One year ago today, the Patriot Act was headed toward reauthorization. Populist resistance would temporarily stall its reauthorization, but at the end of May reinstated Patriot Act powers for four years, their longest term yet without congressional review. From that day to today, there have been no new bills introduced to the Congress that would [...]
It’s a clever video, slickly produced. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s funny. It’s hilarious, even.
But the next time Americans Elect produces a viral video criticizing the “Sh*t Politicians Say,” it might want to check its own website for the same words.
Sh*t Politicians Say Americans Education Freedom Ingenuity Innovation Jobs [...]
In the campaign literature Americans Elect originally used to disseminate information about its first-ever privatized online presidential nominating election, a date of November 6 was set as the starting time when candidates and draft campaigns could begin signing up followers on the americanselect.org website. That date came and went as Americans Elect dropped the date [...]
Americans Elect, the privatized presidential nominating corporation, has made a point of giving Buddy Roemer favor since it started tracking presidential contenders two months ago. Roemer got the official “Top National Match” spot with prominent mention and an extra-large glowing graphic shortly after Roemer made an appearance at an Americans Elect event and shortly before [...]
According to the Americans Elect Draft Rules by which it proposes to run the nation’s first privatized online presidential nomination in 2012, anybody who’s constitutionally qualified to be President can ask Americans Elect for permission to run. Anybody can ask, but only some contenders will be allowed to run. The Candidate Certification Committee will get [...]
Americans Elect has been promoting itself as a vigorous exercise of democracy by talking up its Platform of Questions, which Americans will draft, sort of:
PLATFORM OF QUESTIONS
Americans Elect delegates will collectively decide on a “platform of questions” that all candidates will be required to answer in order to seek the nomination. These questions [...]
The privatized presidential nomination system called Americans Elect has erased all trace of it, but it’s important to note recent history:
In early November, Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer made an appearance at an Americans Elect event. Shortly after that, Americans Elect promoted Buddy Roemer’s candidacy, making public its “finding” that Buddy Roemer is the [...]
Americans Elect leadership is prohibited from communicating or acting in favor of any candidate for President Americans Elect bylaws:
Section 4.12. Neutrality of Directors. Board members shall not communicate or act in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for President or Vice President at any time before the adjournment of the online nominating [...]
Does the Americans Elect corporation have plans beyond electing its own candidate for President? It appears the answer is “yes.” On July 25 2011, Americans Elect directly responded to an individual who commented, “I would actually prefer to see some viable legislative candidates put forward. There’s only so much a President can do.” Americans Elect’s [...]