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Forum Post: A Cool Idea from German Politics

Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 27, 2011, 7:45 p.m. EST by stevilism (130)
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It's been a while since I have been in a political science class...but I recall studying Germany's political system and they have a VERY cool item in their government. They encourage regular people to run for public office. They do not want their government to be flooded with career politicians so this is what they do. Say that you are a plumber. You can go to a local political office and declare your candidacy for an office that needs to be filled (or an occupied one). You will get a substantial grant to pay for your election costs (minimal fundraising required). You are granted equal air time and print time.And while you are campaigning and not working, you can draw a gov't stipend to help provide for you and your family. All the money given to you goes back into the economy in some form or another, so it's not "wasted"...since you have to pay to fund your campaign. I do not recall all the details...but what is important, is that they encourage regular people to be a part of the government...and to me...we do not have enough regular people...we have lawyers...almost all of them are in public office.

By the way...that candidate may lose the campaign...but at least he/she will get to air the issues that concern them and local area that they live in. It will bring it to local and national attention...and sometimes, that is what it takes to begin to make a difference.

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[-] 2 points by derek (302) 2 years ago

Germany got all that from the USA in the 1940s and 1950s: http://www.salon.com/2010/08/25/german_usa_working_life_ext2010/singleton/ "Germany's workers have higher productivity, shorter hours and greater quality of life. How did we get it so wrong? ... How did Germany become such a great place to work in the first place? The Allies did it. This whole European model came, to some extent, from the New Deal. Our real history and tradition is what we created in Europe. Occupying Germany after WWII, the 1945 European constitutions, the UN Charter of Human Rights all came from Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Dealers. All of it got worked into the constitutions of Europe and helped shape their social democracies. It came from us. The papal encyclicals on labor, it came from the Americans. ..."

How far we have fallen in the USA and how much has been forgotten...

John W. Gardner suggests in "Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society" that every generation must relearn for itself what the words on the monuments mean. http://books.google.com/books?id=U5hXpnwUmW4C

[-] 1 points by JoTerrence (50) from Palmdale, CA 2 years ago

Germany also adopted the New Guard system from Scandinavian countries where the 99ers there commission an investigator to look in on Gov. corruption or stop police abuse.

[-] 1 points by Lockean (671) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Exactly right on. Thank you.

[-] 1 points by stevilism (130) 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing that. Yeah...that makes sense...we did influence their political ideals to a large extent.

[-] 1 points by JoTerrence (50) from Palmdale, CA 2 years ago

Hi Stevilism, I acknowledge you for being the only one who has looked outside the box for solutions to our slow motion nightmare. The media does not want us learning about how much better systems operate outside the U.S. or we will demand the same thing. This conditioning or dumbing down shows in peoples ideas as they post them. This process already occured 200 years ago and they have refined since then so now 39 nations have adopted this system. Why have we not heard of this already proven system to all our woe's? Let me know what you think of my post. Entitled The 1% has commissioned men to look out for their interests When this happens we are to provide Jason Bourne