Posted 11 years ago on Nov. 15, 2011, 3:47 p.m. EST by Yllyrryon
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With national elections in the U.S. just under one year away, OWS should focus some of its energies and resources on electing to Congress candidates who are independent from the two major political parties.
It would be an epic victory if even a few independent candidates were elected to Congress by virtue of having run inexpensive, affordable campaigns. How would this be possible?
First off, those already actively participating in the Occupy movements around the country are well on their way to achieving this. Use of all aspects of the internet, especially person-to-person networking will be crucial. Add to this face-to-face and door-to-door campaigning by prospective candidates and dedicated volunteers supporting those candidates. There is a widely-held and true belief that the people running Washington are out of touch. Campaigns should capitalize on this by taking a very personal approach to the candidate’s constituents.
It would be revolutionary even if only a few people were elected to Congress from having run exceedingly low-cost campaigns costing no more than a few thousand dollars, if not less. All of the influence peddling in Washington D.C. hinges upon the enormous costs of “classic campaigning” - millions of dollars spent on image construction and political advertising using mass media. Members of Congress elected by low-cost campaigns would have no need for money from lobbyists.
Of course, there will need to be candidates who will remain true to their principles and their constituents - who view public office as an opportunity to serve their communities and the nation, just as if they were serving in the armed forces. Public office is an opportunity to serve, it is not a career path.
This is possible, so make it happen.