Two Easy Fixes to Revive Our Dying Democracy

Published March 2017 – updated December 2017

If you watch a town hall meeting you can literally see and hear that many of our representatives have no problem lying to our faces. For example, there are countless instances of representatives telling constituents ” yes, i agree with you – we should not repeal before we replace”, etc. But then, when you follow their vote, you find they actually voted for repeal. Knowingly saying one thing and doing another is a textbook definition for lying.

Lying to the press or to constituents does not violate any law. But maybe it should be illegal. These people do swear oaths. But today, these oaths apparently mean nothing. Let’s face it. Our government was formed in the 1700’s.  Words had meanings that were more sacrosanct back then. So let’s get basic.

REPRESENTATIVE. Why did the founders use that word and not a word like Duke?

An elected “representative” RE-PRESENTS an idea or bill. That means the original idea or bill is not necessarily theirs to create. That task could rightly belong to the constituency – which is all of us – which is what a real democracy should be like. But to do that, we need to be engaged, not so much in government, but in the actual issues!represent

And what actually happens after a person gets elected to office and goes to Washington? They all quickly discover there is a pre-existing and entrenched system where big business is paying big dollars to sitting representatives for getting the goals of big their businesses done, not the goals of the constituents.

Hence, we now see the GOP advancing the idea of repealing healthcare, or fixing taxes to be less on the businesses – so they can get their kickbacks. There are DEMS that probably have their kickback issues too, I am sure.

The biggest issue facing the USA today is the ability of elected representatives to get kickbacks through lobbying and hide them in undisclosed foreign bank accounts. Without these kickbacks or graft, as it’s called sometimes, a president like Trump could never have happened.

And unfortunately, the current US president is not only sold out to big business, but also to Russia. A fish rots from the head. Selling out is rampant and its not just the president! It’s our senators, representatives and all those that work with or for them.  And so, the real goals of the US citizens get totally overlooked. We couldn’t get gun laws changed after Sandy Hook. What does that say about the people in charge? Senseless bickering continues because this is what big business wants. And that’s where we are today – and have been here since the 1970’s. Our president embodies the swamp creature that selling out is. But at least, we can at least see the monster clearly now. It’s on TV every day. 

A divided country allows big business to continue doing its thing, taking from the poor, giving to the rich. Big business wants profit only. They don’t want the common man to get ahead or even to get an education. Stupid consumers are good for big business. So un-christian. So greedy.  And yet, there they sit in Washington, doing their own business, not the people’s business.

This cannot continue. It has to end and end soon. On this, even the Tea Party and I are in lockstep.  Business knows what will happen if consumers get organized. Incomes will get spread around more evenly, and people will be empowered financially and spiritually to strive for more. That’s not the ideal of Wall Street or K-street, so they pit us against each other. FOX vs. MSNBC , etc.  Make America Great Again” will happen when we share more – not less. That’s the biggest lie Trump is perpetuating – that by handing funds to the greedy we will all be better off. What a crock. Who believes that anyway?

So is the real war folks! It’s an internal war. It’s “we the people” vs. “our sold-out representatives” in national government. So many have to go and 2018 is the next big step. And yes, they are not all sold out. We can tell by the way they vote. 

So these are the two easy fixes that can save the US democracy. First, we need place to find our common ground. I personally think we don’t need a wall. I don’t think we need to beef up our military – already the most expensive on the planet. But I am willing to listen to the opinions of others. But where can we have this discussion? Twitter? Facebook? Not the way they are today. We need a real place to have civil discussions and then decide what the majority wants via mock voting on the issues, not on the representatives. The reps should be bots for the majority. 

#1 A Perpetual Town Hall. An online site where the issues that need attention are posted. There are expert opinions, stats, chat rooms and mock voting on the first Tuesday of every month. This can easily be done by the folks at Google or Facebook.   (link to my letter to Google and please check it out after you finish this) But they will need to create new sites reserved just for civil political discussions and voting. 

Once we have our minds made up on the issues, we tell the representative, sworn under oath, to do exactly what we ask them to. If they don’t do what we have chosen, they are breaking their oath and can be fired. This is not hard to do. Right now the tax scam/bill has about a 25% approval rating. It should be illegal to vote this is in. But they are doing it. 

