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Gilded Class Warriors

ideaminer Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 5:31 PM
Continuation: What message would that send to the 'winning' candidate? Even though Candidate D 'won', what did he 'win'? Not even a simple majority, let alone a mandate; he takes office knowing that 95% of the voters opted for either the other candidate, or to withhold their consent from both. Even today, candidates in three-way races who don't win by 50+%, tend to be very circumspect in office, because they know they don't have the majority of popular support. I'm not saying this is a great idea, just an idea that's (1) different, (2) likely to get the attention of both parties, since one or two points can now change the outcome of elections, (3) grassroots and can go national without a lot of money or organization, and (4) peaceful.

In his first term President Obama was criticized for trash-talking the one-percenters while enjoying the aristocracy of Martha's Vineyard and the nation's most exclusive golf courses.

Obama never quite squared his accusations that "millionaires and billionaires" had not paid their fair share with his own obvious enjoyment of the perks of "corporate jet owners," "fat cat bankers" and Las Vegas junketeers.

Now, that paradox has continued right off the bat in the second term. In the State of the Union, Obama once more went after "the few," and "the wealthiest and the most powerful," whom he blasted as the "well-off and...