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Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government. Broad criticism, but positive performance ratings in many areas Overview A year ahead of the presidential election, the American public is deeply cynical about government, politics and the nation’s elected leaders in a way that has become quite familiar.

Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government

Currently, just 19% say they can trust the government always or most of the time, among the lowest levels in the past half-century. Only 20% would describe government programs as being well-run. And elected officials are held in such low regard that 55% of the public says “ordinary Americans” would do a better job of solving national problems. Magazine / fall 2013. Last December, when Adam Lanza stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with a rifle and killed twenty children and six adult staff members, the United States found itself immersed in debates about gun control.

Magazine / fall 2013

Another flash point occurred this July, when George Zimmerman, who saw himself as a guardian of his community, was exonerated in the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Florida. That time, talk turned to stand-your-ground laws and the proper use of deadly force. The US is a failed state thanks to its system of gov... In the wake of last year’s San Bernardino massacre, President Barack Obama begged the states to do something about gun control.

The US is a failed state thanks to its system of gov...

The federal government, he conceded, could do nothing. Involving the states in governance should be a normal part of a federal system of the sort that the United States possesses, the ability to shift the balance of power between states and central government as circumstances demand, endowing it with unusual flexibility and dynamism. But on gun control, Obama has little flexibility, and faces implacable opposition to the assertion of federal authority. His recent executive order to expand federal regulation of gun purchases is remarkable for its timidity: it merely closes a loophole exempting online and gun-show purchasers of firearms from background checks, and will do little to slow the galloping gun epidemic in the US.

Pro-Democracy Group Warns of Secret Right-Wing Push to Rewrite Constitution. Under the radar of corporate media and general public, a "dangerous proposal" is bubbling up in state legislatures throughout the country—one that could trigger "political chaos that would make past upheavals like the Watergate scandal and the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton seem tame by comparison.

Pro-Democracy Group Warns of Secret Right-Wing Push to Rewrite Constitution

" "We're sounding an alarm. This is a national train wreck that must be stopped. "—Miles Rapoport, Common Cause. Dr. Paul on Secession. U.S. Responses to Self-Determination Movements: Strategies for Nonviolent Outcomes and Alternatives to Secession. Report from a Roundtable Held in Conjunction with the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S.

U.S. Responses to Self-Determination Movements: Strategies for Nonviolent Outcomes and Alternatives to Secession

Department of State The right to self-determination is proclaimed by numerous international documents, including the United Nations Charter and the Helsinki Final Act. However, this right has never been precisely defined and has thus come to denote different things to different peoples and governments at different times. To examine the complex self-determination issue, the United States Institute of Peace, together with the Policy Planning Staff of the Department of State, organized a series of meetings to help U.S. policymakers develop a response to self-determination demands. Experts on international law and state sovereignty discussed the right to self-determination—its origins, what it entails, and the nature of international legal language sanctioning and defining it.

Texas v. White - 74 U.S. 700 (1868. How is America going to end? Who most likely to secede? In the American end times, our government will take one of two forms.

How is America going to end? Who most likely to secede?

One possibility is that federalism will give way to an all-powerful central government. (In yesterday's global-warming thought experiment, this was the climate strongman scenario.) The other option is decentralization—in the absence of a unifying national interest, the United States of America will fragment and be supplanted by regional governance. America was designed to avoid these two extremes—to keep the states and the national government in balance. Imagine Breaking Up The United States. Full List - Top 10 Aspiring Nations. 15 States including Texas have filed a petition to secede from the United States - Dallas Top News. As of Saturday November 10, 2012, citizens from 15 States have petitioned the Obama Administration for withdrawal from the United States of America in order to create its own government.

15 States including Texas have filed a petition to secede from the United States - Dallas Top News

States following this action include: Louisiana, Texas, Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Colorado, Oregon and New York. These States have requested that the Obama Administration grant a peaceful withdrawal from the United States. These citizen generated petitions were filed just days after the 2012 presidential election. National Journal: "What if we redrew state boundaries?" The 'United' States? A house divided. Columbus, OH - In the wake of the 2004 presidential election, a satirical map of "red" and "blue" states became an instant online hit.

The 'United' States? A house divided

The Second Wave: Return of the Militias. Secession: Getting It Right This Time Around by Jonathan M. Kolkey. By Jonathan M.

Secession: Getting It Right This Time Around by Jonathan M. Kolkey

Kolkey by Jonathan M. Kolkey Recently by Jonathan M. Kolkey: Did King George III Deserve To Be Overthrown? Dr. Jonathan David Farley: The Confederacy Must Be Destroyed. Terror From the Right: Plots, Conspiracies and Racist Rampages Since Oklahoma City. 2009 DHS Report on Rightwing Extremism. America's 2nd Revolutionary War. Richard Greener: Republican Politics: The Concurrent Majority and the Stink of Secession in the Air. Not since the glory days of our seventh vice president, South Carolina's John C.

