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Sorry, Ms. Maddow, Everything is Not Alright with Our Democracy

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Rachel Maddow said Friday night that Bernie Sanders’ campaign may be in trouble because it is based upon voter turnout — that in Iowa and New Hampshire the number of Democrats voting in this year’s caucus and primary was down from 2008.

That’s true, it’s a fact and hence, no quarrel.

What upsets me is Dr. Maddow’s failure, total failure, to point out that in Iowa the percentage of registered Democrats voting in their state’s caucus was a mere 15.8; that Republicans hardly did better, with 16.7.

New Hampshire did markedly better, with more than 50 percent turnout, but still 295,791 registered voters did not vote Tuesday in the Granite State.

And yet, Dr. Maddow gushed election night that this was democracy in action.

As I wrote earlier, our democracy has become a sham.

What I want from Rachel Maddow and her colleagues at MSNBC — indeed, from all media — is some acknowledgement of the shameful state of American democracy, but none has been forthcoming.

The why of it is this:

Political campaigns are big money makers for television; they raise ratings and money, lots of money, so why put a negative face on it?

So they don’t, especially a cheerleader like Ms. Maddow.

Just so we’re clear, I am not normally a critic of Ms. Maddow. I think she more than any other person focused the nation’s attention on Flint, and for that she deserves great credit.

But she needs to stop gushing about the state of our democracy and start telling the truth, which is – a whole lot of folks ain’t voting.

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235 comments
bobj72
bobj72

"BERNIE's calling for "VOTER TURNOUT," means;  "Dilute The Brown & Black Votes!"   When HILLARY calls for; "VOTER TURNOUT," her call means;  "Let's Unite and STOMP the RepubliKLAN Nominee! .......  

Suppressing the Voting of POC ... is a Primary Tactic of The RepubliKLAN party.  WHY are the BERNIE BOTs employing RepubliKLAN Tactics? ..... 

WilliamNJ
WilliamNJ

of course there is something wrong with America..first we are a socialist republic and not a capitalist democracy...and the worst of it is that our brand of socialism is doled out by the spoonful by the moneyed minority to the waiting hungry mouths of the oppressed workers, instead of we have a system that has laws not made by the rich to benefit the rich....


corporations are people, money is free speech, corporate welfare, broken and distrusted institutions, phony health care, poor wages that can't support even a single person, and oh yeah gerrymandering....politicians choosing the people who can vote for them..but no..lets change the topic to climate change or to Tim Cook's brave stance.....


Our politicians and lawmakers are dishonest to the core...Vote them out...

David in MA
David in MA

"Sorry, Ms. Maddow, Everything is Not Alright with Our Democracy"

Yes there is, and, it is people like you that insist America is a democracy, She is not a democracy, The United States of America is a Constitutional Republic and fools like you, Maddow, in your drive for her to be a democracy ARE THE PROBLEM!

Read the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and follow the script and America will survive and be great again.

Otherwise, immigrate to another utopian contry and live well.          

JackGetze
JackGetze

If you're okay with either candidate, why vote? And how does that show the system isn't working? Logic says exactly the opposite.

krw1943
krw1943

MadCow is still on the air?

David Fischer
David Fischer

Well Bruce Sweatte, I did make it clear we have a representative democracy, and the last time I checked, that was a form of democracy. So pride yourself on your education but semantics are your misinterpretation of my statements or your lack of reading skills. Google that.

Bruce Sweatte
Bruce Sweatte

Exactly, well said I've been beating that drum for years now

Bruce Sweatte
Bruce Sweatte

Oh by the by America is not a democracy America is a republic when you say things like America's democracy you sound like an idiot to educated people please educate yourself before making stupid comments like American democracy is in trouble so we have a democratically elected leadership we still remain a republic if you don't know what that is I suggest that you look it up you got a smart phone hit the Google button and ask