#2 We have to end the ability of an elected national representative to have undeclared foreign bank accounts! This is how so many, Trump, Maniford, Wilbur Ross – et. al. find a way to hide their illegal payoffs. How dumb is it that we allow this? Very stupid folks. It allows criminals and even spies to get inside our government. It has to end!

This is the only kind of representative governmental system that will actually work in these trying times. All else is doomed to fail owing to the essential greed of human nature. Politicians are human beings and politicians must be reigned in to curtail their essential greed.

It will be our fault, not the politician’s fault – if we don’t fix this flaw in the machine we call the US government.

These two simple ideas, once implemented, cannot fail . And it can’t possibly make things worse than what we have now, which is  – “say what you need to get elected, then do what you want for yourself and friends once elected”.

What are we waiting for? 2018 is coming soon. We have the technology to do this right now.  Will someone with programming skills please set this up ASAP? It feels like a one day job by one smart guy. This would change everything. MockDemocracy.US is available. DemocracyLivesHere.com even better.   TownHall247.com is fine too.

This is a link to a newer blog on this perpetual town hall idea. If you know someone up the chain at Facebook or Google, please pass the link on.

 https://englishcode.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/facebook-russia-2/

josepharonesty@gmail.com Get me here. I’ll support this idea with dollars too.

P.S. There is a political faction called The Pirate Party, that advocates for something like this. Good idea. Bad name. 

 

 

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We Have All Been Raped By This President – #MeToo

Fellow Citizens,

darkheartI went to Penn with Donald Trump and was in a class called “International Finance” with him in 1967. He paid a classmate to do his work for him in that class. At that point, Donny was raping the good name of the U of P with the dollars of his father. At that age, all I could draw from it was, ” So this is how this works for people with money”.  I wish I had gone to the Dean about what I knew. Maybe everything would have been different. But I was silent. 

In 1985, Trump built the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City. As fate would have it, my businesses were in AC back then, right across the street from him. I began to hear from friends that their fathers, who worked on the “glass windows” and “electricity” at the Plaza – were not getting paid. He was putting them through a rigmarole. Two of my friends family businesses were sunk by trusting Donald Trump. That was rape #2. He raped the trust of business-people. He did the same with banks. That’s why only Russian banks trust him these days. He can pay them with his secret foreign accounts. It’s also why he won’t show his taxes. 

I am also sure it will turn out that he raped our US Treasury by opening foreign bank accounts with money stolen from his allegedly bankrupt casinos. I saw the action at his casinos. They did better than most. Why did Caesar’s not go broke during the same period? It makes no sense.

And Trump rapes our Treasury every day in other ways as well. His golf courses, his many homes which have to be guarded, his endless investigations – are not free to the taxpayer. So yes, this is all part of a raping as well. 

What is a rape really? A rape is taking something that is not willfully given. It can be physical, as in sexual rape,  but it can also be monetary and even mental. And rapists of all kind are criminals in a just society. Are we a just society any more?

Donald Trump has been a rapist for as long as I have known him – over 60 years! So I just wish anyone who has ever been raped by this man would step up and join the “Me Too” movement. Not just women. 

What about those people who were thrown out of their houses in NYC by Trump, in his formative years in the late 1970’s? Did you not feel violated? Join the movement! And to those who were taken by his fake university, did you feel financially raped by Donald Trump’s lies? Join the movement. 

And citizens. Was not the rigging of the election in 2016 a rape of our political system? He took something that was not his to take when he enrolled Russian players to help him win. He rapes our constitution, our laws, our values, our norms, our standards, – and yes, in the past he has raped women. He has said so. Maybe that’s where his sickness began. We have all been raped because the man is by his nature, a rapist. 

And we can not be silent. Join the #MeToo Movement. 

Go to: https://metoo.center/Main_Page

Tell the world why you feel raped by Donald Trump. I just did.

So yes, # Me Too. 

 

 

Trump Is Weak On _________.

