Posted 4 years ago on June 12, 2012, 3:20 p.m. EST by Endgame
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I know that the 1% of Occupy(the Anarchists) don't think we should get involved in the political process and voting. While the large majority of Occupiers feel we should get involved in some shape or form. So I would like everyone to think of this as a hypothetical topic and give out your ideas of the unconventional ways Occupy can make change Electoral and Voting wise.
My idea would be for Occupy to run Candidates all across this country on the platform of NOT taking any outside money for their campaigns and only taking public money. Our candidates main message should be ending the corruption and bribery in our political system. And how everyone no matter your position and standing in life should play by the exact same rules. No one is above anyone in terms of fairness and justice.
The end goal of these candidates running is not even always to win or get reelected if they do win. Its to spread the message of Occupy on many different fronts. Letting people know what we stand for and how we want to create a system that is not about choosing the lesser of two evils but a system were anyone should be able to run for office on an even playing field deluded of bribery and corruption from outside forces. Its all about creating a real democracy where the people have all the power and we are all able to have debates based on facts not about the garbage bought off and paid for politicians feed us.
But imagine if we do win seats in Congress. Imagine Occupiers in Congress having the freedom and power to call out ever other bought off politician that continues to play by the rules of a corrupt system ruled by outside money. Not only is it another major platform for us to show people what Occupy is about but it will show people that it is possible what it would be like to have a system in which all politicians play by Occupy rules. Meaning a system for the people and by the people. Not corporations and big money.
All the while Occupy continues to protest while another branch of Occupy(working together of course) gets the word out in another arguably equally important way. This allows Occupy to use the Electoral Process to make transformative changes without going against the values of the movement. We don't need to play by the same corrupt rules but I do believe we need to get involved.
This is NOT about left vs right but about imposing our message of fairness and honesty into our political system as a whole. And showing what can happen if we tackle the problems(bribery and corruption in our political system and government) at its core. Maybe running Occupy Candidates as Independents all across this country on a national and local level?
Your ideas and thoughts?