New Princeton Study Concludes America is NOT a Democracy
Princeton University conducted a recent study on the past 20 years of legislation. What they concluded should alarm both Liberals and Conservatives. What they found is that the government of the United States has been replaced. It is not a Democracy as many are calling it. It is not even a Republic as it was founded by the Constitution. We are not a government for the people, nor are we by the people.
The scientific study being attributed to Princeton was conducted by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University, and they combed through years of legislation from the 1990’s until the modern era. What they concluded is that we have left the Republic in shambles and have formed a new form of government despite the Constitution. They conclude that the Teaparty, Occupy Movement, Libertarians, and others are all correct.
They conclude that the United States has became an Oligarchy.
When the Tea Party yells, “the elite ‘Main Street’ Republicans are working on their own agenda, not the people,” they could very well be correct.
When Occupy yells, “we are a nation ruled by the 1%,” they might also be correct.
When the Libertarians yell, “both sides have betrayed us for their own agenda of the elite ruling class”, they may also be correct.
They use four theoretical traditions to base their conclusions.
- Majoritarian Electoral Democracy – or the tyranny of the elected majority from the 1800’s.
- Economic Elite Domination – a tradition implemented to where the policy making is dominated by those who have substantial economic resources.
- Majoritarian Pluralism – warned about in the Federalist Papers which helped found our Republic
- Biased Pluralism – or policy driven with an “upper class” accent.
Out of 1923 policy changes, 1779 of them raised an alarming question as to who controls the country. What they found is that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
In other words, if you are an average American citizen with middle to lower-income, your opinion is not even recognized.
Frantic Liberal Progressives are right on a few things in light of the new data. Economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on income from 1913 through 2013, and the data lent credence to Princeton’s research.
Piketty and Saez also calculated that as of September 2013 the top 1% of earners had captured 95% of all income gains since the Great Recession ended. The other 99% saw a net 12% drop to their income. So not only is oligarchy making the rich richer, it’s driving policy that’s made everyone else poorer. ~MIC
However, they have some things wrong in their panic as well.
For one, they agree that everyone believes that there should be mandatory background checks, even at gun shows. What they fail to note is that the argument is not for background checks, but that the majority of US Citizens reject the notion of gun registration, as history has shown registration leads to confiscation 99% of the time. Since the 1986 gun law, background checks have been mandatory, even at gun shows. The slipping through the cracks are on illegal guns, not legally purchased guns. IF the database was updated properly by the FBI and people were reported as REQUIRED…