3minutesringRTrump likes to call his opponents weak. It’s getting old, especially from such a weak man.
Using only his own words as tools, and in less that a year in office, Donald Trump has effectively lost the moral authority needed to govern effectively as an American president. Circulate this meme today: Trump is weak on __________ .

Trump is weak on honesty. He lies more than once a day. It’s been proven.
Trump is weak on caring for others. A billionaire who rarely gives to charity.
Trump is weak on brains. His own Secretary of State called him a moron.
Trump is weak on national security. His words provide fuel for our enemies.
Trump is weak on leadership. He does not have the personal qualities to be a leader. We don’t want our kids to grow up to be like Trump and neither do they.
Trump is weak on patriotism. He has a fortune stashed foreign bank accounts. 
Trump is weak on morality. He “grabs them by the p…y” because he is a star.
Trump is weak on respecting others. He said “How stupid are the people of Iowa?”
Trump is weak on education for our kids. His Betsy Devos appointee tells us that.
Trump is weak on faithfulness. He used his wives and friends as pawns in his game. When they are no longer useful, he drops them.
Trump is weak on healthcare. He is trying to sink the ACA, by any means possible.
Trump is weak on the environment. The USA and Syria are the only two countries out of the Paris accord.
Trump is weak on women’s rights. He is accused of sexual assaulting over 12 women.
Trump is weak on security.  We all feel less secure with him in the White House.              Trump is weak on fiscal responsibility. We are spending a fortune guarding his many homes, and golf courses and paying for investigations.                                                                Trump is weak on infra-structure. With all the nonsense we are witnessing, we are not getting down to doing the important things we should be doing to make America a better place to live for us all. 

Trump is a weakling. The USA can’t afford to have a weakling in office.

To vote Trump out of office, vote his GOP associates out of office at every level. They will catch on – and show him the exit door.

vote-out-trump

 

The Way Back to Political Sanity Could Also Involve Facebook, Google, CNN

heartoftexas1It’s clear Facebook and Google had an unwitting hand in influencing the outcome of the 2016 election and derailing sanity in our government. Some days our situation seems almost hopeless. But the same platforms that helped spread Russian lies and changed the arc of our politics can also be used to heal our divided country and even make a permanent and lasting fix.

Proposing the Facebook or Google Politics Only Page   (POP)        

This would not be a place to post pictures of our kids or what we had for dinner. Obscene words would be auto-banned from entry.

This would be a place where advocates for issues post ideas. There would be civil chat-room discussions that focus on reaching the informed consensus that reflects the attitudes and desires of the majority of Americans. It could have national, state and even local discussion groups. It would be a perpetual town hall meeting of sorts.

With the degree of dysfunction in government, why should Americans leave governing ourselves to politicians? 

Politicians have repeatedly proven themselves to be sold out as a group. They are, at best, unnecessary statutory middlemen. A politics only page, where we discuss ideas to improve the common good and how to pay for it, could repair the citizen-representative disconnect which is so glaringly obvious this year.

Politicians should just be doing our bidding anyway. The re– in “re-presentative” government means we must first “present” our ideas. If we don’t first present ideas, we can’t blame greedy-by-nature politicians for taking advantage of their status – and representing for themselves – or for their donors.  After all, the head USA representative is clearly doing that. So we can’t blame the politicians – we must blame ourselves.

Politicians should be bots for our decisions with no right to sabotage the majority opinion.

There would be rooms to discuss all issues from gay rights to gun rights and links to real information from recognized experts on all sides of the arguments. There could be a place for political ads by American companies and vetted individuals, with equal space for ideas guaranteed. And yes, some issues are larger than national, like air quality. – There could be even world-wide discussions to pave way to real world peace – end terrorism – and even insure the survival of the species. Imagine that! We have this technology right now. The technology was just sabotaged by international criminals to gain their intended effect in the election of 2016. Reverse engineer this. This is easy! 

Regular Mock Votes 

The best part of a mock government page would be regular mock votes. Maybe we could have them once a month. We could call the first Tuesday of every month – Mock Vote Day and re-form the healthy national tradition of getting information and then voting our minds. The sheer numbers in these monthly mock government votes would instruct the honest players in our actual government as to the direction the majority really wants to steer the country. Mock Government Voting is a super strong meme here. Statistics don’t lie – they inform us. 

