Minority Rule in Media Monopolized America

Presently, four of nine US Supreme Court justices were appointed by two presidents who each lost the popular vote, but still became president due to the electoral college system of winning the presidency.

Not only is the US presently led by a president who lost the popular vote, a large portion of America’s judiciary has been appointed and confirmed by politicians representing a minority of Americans.

2000 Presidential Election:

Al Gore got 50,999,897 votes = 48.38%

George W. Bush got 50,456,002 votes = 47.87%

2016 Presidential Election:

Hillary Clinton got 61,324,576 votes = 47.85%

Donald J. Trump got 60,526,852 = 47.23%

Combined, Bush and Trump have appointed 484 judges who’ve been confirmed by US Senate votes that represented a minority of the population. See the below charts showing states where both US senators are from the same political party and senators from states where one is a Democrat and the other a Republican.

For example, in the recent Senate 50 to 48 confirmation vote of Brett Kavanaugh the senators who voted to confirm Kavanaugh represented 143.1 million Americans. Senators who voted to deny Kavanaugh’s nomination represented 181.1 million citizens. The two senators who did not vote in the confirmation process represented 0.9 of the populace. There are 325.7 million Americans.

The below chart shows the US Senate representation.

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An examination of the role money and media played in American politics make matters worse.

Below is the OpenSecrets.org breakdown of money received and spent by both political parties in the presidential, US Senate and US House 2016 election. Note the obscene imbalance between individual contributions and political action committee contributions.

Regarding America’s media? Trump benefited from 5.6 billion dollars worth of free media coverage to gain his presidency. This was an amount greater than Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio combined.

Next, consider the 2014 Princeton Study on Oligarchy in America as reported by Consortium News, an independent media watchdog journal:

https://consortiumnews.com/2014/04/24/americas-surge-toward-oligarchy/

After World War Two three out of every four newspapers were independently-owned. When Reagan-Bush assumed the presidency there were 50 major media companies. Today, six (soon to be five) corporate conglomerates control 90% of all US media, with its influence into worldwide media markets.

Also since Reagan-Bush 80 to 95% of all wealth generated in America has gone to the upper 10%, the fat cats at the top! The once cherished American Dream has disappeared, the middle class collapsed and poor folk barely hanging on, many in a world of homelessness and despair. Virtually everybody, except the very wealthy, are deep in debt.

So I ask you: Why do you keep voting for the same kinds of politicians? The consequence of your lesser of two evil voting system is as follows:

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The Further to The Right The Greater Support for The Oligarchy!

Written by

Founder of Climate Change Band; former NH State Rep; Supporter of Bernie Sanders & Standing Rock!

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