look. None of this filling in an oval or punching this or that with a machine. A simple X to the right of a name, of a yes, of a no would suffice. Special assistance should be given to those who are handicapped but are able to choose. About point 4: We live in a capitalist society, a fate which is both good/ and evil. How/ many/ of our leaders are poor? We persist in a veritable oligarchy which, if it had its way, would happily become a tyranny, if it hasn't already. Alexis Tocqueville saw this coming. The birth of These United States was marked by an undesired but necessary violence. Nothing prevents it from being reborn by a similar undesired but necessary violence. Our own Declaration of Independence recognizes that possibility. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect theirsafety and happiness. And it goes on, though in a more cautionary tone. Read it. - This is an annotated text of the Declaration. Scroll down to it. - Brian A. J. Salchert

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