And then we can finally insist that our representatives re-present the ideas of the majority, the way a democracy should work because we will know what the majority wants and even why. – Politicians who don’t represent the consensus would be quickly exposed and voted out or removed from office for not representing the majority. 

Based on the current popularity of news shows, I think Americans are ready for this. We can essentially use the same door employed to enter this dysfunctional governmental state- to exit it!

And if they ( Facebook, Google, or CNN) don’t want to do this – we can do this ourselves too. I’ll go on Shark Tank for it if need be

Can we share this on social media so it gets to the powers that be in the media, please?

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About the Author

Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971.  He attended an International Finance class with Donald Trump, back in the day.

When the internet became viable in 1995, Joseph created what is arguably is the world’s first click and buy e-commerce website, WigSalon.com. He still operates WigSalon today.

Joseph is also a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. He now writes with musicians in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. He is an activist and his songs often reflect his political point of view.

Contact Info

Joseph Aronesty 1809 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266                                Text: 818 423 1533  Email: MyName @ gmail

 

 

Sexual Disposition and Job Performance Do Not Necessarily Correlate

mooreI’ve been thinking about the rash of sexual allegations that has erupted against men in positions of power and public service. This is my take on it all.

In a lifetime, we all have many different roles to play: child, friend, student, parent, worker, spouse, player, etc. And one of those roles is our personal sexual stance. It usually occupies no more than a few hours a week of activity, with much more time spent thinking and fantasizing about it all.

Our sexual tastes are basic, primal, and largely beyond our control. And we play our sexual roles only during limited times when those primal desires well up in us. 

Etymological and philosophical aside: The “x” at the end of the word “sex” literally depicts the connection, the crossing or juncture between two people. Sexual appetite drives the engine that populates the world. Many of us would not be here today had it not been for some weird sexual encounter that took place perhaps a thousand years ago. So unless we are speaking about forced unwanted sex, it’s really hard for me to be too critical of the myriads of various sexual encounters on planet earth.

Further, in most cases, just how we deal with our varied sexual dispositions does not have to impact the way we approach our daily jobs. For example, John Kennedy is generally thought to have been a great president, and yet it is well known that he had affairs. And yes, there are plenty of functioning people in politics, business and even military service who happen to be gay – and that does not correlate with their job performances. Sexual stance and job performance – simply put  – do not correlate. 

However, a damning line can be crossed. A hard line exists when one person uses superior strength to force unwanted sexual relations – or a position of power or drugs to induce sex that would not be wanted in a clear state of mind. Those transgressions should be treated as crimes because they are crimes. But crimes also have statutes of limitations – and for good reasons. And yes, 40 years is too late to indict for a non-murder crime. That is the law and it appears to be a good one. 

Can a person who has a fetish for 15 year old girls at the age of  32 return to a job at age of 70 – and do it well? Honestly, that answer has to be yes. If we are talking about situations where the female had at least some complicity in the arrangement, unless there was forced sex ( which is rape and a crime for sure ) there’s just not a one-to-one relationship between whatever happened during fleeting private moments – and one’s ability to do a job well – the very next day. 

So even though I find what Roy Moore did 40 years ago deplorable ( a proper use of that word at last ) if I were running against him I would not overplay that hand. After-all, I don’t think at the age 70 Roy Moore is a danger to teenagers.

I would much prefer that Doug Jones make his cases against Roy Moore on his record and the way he will do his job as a senator. I would advice Doug Jones to attack Roy Jones not for 40 year old sexual allegations – but for these reasons:

  • Moore is a climate denier
  • Moore does not respect gay people and their rights
  • Moore has nationalistic, racist and tribal positions on immigration
  • Moore wants to repeal the ACA
  • Moore advocates for trickle-down
  • Moore stands with Donald Trump
  • Moore favors cutting funding for public schools and promoting charter schools, vouchers, tax credits, home schooling, and Christian schools 
  • Moore opposes abortion, same-sex marriage, and civil unions
  • Moore wants to defund Planned Parenthood

There is plenty to campaign against there. And Doug Jones must also explain why he will be better for Alabamans.

