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July 23, 2013

Jimmy Carter recently stated that "America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time." He is right. Our political system has broken down, and the simplest explanation for this is old age. Culturally, we are a relatively young nation, but our political system is old. We have what is generally agreed to be the oldest written constitution in the world, ratified in 1789. Our Constitution is outdated, outmoded, sclerotic, and virtually impossible to amend.

Our electoral system is a relic of a bygone age, allowing a president to be elected with a minority of the vote. Our Congress is apportioned in such a way that California’s two senators represent 66 times as many people as Wyoming’s two senators. That means that the people of Wyoming have 66 times the voting power as the people of California. Our voting system is run by the individual states even in the case of federal elections. State legislatures in Republican dominated states are currently taking advantage of this to pass hideously restrictive voting laws designed to minimize voter participation rather than encourage it.

The practice of gerrymandering allows state legislatures to redraw voting districts to favor one party over another. This has led to the current situation in which most congressional districts fall clearly in one camp or the other and only a few are truly contested. The filibuster rule in the Senate allows any piece of legislation to be blocked at the whim of a single member without any debate, and requires a 60% percent majority to bring the filibuster to a close, so that no legislation can pass without this margin of approval. The practice in the House of Representatives is to allow the majority leader to prevent any legislation from coming to vote if does not have the support of the majority of his or her caucus, which again means that a minority of members in the House as a whole can block any legislation.

The presidential campaign system focuses on only a few swing states and ignores all those that are firmly in one camp or another, so that federal elections are not truly national elections at all, but only boil down to a few statewide contests. The system of campaign financing relies on huge amounts of money that now can be donated anonymously by millionaires, billionaires, and corporations, increasing the probability that elections can simply be bought outright.

The members of the Supreme Court are largely recruited from the ranks of lawyers with narrow, legalistic viewpoints who have made their careers and reputations by serving corporate interests. Once appointed, their tenure on the Court is guaranteed for life. The Constitutional amendment process itself requires a vote by two thirds of Congress and ratification by three quarters of the individual states—an impossible hurdle in today’s politically polarized environment. So there is essentially no way to reform the political system by constitutional means.

Our political system is weighted in favor of the small, rural states that are culturally conservative. Even though these cultural conservatives represent no more than 30% of the overall population, our archaic political system offers them many means to maintain and extend their power. They control the governorships and legislatures in at least three fifths of the states, and have taken advantage of this to pass arcane laws restricting access to abortion, making it harder for people to vote, giving people virtually unlimited freedom to purchase weapons of their choice, and changing the dynamics of self-defense so that a person need only claim to have felt “threatened” to be justified in killing someone.

The reason that these laws can go largely unchallenged is the fault of the political system that gives far too much authority to the individual states. We still function in many ways as a collection of states rather than a unified country. The federal government is virtually powerless to mount a legal challenge to the so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws that over 30 states have now adopted. Legal challenges to restrictive abortion and voter identification laws have to be carried out on a case-by-case basis in the individual states.

The reactionary cause has been greatly aided by the current majority on the Supreme Court. These five Republican-appointed justices gifted us with the Citizens United decision in 2010, which declared that corporations are people and that money equals free speech, and recently overturned a key provision of the Civil Rights Act on the grounds that racism doesn’t actually exist anymore! Reactionary forces have been fueled by the right-wing takeover of the media, particularly cable television and talk radio, where unscrupulous ideologues make huge amounts of money spewing hatred and venom cloaked as informed political perspective, effectively brainwashing a large sector of the gullible population. But again, the political system has allowed this to happen, because the government has little or no control over the media, which is almost entirely run for profit.

Of course, not all of our problems are the result of our weak political system. Some are systemic or cultural. The United States is a large country, rich in resources. That size and wealth was a great asset in the past, but we are now experiencing its limits. The military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower first warned about is bursting at the seams, yet is still hungry to expand. Our defense budget far exceeds that of the next ten nations combined. Our wasteful wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, along with financial deregulation and the obscene tax breaks given to millionaires, billionaires, and corporations have drained our treasury and vastly increased the gap between rich and poor. Our once-great industrial cities like Detroit have been left to rot and disintegrate. And the cultural divide between North and South, urban and rural, persists.

In a way, we can place the blame Abraham Lincoln, our first Republican president. We might have been much better off if he had let the South secede from the Union. To begin with, we would have been a smaller country, less likely to assume the mantle of a superpower. We also would not have been saddled with a rebel culture in the South exerting a constant reactionary pull on our politics. And the South might have been better off, as well. Slavery could not have continued there indefinitely. In fact, it's much more likely that it would have come to an end in a much more natural way, as a negotiation among Southerners themselves, rather than imposed by military defeat and occupation.

No, we're not a democracy, although we labor under the illusion that we are one. Our political system offers few opportunities for genuine reform. President Obama's efforts have been mainly engaged in trying to hold back the forces of reaction for the time being, rather than to move ahead in any significant way. His reaction to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman affair was typical—sincere and heartfelt words, but no mention of any policy, any action that could be undertaken by the federal government to change the existing state of affairs. The only way that change will occur is for people to become so angry, so frustrated, that they will become energized enough to become politically involved, to protest, to demand that our very political system be reformed, amended, or even overturned. But that is a long way off because we have become extremely passive as a nation, and have forgotten what it is like to act collectively.
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Published on July 23, 2013 01:17 • 185 views

April 14, 2013

In my own imagination, I saw a woman, back turned to me, shoulders covered by the masses of her own dark hair. Suddenly, she turned round, and I saw that her face was wet with tears. And when she looked up at me with my own eyes, I saw that her sorrow was my sorrow, that her face was my face, that I had caused her sorrow and that she had caused mine, that the sorrow of the world was our sorrow, that the face of the world was wet with our tears, and that our tears filled the oceans and the rivers, and came down in rain and watered the world with sorrow...
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October 26, 2011

Welcome to my blog on the Ancient Science of the Cards.  My intention is to use this blog as a forum for disseminating information and stimulating discussion about the cards. I want to emphasize at the outset that I in no way consider myself to be an authority on this subject. I'm still in the process of learning about the science of the cards, even as I attempt to build up a practice as a card
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Published on October 26, 2011 18:50 • 158 views
The Solution Reading is an informative method for answering specific questions that arise in daily life. It provides perspective on a current problem or personal issue by confirming your inmost thoughts and feelings, helping you make an important choice or decision, or giving you a more spiritual viewpoint, understanding or insight.
On this blog, I will be describing various solution readings
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Published on October 26, 2011 18:49 • 129 views
Some solution readings can be very emotional experiences. This reading was a case in point. The client was a woman, Age 56. Her Birth Card was the Nine of Hearts. She had been in a relationship with another woman for 14 years, but was thinking of ending the relationship and moving out of the house they shared. Her partner's Birth Card was the Four of Clubs. 
1. Pluto Card: Two of Hearts. This
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Published on October 26, 2011 18:46 • 129 views
This post is of an advanced nature. For beginners, I recommend reading the first four PDF files on my home page at www.karma-seeker.com, and then reading the fifth file, which is entitled “The Planetary Influences.” In this post, I’m going to go a little further in explaining how these planetary influences work. Another reference that you may find useful is a small pamphlet entitled “Planetary
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Published on October 26, 2011 11:38 • 134 views

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