A Conversation about the State of Our Democracy

Submitted by secretary on Tue, 01/08/2019 - 08:50

Come join Rick Hubbard in "A Conversation About the State of Our Democracy" on Wednesday, January 30th and Monday, February 4th from 6pm-8pm at the South Burlington Community Library at the University Mall.

Our Founding Fathers broke from Great Britain, fought a war, and founded our country largely over the issue of improper representation. Subsequently, they drafted our Constitution to better provide this representation.

So how are we doing today?

We'll discuss why large numbers of Americans feel we have a major problem. Massive evidence indicates our elected leaders are not properly representing our broad, common interests, regardless of ideology. This problem has been extensively written and spoken about for decades by, take your pick: constitutional scholars, Nobel laureates, former members of Congress, distinguished professors, journalists, and many others. Books and books, and article after article have been written; testimony, time after time, has been submitted; yet Congress continues to shun any reform.

We'll examine the effectiveness of major strategies and approaches for reform currently in play and discuss their likely effectiveness in restoring appropriate representation.

We all have an interest in getting this right, so please come and participate.

Rick Hubbard is a retired Vermont attorney and former economic consultant, now living in South Burlington, where he writes and continues his long-time advocacy for democracy reform to provide better representation for the broad interests of American citizens.

Rick has a BA degree from the University of Vermont, an MBA degree from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business, and a JD degree from Georgetown University Law School.

His recent book, The Democracy Amendments, strives to be part of a much-needed national conversation about how to best accomplish such reform in the absence of progress by either Congress or the U.S. Supreme Court.

Repairing the way that we finance and structure our federal political system so our Washington politicians will again properly represent the interests of the vast majority of American citizens is: “The paramount issue of our time, for it goes to the very core of our democracy and representation.”   Phil Hoff, Vermont’s former Governor

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