Introduction – Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport
Watch the discussion that took place with @BruceAHeyman here. It focuses solely on how #Americansabroad can vote "Toronto Star virtual event: U.S. Election 2020: Why votes from abroad matter, and explaining the battle to overcome voter suppression" https://t.co/8yfc1ry1qM
— John Richardson – lawyer for "U.S. persons" abroad (@ExpatriationLaw) September 23, 2020
The 21st century has been notable for an evolving assault on representative democracy.
1. The rise of the head state who is to serve for life.
2. An unhealthy mass of power in the hands of political parties in general and small parts of the party in particular. Does the individual/local representative (Congressman or MP) even matter?
3. A sentiment that individual votes no longer matter or that they are no candidates worth voting for.
Variants of these themes are being played out all over the world.
In general, politicians operate on the principle that:
“The business of the public is none of the public’s business.”