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Local Electors

How Was 91 Percent of Congress Re-Elected Despite a 10 Percent Approval Rating?

Todd Phillips | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Todd Phillips

As is typically the case, the race for the presidency dominated the news headlines throughout the election cycle. But in our system of government, the presidency is not where the real power lies -- the real power lies with Congress.

Garbage In, Garbage Out Democracy

Todd Phillips | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Todd Phillips

The Framers of our Constitution never intended for citizens to elect government officials the way they do today.

Why the Truth Doesn't Matter (to the Candidates)

Todd Phillips | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

What we have is a gigantic gap between what citizens are expected to know about politics and what is possible. It is by expecting the impossible that we have gotten into this morass of misinformation. Does this mean democracy is an impossible ideal?

Why Partisan Voting Makes Accountability Impossible

Todd Phillips | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

What problems and injustices in our society bother you? Whatever it is, the only way those problems can be addressed is by a government that is truly accountable to the people. We believe a system of Local Electors would do just that.

Does 1% Control Government in America?

Todd Phillips | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

We talk of "we the people" and of the "public interest," but the general public is completely unorganized politically, which makes it impossible for any "will of the people" to emerge.

Political Parties Were Never Meant to Be

Todd Phillips | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

The never-ending partisan bickering we hear is noise that distracts us from the real problem--a public that can't realistically participate in democracy. Only by focusing on this root problem can we truly address the problems that face us. We believe this is a good solution.

It's the Need for Campaign Contributions That's the Problem

Todd Phillips | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

Money is merely a symptom of the root problems of disconnect -- nearly all of the problems with our government can be traced back to the disconnect between citizens and the government.

Why Turnout in the Presidential Primaries Was Dismally Low

Todd Phillips | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

It makes no sense to cling to a broken system that was never meant to be. We must be open to innovative solutions. After all, isn't innovation what Americans are best at? This is our opportunity to fix democracy and to make it better.