Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 21, 2011, 4:20 p.m. EST by gizzyrufus
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I love the occupy Wall Street movement. In my heart it is the beginning of a change that this country desperately needs. However while it is important to bring light to the affects of the corporate greed and what it is really doing to the 99 percent, the real injustice for all of us is the corruption caused by the corporations in our government. The cause must focus on this issue or things will never change.
Instead of occupying Wall Street we need to occupy the offices of our elected officials. We are the ones who vote them in and out not the corporations. Though we vote for them, our elected officials answer to corporations, lobbyists and special interest groups. Our efforts need to focus elimiating the stranglehold of our elected officials. In order to effectively bring change I would recommend that we do the following:
Occupy every office of every elected official on every level of government.
Express the disappointment of how they have not represented the 99%.
Petition that all elected official cease and desist all communications with lobbyists, corporations and special interest groups.
Demand reform on how our elected officials are contacted and influenced for new legislation. (minimum local petition requirements based on the population.)
Demand reform on how our elected officials are influenced in voting for legislation. There must be evidence of the population that they represent.
Establish a standard campaign funding practice. Funding of campaigns must never come from private sources. Funding should be based on population issued by and independent organization funded by the public. In order to run for any office a set of qualifications must be met in order to receive funds. All parties running for the same office will be given equal funds to run base on district size.
These six simple principals will be what make the difference. Let’s find a way to organize our efforts to lawfully and effectively bring about the change that we need. Feel free to respond with your opinions.