Richard Greener: Republican Politics: The Concurrent Majority and the Stink of Secession in the Air

Calhoun, has the stink of secession been as strong as it is today. I can smell it. Maybe you can too. Calhoun, who is a pretty much forgotten figure in American history (lending credence to the truth that history is indeed written by the winners), had his moments of radical fame. Middlebury Institute. Divided We Stand Together -1/3. Zogby Secession Poll 2008. Middlebury Institute/Zogby Poll: One in Five Americans Believe States Have the Right to SecedeSurvey finds 18% would support a secessionist effort in their stateNews and Blog Coverage of Poll July 23, 2008 UTICA, New York – One in five American adults – 22% – believe that any state or region has the right to “peaceably secede from the United States and become an independent republic,” a new Middlebury Institute/Zogby International telephone poll shows. The level of support for the right of secession was consistent in every region in the country, though the percentage was slightly higher in the South (26%) and the East (24%).

The figures were also consistent for every age group, but backing was strongest among younger adults, as 40% among those age 18 to 24 and 24% among those age 25 to 34 agreed states and regions have secession rights. Broken down by race, the highest percentage agreeing with the right to secede was among Hispanics (43%) and African-Americans (40%). Liberal Exodus? (Blue State Secession With Poll) Rumblings on the Right Right now most members of the DKos community have most likely heard of the Christian conservative secession movement called Christian Exodus. Since Kos first talked about them on the main page they've settled on South Carolina as their focus point, showing the old saying is still true: "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum. " Sorry Alabama and Mississippi, you just weren't nutjob enough.

Their goal is to create a Christian government in South Carolina, with secession as a final option if the national government blocks their attempts. Christopher Ketcham: Vermont Revolutionaries and the Rise of a Green Tea Party. The most radical antiwar candidate in the US is not Dennis Kucinich or Rand or Ron Paul or any of the usual suspects. It's a 42-year-old Vermonter named Dennis Steele, who is running for governor of his state as an open secessionist. From what I can tell, Steele is just an average dude. He wears Carhartts and a baseball cap and drives a pickup truck and lives with his wife and two kids in a little Vermont village called Kirby (pop. 500), off in the wild hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

On occasion, he feeds his family by hunting deer and butchering the meat himself. Cascadia Commons Benevolent Society. The Cascadian Independence Project. Cascadian Order of Self-Determination Archives. Push for constitutional convention gathers steam. Rising frustration with Washington and conservative electoral victories across much of the U.S. are feeding a movement in favor of something America hasn't done in 227 years: Hold a convention to rewrite the Constitution. Although it's still not likely to be successful, the effort is more serious than before: Already, more than two dozen states have called for a convention. There are two ways to change or amend the founding document. The usual method is for an adjustment to win approval from two-thirds of the Congress and then be ratified by three-quarters of the states. There have been 27 amendments adopted this way. The second procedure is separate from Congress.

Two states, California and Vermont, have called for a convention to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that permits huge amounts of unregulated money into federal campaigns. Constitutional Convention movement growing in states. A growing group of state lawmakers from across the country are exploring ways to limit the power of the federal government by using a seldom-referenced clause of the U.S. Constitution. Last week, the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate David Long (R-Fort Wayne) joined an effort to explore convening a Constitutional convention pursuant to Article V of the Constitution. Long joins legislators from Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin who have all signed a letter calling for every state to send a three-person bipartisan delegation to George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, Virginia on December 7th. Call a Convention. The 99% Declaration - The 99% Declaration. A New Declaration. Photo: We hold these truths to be self-evident:

Vermont first state to call for constitutional convention to get money out of politics. 1896: Reform or Revolution? An address delivered at Wells’ Memorial Hall, Boston, Mass., January 26, 1896 M r. A People's Constitution, by Howard Zinn. Occupy Wall Street Movement: Its Roots, Ideological Features, and Future. Our Invisible Revolution. These Americans Are Fighting for an Actual, Legitimate Democracy, By and For the People. Photo Credit: durantelallera/ April 18, 2014 | From Global Justice Movement to the Occupy Wall Street Movement and Beyond. Arab Uprisings: Heralds of a New Era of Social Revolutions in 21st Century? America: Republic or Democracy? By William P. Meyers Lately, from politicians, radio-talk show hosts, and other commentators, we have heard that we should forget about democracy, because the U.S.A. is a republic.

‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World. Let’s Give Up on the Constitution. A Multimedia Introduction to the Communist Manifesto. What Makes a Revolution? A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse. David Graeber. “We are in a revolutionary moment”: Chris Hedges explains why an uprising is coming — and soon.