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Forum Post: Elect Occupy Wall Street Representative into Congress

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 17, 2012, 11:18 p.m. EST by jamesrisinger1 (0)
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With all the talk effort and thought behind the Occupy Wall Street Movement. It is difficult to see how the movement will be able to make meaningful progress. We as a group can complain until the end of time about all of these valid and well meaning intentions but until either enough money is raised to hire lobbiest to represent the movement or actual Occupy Wall Street Advocates are elected into congress our intentions for justice and fairness will fall on def ears. And all of the donated money and efforts will be lost. I would like to make a suggestion. I think that it would be fair to say that hiring Lobbiest would be cost prohibitive. So my suggestion sounds outlandish but if the majoriety of voters really feel that this movement has legs it could be successful. The movement should have A representitive to run for congress for each congressional seat in the US. They should be selected by a centralized Occupy Wall Street Commity.
With the Donated money the Occupy Wall Street should pay all the fees necessary for these candidate to run for Congress. The ballets should not list the names of the individuals but should simply read OWS rep. Each OWS Rep. will stand behind the movement. The two issues that should be the montra of the movement are the following.

  1. eliminate and make illigal Lobbiest. Lobbiest are the root of the circle of greed in our Capital. The concept of Lobbiest was once a good concept and worked in the past only becuase Lobbiest represented US corporations who employed US Citizens, Unfortunately Today The intrest of large US corporations benefit only the Corporation Executives and a foriegn work force.
  2. eliminate and make illigal the act of piggy backing bills on crucial bills proposed by congress. Our nations most crucial issues are not addressed becuase our bills are full of issues that no two opposing parties can agree upon. Thus nothing is resolved.

If these two issues were eliminated. It would throw a curve ball into the Legal coruption of Congress. We as a country could move forward and address the crucial issues that this country faces. While our congressmen are doing every thing but throwing fist at each other and benefitting from there interest the rest of the world is leaving us in a pile of dust.

I will be the first to volunteer to represent my congressional district. James Risinger Ft. Lauderdale FL.



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[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (8708) 12 years ago

Now you're talking! And if you want Democrats to take us seriously, run them as Democrats in the primaries! This is one way to make ACTUAL and rapid CHANGE!

[-] 1 points by randonhuman (2) 12 years ago

Self promoter... maybe a nice guy. Who knows, he didn't say anything about himself, his accomplishments (no, i have none worthy of holding a HIGH office either) just pandering.

There are amazing people in office now...

John Kerry, Barney Frank, there are others, but I'm loath to mention them without more complete vetting.

...but this guy? Umm.. I f'n HOPE all who read this are registered to vote if not, STOP READING, and rather strive to become politicly literate, as you clearly are not now (laugh, but all too many fail here--immposible, but true)

How about a NEW PROGRESSIVE party, with some of the Dem who truly care and lean toward Socialism, and some of the Rep who truly care and lean toward a more minimalist federal government... working together, WORKING as the key word, not hoping, wishing, dishing out diatribes and hyperbole.


Can't happen?!?!?

Forget this democracy then, it's already gone, per your expectations. Funny thing about expectations, people often rise to meet them, but rarely succeed in exceeding them.

Can you doom our democracy so easily... NO, not just you, but WE THE PEOPLE, yes, just that simply, can doom our way of life to failure. It's a choice. Stand, fight, hope, and reach out to other hope seemingly differently, but strangely not so differently at all, or cave and let the puppet-masters take control, in the absence of strength by WE THE PEOPLE.

WE can disagree, and still make a better world.

WE can disagree, and still make this world one worth living in for the future generations.

WE can disagree, and still care for eachother.

WE can do these things... They are hard, but we can, and we must, or this world, this ever accelerating will turn to shit, and doom all life.

Are WE a cancer or a cure? WE CHOOSE. WE WILL... $$$DIE$$$$ OR L I V E, truly, deeply, meaningfully L I V E, and simply BE who we are called to be, finding a place with the help of our neighbours, and lead good and true lives, ones worth living.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 12 years ago

Although you're not the first to bring up these three ideas, you're dead-on. You probably wouldn't get in the first time (time is short), but in 2016, your chances would be astronomically higher. Assuming you have a fair amount of political savvy, I strongly urge you to pursue this. You will have the backing of all pro-OWSers on this site. Good post.

[-] 0 points by Crimzon (91) from Arizona City, AZ 12 years ago

If i honestly believed the system wasn't rigged and my vote truly counted sure!

However the bush / gore incident - RIGGED

[-] 0 points by occupypuppies (71) 12 years ago

We don't have faith that the government has our interest in mind. It has violated our trust. I don't vote, I don't waste my time, it's all the same. And the worse things get, the angrier people will get, and the more exciting it will be for me. The government is so corrupt, bureaucratic, and impotent, I and many Occupiers lost faith in it, oh, around the time of our birth.

[-] 1 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 12 years ago

Then you get the govt you deserve. i daresay you have no right to complain if you don;'t participate

[-] 1 points by occupypuppies (71) 12 years ago

Participate in something that completely disenfranchises me and represents things completely irrelevant or offensive to me? I'm an anarchist, outspoken female. I am really not interested in handing power over to some guy I've never met, it's actually laughable. To each their own.

[-] 1 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 12 years ago

Agreed...to each his own. BUT when you do not vote it's kinda like complaining that you have never won your state's lottery when you have never purchased a ticket.

[-] 1 points by occupypuppies (71) 12 years ago

Not my government.

[-] 0 points by poltergist22 (159) 12 years ago

this is the first thing to do...www.nationalday911.org

[-] -1 points by America921 (161) 12 years ago

Hate to crush your hopes and dreams, but are you ready to accomplish nothing? Unfortunately you will be met by bureaucrats and red tape every step of the way. If you do decide to take on this most honorable duty I wish you good luck and God's speed.