Josephcodsi
4 min readMay 19, 2022

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Democracy works best at the local level of our cities and towns

In this day and age we are witnessing an increasing paralysis of the federal government. Our two-party system is failing us. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to remedy this situation. We the people are totally helpless in this case. This is why I suggest that we concentrate on introducing change at the local level of our cities and towns.

Our two-party system has become the opium of America

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1 — Change through our electoral system

The electoral system allows us to change the people who represent us not to change the system itself. If we want to change the system, we must follow another route.

2 — Change through initiatives and propositions

If we want to change the system, we must follow this second route. Let me explain.

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Religious and political systems tend to perpetuate themselves. The persons who are in charge of the system will replace one another. The system remains the same. In this regard, our political system mimics the Church’s religious system. Bishops must proclaim their faith by reciting the Creed, and they must go to Rome every five years, in order to repeat their allegiance to the Pope.

In our secular system things are hardly different. All our elected officials must be sworn in. What does that mean? In order to answer this question, I propose to read the text of such a ceremony. A judge, acting as the representative…

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Josephcodsi

Born in Syria. Grew up in Lebanon. Spent 18 years in the Jesuit Order. Quit and got married. Retired in Seattle.