Thom Hartmann is a progressive national and internationally syndicated talk show host. Talkers magazine named him America's most important progressive host and has named his show one of the top ten talk radio shows in the country every year for over a decade. A four-time recipient of the Project Censored Award, Hartmann is also a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-six books, translated into multiple languages.
Our vote is the single most important part of the American commons. And yet, according to this bestselling author and radio show host, there is a concerted and well-organized campaign in the United States today to prevent some people from voting while making it more and more convenient for others.
In this, the 3rd installment of a 10 book, "Hidden History" series, The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back (Berrett-Koehler Publishers; February 11, 2020; https://hiddenhistorybooks.com/), Hartmann looks at how elites have long tried to disenfranchise citizens and take away this most important tool of our democracy—particularly people of color, women, and the poor.
In today’s America, only a slim majority of people register to vote, and large percentages of registered voters don’t even bother to show up. In 2016, Donald Trump was elected president by just 26 percent of eligible voters.
Unfortunately, this is not a bug in our system; it’s a feature. In The Hidden History of the War on Voting, Hartmann unveils the strategies and tactics that conservative elites in this country have used, from the foundation of the Electoral College to the latest voter ID laws, to protect their interests by preventing “the wrong people” from voting, while making it more convenient for the wealthy and white.
He also lays out a wide variety of simple, commonsense solutions that would both extend the right to vote to all Americans and create a system to ensure that elections result in outcomes that more closely align with the preferences of the American people. We the people can fight back and reclaim our right to rule through the ballot box, ensuring everyone has a voice in this democracy.
Sound like the Deep State? No doubt hidden mechanics globally are working to not only suppress your vote - but suppress your vary way of life. In his next installment Thom takes on the Hidden History of Monopolies and How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream. That would be you and the American middle class.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iantrottier/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/iantrottier/support
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