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Forum Post: Candidates pledge to pass the 28th Amendment

Posted 11 years ago on Oct. 16, 2011, 6:53 p.m. EST by j1260 (2) from Barrington, RI
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Dear 99%:

You can transform America. You will need consensus on something. Keep is simple. Make it the absolute most needed change. Change the country by coming together for one priority above all others: campaign finance reform.

Candidates for all political offices, from local town councils and school boards, to state legislatures to congress and the presidency can run as 99% Party (or Occupy Party) candidates when they pledge one and only one vow: passing campaign finance reform as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Once the law of the land requires public financing of all campaigns supplemented by a maximum individual contribution of $25 to any one candidate and a prohibition on all non-individual (i.e., corporate, PAC and union) contributions, then the United States of America will be a representative democracy. The 1% plutocracy will go away. The Citizens United decision will go away. With institutionalized bribery outlawed, one person, one vote is restored. Political prostitution will have no johns.

The elegance of this vision is that it gives Occupy movement a consensus message while setting the table for dismantling everything that feeds the perversion of the current political system.

99% Party candidates may, if they wish, debate other positions to distinguish themselves from each other to the voters. But 99% candidates will all have one necessary obligation: taking this pledge that from their first day in office they will begin working toward the 28th Amendment.

Accomplishing this one goal can accomplish everything.



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[-] 1 points by ItsAboutTime (12) 11 years ago

Well put j1260 and nice to hear what you're doing ARod1993.

+1 Agree. Below is one of my earlier posts:

Bring back democracy by the people, for the people. Get corporate money and influence OUT of politics. There are many specific demands, but doing this will eventually take care of the rest through a government that answers only to the people, not to corporations and their influence through campaign funding, etc.

[-] 1 points by j1260 (2) from Barrington, RI 11 years ago

You are absolutely right. I am comfortable being a one issue voter because, as you say, doing this will eventually take care of the rest.

[-] 1 points by ARod1993 (2420) 11 years ago

I agree; I'm actually working on a draft proposal with a couple of other people on here to provide a specific proposal for anti-lobbying and campaign finance reform legislation

[-] 1 points by j1260 (2) from Barrington, RI 11 years ago

That's great and I would love to see it when you have it available. A concern is that foxes won't reform the chicken coop. But replacing the foxes with like minded chickens can.