I really think we should get a lot of these sexual allegations off the front pages of the our papers and broadcasts – and asap. They are largely distractions. There’s not much meat on those bones. They just involve fleeting personal relations and yes – weaknesses – but between two people. Gun rights, healthcare, tax fairness, clean air and water, Trump’s impulsiveness – these issues involve us all. That’s what governing is all about, right?

Let’s focus. These sexual stories are sucking up too way much oxygen and causing us to lose focus on the many larger, more important issues we must deal with … right now. 

…………………….. Joseph Aronesty

Let’s Focus

 

The Special Election in Alabama Occupies a Pivotal Point in American History

To all good people of Alabama – Republicans, independent-minded and Democrats:

In 2016, people wanted to vote out more than vote in. That has not changed. There is probably more of that sentiment today than in 2016. – But now its not HRC but Trump that is in the swamp – and even his followers know this down deep.

We need to be telling people to vote out the swamp creatures that our lying, hypocritical president has put in place to rob the good ordinary people of Alabama and all over this nation. We want good affordable caring health care for our sick and elderly, better education for our kids, infrastructure investments, clean air polices, and to pay for this we don’t want trickle down. We want taxes to increase on the super rich and Trump’s fat cat friends who ave had a free ride for too long, and are awash in cash.

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(This is my design but please – you can use it and improve on it. Print them up cheap. – Get them on cars in Alabama and get press on them. They send a strong message: VOTE OUT TRUMP GOP supporters. There is a large difference between a Republican and a sold out Trump Republican. Print them and distribute them to your support team members please. Its like those MAGA hats but with an honesty behind them.  It WILL work. People respond to branding. The word “Trump” can also be taken as a verb, so trump Republicans also means to outdo Republican political hacks.)

If you are a GOP member or supporter reading this, please consider that though you and your GOP friends are likely fine and decent people, Trump’s GOP congress members are not your friends. They simply don’t behave the way friends do.

  • Would a friend work so hard to take away your healthcare? 
  • Would a friend turn your child’s college education into an expensive affair that’s often hardly worth the effort?
  • Would a friend say one thing and then do another?

Trump GOP congressmen offer us lip service, but they have shown no love for actual people since Trump became president. This is because Donald Trump himself finds it hard to be close to people. And that is because Trump and his friends seem to view people as objects or cattle – to be milked. That attitude started for Trump when he owned casinos in AC, which is a business where other’s losses are your gain. We know about casinos in Alabama. Trump is still a casino boss at heart.

Alabamans! Know this too. Hillary is not coming back! She really is not. You don’t have to worry about her. Even the left admits she was a bit tone deaf and self-serving. Relax on that. You don’t have to vote GOP to keep HRC away. The GOP still speaks of HRC (and OBAMA) to distract you from thinking about them and what they want for their own and not for us – which is more because they are greedy souls and we can all see that now. They had a year to show their true colors. Enough!

Today, it is Donald Trump and his GOP associates that are your enemies. They are mostly self-serving middlemen trying to get ahead on your sweat, with little work, and without regard to public service they swear oaths to. 

Alabaman women!  I also think most Alabaman women, the instinctual creatures that they are, know all this down deep. Vote them all out! And its not for sexual allegations that Roy Moore should be voted out. It is for who he is and who he is aligned with. He is not your friend! Neither is Trump.

The Special Election in Alabama

The special election in Alabama is positioned at a pivotal point in our country’s history. Even if this sexual allegation had not come out on Roy Moore, Moore is in bed with Donald Trump. And that alone should give you pause to support him.

This is not about me but I know Mr. Trump. I went to school with him. He cheated on his homework at age 20. Big deal. But that attitude of cheating to win never left him. He has had foreign bank accounts for 30 years and he won’t show his taxes. Why? To conceal his financial crimes? Can you really think of an honest reason he won’t show his taxes beyond the old “it’s nobody’s business”?

Trump is supposed to be a public servant. And yet, Trump has never done a selfless thing for anybody else in entire life. He has given almost no charitable contributions from his own pocket. He would think that would be stupid. And he certainly does not care about you or Alabamans except how your support can help him get richer.