Bruce Sweatte
Bruce Sweatte

Can't believe how many idiots there are are you guys truly truly this stupid and uneducated here is a news flash read my lips America is not a democracy America is a republic remember that little line in the pledge of allegiance and to the Republic for which it stands not the democracy for which it stands democracy is mob rule if you want to live in a democracy I suggest you move to France American democracy is not in trouble we don't have democracy here we have a republic with democratically elected leader ship please stop saying that America is a democracy that is what the left wants you to think it makes it easier for them to slip socialism / communism into the system that otherwise should never tolerate either of those political views to become that of the United States we are a free country our borders are open our citizens are free to leave anytime they wish so please citizens if you wish to live in a socialist or communist country there are several of them from which you can choose but we just don't happen to be one of them so please get the facts right I'm so tired of hearing people refer to America as a democracy we are a Republic you hear that a republic Republic Republic Republic and by the way did I mention that America is a republic and not a democracy idiot

Bawhb Gisonno
Bawhb Gisonno

Vote for Bernard "Bernie"Sanders and replace the the Congressional seats that are up for grabs, with Progressives ... and we will take the helm of this wayward ship.. and correct our course.... but.. it's up to us

Harlan Estrem
Harlan Estrem

Our REPUBLIC is in trouble. Our democracy never existed and hopefully, never will. Democracy is nothing more than mob rule.

Michael Steven Haas
Michael Steven Haas

Come on.. Let's face the facts. MSNBC and Fox regurgitate the same news.. The same sound bites. The first puts a liberal spin, the second a conservative spin.. Both have guests from the other side on to comment on stories. Personally watching both I have come to respect Matthews, Maddow and O'Donnel more than Hannidy, and O'Reiley but they all have their flaws. Seems like the reporting is more "balanced" from the former. Just saying..

Ellen Joy
Ellen Joy

You hour shouldn't be a show looking for ratings but rather a news hour providing a critical public service to enable "we the people" to know what we must know about our own government and the people we elected TO SERVE US.

Sherman Owens
Sherman Owens

Telling the truth would mean admitting this is a corporate oligarchy, and not a democracy as they have been lying about for years. Americans would not tolerate that truth!

Neal Sears
Neal Sears

madcow and other libs ARE THE PROBLEM

Bruce Thomson
Bruce Thomson

What I would like is full disclosure when they introduce a guest. They introduce Howard Dean as a former governor and presidential candidate but they don't say he is currently lobbying for a Health Industry lobbyist, Or they introduce Madeline Albright as former secretary of state but don't mention that she runs a hedge fund now. Sure I want to know where they came from but I want to know where their bread is getting buttered right now so I can decide whether or not to discount their opinions.

Mike Guay
Mike Guay

It's pretty screwed up with the GOP conversion into a Dominionist end of days religious cult. Who in their right mind cheers on the end of the world? Wait? Did I say "In their right mind...?"

Michael Buzzard
Michael Buzzard

She thinks the gay marriage tyranny is what saved our democracy, because she's part of the reptile that lunched the mammal

Ld White
Ld White

Talk about grapes. Who would vote for a whiny snivel ear like you?

Tom Reid
Tom Reid

For several years I watched her show every night . Now every time I turn her show on she is talking about republicans, so I don't watch any more

Preston Pywell
Preston Pywell

Rachel Maddow is a liar, find out for yourself, take a note of all the topics she argues, then research both sides of the argument. It's quick and easy, what you will find is that everything she says is a half truth but I have never found MSNBC to give all the details or facts, their whole network is one big lie. I suppose it's hard to give out all the details when you are trying to spread biased propaganda.

J Mind Yabizness
J Mind Yabizness

Why are we calling a Republic, a Democracy? Can we start there?

Allen Hoang
Allen Hoang

The right to not vote is just as important as the right to vote. I would hate to have the police show up at my front door escorting me to the voting booth on every election. People have many reasons why they don't vote. Yes the government can and should make it easier for people to vote. However, those who can and choose not to vote should also have that right. Besides, more people voting doesn't necessary mean we'll have better governance. Yes I would love more people to vote, so that we can get all the GOP nuts out of government.

Jim Wojciechowski
Jim Wojciechowski

The "Media" has its own agenda for some time now and its not us!

Chad Ginsburg
Chad Ginsburg

You are an idiot. You are is using words you do not understand. If you want democracy move to Europe.

Chad Ginsburg
Chad Ginsburg

The democracy is in perfect shape. This how they work morons. Read a real book of history and not just a third-perspective history book.

