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Forum Post: It's time for some REAL change in DC

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 29, 2011, 7:51 a.m. EST by txwheels (0) from Wichita Falls, TX
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It's time to clean house in DC. The politicians don't give a rat's tail about we the people any longer. But we can, if we work together make a difference. Here's how, so spread the word. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zYh0RsCXys



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[-] 2 points by flip (7101) 12 years ago

not very thoughtful - we should all realize by now that the politicians are just dancing to the tune set by money - until that is changed you can vote them out all you like - won't change anything

[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 12 years ago

Those folks are being used too, they're not all bad, but yea time for The People to take their country back.

There is zero downside risk to adopting this gentleman's approach. What goes on in the voting booth that day,is, as they say, in the lap of the gods, but the POWER of The People lies in making every incumbent think they are going to get kicked to the curb while all their pleas fall on deaf ears. The politicians are going to do some serious soul searching in the quietest moments ahead.

But how will the incumbents know they're fighting for their political lives? Even if this gentleman's video goes viral, the deluge of information our wired world produces will make it possible to ignore the threat, unless, there is a counter. If there was a counter that began to show that people actually took the time to indicate their intention to not vote for any incumbent. A counter that couldn't be hacked. A counter that started growing the number so enormous that it became undeniable that tens of millions of Americans had made it known that they intend to not vote for any incumbent. HMMMM

Is the view count on his youtube vid enough. Can you imagine the conspiracy theories?!? Did google take down the vid or fudge the number? Many people watched it but that doesn't mean they all agree with it. So how about an independent gauge that could be reasonably verified, and at the same time deliver the same type of message with the same risk factor of zero?

I'm going to attempt to contact this gentleman and ask him to post an addendum. Ask him to suggest that anyone who endorses his idea also take the time to register as a voter on the 99% Declaration site. ( I can hear the loyalists already) There is zero downside risk to registering as a voter and the National General Assembly dovetails beautifully with this gentleman's idea. Together, with both counters rising into the tens of millions, the 2012 elections would be unlike anything since Ross Perot and probably more successful.

What do you have to lose? What do you have to gain? What did the Founding Fathers and The Sons Of Liberty have to do?

We. Are. The 99%


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 12 years ago

This is why we are here this is why you are needed.


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[-] 1 points by LSN45 (535) 12 years ago

There are a lot of improvements that need to be made. The list of reforms Americans want to see is long and varied depending on who you talk to. That said, I believe there is one reform that would provide the American people the best chances of seeing other meaningful reforms actually happen - that is REAL, loop-hope free CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM! I have seen others on this site calling this the "fulcrum" or pivotal issue. Right now the current legalized bribery, pay-to-play system of campaign donations and paid lobbyists has disenfranchised the American voter. Until this is fixed, any other reform the politicians may try to placate us with (be it a change to healthcare, clamping down predatory school loans, new financial regulations, etc.) will be about as effective as a farmer putting a new roof on his CHICKEN COOP, but still letting the FOX guard it.

We need to go back to the original political currency. Instead of the current system of who can collect the most money from corporations and special interests it should be who has the BEST IDEAS to EFFECTIVELY RUN THE COUNTRY (we don't need "Wealth Redistribution," what we need is "Political Influence Redistribution")!

For the sake of our children and future generations of Americans, we need to take back our democracy from the rich and powerful who are using their vast sums of money to "speak" as if they represent millions of Americans. This "Corporate Personhood" that has crept into our laws is allowing them to manipulating our policies in their favor at the expense of the average American (the recent "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling is a miscarriage of justice and must be reversed. The $50 or $100 a normal American may give to a political campaign becomes meaningless when corporations or other special interests are handing our millions to buy political access to the decision making process.

For decades now the corporations and special interests have had our "representatives" bought and paid for (both on the right and the left). Concentrating our efforts on getting the money out of our politics is the best way we can create an environment in which further reforms can be realized. Until we end the current system of legalized bribery (campaign donations) and paid lobbying our politicians will continue to be the LAP DOGS of the corporations and special interests. What we need first and foremost is real, loop-hole free CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM!!!! If the corruption is not dealt with first, the chance of any other meaningful reforms becoming a reality is almost zero - the special interests will just use their money to buy votes and put forward bills that create loop-holes or otherwise twist the law in their favor. If we want our children to live in a country where there vote matters, we need to get the money out of our politics, otherwise they will increasingly become the 21st century version of the "landless peasant." Spread the word - End the LEGALIZED BRIBERY!!! CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM needs to be THE main goal of the protests!!!