Ask yourself this. If Trump cared about Americans or Alabamans, why does his daughter own sweatshops in China to create her clothing? That alone should tell you something. Could not that same clothing be made in Alabama, where the cotton is grown? That should tell you that the Trump’s don’t care for anything but personal wealth for themselves. And Roy Moore in on his team. Trump’s team members are not your friends and they don’t want to be your friends. 

Add to that the obvious notion that our president, regardless of who he may be, needs to be vetted as an honest patriot or we run the risk of having foreign governments rape and plunder the coiffures of our country from the inside out.

So even if Roy Moore was not accused of being a pedophile, being a Trump Republican is enough incentive for you to send Congress and this nation a message. Enough! We are better than this.

There is a difference between decent Republican people, decent Republican politicians (like McCain, Romney and Corker and many more) and Trump Republicans, who turn a blind eye to everything decent to fatten their own pockets.

I ask that you seriously consider voting against Roy Moore in the special election. If you don’t like the Democrat guy, write in the name of someone you know or trust to represent your interests. I ask that you send the message that decent people in America are outraged at what we are witnessing. And yes, Moore is important to the Trump GOP machine, so they have a majority to continue their Russian-backed agendas of destroying everything that was good about America and making themselves richer at our expense.

We can do something to restore justice for our neighbors and children. We can agree to identify and vote out all Trump Republicans and reset the path of our country back to the decent loving place it can be. I have nothing against GOP members like McCain who are not sworn to protect their “king”.

Send Congress a message. Vote all Trump Republicans out of office.

A movement started in Virginia. Let that spirit continue in Alabama, and soon we will see the change we all want and need.

Thank you for your consideration.

And here is a song to keep you inspired. Use bits of it if you like. From 4 minutes in – out – there is great sound bytes for radio. I wrote and produced this on the days after Trump won – if you can call that winning.

Thank You. Put those stickers on your staffers cars. Get press on them. You need more? Ask me. I made them for about 40 cents each. You can make your own too. The new design in this letter is even better than the originals which were made pre-2016 election.

I do this all from the heart. I want my classmate Donald Trump out of office ASAP.

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for your consideration.

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Tax Break? The GOP Is Coming for Our Homes – Again!

 homesThis is the thinking behind the GOP tax plan. Remember, a cold heart does not supply warm caring solutions. 

#1 – Eliminating the tax write off for home mortgages does not burden the poor or renters. It also does not burden those who are so rich that their houses are fully paid for.  The middle class – and particularly the middle class in states that charge income taxes – suffer greatly under this act. The tax adjustment adds up to a boon to the rich and to the poor without homes or mortgages – but a crippling burden on the middle class citizens that have homes with mortgages.

#2. The GOP tax plan collects less revenue than the current system, but our governmental obligations to the people such as healthcare, infrastructure, education, do not go away. That means our national DEBT will go UP even more under this plan. They don’t even deny that! That then devalues our currency further and simultaneously forces the interest rates to float upwards. ( Remember, they just got rid of Yellen. There was a  reason for that.) When interest rates go up – home values go down! That’s common sense. And then what happens is there are more personal bankruptcies and the super rich step in and buy back the middle classes’ homes on the cheap.

Remember how this same debacle happened at the end of the Bush term in 2008? It is destined to happen again under this GOP tax plan. Who benefited from that 2008 debacle? The big banks and the super rich like Jared Kushner and Robert Mercer, et al. Cold-hearted people do NOT supply warm solutions – not ever!

The GOP tax plan is a diabolical two-step plan designed to let the super rich gain a further stranglehold on average Americans. It must be resisted with all our inner strength.

Get in touch with your INDIVISIBLE chapter. Voting out Trump GOP members at every level of government will continue to be out path back to an America we all can respect. 

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Raise Our Voices is a song I wrote exactly one year ago today. ( SoundCloud ) Raising our voices at the polls, the workplace and on social media continues to be the path back to a better USA for all of us.

Great job Tuesday. But don’t rest on that. These super rich international players are still working hard ( if you can call that work) to bankrupt America and buy it back cheap.

Continue to vote the Trump GOP, and all their stooges in DC – out of office!