Chris Sheridan
Chris Sheridan

Something in the DNC stinks ! When Killiary has more delegate votes than Bernie, when they tied in Iowa and he trounced her in NH ??? W T F ?????

Jamie Hall
Jamie Hall

IT IS A REPUBLIC WITH A CONSTITUTION AND NEEDS TO BE FOLLOWED!!!!

Susan Kiry
Susan Kiry

Lot of people fed up and turned off.....that is why we need a NONE OF THE ABOVE BWutton NOW........

Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson

Don Miller, do you think "moral" only equates to religion? Is it moral that the cost of education has skyrocketed? Is it moral that school hirings are predominantly administrators and not teachers? is it moral that banks pay nearly zero percent interest on money they loan to students at 6% and up? Is it moral that all of these add-on employees will one day retire with a pension that has already reached crisis levels of unsustainable funding? And, with that insane increase of cost, the quality of education is reaching embarrassing lows as compared to other countries? Its NOT a lack of funding that are causing schools to fail their students. YES Don, I think of myself as being qualified to call this situation immoral.

Devin Cragg
Devin Cragg

Sadly, our democracy is in some ways more active then ever. We have extended voting rights and o was doing research for a paper yesterday and found out that in 1968 only 13 states even held primaries for the democratic nominee. The more I look into our history the more it becomes clear that we have made progress. It is shocking to me some of the things that we fought just 50ish years ago. For instance women couldn't have their own credit cards until 1974 or 5. It's insane. Don't get me wrong we need to keep pushing but over long haul we are moving in the right direction.

Tim Polk
Tim Polk

She is one of those people where life is harder because she is stupid. There is no democracy if there is no choice - oneparty system at work here.

Phil Bernhardt
Phil Bernhardt

Maybe it's because we don't have and have never had a democracy. Calling our republic a democracy is part of the problem.

David Clark
David Clark

Here is the answer to the above question: The reason the republican party is dying is because the Koch brothers took over the republican party and are dictating all that the elected republicans must do in office. This is not democratic and is forcing elected republicans to take opposite stands on issues than what they really want to be for. So much power invested in two people is the downfall of the Republican Party. When Obama took office he cut the hot line the Koch brothers had to the White House where they dictated policy to Bush and Cheney. It is unbearable for them to be close to the richest family in the world and not have more say in the government. Folks - all republican obstruction ordered from the Koch brothers can be seen to start from when they were told they would not direct Obamas policies. This turned out to be good for America but we have to deal with the repercussions of the strength of so much wealth and power in just two people. McConnell was found to have been given over 20 million dollars while senate leader and McConnell will not say where it came from. I urge the senate to get to the bottom of this for the sake of the two party system. Granted the democrats have billionaire backers but they don’t have nearly the scope of direct power the Koch brothers have over the whole party. It is not a coincidence that every republican candidate for president, with the exception of Trump, ran to the Koch brothers prior to announcing their candidacy for their sanction. That said, if the president wants to get an up or down vote on any competent Supreme Court nominee he should not ask McConnell to open the senate for a vote he should come out in the media and ask the Koch brothers to have McConnell OK a vote on nominees.

radar
radar

Doesnt  MSNBC ever mention the democrat billionaires like Soros,Bloomberg, Steyer, or Spielberg, just for starters?

Ken Snyder
Ken Snyder

Only those with the most to loose from big advertisers and corporations spew that everything is hunky dory. They also ignored Sanders as long as they could because their advertisers and owners might have a lot to loose. Do yourself and everyone a favor. Get the FACTS and find an alternative point of view. Perhaps a non US point of view. They see things entirely differently then we do.

Ken Shipley
Ken Shipley

ANOTHER DEMOCRATIC PAWM from the FILTHY, LYING LIBERAL PRESS!

Mike Chial
Mike Chial

Democracy does not vanish when you or your interests do not prevail during an election. Obama said essentially that following his election, and it applies as well when the legislative majority was later convincingly directed otherwise. Rachel Maddow has all the credibility of Rush Limbaugh as a scholar of anything.

Michael Hinsley
Michael Hinsley

Rachel is the most straight forward journalist in America. "A pox on both houses" is straight GOP Trash. If you think that, you are reading/hearing backward.

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

We are not a Democracy, we are a Republic, and does anyone watch her anyway?