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Forum Post: Real change starts by addressing the MONEY!!!! Fix this, and watch things improve!!!

Posted 11 years ago on Jan. 4, 2012, 10:05 p.m. EST by LSN45 (535)
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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!!!



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[-] 1 points by aahpat (1407) 11 years ago

Putting the cart before the horse.

We can't fix campaign finance first because fixing it requires the cooperation of the people in power who benefit from the corruption. They have a vested interest in protecting the status quo. Change enough of the people in Congress and they then can fix campaign finance, Glass-Steagall and dozens of other corrupt laws that Wall Street has bought.

All is not hopeless. There is a little known secret about American democracy that, when you learn to control it, neutralizes the corruption.

It does not take an absolute majority to overcome the corruption. it requires only a 'winning margin' of like-minded anti corruption voters. This was the secret weapon applied by the tea party in 2010. OWS can and should be that winning margin in the important political races across America this year.

Here is an action plan: Purge Congress in 2012 --- Plan Now! (Action Plan Proposal) http://occupywallst.org/forum/purge-congress-in-2012-plan-now-action-plan-propos/

[-] 1 points by ClearView (73) 11 years ago

This is a very interesting video exploring our current monetary system and more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EewGMBOB4Gg

[-] 0 points by turak (-812) 11 years ago

get real there will be no reform unless you drive all of them out of their govt offices and hang them up by their balls