The Science of Democracy

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.

To: Amy Klobuchar - @amyklobuchar

Cc: Tina Smith - @SenTinaSmith

From: Doug Skoglund -

Date: 03 May 2019 12:00 CDT

Subject: myway016 - Wrong With the World..

We, members of the human race don't know how to solve problems. Some of us do, but most of us don't. 

First: I assume that the process of solving problems has been defined by many people; however, I learned the Kepner-Tregoe version which requires people to talk to each other.

Second: I follow Dave Winer and Doc Searls because they were identified as Egos by Guy Kawasaki.

Third; Dave is a good example. Brilliant man, lot of experience, knows how to program the computer, has some good ideas, those I agree with, and some bad ideas, those I disagree with.

The problem with Dave is that he is selective about who he will talk with and what he will talk about. He loves to talk about himself, which is not against the law, but it just gets boring after a while and is not necessarily relative to the topic at hand.

Here is an example posted May 02, 2019:

A longtime blogging friend, Dan Conover, is writing on Facebook these days, which is a shame, because his best pieces get me thinking enough that I want to write my own post that expands on his thinking, like the one he wrote the other day about splitting the US in two. Dan lives in South Carolina. Former journalist. I met him on my visit to Spartanberg in 2005, as part of a great auto tour through the south. I learned a lot at every stop. So Dan wrote that the problems of the US are much bigger than a terrible choice for president in 2016, it has to do with the compromise that was made at the beginning of the country when it was just 3 million people (today's population of Oklahoma) because they built a country around two very different economies and cultures -- agrarian and urban. It's only grown more pronounced in 2019. We just can't live together. The US needs a Brexit. Of course we aren't going to get one (it's impossible). I wish you could read his whole piece. 
First, I could, if it had been published for public consumption.

Now, about that compromise that was made at the beginning of the country - we really need to overhaul The Constitution of the United States to meet the needs of the people in the 21st century.

We also need a document to replace The Declaration of Independence since we have been independent for quite some time now. Besides, we now understand that all men (and women) are NOT EQUAL. We, members of the human race are, each and every one of us, unique individuals.

About that two very different cultures, I am not sure about the culture bit; however, I see the two party system as a problem. Jesse Ventura, once Governor of Minnesota, said that we need a "none of the above" option, with a do-over if a "none" wins. I would like to see more parties - like each religion as a party. That would take care of the "freedom of religion" problem at the same time.

By the way, I have another concern about our present political activity. It is far to soon to fight an pre-election fight for election in a November 2020 election - a waste of money. Now is the time to get to know the contestants better and understand the desire of the voters.

Each and every candidate should run a domain that accepts input from potential voters. The candidate needs to process that input as it applies to the people in a position to vote. 

What i am talking about is an ability to publish publicly or privately, with the ability to respond publicly or privately.

In conclusion, the First Amendment deals with free speech, religion and press. Since we really need the press, we could require participants publish through a member of the press. In other words, I could join the Star Tribune to get the local news, with an option of publishing locally or nationally.

The point is that the data has to be stored at one location, the Library of Congress, for example, with access via multiple keys.

In other words, I could down load all the writings of Amy Klobuchar or Tina Smith or Dave Winer or Doc Searls or any one else in one place and respond publicly or privately. And I would be able to access those writings years and years and years into the future. Now, that is FREE SPEECH.

In addition, if running my software, Amy and/or others and I will be able to agree to being in each other's database, which will enable people to communicate very privately. No hanging up for the world to read like the present e-mail system. (More on my software at

to be continued -

I really believe in public discussion; however, Email is the best process for my software in it's present state. I have a lot of work to do on that other web site in addition to my software.

Please put a "MYWAY" in your title to get my attention. rest assured, I am working on a better system.

Doug Skoglund

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