An examination of our system of government reveals that we operate as anything other than a democracy. While we have 'free elections', the elections are not free - they are very expensive. We have established a set of laws and election rules wherein only the wealthy can afford to be repesented. The average citizen is not represented in our form of government. The issues that most effect the average citizen are rarely even debated in the halls of national government where it is the concerns of the wealthy and wealthy corporations that dominate policy and decisions.
We claim to champion the rights of the average citizen, but in truth we subvert those rights to the rights of the wealthy. 'Local control', a phrase that sounds good, but is meaningless when the state legislature passes laws negating local laws that “conflicts with or is more stringent than a state statute or rule.”
Last year, for example, when Oklahoma City debated raising its minimum wage to $10.10, the state legislature passed a law preventing cities from enacting wage increases.
On the other hand, approximately 1 percent of the American population also has 10 percent of the votes in the senate... 5 states with 2 senators each (North & South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska)
It would be difficult to design a system that is more unfair!
As a staff member of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) said last year while discussing the trend toward minimum-wage increases: “Perhaps the biggest threat comes from the local level.”
ALEC has been a key actor in the push for state-level preemption laws. It now aims to push local conservatism directly with an initiative called the American City Council Exchange (ACCE), which will create model legislation at the local level, just as ALEC does for state legislatures. “Working together,” according to the ACCE mission statement, “members learn from others’ challenges and evaluate how free-market policies work when applied to local governments.” (source)
We will all become familiar with the phrase, "Big Brother is Watching"... and we had better all 'watch out'!
This is especially true as 'big brother' is arbitrary, heavily armed and dangerous.